1. An evening of Catalan literature

    Tonight, New York resident, come to McNally Jackson at 7pm, where The Bridge is putting on a night of Catalan literature (in translation). Speaking will be Mary Ann Newman, Director of the Catalan Center at NYU and translator of Quim Monzó, published by Open Letter Books; poet, essayist and critic Rowan Ricardo Phillips who translated Salvador Espiru’s Ariadne in the Grotesque Landscape (Dalkey Archive); and Peter Bush who has translated the upcoming The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla. Should be fun for the Catalan experts or amateurs, and after Barcelona’s amazing victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid, one may want to explore more of what that city has to offer, at least in words. And Lionel Messi wants you to read more Catalan literature. 

  2. You Bring the Churros and Xocolata, We’ll bring the Cava* (Celebrating Catalan Literature)

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    On March 25th, 2014 we celebrate Catalan literature and its translators at McNally Jackson in New York City. Reading from newly translated works will be Peter Bush, Mary Ann Newman, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips (from Pla, Monzo, Espriu, respectively).

    RSVP here.

    And we wish The Bridge Series (the first independent reading and discussion series in New York City devoted to literary translation) a very happy third birthday!

    *Food and wine listed for headline purposes only and may or may not be served at said event.

  3. Pierre Reverdy event tonight at McNally Jackson (7 pm)

    It Must in Fact Have Been Quite Cold

    There’s me
           And all the buzzers in the house went off at once
    Why have they brought so many bells and alarm clocks
           From the tapestry where my body flattens in profile
                 hands like a  platter asking for mercy I look 
                 at my life from which I’ve withdrawn myself
    Distances were done away with and yet everything
           stays in place
                  All that’s lacking is a little air
                  The harmony of their lines is enough to keep each
                        piece of furniture solid
    Yet sometimes they weren’t recognizable
           The visitor is in the sitting room or at the door
                  waiting after having rung the bell
    And all those who pass by hold their hats in their hands
        But I can no longer come down
        The tapestry is trembling
                  It’s too cold

    Unfortunately Paul Auster will not be able to make it to tonight’s event at McNally Jackson as previous listed. However, Mary Ann Caws, Geoffrey O’Brien, Ron Padgett, Mark Polizzotti, and Richard Sieburth will all still be there reading from their translations of Reverdy’s poem and discussing his work (plus wine). And for those concerned about the temperature, the poem above (translated by Marilyn Hacker) is for you.

  4. NYRB Classics presents: Artemis Cooper on the Life & Adventures of Patrick Leigh Fermor | McNally Jackson Books →

    Artemis Cooper, author of the biography Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, will be at McNally Jackson in NYC tonight at 7 pm. She’s got photos and stories.

  5. McNally Jackson and the NYRB Classics: Devil's Night with Susan Bernofsky | McNally Jackson Books →

    This is tonight. You should come. Even if you’re an arachnophobe. Actually maybe not. Sculptor Martha Friedman will be presenting a slideshow of art spidery and spooky.

  6. Kingsley Amis Celebration @ McNally Jackson: Sunday, September 22nd, 6PM

                                

    After you’ve sated yourself on the literary richness that is the Brooklyn Book Festival, you should really top of your day by attending the launch celebration for Kingsley Amis’ Girl, 20 and One Fat Englishman at NYC’s  McNally Jackson Books. Discussing Amis and these books will be NYRB Classics editor, Edwin Frank, Katie Roiphe, author of In Praise of Messy Lives, Lucas Wittman, literary editor of The Daily Beast, Christian Lorentzen, editor at the London Review of Books, and Michael Moynihan, reporter at Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

    Need we mention that alcohol will be served? No. We didn’t think so.

    The party and discussion begins at 6PM. Visit the event page here for more info.

  7. If you need something literary after all the beer, BBQ, and fireworks of July 4th weekend, come to McNally Jackson on Monday, July 8th at 7 pm to celebrate the life and work of the great Russell Hoban. We’ve just published Turtle Diary, but the event is a tribute to all his books, adult and children’s, and the participants are truly stellar: Ed Park, Damion Searls, Brigid Hughes, John Wray, and Phoebe Hoban. 
We’re really excited to be able to team with McNally Jackson to put on this event. And if you want to RSVP via Facebook go here.

    If you need something literary after all the beer, BBQ, and fireworks of July 4th weekend, come to McNally Jackson on Monday, July 8th at 7 pm to celebrate the life and work of the great Russell Hoban. We’ve just published Turtle Diary, but the event is a tribute to all his books, adult and children’s, and the participants are truly stellar: Ed Park, Damion Searls, Brigid Hughes, John Wray, and Phoebe Hoban. 

    We’re really excited to be able to team with McNally Jackson to put on this event. And if you want to RSVP via Facebook go here.

  8. mcnallyjackson:

slaughterhouse90210:

“Whatever. Being neurotic seemed to be a kind of wild card, an all-purpose explanation.” —Renata Adler, Speedboat

1. lol
2. Renata Adler will be speaking at your friendly (Park Slope) neighborhood bookshop, Community, tonight at 7pm. I’ll see you there, k?
3. Do you subscribe to our newsletter? Yes? You’re awesome. No? You should! Because if you did, you would have received, in your inbox this morning, “Our Choral Ode to Renata Adler”: 

That bemused countenance, that horsewhip braid, that penchant for looking awry. Yep, we’re aswoon for Renata. Re-na-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Re. Na. Ta. We sketch her likeness in our spiral notebooks, adopt her patterns of speech, attempt her confident stance, wear belt-less jeans. We’d launch a 1,000 speedboats in her honor, if we had them. We don’t. 

How good would that have made your morning? Sign up for our mailing list here here here here.

    mcnallyjackson:

    slaughterhouse90210:

    “Whatever. Being neurotic seemed to be a kind of wild card, an all-purpose explanation.”
    —Renata Adler, Speedboat

    1. lol

    2. Renata Adler will be speaking at your friendly (Park Slope) neighborhood bookshop, Communitytonight at 7pm. I’ll see you there, k?

    3. Do you subscribe to our newsletter? Yes? You’re awesome. No? You should! Because if you did, you would have received, in your inbox this morning, “Our Choral Ode to Renata Adler”: 

    That bemused countenance, that horsewhip braid, that penchant for looking awry. Yep, we’re aswoon for Renata. Re-na-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Re. Na. Ta. We sketch her likeness in our spiral notebooks, adopt her patterns of speech, attempt her confident stance, wear belt-less jeans. We’d launch a 1,000 speedboats in her honor, if we had them. We don’t. 

    How good would that have made your morning? Sign up for our mailing list here here here here.

  9. McNally Jackson will give you your money back if you don’t like Robert Walser’s Berlin Stories. Not really, but we’re not to worried about that happening.

    mcnallyjackson:

    WEEKEND NEW BOOK ROUND-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Books: So easy to acquire, so hard to read. We are not making things any easier for you. 

    In paperback:

    Varamo, Cesar Aira. The great Bobby Bolano says that Aira is “One of the three or four best writers working in Spanish today.” Granted, he’s said that of more or less all the writers working in Spanish today, but Aira is great, and you know that.

    Berlin Stories, Robert Walser. Money-back guarantee: The first section of this book will make you love your city again. Just kidding. About the money back. But everything after the colon is true. 

    Other People We Married, Emma Straub. Sadly now French freedom flap-less on the outside, but still as great as it ever was on the inside. 

    House of Holes, Nicholson Baker. Old weirdy beardy Baker is still the best living American prose stylist working today. (Claims: I will make them.) 

    The Fallback Plan, Leigh Stein. Ah, youth! Ah, moving back in with your parents!

    The Lifespan of a Fact, John D’Agata & Jim Fingal. I just started this, and it’s enraging. We recommend. 

    In hardcover:

    Thinking the Twentieth Century, Tony Judt. Maybe you heard Salface “The Big Cheese” McNalface talk about this on WNYC. If not, you should.

    What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank, Nathan Englander. Expect a lot of reviews to take advantage talking about whatever it is we talk about when we talk about whatever—the title, Anne Frank, some aspect of the book. Impossible to resist!

  10. If you live in NYC come to this tonight. →

    John Summers, editor of The Baffler, has put together a collection Dwight Macdonald’s best essays for our original book, Masscult and Midcult. Tonight, he’ll be discussing Macdonald and his legacy at McNally Jackson bookstore in Soho.