This Week’s Book Events
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Michael Uslan Speaks!
Comic Con may be over, but never fear! The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is here to the rescue with this chat with Michael Uslan. Catch a talk from the man who originated the Batman movies and was the first instructor to teach “Comic Book Folklore” at Indiana University’s Experimental Curriculum. He might also be the first man to compare Superman with Moses. The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s (MoCCA) documents Uslan’s story of how a comics-obsessed kid conquered academia and Hollywood and brought the dark knight to the silver screen. Check out the corresponding exhibition that includes memorabilia and documents spanning his career as a college professor to becoming the producer of the Batman films franchise.
Date: Monday, November 21, 7–9pm
Location: MoCCA, 594 Broadway, Suite 401
Admission: $5, Free for MoCCA Members and Children 10 and under
Oscar Hijuelos Reads
Hijuelos, recipient of the Pulitzer for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, reads from his memoir Thoughts Without Cigarettes—an honest and personal account of growing up “not quite Cuban, tentatively American” in the vibrant and unpredictable decades of mid-20th century New York City.
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Date: Tuesday, November 22, 8pm
Location: National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S.
Thalia Book Club: Joan Didion’s Blue Nights
In conversation with her nephew Griffin Dunne, Didion discusses her deeply moving new memoir about her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne, and her own fears and thoughts about growing old. Blue Nights is her first book since The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion’s National Book Award-winning account of grief and mourning following the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. In her new memoir, as with her previous one, Didion confides and confronts her fears and sorrows as she looks back and offers her quiet optimism and wisdom looking forward.
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 7:30pm
Location: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (@95th St.)
Admission: $25; Member $21; 30 & Under $15: Buy tickets
Have a great literary week!