June Literary Events in NYC
Thursday, June 6, 7pm at 52 Prince Street. City Lights Poets, Homero Aridjis, A Time of Angels. Aridjis will be presenting his brand new collection of poetry, A Time of Angels. As one of Mexico’s most respected poets, he writes bilingually and has the artwork of Francisco Toledo accompanying his words.
Friday, June 7, 7-8pm at Barnes and Noble at 150 East 86th Street. Mark Goldblatt, newspaper columnist and professor at FIT, has published his first novel The Unrequited, and is presenting it to interested readers just like you at Barnes and Noble. This mystery novel from the perspective of a journalist will keep you turning the pages until the end as you follow whether or not a murderer and rapist is guilty.
Thursday, June 13, 6pm at 97 Warren Street. For all those James Joyce lovers out there, a James Joyce Tribute with readings from Ulysses and his other works by actors and authors who appreciate Joyce’s masterpieces. Pete Hamill, Adam Gopnik, Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney, Don O’Keefe, and Carolyn T. Hughes will all be participating.
Saturday, June 15, 10am at Port Washington, Long Island. A tour of Manhasset Bay in the spirit of The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald! The tour will last about two hours, and will give you all the history that sparked Fitzgerald’s imagination to create the great work we all know and love. And of course, to honor Fitzgerald’s tradition and memory, BYOB.
Wednesday, June 19, from 7-9pm at KGB Bar on 85 East Fourth Street. The reading series Fantastic Fiction represents great authors and their works for readers to come and listen. The series is continuing, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, as they present Sarah Langan, author of The Keeper, The Missing, and Audrey’s Door.
Saturday, June 22, 2pm beginning at the White Horse Tavern at 567 Hudson Street. The Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, happening every Saturday, takes you on a great tour of the Greenwich bars filled with literary history, giving you both your fill of your favorite historical authors that have lived and written in this area, along with all the drinks the greats used to create their great works of literature.
Winter Blues: Books to Warm Up With
Christmas may be long go, but baby, it’s still cold outside and the chill in the air probably won’t be warming up anytime soon. However, let’s look one the bright side. You get to wear fabulous and warm scarves in the winter. Okay, and it’s a great excuse to hibernate and start knocking books off your reading list. At Pubslush, we know your reading list can never be too long, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite cozy reads to help you get through the winter blues.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Stuff We Love: World Book Night
The Pubslush team passing out books for World Book Night 2012.
What is World Book Night?
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the joy of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and nonreaders.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. We exist because of the support of thousands of book givers, booksellers, librarians, financial supporters, and corporate sponsors who believe in our mission.
Where did the idea originate?
World Book Night was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011. The idea was born in an Industry conference in 2010, the purpose of which was to imagine a way to encourage more adults to read. After the great success it had in 2011 in the UK, the idea spread across the world to the USA, Ireland, and Germany. The first World Book Night USA was held on April 23, 2012. Thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!
How did you spread the word for the first U.S. WBN?
We had a strong social media marketing campaign that was complemented by some local press. Additionally, the booksellers took it upon themselves to contact their local press and get the word out about World Book Night. We were lucky to also have some national press and support from all our sponsors. Finally, the book community united to help us spread the joy of reading and the mission of World Book Night.
How are the books chosen?
Each year, an independent council of booksellers and librarians selects the books. Their decision is informed by the nominations of thousands of passionate readers. Each year, the previous year’s givers are given the opportunity to nominate books for consideration.
What feedback did you receive after the first U.S. WBN?
We’ve heard heartwarming stories from hundreds of givers and recipients, some of them include:
- Chris Cander’s article on her experience at a shelter for homeless and runaway teens:
- “Gave a book to a woman this morning, who took it with tears in her eyes. She told me that she rarely gets to the library and cannot afford to buy new books on her own. She graciously took the book, opened it up, smelled the pages, said ‘God bless you, my child,’ and walked away clutching her new found treasure. Makes me tear up too, thinking about what a difference we are making today!” – Adrian
- “I’d like to let you know that just this night I received a packet of thank-you letters hand-written by most of the recipients of my 20 copies of The Hunger Games. These letters come from inmates at a local correctional facility, to whom I donated copies of my WBN book. … My favorite part of any letter was probably: ‘I think the idea for World Book Night is [a] beneficial concept to help people because for myself, I don’t like reading. By you giving us this book, it was the first book that I ever read. I liked the book, and now I’m reading book two Catching Fire.’ (This man stated to my friend, who works at the facility, that this was the first full-length book he had ever read to completion in his life.)” - Heather
Will there be any changes for the upcoming WBN?
