Mark Lilla discusses the presidential election and reactionary politics October 18, 2016

Join Mark Lilla, author of The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction, for these upcoming conversations with special guests about the origins of reactionary politics and the 2016 Presidential Election. Books will be available for sale and to be signed at each of these events.

Wednesday, November 2, 7pm
Community Bookstore
143 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Mark Lilla and George Packer discuss the 2016 Presidential Election. Free. More info here.

Thursday, November 3, 7pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Ave (at 34th St), New York City
Mark Lilla delivers the 2016 Irving Howe Memorial Lecture. The event will be live-streamed here. Presented with the Center for Humanities. Free. Click here for more info.

Two more chances to hear Ruth Scurr discuss 'John Aubrey, My Own Life' September 22, 2016

If you missed Ruth Scurr's events for her book John Aubrey, My Own Life, in New York and Cambridge, you can still hear her discuss and read from the book at events this week and next. 

Tonight, September 22, at 7 p.m., Scurr will be in conversation with fellow historian Amanda Foreman at Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Ave, New York). Read more about the event here

On Monday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m., Scurr will discuss John Aubrey, My Own Life with Anthony Grafton at the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia). More information here

NYRB at the Brooklyn Book Festival August 24, 2016

Join NYRB at this year's Brooklyn Book Festival, starting with Children's Day on September 17th and then the main festival on September 18th. 

On Children's Day (9/17) find us at booth 20, in the Metrotech Commons of Downtown Brooklyn, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where we'll have an assortment of our children's books at discounted prices.

On Sunday, September 18th, stop by booths 309 and 310 at the main Brooklyn Book Festival at 209 Joralemon Street, where we’ll have books at discounted prices, free copies of the latest issue of The New York Review of Books, and more.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, cartoonist and Almost Completely Baxter author Glen Baxter will join cartoonists Ben Katchor (Cheap Novelties) and Emily Flake (Mama Tried) on a panel titled "Hey, Some Comics Are Still Funny!" moderated by "Connie to the Wonnie" web cartoonist Connie Sun. The panel will be held at the Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium, 128 Pierrepont Street. 

NYRB at the 2016 Small Press Flea July 26, 2016

This Saturday, July 30, come visit us at the 2016 Small Press Flea outside the Brooklyn Public Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza. The Flea is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we will have giveaways and books at discounted prices.

Praise for Otfried Preussler's 'The Robber Hotzenplotz' July 22, 2016

We were pleased to receive a starred review from School Library Journal for The New York Review Children's Collection edition of Otfried Preussler's The Robber Hotzenplotz: 

"Both wonderfully timeless and quirky, this unconventional adventure will delight its audience and belongs in most collections.” —School Library Journal

The New York Review Children's Collection publishes Preussler's Krabat and the Sorcerer's Mill, The Little Water Sprite, The Little Witch, and The Robber Hotzenplotz. To learn more about Otfried Preussler, one of Germany's most beloved children's authors, visit his author page

Praise for 'The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe' by D.G. Compton July 15, 2016

GQ Magazine recently listed D.G. Compton's dark, futuristic novel, The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe, as a "must read" for the month of July. Kevin Nguyen writes of Compton's book, "Considering Katherine Mortenhoe was originally published in 1974, the book is eerily relevant in a world where we’ve surrendered so much of our personal information to tech giants like Facebook and Google. It also reads like something written today, which is impressive for something written yesterday about tomorrow."

See the entire must-read list here.

Father's Day Books from NYRB June 13, 2016

This Father's Day, share books from NYRB with your dad. We recommend Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa, Nathaniel Hawthorne's tender and funny reflection on three weeks spent with his five-year-old son, with an introduction by Paul Auster. For read alouds, we suggest William McCleery's Wolf Story (with illustrations by Warren Chappell), a book about a father, his son, and a perpetual bedtime (and other times) story about a not-so-canny wolf and his desired dinner, a hen.


