What’s News in New York Books


MCNY: William T. Georgis Book Talk and Signing—New York-based architect and interior designer William T. Georgis launches the his new book MAKE IT FABULOUS: The Architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis. Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 pm


MCNY: Ada Louise Huxtable and The Shape of New York Hilary Ballon moderates a discussion exploring Ada Louise Huxtable’s role in the evolution of New York’s built environment, Thursday, May 30, 2013

CartmenGotham Center Forum: New York City Cartmen, 1667–1850
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

MCNY: The Power of the Pen: Literature and Politics During The Great Depression A conversation about literature and politics during America’s “proletarian literature” movement with Morris Dickstein, Linda Gordon and Phillip Lopate. Thursday, May 2, 2013


Gotham Center Forum:  Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race around the World Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:30-8 PM
Elebash Recital Hall

“Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers,” by Becky Cooper on sale April 2

HABITATS: Private Lives in the Big City by CONSTANCE ROSENBLUM of The New York Times NYU Press ON SALE NOW

New Book To Feature Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat: The former girlfriend of the late, iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is reportedly planning to write a book that will include previously unseen works of art — including murals he painted on the walls of her apartment when they lived together in the 1970s.

L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir A Gotham Center event on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:30-8 PM at the Martin E. Segal Theater CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street


The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club is joining the BBC World Book Club for a live conversation about The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Novelist Jay McInerney and Ann Margaret Daniel, who teaches literature and writing at The New School, talk about why The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of 20th-century literature. Jerome L. Greene Space on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 pm

Gotham Center Forums: Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:30-8 PM Elebash Recital Hall CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

E.L. Doctorow

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E.L. Doctorow’s World’s Fair at MCNY: E.L. Doctorow reads excerpts from “World’s Fair: A Novel” (1986), followed by a discussion with the audience on March 11 at 6:30. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s.

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth March 5 at 6:30 PM
At the Tenement Museum.  Told through the consciousness of an adolescent boy, Roth’s modernist masterpiece evokes the brutishness of working class immigrant life in a turn of the century New York slum. Part of the Immigrant Novels Series, hosted by Vivian Gornick in conversation with TBD panelists.


Tenement Museum Talks- Jews Without Money 2/5/13 6:30 PM Part of the Immigrant Novels Series, hosted by Vivian Gornick.

Gotham Center February Forums2/6/13: Aspects of the African-American Experience in NYC and 2/28/13: Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America

Proposals are now being sought for the 2013 Conference on New York State History to be held at the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown on June 6-8, 2013.


“Lower East Side: Then & Now” at the Italian American Museum, this Thursday (1/31) at 6:30pm. Free!

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013: The Museum of the City of New York hosts the launch of “GRAND CENTRAL: How a Train Station Transformed America”, the new book by Sam Roberts, with a Foreword by Pete Hamill, published in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of Grand Central Terminal

Avery Library Blog:Durst Organization Archives, Old York Foundation Donates Substantial Collection and Funding to Avery Library  Read the NYBB post on Seymour Durst here.

WGAE Screenplay Reading January 9, 2013 MY PEOPLE, written by DAVID TAYLOR and JIM MCGRATH. Based on the book Soul of a People, by David A. Taylor.

NYT “A Century Ago, A Mayor Who Wrote Back,” Sam Roberts discusses William J. Gaynor, the mayor of New York from 1910 to 1913, who became known for his eloquent and sometimes sarcastic letters in reply to correspondence from constituents.

invisible+manNYT Felicia R. Lee “An Uncomfortable Tale Told Anew” about a stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man


NYT: “Where Ethnicity Was Fluid,” Sam Roberts discusses Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct and the New York City Police Department, and Almost Home: Helping Kids Move From Homelessness to Hope.

Join The Atlantic’s Twitter book club this January to discuss Just Kids, a memoir by singer-songwriter Patti Smith.

150px-Alienist-thumbNYT: Dwight Garner’s “A Critics Tour of Literary Manhattan

NYT: Sam Roberts, “Tom Wolfe Would Hardly Recognize The Bronx Today”

NYT: Ginia Bellafante’s Big City Book Club”Discussing ‘Washington Square,’ by Henry James” Up next: Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.


Leonard Lopate Show Book Club November Book: The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

NYT: Sam Roberts reviews My American Revolution by Robert Sullivan