After gathering very important feedback from our 2012 givers we’re aiming to make World Book Night an even better experience for 2013. We’re making it easier for the new readers to get feedback to us while encouraging givers to get feedback themselves, whenever possible. Additionally, we’re suggesting to the bookstores and libraries to host receptions in the week prior to April 23rd. There are some other ideas in the works that we wish will be possible for 2013… we strive to improve each year after listening closely to our volunteers.
How can people get involved?
People can apply to be givers. Book givers are people that volunteer to give out 20 copies of a book to light or non readers. Additionally, people can help spread the word on World Book Night through their social media or by sharing it with their community. Other ways to help us is by donating or informing us of local foundations that might be able to give some financial support.
Bookstores and libraries can sign up to be pick up points, and we encourage the booksellers and librarians to be givers themselves as well!
A big thanks to our friends at World Book Night for sharing this wonderful information with us! For more information, visit www.us.worldbooknight.org/.
We’ve all been there—3 o’clock in the morning and you’re huddled in bed, eyes glued to that book you just can’t put down. There’s nothing better (or worse, once you’ve finished it) than finding a book that engages, enthralls, and doesn’t disappoint. We wanted to share some of our recent “weekend reads”—the books that only take a day or two to read because they are that good.
Timeline: Films Adapted From Fiction
The year of 2012 has been (and continues to be!) full of movies based on books. Movies like The Hunger Games, The Lorax, and Savages hit the box offices hard, and we are all looking forward to The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit, and Breaking Dawn to sweep us away.
However, I would like to a minute to bring us all back to up speed by going through some oldies but goodies of books appearing on the silver screen.
1936- Gone With the Wind adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name
1939- Wuthering Heights adapted from Emily Brontë’s novel of the same name
1946- It’s a Wonderful Life based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story “The Greatest Gift”
1961- Yojimbo adapted from Dashel Hammett’s Red Harvest
1971- A Clockwork Orange adapted from Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name
1971- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name
1987- The Princess Bride adapted from William Goldman’s novel of the same name
1992- A River Runs Through It adapted from Norman Maclean’s novel of the same name
1993- Schindler’s List adapted from Thomas Keneally’s book Schindler’s Ark
1994- Forrest Gump adapted from Winston Groom’s novel of the same name
1995- Clueless adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma
1999- 10 Things I Hate About You adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
2001- Bridget Jones Diary adapted from Helen Fielding’s novel of the same name
2001- Josie and the Pussycats adapted from the Dan DeCarlo comic of the same name
2001- Harry Potter film series begins adapted from J.K. Rowling’s series of the same name
2001- The Lord of the Rings film series begins adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien three book volume of the same name.
2004- The Notebook adapted from Nicholas Sparks’s novel of the same name
2005- The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe adapted from C.S. Lewis’s novel of the same name
2007- 300 adapted from Frank Miller’s comic series of the same name
2011- Cowboys & Aliens adapted from Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s graphic novel of the same name
2011- The Help adapted from Katheryn Stockett’s novel of the same name
Spreading the Love of Literacy
I felt very inspired by the Library of Congress and the Ad Council’s newest reading campaign. They stress the importance of reading, particularly to your children. The campaign boasts tag lines such as “Read to a child today and spark a lifetime of ambition.” and “A New World Awaits. Read.” These sentiments hit close to home because here at Pubslush, this is exactly what we believe in. We believe a simple book can change the life of a child, spark their imagination, and, yes, open up new worlds and possibilities. Even better, literacy can give an impoverished child a chance.
Our goal is to put a heart into publishing. There are so many opportunities for philanthropy in the world of books, yet it seems very few people in the industry are actively pursuing any. So, that is why we have vowed that for every book sold, we will donate a book to a child in need. Only people like you can help us to spread the love of literacy to those who need it most through the Pubslush Cause. Also, help instill the passion and love of reading into the children in your own life and support the Library of Congress and Ad Council’s campaign.
The above graphic is courtesy of www.read.gov where you can find more information on the Library of Congress and the Ad Council’s reading campaign.