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September 2008

things that will be fun, I promise

Tomorrow’s the New York premiere of the State by State film, the third in Powell’s Out of the Book film series. State by State, which just went on sale yesterday, features insightful essays on each of the 50 states. After the premiere, there’ll be a panel discussion with editors Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey and the producer of the film as well as some of the featured authors, including Will Blythe, Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Myla Goldberg, Rick Moody, David Rakoff, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Ellery Washington, and others. Best of all, it’s free! And if you don’t live in New York, go here to find out when it’s coming to your town.

Tuesday, September 23
Kiran Desai, Siri Hustvedt, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, and other esteemed writers will participate in Reading Burma: A Benefit for Cyclone Relief and Freedom of Expression in Burma/Myanmar at Cooper Union. We were tipped off to this one by none other than Francine Prose, so it’s sure to be worthwhile.

Thursday, September 25
Michael Chabon has said “There are some people—and I’m one of them—for whom life consists only of passing time between novels by John Crowley.” Crowley will read from his new novel, Four Freedoms, out next spring from William Morrow, at the 92nd Street Y. Get your tickets here. They’re only $10 if you’re under 35!

November 2008

paperback dreams


Paperback Dreams is a documentary that follows two landmark independent bookstores and their struggle to survive. It features Andy Ross of Cody’s Books and Clark Kepler of Kepler’s Books over the course of two tumultuous years in the book business. Currently airing on PBS (click here for a schedule and screening around the country (click here for another schedule), it’s a tribute to the contributions of independents from the 70s to today, and important viewing for all of us who are into books.

If you’re in the NYC area, it’s screening at one of our favorite stores, McNally Jackson on Friday November 14th.

December 2009

mental floss trivia night this sunday!

You’ve been to other trivia nights . . . now come to the best trivia night!

It’s the first ever Mental_Floss Bar Quiz and Trivia Show!

Sunday December 6 at 7 pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn

Be there or be lame!


January 2010

naked girls reading . . . in nyc!

Naked Girls Reading, the reading series that features, you guessed it, naked girls reading, will be having a New York City event at the end of this month!

“The people who bring you Pinchbottom burlesque present the New York Edition of the nationwide hit nude literary salon. Hosted by Nasty Canasta. January 29 will close out the first-ever nationwide “Naked Girls Reading” event with “NAKED GIRLS READING PULP: Gotham’s Seedy Underbelly” featuring lurid readings set in the Big Apple. Seating is VERY limited; buy now. Reserved seating tickets include 1 drink from Madame X’s “Foreplay” menu.”

You can buy tickets here. Or, if $25 is too rich for your blood, you could always stay home, take off all your clothes, and read in front of the mirror, but it probably won’t be nearly as fun.

April 2010

harper perennial on tour: weeks of april 5 and april 12

This week you get two in one, since I’ll be spending next week in Tokyo, far from the Harper Perennial offices!

Tuesday April 6
Malena Watrous will be promoting If You Follow Me
STE 200 1010 El Camino Menlo Park, CA 94025

Weds April 7
Zoe Heller will be promoting The Believers
Joes Pub 425 LAFAYETTE ST New York, NY 10003

Saturday April 10
Malena Watrous will be promoting If You Follow Me
51 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tuesday, April 13
Austin Kleon will be promoting Newspaper Blackout
603 N Lamar Austin, TX 78704

Ariel Leve will be promoting It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me
163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Willy Vlautin will be promoting Lean on Pete
895 East 13th St. Eugene, OR 97403

September 2010

lit crawl nyc!

Harper Perennial has quite a bit going on this weekend. So much, in fact, that I’m breaking it up into two posts! This one is going to be about our totally awesome Lit Crawl NYC event:

Lit Chicks vs. Book Boys: Literary Trivia with Harper Perennial
KGB, 85 East 4th Street
Sat, September 11th, 6:00-6:45 pm
Join Harper Perennial for a night of girls vs boys trivia, awesome prizes, excellent readings, and alcoholic beverages. Rachel Shukert represents the girls, Jason Mulgrew the boys, and Neal Pollack hosts.

Last year, my team made it to the finals, where we were “helped” by our author Tony O’Neill, who told us some very incorrect things about the ancient mariner. This year, you could be the one trying to explain to one of our mildly intoxicated authors why you know more about literature than they do. Do other events give you that kind of access? I think not.

So that’s your Saturday night right there. Come back later this week to learn how you should spend your Sunday (hint: at the brooklyn book festival! But I’ll tell you why.)

brooklyn book festival!

This Sunday is another event we’ve all been waiting for—the Brooklyn Book Festival! We’ve already partnered with Brooklyn-Based to tell you all about our awesome authors’ panels and to offer a special, super-cheap deal, so I thought I’d use this post to:

1. tell you to come by our booth and say hi to me! I’ll be there all day selling my heart out, along with various other harper perennial marketing people and editors.

2. tell you that in addition to the previously mentioned super-cheap deal you can find on Brooklyn-Based, we’ll also be offering all our books at just $10 each even for those without the coupon, AND debuting our brand-new, very exciting HARPER PERENNIAL TOTE BAGS, free with your purchase of $20 or more.

3. suggest some of my favorite places in the area for lunch, including: Chipotle (185 montague street, needs no explanation), Cafe Luluc (214 smith street, vaguely french), Bar Tabac (128 smith street, more than vaguely french), Blue Marble (196 court street or 420 atlantic ave, ice cream, maybe not for lunch but definitely not-to-be-missed), and Clover Club (210 smith street, the best baked eggs you’ll ever have). There is also a Mexican place I prefer to Chipotle in the general vicinity that I will tell you about if you ask.

lit crawl and brooklyn book festival recap (with photos!)

This weekend, Harper Perennial participated in two awesome events: Lit Crawl NYC and the Brooklyn Book Festival.

First up was our literary trivia night at KGB as part of the Lit Crawl. I didn’t take any photos, but I can tell you that Jason Mulgrew read about his small penis, Rachel Shukert read about the most disgusting fondue you could possibly imagine (hint: it involves . . . fluids), and Neal Pollack read about farts. Yes, that’s Harper Perennial for you—keepin’ it classy. The winners of our trivia were Team Wolfmother, who left without claiming their prize, thinking there was none! But that has been rectified and their prizes are on their way.

Then came Sunday and our booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival. We huddled together for warmth during the wind and rain and sold a ton of books! Shiny gold stars go to everyone who helped and sold their hearts out:

our marketing director Amy
harper paperbacks marketing coordinator Mary
harper paperbacks marketing associate Stephanie
assistant sales manager Jess
online marketing manager Michael
it books marketing associate Jeremy
publicist Joseph
library marketing associate Kayleigh (whose own recap you can see at the link)
editor Brittany
managing editor Dori

And, of course, our fearless leaders Carrie and Cal. (Fun fact: the only time all day I sat down was when Cal and I ate pizza.)

I also met lots of my favorite bloggers/twitterers for the first time and saw some familiar faces too! All in all, it was a great day for anyone who loves books . . . as you can see in the below photos!

Steph, Jess, and Mary

Browsing at the booth

Me and Amy

The plaid brigade: Jeremy, Michael, Joseph

Already looking forward to next year!

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