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November 2014 Events

Monday, November 3, 4pm

Amy Herrick, author of The Time Fetch

What happens when an ordinary rock turns out to be  an extraordinary object that can bend the fabric of time and space? In her middle-grade novel The Time Fetch, now in paperback, Brooklyn writer Amy Herrick takes readers on a thrilling adventure full of mythology, lost secrets, and other worlds. Ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, November 5, 7pm

Adelphi University Presents Literary Encounters: A Conversation Series

Téa Obreht and Alexi Zentner in conversation with Sharon Guskin

Adelphi University’s Literary Encounters series features two literary professionals at different places in their careers showcasing their talents, perspectives, and approaches to their work. The second in the series features Orange Prize Winner Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, and Alexi Zentner, author of Touch and The Lobster Kings. In conversation with novelist Sharon Guskin.                                         

Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Elohim

Karen Armstrong

In Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, writer and scholar Karen Armstrong, whose many books include Muhammad, Buddha, and A History of God, offers a complex, compassionate, and nuanced examination of the impulse toward violence in each of the world’s great religions.

Tickets are $10 ($7 for CBE members & Brooklyn Public Library card holders). Purchase tickets at ‘ www.brooklynbythebook.com

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm at Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center

A Celebration of Stoner

How did John Williams’ 1965 novel, Stoner, set in Missouri, make bestseller lists across Europe last year? When New York Review Books put the novel back into print in 2006, word of its excellence spread from reader to reader and writer to writer. Join us for a conversation on Stoner’s resurgence with novelist Ruth Rendell, critic and classicist Daniel Mendelsohn, and poet and memoirist Honor Moore. Moderated by writer and literary critic Liesl Schillinger.

Tickets are free but reservations are encouraged. RSVP at www.brooklynbythebook.com

Wednesday, November 19th at 7 PM

Although Patrick Modiano has been a best-selling novelist in France and has won the country’s most prestigious literary awards, including the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca, he was off the radar of most readers outside of his home country when he won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year for his body of work which the committee said “evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.”

Join us for this conversation with writer Mark Polizzotti, translator of the new Yale Press edition of Modiano’s Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas. Polizzotti has translated more than forty books from the French and is director of the publications program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Polizzotti will be in conversation with writer and translator Damion Searls, the language columnist for the Paris Review Daily blog and author of a forthcoming book about the Rorschach Test and the life of its creator, Hermann Rorschach.

Thursday, November 20, 7pm

Jeremy M. Davies with Joshua Cohen

Celebrate the publication of Fancy, Jeremy M. Davis’s new novel, in which an elderly shut-in delivers a series of pet-sitting instructions to a young couple who’ve come to watch over his many cats. Davis, the author of Rose Alley and senior editor at Dalkey Archive Press, will be joined by Joshua Cohen, author of Four New Messages. Note: Unfortunately Valeria Luiselli will not be able to participate in our program.


Monday, November 24, 7pm

Forrest Gander and Hari Kunzru

In Forrest Gander’s new novel, Trace, an American couple recovering from tragedy travels to Mexico retracing writer Ambrose Bierce’s footsteps and encountering love, hate, and drug dealers. Gander’s only New York event. In conversation with writer Hari Kunzru.

November 2014 Book Clubs

Community Bookstore Book Club

Led by Stephanie Valdez (co-owner)

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:30pm

Someone by Alice McDermott


Non-Fiction Book Club

Led by Philipp Goedicke

Monday, November 10th at 7:30 PM

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel


Cookbook Book Club

Led by Sam Jaffe Goldstein

Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30pm

The cookbook club will choose a cookbook and then participants will come together to share recipes from the book. This month’s book: Mastering the Art of French Cooking.