Reading Room

Sat. Aug. 14

Storytime for kids with Miss Cherelle. Join us for stories and fun. Got the back to school blues? Come today to hear stories about heading back to school. 1:30 p.m. at Border’s Columbus Circle.

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.

Thu. Aug. 19

Steven Petrow discusses “Lost Hamptons.” This collection of vintage postcards portrays the quiet villages, white sand beaches, historic homes, and privet-lined lanes that are the essence of Long Island’s Hamptons. Stunning in their color, detail, and composition, these cards—originally photographs—depict a place and a way of life that has all but disappeared. Border’s Park Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Mon. Aug. 23

Tonight is the final event celebrating the Great Summer Read supplements in the New York Times. Today, the first chapter of James McBride’s “The Color of Water” will be serialized in the New York Times. There will be a new installment every day of the week, so by Sunday, you will have read the whole book! Tonight, McBride reads from and discusses “The Color of Water” with the New York Times’ Connie Rosenblum. Be sure to bring the final installment of the supplement to Borders for a 15 percent discount on any version of the book. 6 p.m. at Border’s Columbus Circle.

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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