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 toadyism...an 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.


Titles from NYRB longlisted for PEN awards and shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award April 03, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the following books from NYRB have made the longlists and shortlists for PEN awards and a Lambda Literary award. 

Ian Buruma’s Theater of Cruelty has been included on the longlist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook, translated by Peter Bush, and Tove Jansson’s The Woman Who Borrowed Memories, translated by Thomas Teal and Silvester Mazzarella, have been included on the Pen Translation Prize longlist. 

Finalists will be announced on April 15, and the winners of all 2015 PEN awards will be announced on May 13 and honored at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at The New School in NYC.

Qiu Miaojin’s Last Words from Montmartre, translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich, has been shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award in the Lesbian General Fiction category. Winners of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on June 1st in NYC.


Joel Agee on ‘Prometheus Bound’ at events in NYC March 23, 2015

Join Joel Agee, the translator of the NYRB Classics edition of Prometheus Bound, for discussions about the provocative Greek tragedy at events around New York City. 

On Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m., Damion Searls and Joel Agee will be in conversation about Prometheus Bound at The Community Bookstore (143 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn).

On Monday, March 30, from 7 to 8 p.m., Joel Agee will discuss his translation of Prometheus Bound, and Ron Cephas Jones, who starred in the acclaimed Getty Villa production of the play, will give dramatic readings of the text at the Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway, New York). 

On Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., Joel Agee will discuss Prometheus Bound with poet Tom Sleigh at The New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium, 476 5th Ave, New York). Edwin Frank, series editor of NYRB Classics, will introduce the speakers. This event is sponsored by the Onassis Foundation (USA) and New York Review Books.


Upcoming Events: ‘Go Figure!’ and ‘Moral Agents’ March 09, 2015

On Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m., join New York Review Books, the American Academy in Rome, and McKee Gallery in celebrating the publication of Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston. American Academy in Rome President Mark Robbins and Robert Storr will provide brief introductory remarks on Philip Guston and the book, and a reception will follow. McKee Gallery is located at 745 5th Avenue #400, New York.

On Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m., Edward Mendelson will discuss his latest book, Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers at Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.


Yashar Kemal, 1922–2015 March 02, 2015

NYRB is saddened by the death this week of Yashar Kemal, author of Memed, My Hawk and They Burn the Thistles. Born into a Kurdish family in a village in southern Anatolia, Kemal received his basic education in village schools before working as a farmer, factory worker, public letter-writer, and journalist. Memed, My Hawk, his first novel, was published in 1955 and won the Varlik Prize for best novel of the year. Kemal’s numerous other books include The Wind from the Plain trilogy, Salman the SolitarySeagull, and four books recounting the exploits of Memed, including, Memed, My Hawk and They Burn the Thistles, both published by NYRB Classics.

Events for ‘Moral Agents’ and ‘A Legacy’ in New York February 27, 2015

On Tuesday, March 3rd, at 7 p.m., join NYRB Classics in celebrating the release of Sybille Bedford’s A Legacy at The Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Author Brenda Wineapple, who wrote the introduction to the NYRB Classics edition of A Legacy, will be in conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn.

On Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m., join Edward Mendelson and Edwin Frank for a discussion of Mendelson’s latest book, Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers at Barnes & Noble Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway, New York.


Edward Mendelson’s ‘Moral Agents’ February 20, 2015

Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential 20th-century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W. H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer and Frank O’Hara. Hear Edward Mendelson discuss Moral Agents at the following events:

92nd Street Y
February 22, 2015, 11 a.m.
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York

Book Culture
February 25, 2015, 7 p.m.
536 W 112th Street, New York


Patrick Leigh Fermor’s 100th Birthday February 13, 2015

Patrick Leigh Fermor, born on February 11, 1915, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. To commemorate this anniversary and “one of the greatest travel writers of all time” (The Sunday Times), all New York Review Books titles by and about Leigh Fermor will be available at 30% off for a limited time, including the author’s renowned trilogy detailing his youthful trek across pre-World-War-II Europe: A Time of GiftsBetween the Woods and the Water, and The Broken Road.

See a list of all New York Review Books titles by and about Patrick Leigh Fermor here.


