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11/23/2014 - 3:00 pm
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J. Dylan Yates presents and signs The Belief in Angels

Growing up in her parents' crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules's imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother--a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.
Jules' story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp--but whose survival came at a price that's haunted him for years.

ISBN: 978193831464
Price: $16.95

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11/24/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Beulah Sanchez presents and signs Really?!!?!: One Woman's Adventures of Dating in the Digital Age

Dating - You either love it or hate it. Blind dating can be heaven or hell. Internet dating is a world all its own. Explore that crazy, dangerous, hilarious world with one woman (let s call her Beulah!) on her two-year journey to find Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now. You won t believe the characters she met (often not recognizing them from their profile pic ), the situations she got herself into (she s lucky to be alive) and the joy she found knowing she can now look back and laugh and you will, too! And it’s all true. Most online dating books are how-to or self-help guides teaching you the ins and outs of navigating the system. Really?!!! shows the reader, first hand, the pitfalls and true-life adventures of looking for love in the digital era, one debacle at a time (well, some did overlap!). (Tallfellow Press)

ISBN: 9781931290951
Price: $15.95

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11/30/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Buddha Monk and Mickey Hess joined by Prince Paul discuss and sign The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard

NEW DATE!

On the tenth anniversary of Ol' Dirty Bastard's death, his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk, presents The Dirty Version--the first biography of the hip-hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, to be written by someone from his inner circle.  Ol' Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group that forever altered the hip-hop world. ODB was one of the Clan's wildest icons and most inventive performers, and when he died of an overdose in 2004, at the age of thirty-five, millions of fans mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he once picked up his welfare check in a limousine; lifted a burning car off a four-year-old girl in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of sneakers on tour at the peak of his success. Many have questioned whether his stunts were carefully calculated or the result of paranoia and mental instability.

Now, Dirty's friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator onstage and in the studio, reveals the truth about the complex and talented performer. From Dirty's days with Buddha on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang's star, from his bouts in prison to his court-mandated rehab, from his favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story--The Dirty Version--of the legendary rapper. (Dey Street Books)

IN CONVERSATION WITH REBECCA HAITHCOAT

ISBN: 9780062231413
Price: $25.95

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12/01/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Book Soup and Gagosian Gallery present Jordana Moore Saggese discussing & signing Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art

Before his death at the age of twenty-seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat completed nearly 2,000 works. These unique compositions--collages of text and gestural painting across a variety of media--quickly made Basquiat one of the most important and widely known artists of the 1980s. Reading Basquiat provides a new approach to understanding the range and impact of this artist's practice, as well as its complex relationship to several key artistic and ideological debates of the late twentieth century, including the instability of identity, the role of appropriation, and the boundaries of expressionism. Jordana Moore Saggese argues that Basquiat, once known as "the black Picasso," probes not only the boundaries of blackness but also the boundaries of American art. Weaving together the artist's interests in painting, writing, and music, this groundbreaking book expands the parameters of aesthetic discourse to consider the parallels Basquiat found among these disciplines in his exploration of the production of meaning. Most important, Reading Basquiat traces the ways in which Basquiat constructed large parts of his identity--as a black man, as a musician, as a painter, and as a writer--via the manipulation of texts in his own library. (University of California Press)

ISBN: 9780520276246
Price: $34.95

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12/02/2014 - 7:00 pm
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David Ritz presents and signs Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

In conversation with Billboard Magazine Editor, Gail Mitchell

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz. Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via Respect and a rapid fire string of hits. She has evolved ever since, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions. Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in Respect, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture. (Little Brown and Company)

ISBN: 9780316196833
Price: $30.00

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12/03/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Philip Gefter presents and signs Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, emerges as a cultural visionary in this groundbreaking biography. Even today remembered primarily as the mentor and lover of Robert Mapplethorpe, the once infamous photographer, Wagstaff, in fact, had an incalculable and largely overlooked influence on the world of contemporary art and photography, and on the evolution of gay identity in the latter part of the twentieth century. Positioning Wagstaff's personal life against the rise of photography as a major art form and the simultaneous formation of the gay rights movement, Philip Gefter's absorbing biography provides a searing portrait of New York just before and during the age of AIDS. The result is a definitive and memorable portrait of a man and an era. (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

ISBN: 9780871404374
Price: $35.00

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12/04/2014 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ugly Sweater Holiday Shopping Night

Come dressed in your best ugly sweater and take advantage of our gift giver expertise this shopping night. We will be serving light refreshments and we’ll be giving prizes for the best ugly sweaters. We’ll also have a “photo booth” for you to mark the occasion or your Christmas card.

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12/05/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Book Soup Presents an introduction to The Critical Press!

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The Critical Press is a publisher of books on film and culture, committed t: publishing and selling well-written, high-quality critical arguments about new and classic films, especially at a length which otherwise would get overlooked. Our primary focus is on short and medium-length books: topics and arguments that can’t comfortably fit in a long article, but don’t necessarily need 300 pages to make their point. We plan to explore a wide array of topics and publish a diverse community of voices.

ISBN: 9781941629000
Price: $15.00

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12/08/2014 - 7:00 pm
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John Safran presents and signs God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race--or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex.  John Safran, a young white Jewish Australian documentarian, had been in Mississippi and interviewed Barrett for a film on race. When he learned of Barrett's murder, he returned to find out what happened and became caught up in the twists and turns of the case. During his time in Mississippi, Safran got deeper and deeper into this gothic southern world, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder"--"white separatist frenemies, black lawyers, police investigators, oddball neighbors, the stunned families, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime"--"and the people involved"--"seemed to be. In the end, he discovered how profoundly and indelibly complex the truth about someone's life"--"and death"--"can be.  This is a brilliant, haunting, hilarious, unsettling story about race, money, sex, and power in the modern American South from an outsider's point of view. (Riverhead Books)

ISBN: 9781594633355
Price: $27.95

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12/09/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Wendy Ortiz presents and signs Excavation: A Memoir

Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher - now a registered sex offender - continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life. In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It's a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart. (Future Tense Books)

ISBN: 9781892061706
Price: $15.00

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