Monday, June 16, 2014

Reading Room Cliffs Notes: Week of June 16

Reading Room Cliffs Notes is the essential guide to what's going on in the Reading Room for the upcoming week. The "Flashback" section captures a highlight from last week, while "Foreshadowing" gives a full list of the upcoming week's events. Make a visit to the Bryant Park Reading Room presented by HSBC a plot point in your week!  

Flashback of the Week: Word for Word Author presents Real Characters

Courtney Maum humorously read her two years of rejection letters from McSweeney’s, as Rosie Schaap hilariously describes the seven types of soccer fans in her new prose: The Hermit, The Citizen, The Hoverer, The Ogler, The Windbag, etc. 

Foreshadowing for the Week of June 16
12:30pm: HSBC Sustainability: Water, a Precious Resource
John Gaudet, ecologist and author of Papyrus: The Plant that Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today’s Water Warsand Brian Richter, Director, Global Freshwater Strategies for the Nature Conservancy and author of Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability
7pm: Word For Word Poetry in partnership with Poetry Society of America
Kimiko Hahn, Rebecca Gayle Howell, and Alicia Ostriker read works as a tribute to Gerald Stern.
Actress and Twitter star Jenny Mollen chats about her hysterical new memoir that tells it like it is when it comes to refusing to acknowledge boundaries of any kind. With special guest host actor Jason Biggs American Pie, Orange is the New Black.

The first person to say "Just the Way I Am" to the Reading Room Coordinator at the event will win a free copy of the book. 

12:30pm: Word for Word Lunch Poems
Patricia Spears Jones, Lydia Cortes, Sharan Strange, Jocelyn Lieu, and Jessica Greenbaum read original works as an homage to the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara. 
Everyone's favorite literary bear family does songs and stories at the Reading Room. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. 

Stay tuned as other Reading Room programs begin later in the season. For the entire season's lineup, visit the Word for Word page

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