Readings from 'Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry' April 28, 2017

In celebration of the end of poetry month, several poets featured in Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry sent in videos of themselves reading one of their poems from the anthology. We love that each video has its own distinct style, often reflecting the mood of the poems being read—and there's even a cat (named Djidjika) in one of them and a breathtaking view of the Acropolis in another. We've also thrown in some videos from the launch event for the anthology at McNally Jackson Booksellers in NYC. We have provided the English translations of the poems below each video.

AROUND THE HOUSE by Danae Sioziou

She wasn’t paying attention
maybe she didn’t even notice
she simply continued cutting
beyond the pears she was peeling
her hands

Blood ran gently
from the lines of fate
of life of love
and into the sink
and swirled around among the dirty dishes
and the scraps of food

Her cat, uneasy,
ran up to her
and with sincere fellow feeling
licked her wounds
while she

for a split second
saw herself
through its glassy cat eyes
a stranger

imprisoned in a filthy cage
a ceiling without sunrise
little beetles on the floor
in the sink a dark lake
she soaked her hands in
and now it shines, crowned with
the white frost of detergent

From the depths of the sink
rise full moons brilliant white
she thought
let me at least
finish the dishes today

(trans. by Rachel Hadas)

 
NOON by Moma Radic

You await
the rain like a finger
you invite the clouds
bearing vacant
caresses

The face of your heart
slips like a snail

And all things that glow
feet of snakes arms bodies
in sweat

leave traces
behind.

(Trans. by Chloe Haralambous and Moira Egan)

 

FISH by Elena Penga

Take a look at that. The fish change color. When the male
gets excited he turns black. He rises to the surface with
the female, and as soon as they have sex, he turns silver
again. There are so many and they’re so excited, it looks
like lights flickering on and off. See them?
We’re so high up. I can’t see anything.
Can you see the fishermen?
Yes. I hate them.
Why?
Because they catch fish. They’re not at all friendly.
That’s the way fishermen are. They’re not friendly. They’re
superstitious. If they take you out fishing and catch a lot
of fish, they take you out again. Then they want to take
you out all the time.

(Trans. by Karen Van Dyck)

THE DOGS by Stathis Antoniou

A road sign indicated that he was entering an inhabited
region. He wondered how people would choose to settle in
such a repulsive place.

Just before the first house, his headlights lit on a red
cloth caught in branches, a dress that dangled as if the
trees had taken a woman and were now showing their
exploit.

He lowered his speed.

Wild grasses choked the yards. Teenagers looked at him,
weighing his worth in change. Instead of windows, broken
glass everywhere.

The smell of burnt meat wafted in the emptiness between
the houses. The walls were scrawled with slogans. The
happiest sight: two middle-aged men playing a board game,
sitting on paint cans.

Although there was no garbage, the roads were dirty.
The houses were lit by old lamps that hung like gouged
eyes from the beams.

What sense of beauty could somebody have growing up
here?

Although he was glad that he had seen this place, he felt
relief when the houses began to thin out.

Three dogs started to bark, running beside the wheels
of his car. This had happened many times before, but
something was different now, something in their bark.
While he always had the feeling that stray dogs were after
him, these were demanding what the inhabitants were too
embarrassed to say. They were begging him to stay, to share
their loneliness.

(Translated by Karen Van Dyck)

 

ASH PERSON by Hiva Pinahi

Dreams come from far away places
The stones, the birds and I take on new forms of life
Dreams have their own road
And we live far away these days, like dreams.

(Trans. by Maria Margaronis)

MY CHILDREN by Stathis Baroutsos

My children live in shacks beneath the filthy planks.
They cannot see the light that burns upon them; they
cannot breathe the broken window air.
My children live like insects, hooded blind in large
green leaves.
Their exit is not safe.
The large green arms do hold them dear beneath the
cage of wood the sun impales.
Within their nests they whisper answers only to
Chopin.
While burning suns attack with beams like knives,
their green embrace
Does hold them safer still beneath the barrack floors
where
They answer only to Chopin.
And so like this they measure time in nectar’s dark
until the waltz begins.

(Trans. by Karen Van Dyck)

THUS SPOKE THE STRANGER by Gazmend Kapllani

Medusas and coral
live far
from here.
Our Liliputian fate
guards
the last vestiges
of water
in the palm
of our hand.
No boat
passes by here
no white sail, just the slightest
Zephyr
caught in your hair
as you flee.
Medusas and coral
live far
from here. Our dream
bracelets
grasp
crumbling walls.
How many years since
someone knocked?
Our Liliputian fate
leaves room
for the last vestiges
of water.
At night
we dig a well
taking turns
– Muzë muzikë muzg –
we mutter
Always strangers, you say
the medusas and coral
you promised me,
the virgin water,
I’ll never see them.
Oh God, how many years
of bracelets grasping
crumbling walls?
How many years without a single knock?
The curtain closes like myth
That house
I do not belong to
that does not belong to me . . .

