First, watch Touching the Art.
Amazing, right? Good news! Casey Jane Ellison is hosting BOMB’s big end-of-the-year blowout. And! Magik Markers is playing. Oh man. When “Body Rot“first appeared I had it on repeat for six months.
Putting this together has been the best part of my job lately. I’m so damn excited. The full details:
BOMB’s Winter Party
Friday, December 18
Hosted by Casey Jane Ellison
Music by Magik Markers
DJs Chances with Wolves
Cocktail Hour Hosts Jem Cohen, Lynne Tillman, Ben Lerner, & David Grubbs
Videos by Kalup Linzy & Handbag Dynasty
Get a ticket! It comes with plenty of free drinks. And since the party’s a fundraiser to pay our writers and artists, the whole thing’s tax-deductible. Make your imaginary accountant proud.
Every year friends return from Austin gushing about the great bbq and great programming at the Texas Book Festival. (I imagine every panel comes with ribs and wet-naps.)
You can imagine my excitement, then, about going to TBF this weekend. If you’re around, let’s clink Shiners. Here’s my agenda:
Saturday, 11:15am-12:15pm: Born on Tumblr panel with Maris Kreizman, Mary Laura Philpott, & Rachel Fershleiser (Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004)
I’ll be talking about Conversations Sparks‘ journey from blog to bookstore and high-fiving Maris on the publication of Slaughterhouse 90210.
Saturday, 8:30-9:30pm: Nerd Jeopardy with Sloane Crosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, & Austin Grossman (North Door, 502 Brushy St.)
Literary trivia returns to LitCrawl Austin with a truly stellar lineup of authors. There will be heckling, audience prizes, and a considerable amount of beer drinking. Full details in the Facebook event.
Sunday, 12:00pm-1:00pm: Let’s Do the Genre Warp Again with Carola Dibbell & Colin Winnette (Capitol Extension Room E1.026)
I’m moderating two excellent authors from Two Dollar Radio on how they use, abuse, and redefine genre with their novels. Carola Dibbell is the author of The Only Ones, and Colin Winnette is the author of Haints Stay.
Filed under reading, event
Photo courtesy BJ Enright Photography.
It’s the NY Art Book Fair and the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend, which means no sleep for Ryan. I’ll be at the BOMB table for both, so come say hello and tell me your best Dad joke.
Need a primer on managing the many, many panels? I recommend the following.
- 10:00am “On the Job: Fiction at Work” with Otessa Moshfegh, Helen Phillips, and James Hannaham, moderated by DW Gibson
- 1:00pm “Darkness and Light” with László Krasznahorkai, Andrés Neuman, and Naja Marie Aidt
- 2:00pm “Redrawing Boundaries” with Geoff Dyer, Francine Prose, and Eduardo Halfon, moderated by me (!)
- 2:00pm “New Poetry” with Eileen Myles, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Saeed Jones, and Wendy Xu, moderated by Mary Gannon
- 4:00pm “The New Latin American Literature” with Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, Guadalupe Nettel, Yuri Herrera, and Andrés Neuman, moderated by Daniel Alarcón
- 5:00pm “Scams and Swindles” with Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Pierre Lemaître, and Kettly Mars, moderated by Tom Roberge
Wouldn’t you like to catch a rarely-screened classic of indie cinema in a beautiful performance hall, drink in hand and air conditioning blasting? Come out to Roulette on Thursday Sept. 3 for Daddy Longlegs and conversation with Josh & Benny Safdie. The film, which premiered at Cannes and won acclaim at Sundance, became the filmmakers’ launchpad for work like the recent Heaven Knows What.
Nicholas Elliott will host, and I’ll be there as fake cineaste and true enthusiast.
Oh, and it’s only $5 for advance tickets. (Free drink for subscribers!)
BOMB Film Night: Josh & Benny Safdie’s Daddy Longlegs
Thursday, September 3, 7:00pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Luis Camnitzer, from “The Book of Holes,” 1977. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.
Last year’s small get-together has ballooned into a giant literary conflagration. (2,400 Facebook RSVPs!) Come on by, grab a few books, and cadge a drink from one of the many discreet hip flasks.
THE SMALL PRESS FLEA
Presented by BOMB and The Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday, August 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm ET
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A PUBLIC SPACE
BLACK SUN LIT / VESTIGES
CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS
THE LITERARY REVIEW
THE NEW INQUIRY
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE
And a big thanks to the good folks at the National Book Foundation for acting as our media sponsor!
As we head into the July 4th weekend, what better time to create a summer playlist? (Besides a month ago.)
Text your drinking buddies and send your good socks to the dry cleaners: THE MINGLE is back.
Jason Diamond and I are bringing the “party for no reason” to the Bell House, which we’re hoping is big enough to handle the crowd. (Mingle veterans will remember we hit capacity at the Tribeca Grand after fifteen minutes.)
There will be drink specials, excellent music, and even better people.
The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Near the 4th Ave-9th St stop on F/G/R)
RSVP on Facebook