May Events at 112th Street
Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at 7pm for a reading and discussion of James G. Basker’s American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation.
James G. Basker, Professor at Barnard College, has edited the first anthology to take the full measure of a body of writing that spans nearly two centuries and, exceptionally for its time, embraced writers black and white, male and female. Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, and Olaudah Equiano offer original, even revolutionary, eighteenth century responses to slavery. With the nineteenth century, an already diverse movement becomes even more varied: the impassioned rhetoric of Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison joins the fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott; memoirs of former slaves stand alongside protest poems by John Greenleaf Whittier, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Lydia Sigourney; anonymous editorials complement speeches by statesmen such as Charles Sumner and Abraham Lincoln.
Stop in the store on Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm for the launch of Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil given by the author, Marc A. Hertzman.
Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil tells the story of the events that made samba wildly popular. It starts with an Afro-Brazilian musician named Donga in 1916 when he registered sheet music for “Pelo telefone.” From there, Brazil’s cultural landscape was shaken. The success of Donga’s song created controversy over ownership and the reputation of Brazil and it’s people. This text addresses issues of race, gender, national identity, and the history of Afro-Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro. By tracing the careers of Rio’s pioneering black musicians from the late nineteenth century until the 1970s, Marc A. Hertzman revises the histories of samba and of Brazilian national culture.
Book Culture’s Annual End of the Semester Sale starts Friday, May 17th and will last through Sunday, May 19th.
At the end of the Columbia’s spring semester, Book Culture will be holding our Spring Sale where all products are 20% off. The usual limitations will apply; the 20% discount will not apply to coursebooks, periodicals, or short-discounted items. Saturday, May 18th, we will hold a bagel breakfast for all our customers. On the second floor, a breakfast buffet will be set up with bagels and coffee to snack on while you browse for your summer reads.