Book Clubs

With Sarah McNally

Monday, February 2nd at 7pm.

"Pavese made an attempt, heroic and successful, to encompass national and social concerns. His novels about Italy in the later stages of the Second World War formed a 'historical cycle of my own times'…Among the [Italian neo-realist] novelists, Cesare Pavese had, as he was not too modest to suspect, the greatest mastery."

- Richard Ellman for The New York Review of Books.

With Matt Pieknik
Wednesday, January 7th at 7pm.

"Writing in the immediate aftermath of Barthes' death, Italo Calvino offered... two Bartheses: 'the one who subordinated everything to the rigor of a method, and the one whose only sure criterion was pleasure (the pleasure of the intelligence and the intelligence of pleasure). The truth is that these two Barthes are really one.'"

- From Geoff Dyer's introduction to Camera Lucida.

Note for ambitious readers: In February the Essays Club will read Citizen, by Claudia Rankine.

With Fiona Duncan & Ales Kot

Tuesday, January 27th at 7pm.

"Family Tree explores [the connections between hip-hop and comic books] in a more profound way, using the exaggerated graphic language of superhero comics to capture the way rap blurs the distinction between self-definition and mythmaking — and to make up for comics’ inability to convey the power of a voice."

- From Alex Pappademas' feature in Grantland on Ed Piskor's Hip-Hop Family Tree: Vol. I : 1970s-1981.

"This is the comic I've been waiting 40 years to read." - Harry Allen (Public Enemy Media Assassin)

With Henry Bell
Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm.

"Most of us assume our success relies on a network of friends and close contacts. But innovative thinking requires a steady stream of fresh ideas and new possibilities, which strangers are more likely to introduce. Our survival instincts naturally cause us to look upon strangers with suspicion and distrust, but in The Necessity of Strangers, Alan Gregerman offers the provocative idea that engaging with strangers is an opportunity, not a threat, and that engaging with the right strangers is essential to unlocking our real potential."

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With Anna Chen and Michael Fentin

Thursday, November 20th at 8pm.

"Milford has a talent that few authors can boast; She breaks unspoken rules. Rules that have been dutifully followed by children’s authors for years on end. And in breaking them, she creates stronger books."

- Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal on Kate Milford's Greenglass House

With Javier Molea

Friday, February 6th,
 7 pm.



El escritor uruguayo Mario Levrero (1940-2004) mezcló de manera inextricable la imaginación, la experimentación, un uso creativo de géneros como la ciencia ficción y el policial, y su propia vida en su obra. De ella destacan a primera vista su famosa "trilogía involuntaria", y una etapa final de tono distinto, ejemplificada por El discurso vacío, y su extenso libro póstumo La novela luminosa. Además fue historietista, creador de acertijos y se interesó en la parapsicología, sobre la que escribió un manual. En su producción hay varios títulos más dignos de destacar, en particular cuentos, y algunos aún inéditos, a punto de aparecer, como sus recuerdos de Burdeos.