Today is abuzz with awesome events. How to choose?
An Italian traveled to India in 1973 and fell in love. Clemente, who now divides his time between homes in New York, Italy, and Madras, talks with Rushdie about the deep enchantment that Indian art and culture cast upon him, his work, and Western civilization as a whole. Made in India is his love letter to the country—a compilation of hundreds of drawings, collages, and notebooks from the past few decades. The book features text by Rushdie, Jyotindra Jain, and Stella Kramrisch, and conversations with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky.
Location: Rare Book Room, Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway
Admission: Buy a book or a $10 Strand gift card (admits two)
Francesco Clemente is well-known for his collaborations with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, and poets like Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Rene Ricard. Salman Rushdie is a one of New York City’s most renowned authors and is chairman of the PEN World Voices Festival.
(For the Humanist in you) DON DELILLO & PAUL AUSTER on HORROR
Horror is pervasive–in cinema, in fiction, in real life. Long-time friends, colleagues, and sometimes co-authors, Don DeLillo and Paul Auster discuss the latest horror-themed issue of the cutting-edge literary journal Granta.
Location: Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street
Admission: Priority seating with purchase of Granta 117; otherwise, first-come-first-seat
Don DeLillo is an author, playwright, and essayist whose work paints a detailed portrait of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In 1994, he co-wrote “Salman Rushdie Defense” with Paul Auster following the proclamation of a fatwa upon Rushdie, after the publication of The Satanic Verses. Paul Auster is known for works blending absurdism, existentialism, crime fiction, and the search for identity and personal meaning. He dedicated In the Country of Last Things and Leviathan to his amigo Don DeLillo.
Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University. It published the early work of many writers who would later stake their claim in the literary world, such as A.A. Milne, Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Plath, and has since featured the world’s finest writers. Full stop. Granta believes in the power and urgency of the story, both fictional and non-fictional, to describe and illuminate.
(For the Poet in you)SLIPPING in BETWEEN GENRES
Meghan O’Rourke and Philip Schultz in conversation with Darin Strauss on their unique experiences as memoirist poets … or is it poetic memoirists …
Location: WORD, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn
Admission: FREE; Facebook RSVP appreciated
Meghan O’Rouke was formerly a fiction editor at The New Yorker and poetry co-editor at The Paris Review and now contributes to Slate magazine. She has written about horse racing, gender bias in the literary world, politics of marriage and divorce, and the place of grief and mourning in modern society. Philip Schultz is a poet and founder/director of The Writers Studio. His collection of poems Failure co-won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
(For the Cook in you) GET YOUR EDIBLE BROOKLYN
Rachel Wharton won a James Beard food journalism award for her writing in Edible Brooklyn, the food-porn magazine for foodies serious about sustainable chowing in the BKLYN. The Cookbook pays tribute to delicious recipes from sensational eateries in Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Location: Barnes & Noble, Park Slope, 267 7th Ave., Brooklyn
Rachel Wharton is a deputy editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn magazines. She focused her master’s degree in Food Studies from NYU on sustainable agriculture and food culture, with a minor in tacos. She will eat street meat with abandon–sustainability be damned.