Read about Garth Williams, illustrator of The Rescuers, on Page-Turner June 03, 2016

Want to learn more about Garth Williams, who illustrated The Rescuers, Stuart Little, and Charlotte's Web? We recommend Sarah Larson's article on Williams, and the new biography of the illustrator out this month, on the New Yorker's Page-Turner blog

The New York Review Children's Collection publishes The Rescuers in hardcover, and this September we'll publish a paperback edition in our new NYRB Kids series. 

Read 'Young Once' by Patrick Modiano with Shakespeare & Co. NYC's Book Club May 31, 2016

On Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Shakespeare & Co. (93 Lexington Ave, New York) will host a book club conversation about Patrick Modiano's Young Once, published by NYRB Classics. Translator Damion Searls will join the discussion.

To participate, please RSVP to or in the store. Visit Shakespeare & Co.'s website for more information. 


Celebrate the new NYRB Classics section at Book Culture NYC May 03, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m., join us at Book Culture (536 W. 112th St, New York) to toast the store's new NYRB Classics section, which will include the complete series—all 430 titles.

Series editor Edwin Frank will give remarks, along with other introducers, authors, and translators of NYRB Classics. We hope to see you there! 

Download Reading Group Guides for NYRB Classics April 25, 2016

We've added new guides to our collection of Reading Group Guides for NYRB Classics. Visit the guide page to download sets of questions, with suggestions for further reading and viewing.

Recent additions include guides for Barbara Comyn's Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, John Ehle's The Land Breakers, and Benito Pérez Galdós's Tristana. Guides for Vicki Baum's Grand Hotel and Patrick Modiano's In the Café of Lost Youth and Young Once are coming soon. 

Elizabeth Willis’s ‘Alive’: A 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry Finalist April 19, 2016

Elizabeth Willis’s collection Alive: New and Selected Poems was selected as one of two finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. In their citation for Alive, the jury wrote “A book worthy of its title in which the poet calls readers to look deep within themselves and regard anew the struggle to live.”



NYRB Classics series editor Edwin Frank interviewed on The Paris Review's Daily blog and Lit Hub April 11, 2016

Last week, Edwin Frank discussed his greatest literary rediscoveries, the history of the Classics series, and the success of John Williams's Stoner and Magda Szabó's The Door, among other topics, with Susannah Hunnewell on The Paris Review's blog. You can read their conversation here

Frank was also interviewed by Yongxi Wu of Lit Hub. Read their discussion about John Williams, Frank's personal connection with Stoner, and American academic life here

Meet Linda Rosenkrantz, author of Talk, at AWP March 31, 2016

On Saturday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. Linda Rosenkrantz will sign copies of Talk at New York Review Books's AWP booth, #1029, Los Angeles Convention Center. 

Praise for Really the Blues in The Wall Street Journal March 21, 2016

In the March 19-20, 2016, issue of The Wall Street Journal, Martin Riker reviewed the NYRB Classics edition of Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe's Really the Blues. Read an excerpt below, and the rest of the Riker's review here

“American counter-culture classic Really the Blues [is] a stylized oral history that anticipates the Beat novel…Really the Blues is part quixotic adventure novel, part inside-scoop…Mezzrow’s voice is funny, impulsive, full of itself and often spectacularly scatological….Listening to “Mezz” is tremendous fun…the book’s true literary inheritance is its style…one of the great, flawed, jubilant, jive-talking characters of American literature.” —Martin Riker, The Wall Street Journal

Margaret Jull Costa commended by Premio Valle Inclán prize judges February 22, 2016

Congratulations to Margaret Jull Costa, who was recently honored with a commendation by the judges of the Premio Valle Inclán prize for translation from the Spanish for her translation of Tristana by Benito Peréz Galdós. The judges wrote: "An excellent, modernising translation of a light, slightly mocking novel - a classic - once filmed by Buñuel."

This is the fourth time that Jull Costa has been commended for her translation work by the Premio Valle Inclán prize panel and she has been awarded the prize three times.

