Your Best (Bookish) Week in NYC: June 15-19

Posted by Jennifer Morell

(Image taken by Axel Taferner)

We are changing things up a little this week for our NYC event roundup. Along with some highlighted events, we’ve added our suggestions for places to go before and after to round out a totally bookish and artsy day. Tweet at @QuirkBooks to let us know where you went!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Joanna Rakoff will be at Book Culture this Wednesday to discuss her memoir My Salinger Year. The book chronicles her time spent working for J.D. Salinger’s agent in the late ‘90s. Part of her job there involved answering J.D. Salinger’s fan mail. Though she has been given an ancient form letter to copy in response, hearing from Salinger’s earnest fans encouraged her to craft heartfelt letters in return. While writing in Salinger’s voice, she found her own.

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Since the event is only steps away from the American Museum of Natural History, why not head over there first, since it plays such an important role in The Catcher in the Rye:

“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole […]. Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that exactly. You'd just be different, that's all.”

If spending some time at the museum leaves you longing for childhood, head over to Alice’s Tea Cup for a bite to eat.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Head over to PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO on Thursday for the launch of Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives, a collection of essays about the female musicians who keep us inspired. Editors Marc Weingarten and Jeff Gordinier will be on hand, along with contributing writers Rosie Schaap, Charlotte Druckman, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Alina Simone, and Kim Morgan.

PowerHouse Arena
37 Main Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Before the reading check out the action happening under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge. Along with food and drinks, there will also be free live music and salsa dancing lessons. 

While you are in the neighborhood, don’t miss out on the amazing art at Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrate the second annual Dalloday with an all-day reading of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, Mrs. Dalloway on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. The reading starts at noon and follows in the tradition of Bloomsday celebrations for Joyce’s Ulysses.

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

While you are in the neighborhood, spend some time at the Brooklyn Museum or hang out in Prospect Park. Don’t miss out on picking up some great food at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.