‘In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist’ Named a Sophie Brody Award Honor Book February 03, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Ruchama King Feuerman’s In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist received an honorable mention for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, set in Jerusalem, is the story of two expatriate Americans—a kabbalist’s assistant and a beautiful motorcycle-riding woman—and an Arab janitor, whose lives become intertwined in a variety of ways in the courtyard of an elderly kabbalist and his wife.


NYRB at ALA Chicago January 27, 2015

New York Review Books and The New York Review of Books will be at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Chicago this Friday, January 30th, through Monday, February 2nd.

For those attending ALA, visit us at booth #4728 in McCormick Place. A selection of books will be for sale at discounted prices, and we will be giving out free issues of The New York Review of Books. For details visit the ALA website.


Upcoming Events with Peter Bush, translator of ‘The Gray Notebook’ January 21, 2015

Celebrate Josep Pla’s masterpiece, The Gray Notebook, and Catalan literature at events with translator Peter Bush in January and February.

The Birth of a Writer: Translating Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook

On Thursday, January 22, at 5:15 p.m., translator Peter Bush will give a lecture on translating Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook as part of the Translation Matters: Applications in the 21st Century Lecture Series at Stanford University.

Translation and the Status of the Stateless Literature: The Case of Catalan

On Friday, January 23, at 5:15 p.m., Peter Bush will give a lecture on translating Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook from the Catalan at the University of California Santa Barbara’s “The Voice of the Translator” conference. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit UCSB’s website.

A Discussion of Josep Pla

On Tuesday, January 27, at 5 p.m., join Peter Bush and Katherine Silver, translator of Martín Adán’s The Cardboard House, for a conversation about The Gray Notebookauthor Josep Pla at B44 Catalan Bistro. The event is co-sponsored by NYRB Classics and The Center for the Art of Translation, and is free and open to the public.

A Lecture on Translating The Gray Notebook

On Thursday, January 29, at 12:15 p.m., Peter Bush will discuss translating Josep Pla’sThe Gray Notebook at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey. The event is free and open to the public.

One Country, Three Languages: Literature from Spain

On Monday, February 2nd, at 6 p.m., The Gray Notebook translator Peter Bush will be in discussion with Amaia Gabantxo, Lecturer in the Committee of Creative Writing and teacher of Basque, University of Chicago, and Susan Harris, Editorial Director of Words Without Borders, at Seminary Co-op bookstore. For more information, visit Seminary Co-op’s website.

“On Becoming a Writer: Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook” Lecture by Peter Bush

On Tuesday, February 3rd, at 4:30 p.m., translator Peter Bush will discuss Josep Pla’sThe Gray Notebook at The University of Chicago’s Logan Center. For more information, visit The University of Chicago’s website.

Editing Translation - The Case of The Gray Notebook

On Tuesday, February 2nd, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Peter Bush will lead a workshop titled “Editing Translation - The Case of The Gray Notebook” that is free and open to the public. Contact the University of Chicago’s Romance Languages Department at 773-702-8481 for details.


Upcoming Events with Darryl Pinckney January 12, 2015

This week and next, hear the frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of Blackballed speak at events in New York City.

On Wednesday, January 14, at 7 p.m., Darryl Pinckney will be in conversation with Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York. In a wide-ranging discussion, Pinckney and Cotler will discuss the struggle for voting rights, the place of Jews in that struggle, and where the Black-Jewish relationship stands now, particularly amid recent civil rights protests in Missouri and New York.

On Thursday, January 15, at 6 p.m., The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host a panel discussion about the fight for racial justice, featuring Isabel Wilkerson, Patricia J. Williams, Eric Foner, Mychal Denzel Smith, Darryl Pinckney, and moderated by the director of the Schomburg, Khalil Muhammad. The event is part of The Nation‘s 150th Anniversary celebration, and is not open to the public, but will be live streamed on thenation.com at 6 p.m. EST.

On Sunday, January 18, at 3 p.m., WNYC’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration will return to the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York, for a special edition of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series, which brings together Harlem audiences with scholars, community leaders, and activists, including Darryl Pinckney, to engage in conversation about King’s legacy and how his teachings affect us today. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer will co-host this event with television host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry.

For more information, please visit our events page.


Saturday Story Time with Chris Raschka January 08, 2015

On Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m., join Chris Raschka for Greenlight Bookstore’s Saturday Story Time. The Alphabetabum author will lead kids in activities based on the pictures and poems in the book.