'Hill' Reviewed in 'Publishers Weekly' February 19, 2016

We're pleased to share an excerpt from Publishers Weekly's review of Jean Giono's Hill, which NYRB Classics will reissue in a new translation by Paul Eprile, with an introduction by David Abram, in April 2016:

"In this 1929 classic, an elegiac ode to Provence, Giono tells a simple tale of peasants living in a valley...Giono describes every element of the surrounding French landscape in luscious detail, but it is the hill that physically and spiritually dominates the land. Giono delights in watching his characters interact and go about their business of drinking wine, making up stories, and contemplating normal human unhappiness...The ultimate gift of Giono’s short novel is that it allows the reader to travel back to a distant, almost primitive time in rural France."

Read the rest of the review here

Event with Madeline G. Levine, translator of 'The Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising' February 05, 2016

Madeline G. Levine, who translated the NYRB Classics edition of Miron Białoszewski's A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising, will be speaking about the art of translation on Thursday, February 11, at 7pm at Fact and Fiction Bookstore in Missoula, Montana. For more information about the evening, visit the Fact and Fiction website here.

'After the Tall Timber' on shortlist for PEN/Diamonstein-Spielgvogel Award for the Art of the Essay February 03, 2016

Renata Adler's collection After the Tall Timber has been shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. The award is given "for a book of essays...that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature." The winner will be announced at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on April 11.

Helen Macdonald on 'Lolly Willowes' in 'The New York Times Sunday Book Review' February 02, 2016

In the January 28, 2016 issue of The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk, named Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes as one of the last great books she has read. Here's Macdonald on the book, published by NYRB Classics:

"It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favor of freedom and the most unexpected of alliances. It completely blindsided me: Starting as a straightforward, albeit beautifully written family saga, it tips suddenly into extraordinary, lucid wildness." 

Read the rest of Helen Macdonald's "By the Book" interview here

Leonard Gardner interviewed on Radio Open Source February 01, 2016

Last month, Max Larkin interviewed Fat City author Leonard Gardner on Radio Open Source. Their conversation covered the similarities between boxing and writing, what makes a boxer, and more. Of Fat City, Larkin says:

“There’s something special about Fat City… It’s a book about boxing on its surface, but it’s a book that seems to sum up a whole world of American literature before it. Steinbeck’s books of field work—Grapes of Wrath, In Dubious Battle—it seems to capture a little bit of Hemingway, and the Hemingway hero… It’s got a lot of noir to it, a lot of hard-boiled fatalistic California stories, but there's also a little anticipation of Rocky. It’s not about champion boxing, it’s just about boxing as a way to get out the drudgery of Stockton, California. About trying to be somebody."

Listen to the full interview here

Sasha Abramsky's 'The House of Twenty Thousand Books' is on the Longlist of the Jewish Quarterly’s Wingate Prize January 12, 2016

We're pleased to announce that Sasha Abramsky's The House of Twenty Thousand Books has made the Longlist of the Jewish Quarterly’s Wingate Prize. The Wingate Prize is the only UK literary prize to honor a nonfiction or fiction book that "translates the idea of Jewishness to the general reader." The shortlist will be announced in February. For more information, visit the Jewish Quarterly's website

Abramsky's memoir of his extraordinary polymath grandfather also received an honorable mention from the judges of the Sophie Brody Medal, awarded by the Reference and Users Association, a division of the American Library Association. Read more on ALA's website

Magda Szabó's 'The Door' is one of 'The New York Times Book Review' "10 Best Books of 2015" December 04, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that The New York Times Book Review chose Magda Szabó's novel, The Door, translated by Len Rix, as one of their picks for "The 10 Best Books of 2015." The editors wrote of the book, "this supple translation shows how a story about two women in 20th-century Hungary can resonate in a very different time and place. With a mix of dark humor and an almost uncanny sense of the absurd, [Szabó] traces the treacherous course of a country’s history, and the tragic course of a life." To see the full list, visit The New York Times Book Review website here.

'Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories' in the WSJ's "Best Books to Give Children" December 01, 2015

The Wall Street Journal named Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories, published by The New York Review Children's Collection, one of the “Best Books to Give Children." Meghan Cox Gurden writes:

"Leon Garfield’s Shakespeare Stories brings together sophisticated retellings of 21 plays, aimed at readers 10 and older, that Garfield (1921-96) originally published in two volumes. In these lively and evocative pages a child will hear Shakespeare’s poetry set in prose that will lay the groundwork for many a future enchanted evening at the theater."

Learn more about the book here. The New York Review Children's Collection also publishes Smith: The Story of a a Pickpocket and The Complete Bostock and Harris by Leon Garfield. 

Upcoming events with Leonard Gardner in New York November 06, 2015

Please join us for events in New York with Leonard Gardner, author of Fat City

On Friday, November 20, at 7 p.m., Film Forum (209 W Houston St) will screen John Huston's 1972 film Fat City, adapted from Leonard Gardner's novel. The NYRB Classics edition of Fat City will be available at concession. After the film, Gardner will be in conversation with noir writer Eddie Muller about the novel, and there will be an audience Q&A. Fat City will screen at Film Forum through November 26th. 

Leonard Gardner will discuss his novel with writer and critic Gary Giddins as a part of McNally Jackson Live, the bookstore's new series. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m., at the bookstore (52 Prince St) and will also include a conversation between The Nation's Ari Berman and The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb on the modern struggle for voting rights, as well as David Shields and Philip Lopate on Shields' War Is Beautiful.

A New Apollinaire: A Reading with Ron Padgett on 11/19 October 21, 2015

Join NYRB Poets and La Maison Française NYU in celebrating the publication of Ron Padgett's translations of Guillaume Apollinaire's poems in Zone. Padgett will read selections from his translations and copies of the poetry collection will be available for sale.

When: Thursday, November 19, 7pm
Where: La Maison Française NYU, 16 Washington Mews, NYC

This event is free and open to the public.

Photo credit: John Sarsgard

Praise and Events for 'The House of Twenty Thousand Books' October 08, 2015

NYRB is pleased to receive praise for Sasha Abramsky's The House of Twenty Thousand Books from Michael Dirda in The Washington Post

Dirda writes, "The House of Twenty Thousand Books lovingly recreates an intellectual milieu that was built around old books, chess games, Russian dominoes, Eastern European food, hot tea, family and long evenings spent in spirited political debate." 

Meet Sasha Abramsky at events in New York, Washington D.C., and Cambridge: 

Sunday, October 11, 12 pm, Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC
Monday, October 12, 7 pmThe Strand Bookstore828 Broadway, NYC (In conversation with Robin Blackburn)
Tuesday, October 13, 7 pmEast Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St, East Meadow, NY
Wednesday, October 14, 7 pmBook Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave, NYC (In conversation with Samuel Freedman)
Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Porter Square Books, 25 White StCambridge, MA (In conversation with Jeremy Solomons)

Events with Madeline G. Levine, translator of 'A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising' October 08, 2015

Join NYRB Classics in celebrating the publication of the first unexpurgated edition of Miron Białoszewski's A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising at these events featuring Madeline G. Levine, who extensively revised her 1970 translation of Białoszewski's book for this new edition.

Wednesday, November 11th, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Madeline G. Levine will discuss Białoszewski’s harrowing account of the Polish capital's rise against Nazi occupation in 1944 and her work translating the memoir with Ewa Wampuszyc, Assistant Professor of Polish Language and Literature in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at UNC, Chapel Hill.

Thursday, November 12th, 7 pm
The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street Durham, NC
Madeline G. Levine will read from and discuss her translation of Białoszewski’s memoir.

