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WNYC's Picks for the Brooklyn Book Festival

Friday, September 16, 2011

More than 260 authors and panelists will be in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday for the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Panels are devoted to a wide range of topics during the day-long free fest. Everything from food politics to the Arab Spring to mystery writing to Mad Libs will be on the table. Here are some of WNYC's festival picks:


WNYC's Guide to 9/11 Arts Events

Friday, September 02, 2011

This month, cultural institutions around the city are paying respect to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks through literature, visual arts, theater, dance, music, and film. Here's our guide to what's happening around town.

The Truth, in Many Languages, Comes to Governor's Island

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The gallery of Building 110 will be overtaken with silver balloons filled with a mixture of helium and air on which visitors will be encouraged to complete the phrase "The Truth is..." using Sharpie markers.

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New Brooklyn Writers Join Old Hands at Fort Greene Park Lit Fest

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On Saturday, some 30 young writers will read poetry and fiction alongside well-known Brooklyn writers at Fort Greene Park's monument. The younger set, aged 7 to 17, has worked with the New York Writers Coalition on honing their creative writing chops this summer. Listen to their poems here.

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Titan Books to Publish Mickey Spillane Crime Novels

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gumshoe fans got some good news this week. Titan Books has plans to publish three unfinished Mickey Spillane crime novels, all of them starring the hard-boiled vigilante P.I. Mike Hammer.


Got Overdue Fines at City Library Branches? Forget About It.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forgot to return a library book or DVD? Got library fines that you are reluctant to pay? The solution is here. Programs at libraries in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island are helping borrowers to wipe the slate clean of their overdue library fines — if they just read.

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First New York Poetry Festival Takes Over Governors Island

Monday, July 25, 2011

The First Annual New York Poetry Festival takes place this weekend in and among the green lawns, rows of London Plane trees and historic brick houses of Governors Island. More than 130 poets from across the country will read their work.

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Borders Could Close Book Stores as soon as Friday

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It looks like the final chapter for Borders, the Michigan-based big-box book, music and media seller. The company could begin closing its remaining 399 stores, five of which are in New York City, as early as Friday.


Does It All End Here? Searching for Harry Potter's Successor

Thursday, July 14, 2011

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” raked in $158.4 million domestically over the weekend, breaking records which "The Dark Knight" had held, according to Warner Bros. The film's world premiere marks the end (for now) to the adventures of Harry Potter. WNYC reached out to book publishers, teen lit reviewers and librarians to find out what new titles have the potential to fill the gap.

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Students Get the Spotlight at Parsons Art and Design Festival

Monday, May 09, 2011


This weekend, Parsons The New School for Design kicked off its inaugural "Parson's Festival," which showcases the work of its burgeoning student designers, filmmakers, architects, and other dedicated creative types who have graced the school's hallowed hallways for two weeks.


French Intellectual Thought, Meet American Intellectual Thought

Monday, April 11, 2011

Walls and Bridges kicks off on Monday. During the lecture series, prominent American photographers, writers and performers will talk about everything from clouds to life's turning points to the intersection of art and gender.


Irish Arts Center Gives Out Free Books for St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Irish Arts Center is giving out 10,000 free books penned by Irish and Irish-American writers on Thursday.

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NY Writer Wins PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New York writer has won this year's PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Deborah Eisenberg's collection of short stories, "The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg," published by Picador in 2010, beat out more than three hundred books to win.


Labor Dispute Escalates Between Harper's and UAW

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

There will be a few key names missing from the masthead of Harper’s Magazine next month. Click here to read about the ongoing labor dispute between Harper's and a local union.

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Arts Highlights 2011: New York Critics, Writers Weigh In

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.


30 Years Later, New York Remembers John Lennon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

On December 8th, 1980 at 10:50 P.M., John Lennon was murdered outside his apartment building by deranged fan Mark Chapman as Lennon returned from his recording studio. Thirty years later, New Yorkers are still commemorating the Beatle that made our city his home. Here are some ways to remember Lennon around town on Wednesday.

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The Acquisition of a Lifetime: Maya Angelou's Archives Go to Harlem's Schomburg Center

Friday, October 29, 2010

The New York Public Library officially announced the acquisition of the archives on Friday, which include handwritten notes for Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."


Oliver Sacks: Theoretical Physics and Schmaltz Herring

Thursday, October 28, 2010

He may be a physician, a professor of psychiatry and the best-selling author of 10 books, including the one that inspired the movie Awakenings, but Oliver Sacks still takes comfort in schmaltz herring.


NY Public Library Study Room Presents Virginia Woolf Festival

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A festival on Virginia Woolf begins Tuesday at the New York Public Library. WNYC previews the three-day event and shoots a video of the library's Wertheim Study.


New Mickey Mantle Biography Sheds Light (and Casts Shadows) on Yankee Star

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

There's a new book out on one of the city's favorite Bronx Bombers: "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood," by Jane Leavy.

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