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Meet the Staff: Cody Madsen

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I’m originally from a small town in California outside of Yosemite National Park in the Sierras. I’ve worked in bookselling for 8 years. In college, I worked seasonally at a small independent in my hometown. I came on as a manager for Book Culture in August of 2013.

What is your role as a Manager for Book Culture?
I’m the Event Coordinator for Book Culture, and help with managing the periodicals, floor managing, and help coordinate web content. I’m a semi-pro gift wrapper, and I also occasionally wear shorts and flip-flops.

How did you come to join the Book Culture family?
I moved to NYC in September of 2011 for graduate school. While waiting to board my plane in California, I sent an email to Book Culture to see if they might be hiring. On a layover in Denver, I received a reply from Chris asking if I could come in for temporary work for the coursebook rush. I got to Manhattan around 3am Sunday morning, and by 11am I was working for Book Culture. I’ve been here in some capacity ever since.

What are your areas of expertise?
I read a little all over the place. I studied cultural anthropology in school, so I can speak to that body of work. I read more contemporary fiction now, with a Tennessee Williams play thrown in every couple of books. I enjoy ‘History of the Book’ books. I read samples of most of the magazines we stock, so I can recommend the heck out of a number of those titles.

What are you currently reading?
I’ve been reading The World According to Garp for a while with some friends from college. It’s definitely something. I also recently just read Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones. I’ve started to read more stories, fiction and nonfiction, told from the perspective of non-American women. Some of my favorite authors in this vein are Chinelo Okparanta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margery Wolf, and Lisa See. I also follow APOGEE and Hello Mr. magazines for their writing.

What’s your favorite part of working for a bookstore?
The community. Bookselling seems to attract wonderful, insightful, collaborative people. I’ve made lifelong friends through my work in bookstores, and for that I’m especially grateful. My quality of life has been forever enriched. (The discount, advanced copies, and BEA are nice perks, too.)

January 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Upcoming Fall Poetry Events

The beginning of Autumn marks the end of summer; the start of school, for some; tea-season; wool-season; crunchy leaf piles–and a wonderful lineup of poetry readings and events at Book Culture.  Whether you are looking to discover a new poet, or share your own work at an Open Mic Event, we hope you will join us this season for these upcoming events in celebration and support of the art of poetry.

Upcoming this Month:

On Friday, October 17th at 7pm, Apogee Journal is hosting an Open Mic Night.  The Open Mic is free and open to the public! Come to share! Come to listen! Past participants have read poetry, short form prose, samples from larger works, monologues, even music.  Signup sheets will be set out at 6:40pm. Participants will be limited to 5 minutes each.


Join us on Monday, October 20th, at 7pm for Greece: Journeys and Returns, a special joint reading with Adrianne Kalfopoulou and Rachel Hadas. Adrianne will be reading from her latest book, Ruin: Essays in Exilic Living, and Rachel will read from her last book of poems, The Golden Road.

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On October 21st at 7pm,  join us for the launch of two new works: Michael Keenan’s Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery, and John Duvernoy’s Something In The Way // Obstruction Blues.

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Sunday, October 19th, at 2pm come to our monthly Tea and Letter Writing event featuring a poetry reading with contributors of The Widows’ Handbook. Our letter writing station will be available to any all who wish to write a letter.  Stationary and postage are always provided.


We invite you on Friday, October 24th, at 7pm for and reading and launch of Daniel Shapiro’s new book, The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems.

red handkerchief

Join us Thursday, October 30th, at 7pm for the launch of Sarah White’s new book of poetry, The Unknowing Muse.  Joining Sarah is 8 string guitarist, Andrew Schulman, playing selections by Bach, Schubert, Gershwyn, and the Beatles.

 unkowing muse

On Deck For November…

On November 6th at 7pm, Book Culture will host eXfoliation, two poets and two writers of prose from Louffa Press.  Hosted by David Moskovich and Justin Maki.

MATT DOJNY, fiction
AMY FUSSELMAN, nonfiction


On Friday, November 21st, at 7pm there will be an exciting Open Mic Night hosted by 4×4 Magazine. The event is free and open to the public!


And, finally, a poem:

Fall Leaf Studies

I wake up, I count my money
then I have lunch.
After lunch I go
To the window.
The leaves are no longer green.
When the leaves fall,
at the end of summer,
who knows if there are enough
to cover the ground?
Do they themselves
ever actually really know?
They come down slowly
and with many conjectures
after all that yak
and in that bronzed state
they pause.

–by Mary Ruefle, from Trances of the Blast

October 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Make Your Own Zine!

Kids, don’t miss our creative writing and zine-making event at 112th Street on Saturday, June 21st at 1pm

Book Culture and harlequin creature invite you to spend a bit of your summer in a creative writing and ‘zine making workshop with Meghan Forbes, editor. With a fleet of typewriters to transport us back in time, you’ll write stories of what life might have felt and looked like well before the Digital Age.

After a short snack break, we’ll turn all those stories into a ‘zine to take home, as you’ll learn how to hand bind each page into a book you can keep!