Monday, November 16th, 7 pm
WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, United States
Madeline G. Levine will be joined by writer and scholar Timothy Snyder (Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning) and fellow translator Alissa Valles to discuss Białoszewski’s autobiographical work, literary legacy, and the Warsaw Uprising. NYRB Classics editorial director Edwin Frank will moderate.
Co-sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute New York

Are you an NYRB Classics superfan? Do you want to win free books? September 17, 2015

We’re looking for a new cover for our catalog, and want you to submit pictures of your personal NYRB Classics library. If your image is selected for the cover, we’ll send you a tote bag full of books. The deadline for submissions is September 30. Please send all 300 dpi images to

Discussions on 'Henri Duchemin and His Shadows' and 'The Peach Blossom Fan' September 15, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m., join us at the Albertine (972 Fifth Avenue, New York) for a discussion of Emmanuel Bove's Henri Duchemin and His Shadows with translator Alyson Waters and introducer Donald Breckenridge. For more information, visit the Albertine website

Join the China Institute and NYRB in celebrating the publication of Chen Shih-hsiang and Harold Acton’s translation of K’ung Shang-jen’s The Peach Blossom Fan on Thursday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m, at the China Institute’s new downtown home (100 Washington Street, New York). Award-winning translator and China Institute Senior Lecturer Ben Wang will speak about the masterpiece of Chinese literature. Visit the China Institute website to register for the event. 

Sasha Abramsky's East and West Coast Book Tour August 27, 2015

Join NYRB for events on the east and west coasts with The House of Twenty Thousand Books author Sasha Abramsky. 

Bay Area
Wednesday, September 9, 7:30 pmMrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley
Thursday, September 10, 6 pmMechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post St, San Francisco (In conversation with David Biale)
Thursday, September 17, 7 pmBook Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tuesday, September 29, 7 pmRakestraw Books, 3 Railroad Ave, Danville
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 pm, Sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the event will take place in History Bldg. 200, Rm 307, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University
Sunday, October 25, 1:30 pmThe Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St, San Francisco,

Los Angeles
Thursday, October 1, 7 pm, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 16, 7 pmThe Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento

New York City and the surrounding area
Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 pmCenter for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St, NYC
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pmWords Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 
Friday, October 9, 11am, Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, Room C197, NYC
Monday, October 12, 7 pmThe Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, NYC (In conversation with Robin Blackburn)
Tuesday, October 13, 7 pm, East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St, East Meadow, NY
Wednesday, October 14, 7 pmBook Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave, NYC (In conversation with Samuel Freedman)

Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA (In conversation with Jeremy Solomons) 

Washington DC
Sunday, October 11, 12 pm, Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC

Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 pm, Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal

'The New York Times' interviews Linda Rosenkrantz, author of 'Talk' August 26, 2015

New York Times writer John Williams recently interviewed Linda Rosenkrantz, author of the NYRB Classic Talk, for the Arts Beat section about the process of writing her groundbreaking novel. In this feature, Williams asks Rosenkrantz about the initial inspiration behind Talk, for which the author transcribed hours of recorded, candid conversations between her friends and then edited the 1,500 pages of raw material into the book it is today. Rosenkrantz shares with Williams about the many rejection letters she first received for the book, the reaction of friends to the final—and very provocative—product, and what Rosenkrantz thinks of today's candid depictions of female friendship from Girls to Broad City.

Read the entire interview here.

Upcoming Events with Leonard Gardner on the East and West Coasts August 18, 2015

Fat City is Leonard Gardner's novel of defiance and struggle, of the potent promise of the good life and the desperation and drink that waylay those whom it eludes. Set in Stockton, California, it is the book of which Joan Didion said, "Gardner has got it exactly right."

On Wednesday, September 9, at 7 p.m., Gardner will discuss Fat City with Peter Orner at Book Passage, Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd). Click here for details. 

Gardner will be in conversation with noir writer Eddie Muller at City Lights Books in San Francisco (261 Columbus Ave) on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the City Lights website

Gardner will discuss Fat City at the Brookline Booksmith (279 Harvard Street) on Monday, November 2, at 7 p.m. 

