Word for Word

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

*Rescheduled from January 21, 2013

Charles North
Monica de la Torre
Alan Felsenthal

Presented in partnership with Song Cave Press

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

April Naoko Heck
Purvi Shah
Ocean Vuong

Presented in partnership with Kundiman

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Michael Broder
Julie Enszer
Cheryl Clarke

A presentation of the Bryant Park Reading Room.

 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jan Conn
Nyla Matuk
Jim Nason
Leanne Averbach

Presented in partnership with Tightrope Press

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Reading Room invites student poets and poetry lovers to New York City's 12th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day. This day long celebration of poetry kicks off the Reading Room's 2014 Word for Word series and is free and open to the public.

Students from NYC's elementary, intermediate and high schools will have the opportunity to read their latest poems during the open mic forum. If you are 18 or under, and a student at a NYC school, you may register for our Poem In Your Pocket Open Mic. Please email nng@urbanmgt.com if you are interested in participating.

Featuring:

Emcee: Daniel Kitrosser
NYC Youth Poet Laureate: Ramya Ramana
Music by: The Peace Poets and HumUni
DJ: Flip Bundles

Produced in cooperation with the NYC Votes, UrbanWordNYC, and the Office of the Mayor.

 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Coffee House Press:

Lightsey Darst
Sarah Fox
Sun Yung Shin
Anna Moschovakis

Presented in partnership with Coffee House Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Carl James Grindley
Alexander Long
Salita Bryant
Isaac Goldemberg

Presented in partnership with Anne Lovering Rounds.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Adored author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong presents another exceptional story on love, loyalty, and finding truth.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rain information:
Tonight's program will be held at:
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street
Between 5th and 6th Ave
New York, NY 10110

Featuring the Poets of Blue Flower Arts:

Stephen Burt
Katha Pollitt
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Presented in partnership with Blue Flower Arts

 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

With a special guest appearance by LaChanze, Actress, Singer/Dancer & Tony Award Winner

Theatre journalist talks with Broadway star LaChanze in support of his book filled with conversations with twenty leading ladies from The Great White Way.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Another pawfect day as Clifford returns to Bryant Park with stories and a photo-op with the Big Red Dog himself.

Produced in partnership with The Scholastic Store

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dan Harris, ABC News Co-Anchor Nightline and Weekend Good Morning America.
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story

Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Professor University of Maryland.
Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Michael Klein
Kathryn Levy
Filip Marinovich
Danniel Schoonebeek

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production.


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New York Times best-selling author of The Dinner puts new meaning into summer reading with another psychological thriller you can’t put down.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Homage to the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara

Featuring the Poets of WordTech Communications:

Charlotte Mandel
Rachel Hadas
Colette Inez

Presented in partnership with WordTech Communications

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hey Everybody, come on down to Funkytown Playground for sunshine, jumping and jamming galore.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Club discussion on The Odyssey by Homer.

Facilitated by Barry B. Powell, The Odyssey(new Oxford University Press Translation).

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with New Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

David Tomas Martinez
Carmen Calatayud
Pablo Miguel Martinez
Barbara Brinson Curiel

Produced in partnership with Letras Latinas.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Andy Ross and his crew of NY's funniest and best storytellers bring it uptown to a special performance sure to make you lol. Warning: This is not G-rated!

With Special Guests Courtney Maum, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Dave Hill, Tasteful Nudes, & Rosie Schaap, Drinking With Men: A Memoir


REAL CHARACTERS is a monthly storytelling/reading series hosted by Andy Ross, combining some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, memoirists, and character performers. Some of it’s true; some of it feels more than true; and, most of it is mostly funny. Past performers have appeared on The Moth, This American Life, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. Past writers have contributed to The New Yorker, The Onion, The Simpsons, and The Colbert Report.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Homage to the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara

Featuring the Poets of CavanKerry Press:

Teresa Carson
Dawn Potter
January O'Neill

Presented in partnership with CavanKerry Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band with songs that typify being a kid - from losing your lunchbox to having a loose tooth.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

John Gaudet, Ecologist
Papyrus: The Plant that Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today’s Water Wars

Brian Richter, Director, Global Freshwater Strategies for the Nature Conservancy
Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Kimiko Hahn
Rebecca Gayle Howell
Alicia Ostriker

Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Actress and Twitter star chats about her hysterical new memoir that tells it like it is when it comes to refusing to acknowledge boundaries of any kind. With special guest host actor Jason Biggs American Pie, Orange is the New Black.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Homage to the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Patricia Spears Jones
Lydia Cortes
Sharan Strange
Jocelyn Lieu
Jessica Greenbaum

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Facilitated by Maura Kelly, Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.



 

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Poetry Man: A Tribute to Bryant Park's own, Paul Romero.

