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Q&A and Reading with MB Caschetta

We are thrilled to have MB Caschetta launch her debut novel, Miracle Girlsat our Columbus store this Sunday, January 18th, at 3pm.  MB Caschetta is the recipient of a W.K. Rose Fellowship for Emerging Artists, a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writing Award, and a Seattle Review Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Mississippi Review, Del Sol Review,3:AM Magazine, New York Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

We’d like to thank her for taking the time to share her work with us and hope you enjoy the Q&A!

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How did you come to write Miracle Girls?

I was actually writing a very different novel when Miracle Girls emerged and took over. It’s been quite a long and unexpected process; I’ve been writing the novel since my last book (a short story collection) was published in 1996. It’s not at all the novel I expected it to be, which is kind of amazing. And it took me on a kind of surprising spiritual journey, which is a lofty way of saying it was rejected a lot! The lesson I learned about novels (and maybe life) is that you have to accept it on its own terms. Resisting just makes for a lot of unhappiness and road blocks. Mostly, this book has taught me to go with the flow and to not give up hope. It’s a happy ending for me, since the book has been so graciously received with wonderful reviews from Kirkus and People Magazine.

Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?

I have so many favorite books, it’s difficult to say. My favorite book of all time is probably a tie between Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, which I somehow read in part in Russian in college, though I couldn’t do that now, and Nabokov’s Lolita. But more importantly my current favorite book is Elizabeth McCracken’s new short story collection, THUNDERSTRUCK. I think I’m going to read it a second time. I feel like I loved the experience of reading it so much that I went too fast. I think I can take it in more deeply on a second read.

What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?

I am writing a non-fiction book about the experience and the cultural phenomenon of disinheritance. A few years ago I published a personal essay in the New York Times about having found out as a surprise that I was disinherited by my father (nyti.ms/vmZcxa). It’s been a difficult book to write; I am on a third draft, and still struggling to get the right even-handed tone and a voice that is more deeply my own. My family is unhappy about my writing on the topic, so that adds another layer of complication. Like Miracle Girls, though, it feels like a book I have to write: I have no choice in the matter, since it won’t leave me alone otherwise. After that, though, I hope I get to write a fun book. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

January 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Q&A and Reading with Paula Rizzo

At our Columbus location on Thursday, January 15th, at 7pm, broadcast journalist Paula Rizzo will launch her latest book, Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed.  Introducing Rizzo will be Patty Chang Anker, author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave.

Finding enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished and allow for some downtime can be a struggle, and it has only gotten harder in the past five years. It’s no wonder so many of us are stressed, overextended and exhausted. The Institute of American Stress has discovered that 44% of Americans feel more stressed than they did five years ago, and 54% of all American employees feel overwhelmed, according to a study by the nonprofit Family and Work Institute. Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed is the book that will give you your life back. Author Paula Rizzo is a television and web producer from New York, and she has applied the tools and techniques that have made her successful at work to the art of list-making. Listful Thinking can be applied to anything in life and almost all situations.

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How did you come to write Listful Thinking?
I’ve always wanted to write a book but I never thought it would be about lists! I’ve always been a list maker and a bit of a procrastinator. But my job as a news producer quickly taught me to be more efficient with my time. I wasn’t using the same time-saving tips at home that I used to get things done at work and I noticed a lot of things would fall through the cracks. So when I was looking for an apartment in NYC I created a checklist of all the things I needed to pay attention to. Much like I would at work when I go out on a shoot and need to interview someone. I will write out all the questions I need to ask and do a lot of preparation beforehand. When I did this, it was so much easier to find a great apartment! A friend wanted my list and suggested I start a blog because as she said not everyone thinks this way. So I did and ListProducer.com was born. That was the start of the Listful Thinking journey.

What are you currently reading?
Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
Oh this is such a hard question. For me this changes all the time. I’m always falling in love with new books. I have a list of course!

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. I’m a big fan of hers and she always comes up with ideas that make you really look at your life and choose to make it better.

Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I’m still updating my blog ListProducer.com regularly. I’ve created an online PopExpert course based on the book that I’m really excited about. And I’ve been narrating some of my blog posts for the time-saving app Umano, which has really been fun. And I do hope another book or a series comes along at some point.

January 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Q&A With Lynn Lurie

In early December, we had the chance to hear Lynn Lurie read from her latest novel, Quick Kills, alongside Atticus Lish.  We would like to thank her for participating in the event and taking the time to answer a few questions about her personal reading and writing.  If you haven’t check it out already, be sure to also read our Q&A with Atticus Lish.
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How did you come to write Quick Kills?
Quick Kills was the result of fragments of images that came to me. Photographs I had once taken but had lost. I tried to resurrect some of the scenes and began writing a narrative to link the pieces into a coherent whole.

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What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading I Am China by Xiaolu Guo.

Is there anything you are looking forward to the publication of?
If Fleur Jaeggy were to write another novel to be translated to English I would be very happy.

Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I am scribbling down things and have no idea where they will lead. Most likely a novel as I am not adept at short stories. I would love to write something funny.

January 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Don’t Miss Our New Year’s Day Sale & Festivities!

happy new yearPlease join us on New Year’s Day for our Annual New Year’s Day Sale and Festivities! The sale will be held at our Broadway and 112th Stores and everything will be 20% off!  We are also hosting parties on New Year’s Day at our 112th & Columbus Stores! The Seth Myers Trio will start their set at 11:00 am at 112th and Emma Larsson will begin her performance at 11:30 am at Columbus.  We will also be celebrating the new year with a Bagel Breakfast, mimosas, and other snacks.