On Friday, November 20, Film Forum’s 7 p.m. screening of John Huston’s film adaptation of Fat City will be followed by a Q&A (201 West Houston Street, New York).

“A Publisher as Salvager of Bygone Delights” August 17, 2015

We were pleased to see Larry Rohter’s profile of New York Review Books in a recent Saturday Arts section of The New York Times. Rohter describes NYRB’s editorial principles as providing a necessary counterpoint to prevailing tendencies in publishing: “New York Review Books was founded in 1999, when the mainstream American publishing houses [began] paying less attention to their back catalogs, sometimes allowing the rights to books that weren’t selling well to lapse, and also cutting back on literature in translation.”

Rohter commends NYRB Classics’s revival of “ignored or forgotten works,” including The Prank, Chekhov’s censor-suppressed debut collection of stories, and Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, available in its unexpurgated form for the first time since its original release in 1865.

“From the beginning, it was our intention to be resolutely eclectic,” NYRB Editorial Director Edwin Frank is quoted as saying. “We were picking low-hanging fruit, only no one knew the fruit was out there, hanging from the branches.”

Praise for 'The Prince of Minor Writers' July 30, 2015

We're thrilled to receive praise for the NYRB Classics Original The Prince of Minor Writers, a new collection of Max Beerbohm's writings, edited and with an introduction by Phillip Lopate. 

Adam Gopnik, who began reading Beerbohm in high school and has "since read, I think, pretty much every line he ever published," wrote in The New Yorker, "The essayist and caricaturist Max Beerbohm was one of the great figures of the late Victorian and Edwardian era in London...People who love reading will always love reading Max, because he mocked so wisely, and read so well."

In The New York Times, Dwight Garner wrote, "As curmudgeons go, Beerbohm was a gentle and self-effacing one. There are very funny broadsides here against walking, against the cult of children, against writing boring letters and against literary intimate kind of warmth does blossom beneath the surface of many of these pieces; he is a man with a full and rippling heart." 

NYRB Classics also publishes Beerbohm's Seven Men, with an introduction by John Updike. 

Event: Lawrence Kramer at Oblong Books & Music, Rhinbeck, NY on Wednesday, August 5th July 30, 2015

Join Lawrence Kramer, editor of the NYRB Poets collection, Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition, as he speaks on the great American bard's Civil War poems—their history, their sonic elements, and their importance to the American literary landscape in general at Oblong Books & Music in Rhienbeck, NY. Q&A and book signing to follow. Information below and at the Oblong Books & Music website here.

When: Wednesday, August 5th, 7 p.m.

Where: Oblong Books & Music, 7422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY, 12572 (845) 876-0500

‘Nothing More to Lose,' ‘The Woman Who Borrowed Memories,’ and 'The Mad and the Bad' on the American Literary Translators Association’s Poetry and Prose Longlists July 15, 2015

NYRB is delighted to announce that Najwan Darwish’s poetry collection Nothing More to Lose is longlisted for the 2015 ALTA National Translation Award in Poetry, and Tove Jansson’s The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories and Jean-Patrick Manchette's The Mad and the Bad are on the longlist for the 2015 ALTA National Translation Award in Prose.

The National Translation Award is the oldest award for a work of literary translation, and the only award based on an evaluation of the translation in addition to the original language text.

Visit ALTA’s website to learn more about the award and association.

New York Review Books at The Small Press Flea July 14, 2015

On Saturday, August 1, visit New York Review Books at The Small Press Flea, hosted by BOMB Magazine and the Brooklyn Public Library. We’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with discounted books and free issues of The New York Review of Books (limited supply).

The Small Press Flea will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. For more information, visit BOMB Magazinewebsite and The Small Press Flea Facebook page.

Praise for ‘Talk’ and Upcoming Events with Linda Rosenkrantz June 26, 2015

Publishing on July 7, Linda Rosenkrantz’s groundbreaking 1968 Talk is set over the course of a summer spent at the beach. The book offers all the pleasure and startling insight of eavesdropping on the witty and raw conversation between the most intimate of friends.

