While technology allows writers to write just about anywhere, New York City remains the mecca for the publishing industry. Book lovers in New York are blessed with an overabundance of book-related events all year round. As the month of May winds down, here are two not to be missed.
On Thursday May 29, two fantastic authors will join forces at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Edna O’ Brien + Edward St. Aubyn promises to be an entertaining evening. Ms. O’Brien published her first novel “The Country Girl” in 1960. Several novels later, she has written a memoir called “Country Girl.” Mr. St. Aubyn, best known for his Patrick Melrose series, has just published “Lost for Words” a comic novel about writers vying for a prestigious writing prize reminiscent of the Man Booker Prize. The two authors will give their talk at 8 p.m. in the Kaufman Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y and will be introduced by Carl Bernstein and Patrick McGrath. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased online, just click on the 92nd Street Y's website.
BookCon takes place on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31 at the Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street in Manhattan. Part of BookExpo America, a trade show for the book publishing industry, BookCon offers a Comic Con-type experience for fans of the written word. Book enthusiasts will gather to hear from their favorite authors during panel discussions and readings. Also on the schedule, book signings, literary trivia and other interactive events.
Authors listed among the guests at BookCon include Cassandra Clare, Carl Hiassen, James Patterson, Cary Elwes, yes, that Cary Elwes from “The Princess Bride,” Jodi Picoult, and John Grisham. BookCon kicks off with a sneak peek of the film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s “This Is Where I Leave You” on Friday at 4 p.m. A panel discussion follows with the author, the stars of the film, Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, and the film’s director, Shawn Levy.
Tickets to BookCon are $30 when purchased online plus an additional $10 if you would like to attend the Friday screening and panel. Tickets to BookCon do not include access to BEA, but the BEA badge includes access to BookCon. For more information, check out BookCon’s website.