All participants must RSVP to Michael at by Thursday, June 19th. Space is limited to 10 children, ages 8-12. This is a drop off event, and is expected to go until 4pm.

harlequin creature is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 arts and literary journal, published twice a year. Each copy of every issue is typed on an old typewriter by friends in Ann Arbor, New York, and Los Angeles; covers are letter-pressed and then hand bound. We are thrilled to bring the typewriters used in producing harlequin creature to Book Culture!

Meghan Forbes, creator, editor, translator, contributor;

Meghan has been writing all her live long days and wrote herself right into grad school. She is a karel teige enthusiast, and it is his work in photomontage, typography, and book art that has inspired the unique aesthetic of this project. She grew up in los angeles, likes to think she’s a new yorker, lives in ann arbor, and is a prague native.


June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Q & A with Marcelline Block

1) What are you currently reading?

Zoltán Böszörményi, The Club at Eddy’s Bar
Sarah Lewis, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery
Jane Mendelsohn, American Music
David Paradis, Flew Away
Jean-Michel Rabaté, Crimes of the Future: Theory and its Global Reproduction


2) Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to the publication of?

Mikita Brottman, The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals


3) Are there standard titles or writers you like to recommend, either within or outside of your field?

Patrice Higonnet, Paris: Capital of the World
Georges Sadoul, Dictionary of Film Makers; Dictionary of Films; French Film


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

Although it’s difficult to choose only one book, a favorite is Colette’s Chéri


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

I have several, and will keep you posted about them.

May 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Sale Starts TODAY

Book Culture’s Spring 20% Off Sale

Book Culture’s Annual Spring 20% Off Sale begins Friday, May 16th and will last through Sunday, May 18th at 7pm.

Everything in both stores will be 20% off, the usual restrictions do apply. All weekend we will be holding raffles to give away great prizes. Join us for a bagel breakfast Saturday morning, and a tea reception Sunday to thank all of our customers, neighbors, and friends.

If you can’t make it in the store, don’t fret! That weekend the sale will also be extended to our online consumers on, and phone orders as well. Order online or over the phone between Friday, May 16 and Sunday, May 18 to receive 20% all discountable items.

May 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

THE WRITER’S HOTEL & The Writer’s Hotel Reading Series 2014


The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction is truly “a new kind of writing program,” as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) noted in a recent article. The Writer’s Hotel is the editorial and teaching arm of the print journal, The New Guard literary review.

The Writer’s Hotel Master Class is set up as a floating campus in Midtown Manhattan between three writer’s hotels, The Algonquin Hotel, Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. TWH 2014 Workshop Leaders are Richard Hoffman, Scott Wolven, Elyssa East and Shanna McNair, the Founder of both The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard.
Along with Master Class workshops on craft, meetings with agents and editors and lectures and seminars, The Writer’s Hotel (TWH) hosts literary events, including a series called “The Writer’s Hotel Reading Series 2014,” a reading series specially curated for the current Master Class. Participants and program faculty read their own original work at NYC venues during session. 2014 Faculty readings will be held at The Half King and Kinokuniya. 2014 Master Class participant venues are KGB Bar Lit’s Red Room, Cornelia Street Cafe, The EAR Inn via The New York Poetry Society and Book Culture.

Other 2014 events include a guided game of “Wink, Murder,” a game made popular by NYC’s so called “Vicious Circle,” at The Algonquin Hotel and walking tours, guided by The New York Public Library staff, Greenwich Pub Crawl and the Dorothy Parker Society. The local NYC nonprofit, Literary Manhattan, is working to help coordinate some literary events.
The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction & Nonfiction, 2014 is sponsored in part by The Kirby Family Foundation in cooperation with Creative Portland Corporation. Bottles of Dorothy Parker Gin have been donated by New York Distilling Company for the Wink, Murder event.

May 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm 2 comments

Q & A with Stephanie Del Rosso

1. What are you currently reading?
I’m a little late to the party, but Franzen’s The Corrections. Also, some friends and I dug up Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College reading syllabus and are trying to plow through all of it. We just finished the Romans.

2. Why did you choose to pair Mixtape with Adiche’s Americanah?
Only because Americanah felt theatrical to me. It had been a while since I’d read a book both so gorgeous and upsetting, with a protagonist who makes you complicit in every narrative turn.

3. Are there standard titles or writers you like to recommend, either within or outside of your field?
In no particular order: God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, Gnit by Will Eno, Women Laughing Alone With Salad by Sheila Callaghan, The Brothers Size by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, The Flick by Annie Baker, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. I also love the way Joan Didion talks about sauerkraut in “On Keeping a Notebook.”

4. Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to the publication of?
The new Marilynne Robinson and the chapbook that 826 is releasing by the students I teach poetry to at Bronx Leadership II.

5. What’s next? Any upcoming projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I’m in my good friend’s short play turned short film “They Have These Really Cool Bike Planters” this coming June. I’m also working on a 10-minute about a relationship in reverse and a new full-length loosely based on snail mail, prison, and kids.

May 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

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