NYRB is pleased to receive praise for Talk from Anna Wiener writing for The New Republic:

[A]n unconventional novel that is equal parts experimental literature, confessional memoir, and art project…Talk has re-entered the literary frame after an almost 50-year respite, and its attendant conflicts of art, love, friendship, and connection are still fresh.” —Anna Wiener, The New Republic

Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review, and Kevin Nguyen, editorial director of The Oyster Review, both named Talk a “Top 10 Summer Books Pick” on NPR’s On Point:

The wonderful New York Review Classics—everything that they publish is worthy of interest, I’m always curious to see what they’re coming out with…and in this case it’s a novel made up entirely of dialogue between two women best friends, Marsha and Emily, and a friend of theirs, Vincent—a close friend of Marsha’s, a gay guy—and its just about them yakking about being in their late-twenties…It’s fun, they talk about sex, psychoanalysis, LSD. It’s a real ‘60s book.” —Lorin Stein, on NPR’s On Point

“NYRB Classics [is] probably one of the best publishes out there…[Talk] reminded me a lot of Renata Adler’s Speedboat, which was also written in the 70s…It moves so quickly and so frankly that it still feels very modern.” —Kevin Nguyen, on NPR’s On Point

Join us for events with Linda Rosenkrantz this July:

Arcana: Books on the Arts Sunday, July 5, 4 p.m., 8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA

Skylight Books Friday, July 10, 7:30 p.m., 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles

BookCourt Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m., 163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY

BookHampton Sunday, July 19, 4 p.m., 41 Main Street, East Hampton, NY

Book signings to follow all of the above events.

The 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Elizabeth Willis June 24, 2015

On Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m., Elizabeth Willis will read from her NYRB Poets collection, Alive, for the opening reading of the 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase, which is part of this year’s River To River festival in New York City.

Poets House is located at 10 River Terrace, New York. The reading will take place in Kray Hall and is free and open to the public.

Praise for Sasha Abramsky’s ‘The House of Twenty Thousand Books’ June 18, 2015

In The House of Twenty Thousand Books, journalist Sasha Abramsky chronicles the vanished intellectual world of his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam, and their vast library of socialist literature and works of Jewish history.

The House of Twenty Thousand Books will go on sale September 1, 2015. NYRB is pleased to receive the following praise for Abramsky’s forthcoming book:

This is a fierce and beautiful book. It burns with a passion for ideas, the value of history, the need for argument. As a memoir of a grandfather it is sui generis. I loved it.” —Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes

Memoir of Jewish intellectual life and universal history alike, told through a houseful of books, their eccentric collectors, and the rooms in which they dwelled…In this entertaining, deeply learned book, Sasha Abramsky adds materially to Chimen and Mimi’s 20,000 volumes. On another level, the book, like that grand library, is a narrative of the broad sweep of Jewish diaspora history…If you finish this brilliant, realized book thinking you need to own more books, you’re to be forgiven. A wonderful celebration of the mind, history, and love.” —Kirkus starred review

Abramsky’s tale begins after his grandfather Chimen’s death, with his family faced with the daunting task of cleaning out a London house filled to bursting with books, many of them rare, on Marxism, socialism, and Judaica. Doing so stirred the desire to make sense of this literary and familial legacy, which Abramsky chronicles in a loving but clear-eyed manner.” —Publishers Weekly

Watch a book trailer for The House of Twenty Thousand Books here.

Congratulations to Ian Buruma and Donald Nicholson-Smith! June 10, 2015

This week, Ian Buruma won the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for his collection Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War. This fall, NYRB will reissue Buruma’s classic The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan.

Donald Nicholson-Smith won the 28th Annual Translation Prize of the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation for fiction for his translation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Mad and the Bad. NYRB Classics also publishes Nicholson-Smith’s translation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s Fatale.