(Trans. by Karen Van Dyck)

 TO BE DONE WITH THE MATTER by Elena Polynegi

Not me, not my face
not what’s hiding
under my shirt.
I speak up though I know my voice
will drown in the icebox
where frozen animals
hang.

Who cares if it exists or not.

In the racket I raise my hands
to the heavens.
How beautiful the angels are
dead
with their sad eyes watching us.

(Trans. by Karen Van Dyck)

ARMED WITH TENDERNESS by Yannis Stiggas
For Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke

Feather-filled
her chest
her shadow
her deep hand,

because since childhood
she’s been playing he loves me,
he loves me not
with the feather-down of angels.

She doesn’t do it for the answer,

she does it to keep them near.

(Trans. by Stephanos Papadopoulos)

 

MY BROTHER PAUL, DIGGER OF THE SEINE by Yannis Stiggas
‘O you dig and I dig
and I dig inside myself towards you’
—Paul Celan

One day as he was digging,
he reached
his mother’s snowy mouth,
the long braids of his ancestors.
Another day he passed
the water’s roots

the stones

the flames

the trials he endured

left him
with a scorched cloud in his gaze,

a trouble with the wind

Jiskor
Kaddisch

a manic breathlessness

‘the depth’ he said
‘the depth to the point of exhaustion
is my language
and my country.’

And then he emerged into a place
full of trees and rivers and birds

and he was ecstatic

until a military command was heard:
‘Quick – fall into position,
report to the mess hall’

and the trees
and rivers
and birds disappeared.

Only the Seine remained
looking into his eyes.

(Trans. by Stephanos Papadopoulos)

 

SELF-WINDING by Yannis Stiggas

There are so many cogs
I’ll never find
how the Spring was bloodied
and so I spit
on my childhood green,
the dream’s last button.

Naked, things
happen faster.
By the time you begin
you can already smell the end.

Springtime is a black litany
kicking me to become

my entire thirst.

(let them say it’s about masquerade)

I don’t want to be called Yannis any more

I want two drams
of blind-white luck
even if it’s only

every Wednesday.

(Trans. by Stephanos Papadopoulos)

LET DOWN THE CHAIN by Glykeria Basdeki

To drag up
the bones

The ropes
spit
milk

Don’t even think
about it darling

No miracles
for you
here

Even if you’re
the master builder’s
wife

No one’s got
pull
in Bondageville

(Trans. by Karen Van Dyck)

JUST BEFORE YOU STOOD UP

Don’t say you didn’t want peacock wings,
a dress that swept across the waltz floor.
And if your tiara stole the show in a heartbeat
when the boldest of all stared you down
don’t say he was the conqueror;

he was on his knees.

(Trans. by Karen Van Dyck)


Events for Natalia Ginzburg's 'Family Lexicon' April 25, 2017

This Friday, April 28, at 6pm, a panel on the life and work of Natalia Ginzburg, author of Family Lexicon, will take place at NYU's Casa Italiana (24 W 12th St, New York). The panel will feature Jenny McPhee, translator of the NYRB Classics edition of Family Lexicon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein, Giovanna Calvino, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, and will be moderated by Ruth Ben-Ghiat. For details, visit the Casa Italiana website or the event page on Facebook

On Tuesday, May 9, at 7pm, a discussion of Family Lexicon will be held at Book Culture (536 W 112th St, New York) with Jenny McPhee, Peg Boyers, and Alexander Stille. For more information, visit Book Culture's website.


'Like Death' reviewed by Nicholas Lezard in 'The Guardian' April 13, 2017

Like Death, written by Guy de Maupassant and translated from the French by Richard Howard, was recently reviewed in The Guardian by Nicholas Lezard. He writes: 

"You can practically hear the rustling of the ladies’ silks, or catch the sobs that are such a feature of the erotic lives of high society...And my God, is it sexy. This is a love in which intellect and emotion are at play at the same time. There is passion and there is calculation...Drink deeply of this intoxicating, heady work."

Like Death is published by NYRB Classics, and a Reading Group Guide for the book is available on our website. View other Classics reading guides here


NYR Comics at MoCCA and a conversation with Blutch March 31, 2017

If you are attending MoCCA in New York this weekend, be sure to stop by the NYR Comics table, F 202. Also, catch Peplum author Blutch in conversation with graphic novelist David Mazzucchelli (Asterios Polyp) at 2 p.m. on April 1, at the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, 653 11th Ave. 

