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September 2015


Monday, August 31, 10pm, into the wee hours of Tuesday, September 1st
Ferrante Midnight Release Party
We’re celebrating The Story of the Lost Child, the finale to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, with a midnight release party! Come cure your Ferrante fever with music, food, and the new book!



Thursday, September 3, 7pm
Kathleen Alcott in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman
In Kathleen Alcott’s new novel, Infinite Home, an ad-hoc family evicted from its Brooklyn brownstone seeks security, worth, and unity in the wilds of America property. Alexandra Kleeman’s debut, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, is a missing-person mystery steeped in the absurdities of pop culture and aimed at dissecting contemporary womanhood. Join these two dynamic young authors for a conversation about the contemporary novel.



Thursday, September 10, 7pm
David Payne in conversation with Elissa Schappell
David Payne’s debut memoir, Barefoot to Avalon, is an intense, unflinching look at Payne’s relationship with a brother killed in a tragic accident. In 2000, on a move from Vermont to North Carolina, Payne watched in his rear-view mirror as his brother’s truck flipped off the road. Payne was left in shambles, and after a bout of alcoholism and with his marriage disintegrating, he turned to the only thing that might set things straight: writing his brother’s story. In conversation with novelist Elissa Schappell.


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Book Launch: Asian-American by Dale Talde
Tuesday, September 15, 7pm
at Pork Slope
Purchase tickets here
Come celebrate the launch of Chef Dale Talde’s first cookbook, Asian-American. Feast on Pork Slope’s finest and sample Chef Talde’s newest dishes. Tickets are $55 and include a signed copy of Asian-American, booze & bites, and a chance to hang with the Chef himself. Purchase tickets here.



Wednesday, September 16, 7pm
Joy Williams in conversation with Siri Hustvedt
Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event
The Visiting Privilege, the first book by Joy Williams in 10 years, is a definitive collection of new and classic stories, illustrating Williams’s pitch-perfect prose and dark, uncanny take on modern America, and reaffirming her place as one of the most influential short story writers of  our time.  In the words of author Thomas McGuane, “This is an important moment for American writing.” In conversation with novelist, essayist and critic Siri Hustvedt.



Thursday, September 24, 7pm
Georgi Gospodinov in conversation with Alberto Manguel
In a rare U.S. appearance, Bulgarian author Georgi Gospodinov reads from The Physics of Sorrow. Labyrinthine and lyrical, Gospodinov’s new novel uses the myth of the minotaur as the foundation for a moving and funny family narrative, weaving in and out of various “side passages” of story to take on the fraught history of Eastern Europe. A New Yorker profile said of the novel, “Georgi’s real quest in The Physics of Sorrow is to find a way to live with sadness, to allow it to be a source of empathy and salutary hesitation.” In conversation with Alberto Manguel.



Community Bookstore Book Club
Led by Stephanie Valdez (co-owner)
Wedesday, September 9, 7:30pm
The Red and the Blackby Stendhal

Nonfiction Book Club
Led by Philip Goedicke
Monday, August 10, 7:30pm
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe