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.
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.
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.
“Whatever. Being neurotic seemed to be a kind of wild card, an all-purpose explanation.”
—Renata Adler, Speedboat
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.
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WEEKEND NEW BOOK ROUND-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Books: So easy to acquire, so hard to read. We are not making things any easier for you.
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
Frenchfreedom 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.
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!