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Best-selling author of Girl in Translation talks about her new novel – a story of a young woman’s balancing-act between her family in Chinatown and a new-found passion, ballroom dancing.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Joshua Zeitz - Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Homage to the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara

Featuring the Best Canadian Poetry:

Robin Richardson
Anita Lahey
Sonnet L'Abbe
Ross Belot
Sue Goyette

Presented in partnership with Tightrope Books

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Thais Miller

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sing, dance and play air guitar with Starfish - The Greatest Rock Band in the World...For Kids!

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Richard S. Grossman, Professor, Wesleyan University and Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn from Them

Joan Fitzgerald, Director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University
Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Charlie Smith and Philip Schultz
Presented in partnership with W. W. Norton

Laura Cronk and Sarah Gambito
Presented in partnership with Persea Books

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Emma Straub, The Vacationers: A Novel and Emily Gould, Friendship: A Novel. Hosted by Jen Doll, Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest.

The author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures teams up with the former Gawker editor to discuss their latest books on romance, travel, and friendship - from New York City to the Balearic Island of Mallorca.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

D. Scott Hartwig - To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Alexander Steele

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg and author/Scholar Foster Hirsch on The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Facilitated by Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.



 

Featuring the Poets of Song Cave Press:

Jane Gregory
Nate Klug
Sara Nicholson
Todd Colby

Hosted by Alan Felsenthal

Presented in partnership with Song Cave Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Moderated by Steve Berry - The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

Featuring:
Lee Child - Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel,
Linda Fairstein - Terminal City,
Lisa Gardner - Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel,
John Lescroart - The Keeper: A Novel.

For the first time ever, the world's greatest thriller authors come together to discuss their beloved characters and talk about the writing of this one-of-a-kind collection of a bona fide FaceOff.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

John Mckee Barr - Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Kelly Caldwell

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 14, 2014

Lively and entertaining commentary on Journalism in Film. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Wallace Stroby.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Joshua Horwitz, Cofounder & Publisher of Living Planet Books
War of the Whales: A True Story

Eric Dinerstein, Director of Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions, RESOLVE
The Kingdom of Rarities


Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Rain information:
Tonight's program will be held at our indoor rain venue:

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
Main Library
20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Mary Jo Bang
Timothy Donnelly
Julie Sheehan

Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America




 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Featuring:
Mira Jacob - The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
Courtney Maum - I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
Ted Thompson - The Land of Steady Habits
Tiphanie Yanique - Land of Love and Drowning

Anecdotes and advice on how to write and publish a novel by first-time writers extraordinaire.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Mark R. Cheathem - Andrew Jackson, Southerner

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Hasanthika Sirisena

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 21, 2014

Lively and entertaining commentary on Mad As Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Dave Itzkoff.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

Facilitated by Jenny Davidson,Professor English at Columbia University.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.



 

Featuring the Poets of Kundiman:

Michelle Chan Brown
Cathy Linh Che
Eugenia Leigh
Sally Wen Mao
Patrick Rosal

Presented in partnership with Kundiman

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Hosted by Emily Nussbaum, TV Critic, The New Yorker

The author of the memoir that inspired the popular Netflix series stops by Bryant Park to talk about season 2 of the breakout hit, as well as discuss the very story the show is based on - her own.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Michael Wolraich - Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Paul Witcover

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Voilà! Justin The Magician reappears with more tricks up his sleeve and magic from his hat.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, July 28, 2014

Lively and entertaining commentary on Paranoia in film. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Dennis Tafoya.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Paul Greenberg, Ocean Life Expert and Best-selling Author of Four Fish
American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood

Karl Weber, Founder and President, Karl Weber Literary
Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer – and What You Can Do

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press:

Saeed Jones
Rickey Laurentiis
Darrel Alejandro Holnes
Wendy Chin-Tanner
Valerie Wetlaufer
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Brock Guthrie

Presented in partnership with Sibling Rivalry Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kevin Smith will be on hand to talk about the book Jay & Silent Bob's Blueprints for Destroying Everything - an illustrated collection on how to wreak havoc wherever you go.

Kevin Smith will pre-sign books prior to the event that will be sold on-site, day-of. Please note: Only books will be signed at this event - No memorabilia.

***We are sorry, but due to illness, Jason Mewes will no longer be at the event.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Jonathan W. White - Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Music, stories and more music with singers that make New York proud.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, August 4, 2014

Lively and entertaining commentary on The Loves of Marilyn Monroe. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Jim Baker.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on King Lear by Shakespeare

Facilitated by Ammon Shea, Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Cave Canem:

Derrick Weston Brown
Kyle Dargan
Niki Herd

Special appearance by Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic

Presented in partnership with Cave Canem

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Marie-Helene Bertino, 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas and Robin Black, Life Drawing: A Novel. Hosted by Maribeth Batcha, Co-Founder & Publisher, One Story.

