Look what you, you beautiful booksellers, librarians, and readers, have done: Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a full year!!
Thank you thank you thank you.
We are very proud to announce the full schedule for the second annual Downtown Literary Festival on Sunday, April 13! The festival includes an opening party on Friday April 11 with free drinks and music, new-this-year children’s programming, and a full day of events at the Bowery Poetry Club, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and McNally Jackson. And then an after party at Von bar!
Full details at downtownliteraryfestival. Join us on Sunday, April 13 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown New York City!
Justin Taylor and Adam Wilson will be at McNally Jackson throughout the day, doling out literary advice.
At the Bowery Poetry Club, the high noon Fast Talking event features Baratunde Thurston’s How to Be Black, Francine Prose, and James Thurber.
At Housing Works at 2 pm, the Slaughterhouse 90210 event includes stories from Teddy Wayne and Adam Wilson.
And at 3 pm you can hit up the Bowery Poetry Club again to hear Francine Prose talk about the shifting literary landscape of downtown NYC.
Last Tuesday evening, we kicked off the very first Warby Parker x The Standard, Hollywood Book Club with a discussion of 86’d by L.A. native Dan Fante (he’s also the son of novelist Ask the Dust’s John Fante).
Be forewarned: 86’d is not a light read. Fante’s main character (and his alter ego) Bruno Dante is an alcoholic writer wrestling through his temptations to make use of his talent. So yeah, it can get a little raw.
If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone, it’s pretty safe to say Fante’s humorous (and a little painful) 86’d will serve you well.
Warby Parker chose Dan Fante’s 86’d for their book club! The only thing cooler than reading Dan is reading him through stylish lenses.