June Events in New York, Berkeley, and Seattle June 03, 2015

Please join us for these exciting June events with Elizabeth Willis, author of the NYRB Poets collection Alive: New and Selected Poems, and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, translator of the NYRB Classic Songs of Kabir.

On Thursday, June 4th, at 7 p.m. Elizabeth Willis will read from Alive and the poets Magdalena Zurawski and Rod Smith will each read from their own work at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY. For more information, please visit the Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop event page here.

On Saturday, June 6th, at 1 p.m., Arvind Krishna Mehrotra speaks with Fabiano Alborghetti (Directory of the Vulnerable), John W. Evans (The Consolations), and Tess Taylor (The Forage House) about the global reach of poetry at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA. For more information, visit the 2015 Bay Area Book Festival website here.

On Wednesday, June 10th, at 6:30 p.m. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra will discuss South Asian art and literature with art historian Sonal Khuller and fiction writer Prajwal Parajuly at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 East Prospect, Seattle, WA. For more information and advance tickets ($10 regular, $6 SAM members, $7 students/seniors) visit the Seattle Art Museum event page here.

On Thursday, June 25th, at 7 p.m. Elizabeth Willis will read from Alive for the opening reading of the 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase, which is part of this year’s River To River festival in New York City. The reading will be held at Kray Hall in Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY.

NYRB Events on May 20 and 21 May 11, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, at 8 p.m., Elizabeth Willis, author of the NYRB Poets collection Alive: New and Selected Poems, and Peter Richards will read from their latest work at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York.

On Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., join translators and authors Jason Weiss, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Sylvia Molloy as they discuss the life and work of Silvina Ocampo, the author of Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories and the collection of poetry Silvina Ocampo, both published by New York Review Books.

For more information, visit our events page.

NYRB Events on April 26 and 30 April 24, 2015

On Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m., NYRB Classics series editor Edwin Frank will be in discussion with Edward Mendelson about his new book, Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

On Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m., join Lawrence Kramer, the editor of the new NYRB Poets edition of Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, as he discusses the historical and literary importance of Whitman’s collection with Lawrence Buell and Elisa New, professors of American Literature at Harvard University. The event will take place at Harvard University’s Paine Hall, Music Building, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA.

For more information, visit our events page.

NYRB titles on the PEN Literary Awards shortlist April 21, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that Peter Bush’s translation of Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook has been shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize and Ian Buruma’s Theater of Cruelty has made the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay shortlist. 

The winners will be announced on June 8, at the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.

Upcoming NYRB Events April 17, 2015

Join NYRB for events in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

On Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m., Renata Adler will discuss her new book of collected nonfiction, After the Tall Timber, at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., Adler will talk about After the Tall Timber at BookCourt, 163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY.

On Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., Freeman Dyson will be in conversation about his new book, Dreams of Earth and Sky, with Dave Goldberg, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Physics at Drexel University, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA.

On Thursday, April 23, from 7 to 8 p.m., join New York Review Books, Archipelago Books, and the Institut Ramon Llull at the New York Public Library for a celebration of Saint Jordi’s Day and Catalan literature. Jordi Puntí and Colm Toíbín will discuss the work and legacy of a great Catalonian author, Josep Pla, whose books include The Gray Notebook, published by NYRB Classics.

On Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., Tim Parks will discuss his new essay collection, Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books, at BookCourt, 163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY.

For more information, visit our events page.

Happy Birthday, Kingsley Amis! April 16, 2015

Kingsley Amis (April 16, 1922 – October 22, 1995) was a popular and prolific British novelist, poet, and critic, widely regarded as one of the greatest satirical writers of the twentieth century.

NYRB Classics publishes Amis’s The Old DevilsTake a Girl Like YouGirl, 20The Green ManThe AlterationOne Fat EnglishmanLucky Jim, and Ending Up. In honor of his birthday, all NYRB Classics by Kingsley Amis will be available at 30% off for a limited time.