NYRB Classics finalists for the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation's 30th Annual Translation Prize March 20, 2017

We are excited to announce that Paris Vagabond, written by Jean-Paul Clébert and translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, and In the Café of Lost Youth, written by Patrick Modiano and translated by Chris Clarke, are finalists for the  French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation's 30th Annual Translation Prize. To learn more about the prize, visit the French-American Foundation's website.

April Events with French cartoonist Blutch March 16, 2017

Join NYR Comics for events this April with Blutch, author of Peplum and a giant of contemporary comics. Blutch will be in conversation with David Mazzucchelli at MoCCA, sign books at Desert Island in Williamsburg, make an appearance at the New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium, and more. Visit our events page for details.

March NYRB Events March 13, 2017

This March, join NYRB for events with Eugene Ostashevsky, author of The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi; Karen Van Dyck, translator and editor of Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry; Estelle Gilson, translator of Umberto Saba's Ernesto; and for a discussion of Benjamin Fondane during the London Book Fair. 

Events will be held in New York, California, Rhode Island, London, and Paris. Visit our events page to learn more.

 


NYRB at AWP 2017 February 01, 2017

If you're planning to attend AWP at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., next week (February 9th-11th), stop by our booth #636 for discounted books and free copies of The New York Review of Books

NYRB at MLA 2017 January 06, 2017

If you're attending MLA at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia this week, be sure to stop by our booth (#514) for discounted books and free copies of The New York Review of Books.

The Best of NYRB 2016 December 20, 2016

2016 was a good year for New York Review Books, and we want to thank you, dear readers, for your support. We're thrilled to find our books on 2016's "Best of" lists, and wanted to share the highlights. 

Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabó was included in The New York Times Book Review's "100 Notable Books of 2016."

Mark Lilla's The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction received a rave review from John Banville in The Guardian, and was one of his picks for The Irish Times's "Our Favourite Books of 2016" list. 

Simon Schama chose Magda Szabó's The Doorone of The New York Times "10 Best Books of 2015"—for Financial Times's "Best Books of 2016."

Patrick Modiano's In the Café of Lost Youth made The Boston Globe's "Best Books of 2016" list. 

For the TLS's Books of the Year, Michael Hofmann chose Alfred Hayes's My Face for the World to See, Leo Robson named Henry Green's Caught, and Adam Thirlwell mentioned Eve Babitz's Slow Days, Fast Company. 

J.H. Prynne's The White Stones, from our NYRB Poets imprint, is on the Chicago Tribune's "Best Poetry Books of 2016" list. 

Peplum by Blutch, from our NYR Comics imprint, was on NPR's Guide to 2016's Greatest Reads and The Globe and Mail's "Globe 100: Best Books of the Year."

Rachel Cooke selected Soft City by Pushwagner and What Am I Doing Here? by Abner Dean for the Observer's (UK) best graphic books of 2016, and The New York Times Book Review also chose Soft City for its list of "The Season's Best New Graphic Novels." 

Agony by Mark Beyer and Peplum by Blutch were included in The A.V. Club's "Best Comics of 2016." The A.V. Club also included Patrick Modiano's In the Café Our Lost Youth on their "Favorite Books of 2016" list. 

The Guardian's Nicholas Lezard chose John Aubrey, My Own Life by Ruth Scurr and Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier by Jon Day, from Notting Hill Editions, as two favorites from 2016. John Aubrey was also included on The Believer's "Favorite Books of 2016."

Kirsty Gunn's My Katherine Mansfield Project (Notting Hill Editions) was selected by Deborah Levy and Amit Chaudhuri for The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016." Chaudhuri also selected Cesar Pavese's The Moon and the Bonfires


Paul Giamatti Presents Selected Shorts from NYRB Classics November 21, 2016

On Wednesday, December 7, at 7:30pm, Paul Giamatti will present an evening of short fiction from NYRB Classics at Symphony Space's Selected Shorts. Performers will include Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), and Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Symphony Space's website.

Essay Panel with Kirsty Gunn, Phillip Lopate, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Michele Filgate November 16, 2016

Join us at the Astoria Bookshop (31-29 31st Street, Astoria) this Thursday, November 17, at 7pm, for a panel on essay writing with Kirsty Gunn, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Phillip Lopate, with Michele Filgate as moderator. The evening will also be a celebration of the US publication of Gunn's book My Katherine Mansfield Project. For more information, visit Astoria Bookshop's website.

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 events@shakeandco.com 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 catalogs@nybooks.com.

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

Sacramento
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)

Cambridge
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

Montreal
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 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