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We hope you have a happy and healthy new year–see you tomorrow!

 

December 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Q&A With Atticus Lish

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Earlier this month, Atticus Lish launched his first novel, Preparation for the Next Life at Book Culture on Columbus. Lish was joined in conversation with Lynn Lurie, author of Quick Kills and Corner of the Dead.  We would like to thank both authors for taking the time to share their work and hope you enjoy the following Q&A with Lish.

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How did you come to write Preparation for the Next Life?

Distress over post-9/11 America: the invasion of Iraq, Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, hooding, waterboarding, indefinite detention, prisoner abuse, and the plight of undocumented immigrants caught up in immigration sweeps; combined with a morbid fascination with war and especially the effect of war on the psyche of the combatant; combined with two powerful sources of inspiration: the landscape of Central Asia–deserts, mountains, vineyards–and the landscape of New York, from the industrial outskirts to the extended immigrant neighborhood along Roosevelt Avenue–Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing–and down to Ozone Park, Jamaica and beyond. A migrant’s view of the world–walking on the highways, taking buses, crossing the border–from one country to the next, from rural to urban, mountain to desert, life to death.

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What are you currently reading?

National Geographic magazines, staring at pictures of amoebas. I want to read Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me.

Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?

I don’t have a single favorite book, but one book that stands out to me as a true-crime masterpiece is People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry. Parry puts chills in my spine. The very title of the book, which is both perfectly logical and yet never fully explained, is an example of his gift for capturing horror.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to the publication of?

I regret to say that I am not up on what is coming out–I’m very uninformed–so I don’t know what to look forward to. I’m always looking forward to Joseph Wambaugh‘s next book.

What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?

I’m working on a second novel, but I’m going to respectfully decline to say anything much about it for now.

December 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm 1 comment

Atticus Lish in Conversation with Lynn Lurie December 10th

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We are thrilled to have author Atticus Lish read and discuss his first novel, Preparation for the Next Life, at our Columbus store this Wednesday, December 10th, at 7pm.  Lish will be joined in conversation with Lynn Lurie, author of Corner of the Dead, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, and Quick Kills.  Though both writers are based in New York City, critics have pointed out that their books read unlike any typical New York novel.  In Dwight Garner’s rave review of Preparation for the Next Life in the New York Times, he admires Lish’s “intricate comprehension of, and deep feeling for, life at the margins.” And in Jesse Barron’s interview BOMB Magazine, he writes, “It’s been a while since we had a great novel about being poor in New York where poor did not mean broke. The difference between the two conditions may be how reasonably you can hope they’ll change, and Atticus Lish’s Preparation for the Next Life is a book about people hoping to change their lives in a city that will not let them.”

On a related note, Nicole Cliffe’s two part interview with Lynn Lurie in The Toast (check out part I and II), talks about how Lurie’s unconventional writing is influenced and complicated by her time spent living and traveling in rural South America.  While volunteering with the luriePeace Corps in a remote village in Ecuador, Lurie recalls that in witnessing and experiencing intense social and economic inequality,  she “had felt the weight of being less than, of being the other.”  It is precisely the complex “status of the outsider” that Lurie explores through the narrator of Quick Kills.

For more information about Wednesday’s event, be sure to visit our website.

 

 

December 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Q&A and Reading with Michael Eigen

On Sunday, December 7th, at 3pm, Michael Eigen, renowned psychoanalyst, poet, and teacher, will discuss his latest book, Faith.  Eigen is the author of of a number of books, including Toxic Nourishment, The Psychoanalytic Mystic, Feeling Matters and Flames from the Unconscious.  

Eigen’s new book explores psychoanalytic faith and, more generally, the role of faith in the therapeutic process. In his earlier work, Eigen distinguished faith from beliefs used to organize it, the latter at once bringing people together and creating violent oppositions – belief as a defense against faith. In this new work, Eigen dives into faith experience itself and shares what he finds.

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How did you come to write Faith?

I’ve been immersed in faith since childhood. Including magical and dreadful superstititons. But also moments of unimaginable beauty that opened what I’ve gradually come to call aspects of faith as the years went on. The first I remember was seeing the stars for the first time as my father carried me to the hospital for an appendix operation at night when I was two years old. The pouring of ineffable milk-like jewels down from the sky all around me, high above yet encompassing. Hearing a clarinet for the first time when I was seven, feeling my soul open, back tingle, tickles through the pores of my skin. A dimension of life you never expected and never forget. Kissing Laurel goodnight when I was 17 and dancing all the way home. Where do such feelings come from? And the famous invitation, challenge, order, discovery: love God with all your heart and soul and might. With all of you. A love that comes from nowhere and takes to possible dimensions of experiencing you could not have imagined.

When I became a psychotherapist I became aware of a link between faith and waiting and supporting another’s life. Many years later I found that Wilfred Bion called faith the psychoanalytic attitude and “described” it as being without memory, desire, expectation, understanding. Nameless faith that supports and opens. By faith I do not mean belief. People fight over the latter and often belief defends against faith. Faith is deeper, more permeating. I like thinking of it as a creative faith that works with and tries to face the vast pools of destructiveness that lace existence.

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November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

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