1. lastnightsreading:

    'Sup? I'm the official artist of the Downtown Literary Festival — that’s ‘sup.

    This Sunday I will be running between Housing Works and Bowery Poetry Club, drawing for six straight hours — no bathroom breaks.* I’ll be posting all my drawings live on Instagram throughout the day.

    Also, if you see me at the festival, I’ll have Last Night’s Reading postcards free for the taking, featuring some of your favorite drawings. Just look for the girl with the drawing pad and polka dots.

    * I am allowed bathroom breaks.

    Kate is the first official DLF artist! We’re delighted she’ll be documenting the festival.

     

  2. We’re a festival that tells you everything you need to know about New York City books, so this is quite relevant. Also, the list features some of this year’s guests!

     

  3. In-store Event at McNally Jackson

    Morning Events for Kids (all events downstairs)

    • 10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong with Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone (agest 0–4)
    • 11AM: The Joshua Show (all ages!): A combination of puppets, music, and comedy, hosted by award-winning puppeteer Joshua Holden.
    • 11:30AM: Everyone Together Now! with Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills (ages 4–8)
    • 12PM: Storytime with Raffe Jefferson and guest author Greg Foley (ages 5–8)
    • 12:30PM: Kids’ poetry writing with Greg Foley

    Afternoon One-on-one Author Events

    • 1–3PM: n+1 hosts “Canon Swapping,” a game exchanging lists of life-changing books (downstairs)
    • 1:30–4:30PM: Literary Advice—let good writers solve your worst problems with: 1:30-2PM Fiona Maazel / 2-2:30PM Katie Roiphe / 2:30-3PM Justin Taylor / 3-4PM Sadie Stein / 4-4:30PM Adam Wilson (upstairs)
    • 3:15–4PM: Rosie Schaap matches books with beverages. Gatsby & whiskey, anyone? (upstairs)
    • 3-4: Discussion of Select Poems by Alice Notley, led by Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig (downstairs)
    • 2-5:30PM: Dream analysis with Meghan O’Rourke, Jynne Dilling Martin, Brenda Shaughnessy and Daniel Pinchbeck (upstairs)

    Ongoing 12–6PM: Photo Booth and Tweeting Station (downstairs)

    Author signings 12:30–5:30PM: Authors will be signing 45 minutes after their respective events (upstairs, please see festival program for further details)

    • 12:30PM: John Freeman, Teju Cole, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru
    • 1:30PM: Sari Botton
    • 2:30PM: Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, Julia Wertz, Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell
    • 3:30PM: Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, Adam Wilson, Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Erica Kaufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones
    • 4:30PM: Stacey D’Erasmo, Mike Doughty, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz, Richard Price, Francine Prose
    • 5:30PM: Melissa Febos, David Gilbert, David Goodwillie, Amor Towles, Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Adam Fitzgerald, Heidi Julavits, and Colm Toibin

    Full festival schedule updated at downtownliteraryfestival.

     
  4. A pretty version of the schedule, including a map demonstrating how close everything is, thanks to designer Ben Tuttle!

     
  5. lastnightsreading:

    Zadie Smith at the Schomburg Center, 3/19/14

    Buy the drawing here.

    We really love lastnightsreading…and that’s why this year, KATE GAVINO IS THE OFFICIAL FESTIVAL ARTIST! Just another reason to love the festival…

     

  6. The Complete Schedule: Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Updated April 9, 2014

    KIDS AT McNALLY JACKSON:

    10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong With Amy and Jo (ages 0–4)

    Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone are taking their weekly Storytime and giving it a downtown New York makeover. Start your day off with some reading, dancing, singing, and plenty of smiles. Geared for the 0–4 year old crowd but plenty fun for the grown ups joining them. To see what else Amy and Jo get up to, go to amyvirginia.com and meatballpresents.com, and come by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesdays at 10:30am to keep playing with them!

    11AM: The Joshua Show (all ages!)

    Come celebrate what makes you uniquely you with award winning puppeteer Joshua Holden and his friend, Mr. Nicholas (the sock puppet). A combination of puppets, music, comedy, whimsy, abundant joy, and just a smattering of tap dancing, this modern day Mr. Rogers will keep you smiling throughout the entire show. Perfect for all ages (grown ups too!) The Joshua Show was awarded Best in Performance and Audience Favorite at the Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and you can catch Joshua and Mr. Nicholas online as well at www.theambassadorofjoy.com

    11:30AM: Everyone Together Now! With Amelia Robinson (ages 4–8)

    Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills invites families with young children to discover a world of music through original interactive songs. She will be playing from the Mil’s Trills debut album, Everyone Together Now, featuring music that dips into the genres of urban funk, blues, honky tonk and calypso. She has previously performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, TriBeCa Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was recently featured on Michelle Obama’s “Songs for a Healthier America.” Come sing and dance with us and then see more of Amelia at milstrills.com. Perfect for ages 4–8.