For details, visit Greenlight Bookstore’s website.


NYRB Meet-Up in Vancouver January 07, 2015

New York Review Books will be in Vancouver for the annual Modern Language Association conference (Jan. 8 - 11) and we invite conference attendees and local readers to spend time with us at Pulpfiction Books, a thriving independent book store, on Thursday, January 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

The meet-up will be held at the original Pulpfiction Books at 2422 Main Street. Please RSVP here if you’d like to attend.

If you are attending MLA, stop by NYRB Booth 409, where you can see a wide selection of our books and pick up a free copy of the latest issue of The New York Review of Books.


Panel Discussion: Victor Serge’s ‘Midnight in the Century’ December 02, 2014

On Wednesday, December 3rd, at 7:30 p.m., join NYRB Classics for a panel discussion of Victor Serge’s Midnight in the Century. Edwin Frank, Richard Greeman, and Christopher Winks will be panelists, and Jenny Greeman will moderate.

New Old Classics: Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov November 24, 2014

On Monday, December 1st, at 7 p.m., NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank will be in conversation with translator Marian Schwartz about the lasting appeal of Russian literature to translators, editors, and new audiences. The panelists will discuss the new NYRB Classics edition of Alexander Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter, translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler, as well as Marian Schwartz’s translation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, published by Yale University Press. Translator and PEN World Voices co-founder Esther Allen will moderate.

The discussion is a part of Read Russia’s Russian Literature Week, and a reception will follow. For more information and to view more Russian Literature Week events, visit the Read Russia website.


An Evening with John Ehle November 19, 2014

On Tuesday, November 25th, at 7 p.m., John Ehle will make a rare appearance to discuss his book The Land Breakers, published in a new edition by NYRB Classics, with his daughter, the actress Jennifer Ehle, and the writer Jackson Taylor at McNally Jackson bookstore. For more information, join the Facebook event page or visit the McNally Jackson website.

A Discussion of ‘Last Words from Montmartre’ November 11, 2014

On Thursday, November 20, at 7 p.m., Last Words from Montmartre translator Ari Larissa Heinrich will discuss Taiwanese novelist Qiu Miaojin’s final work at Bluestockings bookstore, located at 172 Allen Street, New York.

For further information, visit the Bluestockings website.


A Celebration of John Williams’ ‘Stoner’ November 10, 2014

On Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m., join NYRB Classics and Brooklyn by the Book in celebrating Stoner, the international best seller by John Williams. Critic and classicist Daniel Mendelsohn, poet and memoirist Honor Moore, and novelist Ruth Rendell will discuss the incredible—and still-growing—resurgence of the novel’s popularity. Writer and literary critic Liesl Schillinger will moderate the evening.

The panel will be held in the Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. This is a free event, though reservations are strongly encouraged, and seating is first-come, first-served. Visit the Brooklyn by the Book event page to RSVP here.


Kristallnacht Program: Resisters Against Hitler November 05, 2014

On Monday, November 10, at 1:30 p.m., Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton will discuss their book, No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler, at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th Street, Queens.

For more information, visit the Central Queens Y website.


Celebrate Jewish Book Month with Ruchama King Feuerman November 03, 2014

Celebrate Jewish Book Month with Ruchama King Feuerman, author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, a novel set in Jerusalem that tells the story of two expatriate Americans—a kabbalist’s assistant and a beautiful motorcycle-riding woman—and an Arab janitor, whose lives become intertwined in a variety of ways in the courtyard of an elderly kabbalist and his wife.

Ruchama King Feuerman will discuss In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist at the following events:

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Book & Arts Fair

Tuesday, November 4th, 10 a.m. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Cultural Arts and Book Fest

Wednesday, November 5th, 7 p.m. Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton 525 Versailles Drive, Dayton, OH

The Dallas Jewish Book Fest

Tuesday, November 11th, at 7 p.m. The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas, TX

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex

Sunday, November 16, at 10 a.m. 20 Academy Road, Caldwell, NJ

Stroum Jewish Community Center

Thursday, November 20th, at 7:30 p.m. 2618 NE 80th Street, Seattle, WA

Congregation Beth Israel

Sunday, November 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pollin Chapel, Schnitzer Family Center 1972 NW Flanders Portland, OR


Events with Darryl Pinckney in Boston and Baltimore October 31, 2014

On Monday, November 3rd, at 7 p.m., join Darryl Pinckney at the Harvard Bookstore (1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA) for a pre-election discussion of his new book, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy, a reflection on a century and a half of black participation in US electoral politics. The event is co-sponsored by The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. For more information, visit the Harvard Book Store event page.

On Thursday, November 13th, at 6:30 p.m., Darryl Pinckney will give a talk about Blackballed at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore as a part of the Brown Lecture Series. The lecture will be in the Poe Room of the Central Library, located at 400 Cathedral Street. For more information visit the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s website.


Ian Buruma at the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival October 30, 2014

On Saturday, November 1st, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join author and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books Ian Buruma at the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival, where he will discuss his new collection of essays, Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War.

The event is part of the Bill and Penny Obenshain Program on Global Affairs. For more information and tickets, visit the Chicago Humanities Festival website.


Meet Chris Raschka, Author of ‘Alphabetabum’ October 29, 2014

On Saturday, November 1st, at 3 p.m., bring your kids to Labyrinth Books (122 Nassau Street, Princeton) for an afternoon with Caldecott Medal-winner Chris Raschka, who will talk about his latest book, Alphabetabum, published by The New York Review Children’s Collection. Children will have a chance to write their own poems, like those in Alphabetabum, with Raschka’s guidance.

For more details, check the Labyrinth Books website.


NYRB at the Boston Book Festival October 23, 2014

New York Review Books and The New York Review of Books will be at the Boston Book Festival this Saturday, October 25, from 10–5. Come visit us at booth #3, where we’ll have books at discounted prices, free copies of The New York Review of Books, and more.

From 1:30–2 p.m., join Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka at the Boston Book Festival’s Storytime, where he will read from his latest book, Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses, at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. For more information, visit the Boston Book Festival website.


‘An Invitation for Me to Think’ Shortlisted for the American Literary Translators Association’s National Translation Award October 09, 2014

NYRB is pleased to announce that Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think, edited and translated from the Russian by Eugene Ostashevsky, additional translation by Matvei Yankelevich, is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s National Translation Award, given by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

The judges’ announcement is as follows:

Vvedensky is a marvel: a poet too little known in Russia, and not known at all in the English-speaking world, is revealed as a major 20th-century world poet—wonderful, wonderfully strange, and haunting. The alchemical translation, with its shifty rhymes and non-rhymes, intense images and absent logic, knits and unknits reality before the reader’s eyes, walking not a line so much as a live wire.”

To see the rest of the shortlist, visit the ALTA website.


Alastair Reid, 1926–2014 September 23, 2014

We’re saddened by the death this week of Alastair Reid, a poet, translator, traveler, and children’s book author. Born in Scotland, he came to the United States in the early 1950s, began publishing his poems in The New Yorker in 1951, and for the next fifty-odd years was a traveling correspondent for that magazine. He translated Borges and Neruda and published more than forty books, among them a wordbook for children, Ounce Dice Trice (with drawings by Ben Shahn) and a splendidly weird book of speculations, Supposing (illustrated by Bob Gill), both published by The New York Review Children’s Collection. Reid died on Sunday, September 21, at age eighty-eight.

NYRB at the Brooklyn Book Festival September 18, 2014

New York Review Books and The New York Review of Books will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, September 21, from 10–6. Come visit us at booths 428–429, where we’ll have books at discounted prices, free copies of the latest issue of The New York Review of Books, and more.

From 2–2:50 p.m., hear NYRB author and contributor Darryl Pinckney speak about African-American voting rights on the “Voting Rights from Reconstruction to Obama” Brooklyn Book Festival panel, along with University of Baltimore law professor F. Michael Higginbotham (Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America),The Nation contributing writer Ari Berman, and panel moderator Erika L. Wood, Associate Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Voting Rights and Civil Participation Project at New York Law School. The panel will be held in the Brooklyn Law School Moot Courtroom, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn.


Ian Buruma at 192 Books September 12, 2014

On Tuesday, October 16th, at 7pm, Ian Buruma will be at 192 Books to discuss his new essay collection, Theater of CrueltyTheater of Cruelty brings together twenty-eight of Ian Buruma’s essays on, as he writes in the introduction, “our fearful fascination with power and cruelty and death” and the art that emerges from times of great violence and conflict.

