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1313 Madison Avenue
6:00 – 8:00pm

first_affair_cover_imageEmma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus read from their latest The First Affair

September 16, 2013

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, Dedication, Nanny Returns, and their young adult novels, The Real Real and Over You. They work together in New York City. For more information visit EmmaAndNicola.com.”

Ann Fensterstock reads from her debut Art on the BlockArt-on-the-Block

September 17, 2013

“A fascinating tour of the last five decades of contemporary art in New York City, showing how artists are catalysts of gentrification and how neighborhoods in turn shape their art—with special insights into the work of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons.”

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“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” — George R.R. Martin

Who says reading and television can’t co-exist? HuffPost Books has compiled a fun list of TV’s most well-read characters, from Gilmore Girl’s Rory (339 during the show’s run), to The Wire’s Stringer Bell (check out the size of his home library).  Enjoy their list of 13 Bookish TV Characters.

Feel free to add some of your own in the comments.

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A special summer issue of The New York Bookwoman was  released this month and featured book reviews by many of our chapter members. Here’s what our president, Jane Kinney-Denning, had to say about this issue:

This is a special issue of The New York Bookwoman—an all book review edition, and also a wonderful resource for you if you are looking for what to read. WNBA members have been reading diligently all year and in this issue share some of their thoughts on what they’ve read. We hope you enjoy all of the reviews and if you are inspired to read for us in the coming year, let us know. Don’t forget to check out our list of brand new books available to members for review.

Below are a few excerpts from the newsletter. For the full reviews of all the books read, click here.

Truth in Advertising  Emily La Iacona
By John Kenney
Touchstone

Reviewed by Emily La Iacona

Truth in AdvertisingFinbar Dolan is a 30-something advertising manager at a NYC-based agency. Over the few weeks covered in the book, Fin’s life of quiet desperation turns into actual desperation as work deadlines collide with unresolved issues from his past. Despite his jocular tone, Fin’s past includes a called-off wedding, an abusive household, and a dark family secret he’s never told. Kenney is adept at camouflaging Fin’s pain through deadpan sarcasm and “gotchas” where he imagines doing–or more like, saying–the right thing, only to dive away at the last second. He’ll recast his own conversations and evaluate lens angles or revise dialogue, creating a braver and more successful version of himself, or include a guilt-inducing voice-over to self-sabotage his better moments.

 

Misfit Tresa Chambers
By Adam Braver
Tin House Books

Reviewed by Tresa Chambers

MisfitMisfit is a fictional tale about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. It’s a story based on the imagined goings on in Monroe’s mind during some of the real-life events that Monroe is famous for, including her role in the film, The Misfits. The facts of Ms. Monroe’s suicide following years of drug use and drinking have been well-documented. The details leading up to her death could be seen as the foundation for a story that offers new insight, but the attempt to show her struggle for identity, which is the author’s intent, falls short.

 

The Elephant Keeper’s Children Sheila Lewis2
By Peter Høeg (Translated by Martin Aitken)
Other Press

 Reviewed by Sheila Lewis

 The Elephant Keeper's ChildrenThe Elephant Keepers’ Children is an unnerving tale about Peter, the wise
14-year-old narrator, his extraordinary older sister Tilte, heroic older brother Hans, and their unusual upbringing in a rectory on Fino, a fictitious, idyllic Danish island.

When their pastor father and organist mother go missing, Peter, who refers to adults (and their secrets) as elephant keepers, and Tilte head off on a dangerous chase through Copenhagen all the way to the Great Synod, an international gathering of religious groups; a plot to blow it up is afoot. As a student of spiritual development, Peter’s investigations lead him to “the door,” a place beyond material reality, and to dubious triumph over evil.

Interested in reviewing books for the next special book review issue of the New York Bookwoman? Send an email to newsletter@wnba-nyc.org. Click here for the list of books available.

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free pressHere are some links to a few of the industry’s biggest news stories of the past week:

From Publishers Weekly:
J.K. Rowling’s Pseudonymous Book Hits Number One on Amazon

From Digital Book World:
DOJ Prevails In Ebook Price-Fixing Lawsuit

From The Huffington Post:
Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Steps Down

Do you have links and news that you want to share for future Bookmark This posts? Email Tqwana at blog@wnba-nyc.org.

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Here’s a list of author readings taking place at The Corner Bookstore during the month of July:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013: Peter M. Wolf will be reading from his debut memoir My New Orleans, Gone Away

Wednesday, July 17, 2013: David Cleveland will be reading from his novel Love’s Attraction

Thursday, July 18, 2013: Valerie Sayers will be reading from her novel The Powers

Tuesday, July 23, 2013: David Gilbetr will be reading from his novel And Sons

Tuesday, July 30, 2013: Ben Downing will be reading from his novel Queen Bee of Tuscany

All readings will take place at 6:00 – 8:00 PM and are free to the public.

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nyplChanging Styles in Children’s Book Illustration
Friday, April 26, 2013, 2:15-4:00pm
New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Bldg. South Court Auditorium

Join the NYPL for an exploration of two hundred years of children’s book illustration.  Notable editions of Alice in Wonderland  and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be examined, as well as illustration techniques, social and religious concerns, humor and pathos through children’s books from colonial primers to the works of Maurice Sendak.

leaves of grassSong of Myself: A Reading From the Deathbed Edition
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Housing Works is hosting a “marathon” reading of the 1891 edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. The event is free and will be held at the Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012).

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110612A-060bigKaren Nourizadeh is a writer, yoga instructor, wellness expert, inspirational speaker and media contributor based in New York City, where she has been living for the past 22 years. After leaving Corporate America and a job as an attorney, Karen embarked on a journey to help people heal themselves, mentally and physically, through the spiritual and physical practice of yoga. Karen is completing her first work, Follow Your Heart, a memoir detailing her struggles and path, one in which she needed to shed her fears and others’ expectations in order to reveal her true self and fulfill her destiny.  Through her story, Karen hopes to inspire others to shed their own fears and realize their  potential in order to create a magnificent life.

Welcome to the NYC Chapter of the WNBA-NYC! How did you become involved with the organization?

I learned about WNBA-NYC Chapter through Twitter!

Tell us more about what you’re writing?

I’ve just completed my first non-fiction book, a true tale of inner transformation by a ‘recovering attorney’ (me), inspired by yoga and a 10 year old Indian boy.   I have an agent in NYC who has submitted the manuscript to several major publishers and I pray!  I also write for several blog sites – Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, and On Fire At Fifty.  I write on topics of nutrition, exercise, spiritual inspiration, as well as the role of women in today’s world.

What are some things you’re learning on your journey to being published? What advice or suggestions can you offer to other inspiring writers?

It is a long journey which requires patience, passion, tenacity and consistent effort.  I never imagined how much I would re-write and make edits, but much of the magic is in the re-writes.  Write authentically from your truth or heart, not what you think others might want to read.  If it’s your truth, your heart, your vision, others will want to read it. Making connections, references, referrals to agents and publishers is always helpful and can aid in speeding up the process. So join organizations to network and don’t be shy!  I am going to the Writer’s Workshop in Woodstock the weekend of April 19, 2013  to inspire myself through other authors’ experiences and works.

What’s your favorite word?

Possible.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading Rita Gigante’s, The Godfather’s Daughter and Thunderstruck by Erik Larson.  I have ordered Wild, by Cheryl Strayed and Man on Wire, by Phillippe Petit.

by Tqwana Brown

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