    12PM: Storytime With Rafael Jefferson and Guest Author Greg Foley (ages 5–8)

    Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire , V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.

    ONE-ON-ONE EVENTS WITH WRITERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AT McNALLY JACKSON:

    • Photo booth: pose with your favorite book
    • Literary advice from Fiona Maazel, Katie Roiphe, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson
    • Alice Notley book club with Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig
    • Rosie Schaap recommends drinks to pair with your favorite books and characters
    • No Regrets with n+1
    • Live tweeting from festival authors
    • Signings from festival authors will occur half an hour after their event ends; for example, readers from an event at 1PM will be signing at 2:30PM

    BPC = Bowery Poetry Club, HWBC = Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

    Festival events will start on the hour indicated and last 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to move between venues when desired.

    BPC 11AM: Natives and Newcomers: How Open Is New York City?

    Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home. Moderated by John Freeman.

    HWBC 12PM: The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories

    Bad roommates, bed bugs, broker fees, slum lords, and more: life in a New York City apartment. With stories from Maggie Serota, Sari Botton, Bob Powers, Jen Doll and Tyler Coates. Hosted by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Tobias Carroll.

    BPC 12PM: Fast Talking: Downtown Writing From the Archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review

    Nicholas Elliott and Andrew Durbin read from a BOMB piece about John Waters and Dennis Cooper; “How to Be the Black Person Reading How to Be Black” from Guernica; Jesse Barron introduces Francine Prose for Harper’s, and a performance of a James Thurber interview from The Paris Review.

    HWBC 1PM: Graphically New York: The City as Character

    From superheroes to antiheroes, the cityscape of New York has long played a crucial role in graphic stories. A visual presentation from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz.

    BPC 1PM: Vice and Virtue: Stories of Sin and Salvation

    Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell.

    HWBC 2PM: Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Movies Edition

    Maris Kreizman, creator of the mega-popular blog and book-to-be Slaughterhouse 90210, on the intersection of New York City movies and literature, with storytelling by Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, and Adam Wilson.

    BPC 2PM: “The City Drifting”: Celebrating the Poetry of Alice Notley

    Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones read a cherished poem by Alice Notley. The festival celebrates a poet who epitomizes downtown literary culture each year; last year’s inaugural festival featured Frank O’Hara.

    HWBC 3PM: Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues

    It seems for every new music venue in this city, two close or are shut down. Writers and musicians Stacey D’Erasmo, Mike Doughty, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz and more tell stories of the empty pools, DIY spaces, concert halls, and arenas that have closed their doors but live on in the hearts of bands and fans.

    BPC 3PM: The Tale of Two Cities: Richard Price and Francine Prose in Conversation

    The growing wealth gap has meant that contemporary downtown New York City no longer resembles the affordable, inclusive, and diverse enclave it used to be. Two born-and-bred New Yorkers, authors Richard Price and Francine Prose, discuss the city’s shifting economic landscape.

    HWBC 4PM: NYC Through the Decades: The 1950s

    The launch of a perennial event for the Downtown Literary Festival, in which each year the festival will focus on a single decade in New York City literary culture. This year, the 1950s: David Gilbert will discuss Hitchcock’s Rear Window; Amor Towles on Robert Franks’ The Americans photographs; David Goodwillie on Delmore Schwartz and Melissa Febos on Lorraine Hansberry.

    BPC 4PM: After Hours: A Literary Cabaret

    A celebration of literary culture after dark with Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Adam Fitzgerald, Heidi Julavits, Uzoamaka Maduka, Rachel Syme, Colm Toibin, and Lucas Wittmann.

     

  7. It wouldn’t be DLF unless we had two parties…

    5PM THE DOWNTOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL AFTER PARTY

    VON BAR, 3 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

    Join festival authors and attendees to raise a glass in the basement of Von bar.

     

  8. Downtown Literary Festival April 13, 2014

    BPC = Bowery Poetry Club, HWBC = Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

    Festival events will start on the hour indicated and last 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to move between venues when desired. All signings will take place at McNally Jackson.