For more information about the event, visit the 192 Books event page here or the NYRB event page here. We hope to see you there.


NYRB Classics Celebrates Sanford Friedman September 10, 2014

Join us for events celebrating the publication of Conversations with Beethoven and Totempole by Sanford Friedman.

On Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m., Richard Howard and Leo Carey will discuss Sanford Friedman’s final work, Conversations with Beethoven, at Barnes & Noble, Upper West Side location, 2289 Broadway. For more information, visit the Barnes &Noble website.

On Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m., join Peter Cameron and Benjamin Taylor for a discussion of Totempole by Sanford Friedman at The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, 83A Hester Street, New York. For more information, visit The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division’s website.


‘Morel’s Invention’ and ‘The 10th Victim’ at the Film Society of Lincoln Center August 25, 2014

Morel’s Invention, the film adaptation of Adolfo Bioy Casares’s The Invention of Morel, and The 10th Victim, based on the story “Seventh Victim” in Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley, will play at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Wednesday, August 27, as a part of their “Strange Lands: International Sci-Fi” series.

Emidio Greco’s 1974 film Morel’s Invention will screen first, at 7 p.m., followed by Elio Petri’s 1965 The 10th Victim, which will begin at 9:20 p.m.

For more information, visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.


NYRB Classics Author Simon Leys, 1935–2014 August 12, 2014

NYRB is saddened to announce that Pierre Ryckmans, known by the pen name Simon Leys, died on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Pierre Ryckmans was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. Leys’s writing has appeared inThe New York Review of BooksLe MondeLe Figaro Littéraire, and other periodicals. Among his books are Chinese Shadows, The Death of Napoleon (forthcoming from NYRB Classics), Other People’s Thoughts, and The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper. In 1996 he delivered the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Boyer lectures. He won many awards, including the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Femina, the Prix Guizot, and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald’s obituary for Leys here and Ian Buruma’s comprehensive essay on Leys’ work in his article on The Hall of Uselessness for The New York Review of Books here.

NYRB Classics will publish Leys’ translation of Simone Weil’s On the Abolition of All Political Parties this September.


Read Kosztolányi’s ‘Skylark’ with the McNally Jackson International Literature Book Club August 07, 2014

On Monday, September 8, at 7 p.m., the McNally Jackson International Literature Book Club will discuss Skylark by Dezso Kosztolányi. The group meets in the Cooking section of the store, and Sarah McNally will lead the discussion.

For more information, visit the McNally Jackson website.


Event: Daniel Mendelsohn and Adrian Goldsworthy on Emperor Augustus at McNally Jackson August 05, 2014

On Monday, August 25, at 7 p.m., Daniel Mendelsohn will be in conversation with Adrian Goldsworthy about the new NYRB Classic Augustus by John Williams, author of Stoner, and Goldsworthy’s new biography, Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor, published by Yale University Press.

For more information, visit the McNally Jackson website or join the Facebook event.


Krzhizhanovsky’s ‘Autobiography of a Corpse’ Wins the 2014 PEN Translation Prize July 31, 2014

NYRB Classics is pleased to announce that Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull & Nikolai Formozov, has won the 2014 PEN Translation Prize.

Each year, the PEN Translation Prize is awarded for a book-length translation of prose into English. This year’s Translation Prize judges were Ann Goldstein, Becka McKay, and Katherine Silver. Here is an excerpt from the judges’ citation:

“Fantastical, hallucinatory, and wildly imaginative, the book is rich in linguistic playfulness—part metafiction, part exploration into the farthest reaches and minutest details of reality…Joanne Turnbull, in collaboration with Nikolai Formozov, has produced a compellingly readable translation that is also inventive, that improvises when necessary and consistently insinuates a strangeness and beauty of other worlds, both literary and real…With her notes and her translation, [Turnbull] effectively offers us Krzhizanovsky’s genius—unrecognized and suppressed during his lifetime—rather than drawing attention to herself and her own considerable resourcefulness and artistry. This is a rare and welcome conjunction of a literary text that allows the art of translation to shine and a translator who has brilliantly met the challenge.”

To read the rest of the judges’ citation, visit the PEN website.