Monday, June 30, 2014

Reading Room Cliffs Notes: Week of June 30

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: "Poetry Man," a Tribute to Paul Romero

Paul has been inspiring poets in the Reading Room since it first opened in 2003. His dedication is an inspiration to us all and we are so proud of Bryant Park’s Poetry Man. Natalie Douglas and Chris Biesterfeld performed a musical version of “Poetry Man.” 

Poets who read a poem and anecdote about Paul include: Michael Broder, Mark Doty, Patricia Spears Jones, Michael Klein, Saeed Jones, and Angelo Nikolopoulos. The event was curated by Jason Schneiderman; at the end, cupcakes were served and cutouts of Paul's portrait distributed. 

Foreshadowing for the Week of June 30

10:30am: Storytime with Cali Co Cat
"Tails," "meowsic," arts and crafts, and more!

12:30pm: HSBC Sustainability presents Policy Decisions Affecting Our Cities, Our Towns – Good, Bad, Indifferent. With Richard S. Grossman - Wrong, and Joan Fitzgerald - Emerald Cities
Richard S. Grossman, Professor, Wesleyan University and Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn from Them

Joan Fitzgerald, Director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University
Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

7pm: Word For Word Poetry presents welcomes W. W. Norton and Persea Books
Charlie Smith and Philip Schultz, presented in partnership with W. W. Norton, and Laura Cronk and Sarah Gambito, presented in partnership with Persea Books, read original works.

12:30pm: Word for Word Author presents Emma Straub, The Vacationers: A Novel and Emily Gould, Friendship: A Novel. Hosted by Jen Doll, Save the Date
The author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures teams up with the former Gawker editor to discuss their latest books on romance, travel, and friendship - from New York City to the Balearic Island of Mallorca.

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

7pm: Word for Word Non-Fiction presents D. Scott Hartwig, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862
Learn about this exciting period in history from one of the experts. Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society.

7pm: Word for Word Writers presents Screenwriting Writers Workshop
Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required. Facilitated by Alexander Steele; produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop.

12:30pm: Reel TalksThe Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir
Lively and entertaining commentary on the classic movie The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author/scholar Foster Hirsch.

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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