Reading Room


The Pulitzer Prize-winning team of writer Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael Williamson come to Barnes & Noble, Chelsea to present their fourth book “Homeland.” Barnes and Noble, Chelsea at 7 p.m.


Join the bilingual storytime for kids at 12:30 p.m. as they read some old favorites, some new favorites and some of your favorites. Barnes and Noble, Chelsea


Following the serialization of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” in the New York Times, the newspaper continues with the serialization of Laura Esquivel’s “Like Water For Chocolate.”  Esquivel will be joined by actors Jimmy Smits and Daphne Rubin-Vega for an unforgettable kickoff reading at 6 p.m. at Borders Bookstore at Columbus Circle.


Jonathan Ames, author of “The Extra Man,” joins us with his new novel “Wake Up,Sir!” Written in his usual neurotic yet literary style, it tells the story of a young writer, Alan Blair, and his personal valet Jeeves. Alan excelsin getting himself into trouble, and Jeeves is left to try and clean up. 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble Chelsea.


Author James Marcus will conduct a discussion on his work at 7 p.m. Marcus will read from and discuss his new book, “Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Juggernaut” (The New Press, May 2004), an insider’s tale into the rise, fall, and rise again of, where he was senior editor for five years.   After the reading, Marcus will be in conversation with another author TBA.



Manga lovers unite! Fans are starting a Manga Reading Group for high schoolers. If you are a teenage fan of Japanese comics, come join the first meeting, discussing “Ranma ?” by Rumiko Takahashi at 1 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle.

TUE. AUG. 17

In a special partnership with VH1, Housing Works Used Book Café hosts an intimate evening with VH1 “Inside Track” artist Jamie Cullum.  Already the biggest selling jazz artist in the U.K., Jamie is making a splash in the US as well with the release of his album, “Twentysomething” (Verve Records). Admission to this event is $25. Tickets are limited, and may be purchased at the bookstore during regular hours. All proceeds go to support the programs of Housing Works, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides housing, healthcare, advocacy, and other services to homeless people living with HIV and AIDS. 7:30 p.m. at Housing Works Used Book Café. For general information, call 212-334-3324.

WED. AUG. 11

Nora Johnson, daughter of screenwriter Nunnally Johnson and actress Dorothy Bowdon, evokes another time in her memoir, “Coast to Coast.” Shuttling back and forth between divorced parents in New York and California, Ms. Johnson knows the world of stars and society and teenage angst and writes about it all with intelligence and insight. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle

THU. AUG. 19

Alexander Steele of Gotham Writers’ Workshop teaches an hour-long class on the art of the short story. The talk will focus on the key elements of the short story: plot, character and voice, following which attendees will complete a brief writing exercise. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle.

List of Recommended Venues:

Barnes and Noble, Greenwich Village, 396 6th Ave., 212 674 8780.

Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway, 212 595 6859.

Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212 253 0810.

Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., 212 777 6028.

Borders Columbus Circle, 2nd floor in the Time Warner Building, 212 823 9775.

Borders Wall St., 100 Broadway, 212 964 1988.

The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 212 614 0505.

Creative Visions Book Store, 548 Hudson St., 212 645 7573.

Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St. 212 334 3324.

KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., 212 505 3360.

The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212 620 7310.

92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212 415 5500 and Makor at the Steinhardt Building, 35 W. 67th St., 212 601 1000.

The Poetry Project 131 E. 10th St., 212 674 0910.

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