Marie-Helene Bertino, author of the short story collection, Safe as Houses (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award) teams up with Robin Black, author of the critically acclaimed short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, to discuss their highly anticipated debut novels. Hosted by Maribeth Batcha, Co-Founder & Publisher, One Story .

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Joseph P. Viteritti - Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, August 9, 2014

A perfect recipe of rock, funk and folk to keep you eating healthy and staying active.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Lively and entertaining commentary on Cannes: 1960, 1968, the Seminal Years in Film. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Dave Tafoya.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

L.J. Rittenhouse, Trust Expert, Financial Strategist and President of Rittenhouse Rankings Inc. - A CEO Strategic and Investor Relations Company
Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications

Judy Robinett, Business “Thought Leader,” Super Connector, “Woman With the Titanium Digital Rolodex”
How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of McSweeney's:

Matthea Harvey
Carl Adamshick
Dan Chelotti


Presented in partnership with McSweeney's

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A 75th Anniversary Celebration of Batman and the impact of this superhero on our culture by the very writers who bring him to life.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Chris DeRose - The Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Celebrate the comics at a special Comic Con for Kids - with special giveaways and a visit by Tania del Rio, author of the hilarious new book, Diary of a Girl Next Door: Betty and the Caped Crusader himself, Batman!!!

Produced in partnership with Penguin Random House, LLC, and Archie Comics.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Club discussion on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Facilitated by Garnette Cadogan, Arts & Culture Writer.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

We are currently out of Book Club books.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Featuring the Poets of Red Hen Press:

Douglas Kearney
LaTasha Diggs
Andrea Scarpino
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Presented in partnership with Red Hen Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Spotted Pig-founder, renowned chef, and cookbook author at a special lunchtime edition of Taste Talks - a 2-day showcase of culinary workshops and discussions by top chefs and experts on the latest trends in food and drink.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Danielle Allen - Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Graphic Novel Superhero Captain Underpants joins Cali Co Cat for crafts, games and fun, fun, fun under the Bryant Park sun!

Produced in partnership with The Scholastic Store

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

John Hope Bryant, Entrepreneur and Founder of Operation HOPE
How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100%
Hosted by Dan Hanson, Sustainability Investments Expert, Partner and Head of U.S. Equities at Jarislowsky Fraser USA

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Amber Atiya
Peter Gizzi
Cathy Park Hong
Dorothea Lasky

Presented in partnership with Tim Donnelly.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featuring the Poets of BOA Editions:

Katy Lederer
Anthony Tognazzini
Douglass Watson

Presented in partnership with BOA Editions

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Poets & Writers:

Rich Villar
T'ai Freedom Ford
Kamilah Aisha Moon
Tung-Hui Hu

Presented in partnership with Poets & Writers

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Jean Valentine’s Favorite Poets

Jack Lynch
Kate Linton
Jane Mead
Jaime Shearn Coan

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bryant Park Write-In with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop invites you to let go of your literary anxiety and pick up a pen. You’ll get three short writing prompts, a few minutes to write, and the chance to tell your story. Gotham instructor Melissa Petro leads this exercise for your writer brain—no pressure, no angst, just freewheeling creativity.

Facilitated by: Melissa Petro

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop.

 
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Make essay writing easy - for teen and 'tweens who need to brush up on their skills.

Presented in partnership with Writopia Lab

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Timothy Liu
Catherine Barnett
Mark Doty

Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Poets Wear Prada:

Joel Allegretti
Erik La Prade
Hilary Sideris
John J. Trause
Tantra-Zawadi

Presented in partnership with Poets Wear Prada

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Special Thanks To:



HSBC Bank

 
Exclusive sponsor since 2003

 
Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press
Classics and Reference Library

Scholastic

Scholastic
Gift of Children’s Library

Random House Library Marketing

Random House Library Marketing
Gift of Children’s Library

Mitchell's NY

Mitchell's NY
Newspaper Delivery since 2003

Kinokuniya

Kinokuniya
Retail Partner

Gotham Writers' Workshop

Gotham Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshops

New York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society
Non-Fiction Series

With special thanks to Condé Nast, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Time Inc., and Rodale, who have steadily supplied the Reading Room with magazines since 2003.

Special thanks to the New York Public Library for providing us with a rain venue for some of our events.

Special thanks also go to Hachette Book Group; Harper Collins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; MacMillan; Penguin Group; Random House; Rodale Books; Scholastic, Inc.; Scribner Group; Simon and Schuster; St. Martin’s Press; Blue Flower Arts; Cavankerry Press; Cave Canem; Coffee House Press; FAWC; Kundiman; Letras Latinas; Poets & Writers; Tightrope Books; and W.W. Norton for their invaluable support.

And to all of you, thank you.

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