    • BPC 11AM
      Natives and Newcomers: How Open Is New York City?
      Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home.
    • HWBC 12PM
      The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories
      Bad roommates, bed bugs, broker fees, slum lords, and more: life in a New York City apartment. With stories from Maggie Serota, Sari Botton, Bob Powers, Jen Doll and Tyler Coates. Hosted by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Tobias Carroll.
    • BPC 12PM
      Fast Talking: Downtown Writing From the Archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review
      Nicholas Elliott and Andrew Durbin read from a BOMB piece about John Waters and Dennis Cooper; “How to Be the Black Person Reading How to Be Black” from Guernica; Jesse Barron introduces Francine Prose for Harper’s, and a performance of a James Thurber interview from The Paris Review.
    • HWBC 1PM
      Graphically New York: The City as Character
      From superheroes to antiheroes, the cityscape of New York has long played a crucial role in graphic stories. A visual presentation from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz.
    • BPC 1PM
      Vice and Virtue: Stories of Sin and Salvation
      Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell.
    • HWBC 2PM
      @Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Movies Edition
      Maris Kreizman, creator of the mega-popular blog and book-to-be slaughterhouse90210, on the intersection of New York City movies and literature, with storytelling by Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, and more.
    • BPC 2PM
      “The City Drifting”: Celebrating the Poetry of Alice Notley
      Timothy Donnelly, Lynne Melnick, Rachel Zucker, Marcella Durand, John Godfrey, Stacy Szymaszek, Kim Lyons, Filip Marinovic, Charif Shanahan, Erika Caufman, John Coletti, and Patricia Spears Jones read a cherished poem by Alice Notley. The festival celebrates a poet who epitomizes downtown literary culture each year; last year’s inaugural festival featured Frank O’Hara.
    • HWBC 3PM
      Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues
      It seems for every new music venue in this city, two close or are shut down. Writers and musicians Stacey D’Erasmo, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz and more tell stories of the empty pools, DIY spaces, concert halls, and arenas that have closed their doors but live on in the hearts of bands and fans.
    • BPC 3PM
      The Tale of Two Cities: Richard Price and Francine Prose in Conversation
      The growing wealth gap has meant that contemporary downtown New York City no longer resembles the affordable, inclusive, and diverse enclave it used to be. Two born-and-bred New Yorkers, authorsRichard Price and Francine Prose, discuss the city’s shifting economic landscape.
    • HWBC 4PM
      NYC Through the Decades: The 1950s
      The launch of a perennial event for the Downtown Literary Festival, in which each year the festival will focus on a single decade in New York City literary culture. This year, the 1950s: David Gilbert will discuss Hitchcock’s Rear Window; Amor Towles on Robert Franks’ The Americans photographs; David Goodwillie on Delmore Schwartz and more.
    • BPC 4PM
      After Hours: A Literary Cabaret
      A celebration of literary culture after dark with Charles Bock, Adam Fitzgerald, Heidi Julavits, Uzoamaka Maduka, Rachel Syme, Colm Toibin, Edmund White, and Lucas Wittmann.
     

  9. One-on-one Events Throughout the Day at McNally Jackson

    • Photo booth: pose with your favorite book
    • Literary advice from Charles Bock, Fiona Maazel, Katie Roiphe, Adam Wilson
    • Alice Notley book club with Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig
    • Rosie Schaap recommends drinks to pair with your favorite books and characters
    • No Regrets with n+1
    • Live tweeting from festival authors
    • Signings from festival authors will occur half an hour after their event ends; for example, readers from an event at 1PM will be signing at 2:30PM
    • Full schedule of one-on-one events at McNally Jackson will be available at downtownliteraryfestival.org
     

  10. Kids Programming at McNally Jackson

    10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong With Amy and Jo (ages 0–4)

    Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone are taking their weekly Storytime and giving it a downtown New York makeover. Start your day off with some reading, dancing, singing, and plenty of smiles. Geared for the 0–4 year old crowd but plenty fun for the grown ups joining them. To see what else Amy and Jo get up to, go to amyvirginia.com and meatballpresents.com, and come by Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesdays at 10:30am to keep playing with them!

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    11AM: The Joshua Show (all ages!)

    Come celebrate what makes you uniquely you with award winning puppeteer Joshua Holden and his friend, Mr. Nicholas (the sock puppet). A combination of puppets, music, comedy, whimsy, abundant joy, and just a smattering of tap dancing, this modern day Mr. Rogers will keep you smiling throughout the entire show. Perfect for all ages (grown ups too!) The Joshua Show was awarded Best in Performance and Audience Favorite at the Puppeteers of America’s National Festival and you can catch Joshua and Mr. Nicholas online as well at www.theambassadorofjoy.com

    11:30AM: Everyone Together Now! With Amelia Robinson (ages 4–8)

    Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills invites families with young children to discover a world of music through original interactive songs. She will be playing from the Mil’s Trills debut album, Everyone Together Now, featuring music that dips into the genres of urban funk, blues, honky tonk and calypso. She has previously performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, TriBeCa Film Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was recently featured on Michelle Obama’s “Songs for a Healthier America.” Come sing and dance with us and then see more of Amelia at milstrills.com. Perfect for ages 4–8.

    12PM: Storytime With Rafael Jefferson and Guest Author Greg Foley (ages 5–8)

    Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire , V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.