Legendary bassist Peter Hook launches the definitive story of Joy Division. Pitchfork Editor and metal columnist Brandon Stosuy will join the author in conversation. DJ Sportcoat will be on the turntables, and drinks will be served. In frank, no-holds-barred style, Peter 'Hooky' Hook takes us to …
Legendary bassist Peter Hook launches the definitive story of Joy Division. Pitchfork Editor and metal columnist Brandon Stosuy will join the author in conversation. DJ Sportcoat will be on the turntables, and drinks will be served.
In frank, no-holds-barred style, Peter 'Hooky' Hook takes us to the heart of Joy Division and the sound that defined an era and inspired a generation with propulsive bass guitar melodies such as "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Driven by the attitude, energy and sound of Punk, particularly the Sex Pistols, four young lads from Macclesfield and Salford shared the same vision and created a band with their own unique sound. Cobbling together instruments and a clapped out old van, they played in pubs and clubs · first across the north-west, then across the whole of Britain, until in 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America.
Then Ian Curtis committed suicide, leaving everyone around him bereft.
Now, in UNKNOWN PLEASURES: Inside Joy Division (It Books; January 29, 2013; Hardcover; $27.99), Peter Hook shares previously unseen photographs and paraphernalia and reflects, with eye-opening candor, on the suicide of Ian Curtis: often seen as the "intellectual one" · to Peter and the band he was just "one of the lads." He shares his regret that Ian's burdens of balancing his epilepsy and the demands of his domestic life only emerged when it was too late.
Covering the band's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording sessions; Peter gives a truly fascinating insight, as only an insider can, into the larger-than-life characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend.
Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford. He was a founding member of Joy Division and New Order and nowadays DJ's internationally as well as touring Joy Division's music with his new band The Light.
As J. Edward Keyes, DJ Sportcoat has been writing about music for 15 years. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, the Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and his 2006 piece 'Where's the Party' was included in the 2006 edition of Da Capo's Best Music Writing. He is currently editor-in-chief at eMusic.
In her sweeping and deeply affecting debut novel, Manko traces a wrongly exiled immigrant’s quest to be reunited with his family. Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie joins her in conversation. Co-hosted by Hip Lit. About The Invention of Exile: Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, …
In her sweeping and deeply affecting debut novel, Manko traces a wrongly exiled immigrant’s quest to be reunited with his family. Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie joins her in conversation. Co-hosted by Hip Lit.
About The Invention of Exile:
Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1913, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and the mother of his three children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee, one of thousands under the first wave of the Red Scare. He retreats with his new bride to his home in Russia, where he and his young family become embroiled in the Civil War and must flee once again, to Mexico.
While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the U.S., Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record. He keeps a daily correspondence with Julia, as they each exchange their hopes and fears for the future, and as they struggle to remain a family across a distance of two countries. Austin is determined that his engineering designs will be awarded patents, thereby paving the way for the government to approve his return and award his long sought-after American citizenship. At the same time he becomes convinced that an FBI agent is monitoring his every move, with the intent of blocking any possible return to the United States.
As we wait and hope and fear alongside Austin, The Invention of Exile ruminates on borders both geographical and those between past and present, sanity and madness. The novel is based in part on Manko’s family history and the life of a grandfather she never knew, and she uses this rich background to explore how loss reshapes and transforms lives and families.
About the Author and Moderator:
Vanessa Manko earned her MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. She has taught writing at NYU and SUNY Purchase. An excerpt of her novel was published in Granta’s winter 2012 issue. Originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Salman Rushdie, born in Bombay, India, is the acclaimed author of eleven novels, Grimus, Midnight’s Children (“Best of the Booker” award, 2008, for the best novel to have won the prize in its first 40 years), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence and Luka and the Fire of Life—and one book of stories, East, West, as well as four works of nonfiction—including, most recently, Joseph Anton, an autobiographical memoir. His books have been translated into over 40 languages.
Authors Eli Horowitz and Matthew Derby plus special guests Sloane Crosley, Alex Wagner, and Ezster Balint will read from and answer questions about The Silent History, communicating without language, near future dystopian fiction, creating literature from an App, and much more. Wine will be served!…
Authors Eli Horowitz and Matthew Derby plus special guests Sloane Crosley, Alex Wagner, and Ezster Balint will read from and answer questions about The Silent History, communicating without language, near future dystopian fiction, creating literature from an App, and much more. Wine will be served!
Best known for his work as part of the alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl, Watt launches his beautifully written chronicle of his parents’ lives. The reading will be accompanied by a live music performance. About Romany and Tom: “We only ever see the second half of our parents’ lives – …
Best known for his work as part of the alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl, Watt launches his beautifully written chronicle of his parents’ lives. The reading will be accompanied by a live music performance.
About Romany and Tom:
“We only ever see the second half of our parents’ lives – the downhill part. The golden years we have to piece together.”
So writes Ben Watt. His father was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician—a politicized left-wing bandleader and composer—whose heyday in the late 1950s took him into the glittering heart of London’s West End. His mother, Romany, the daughter of a Methodist parson, was a Shakespearean actress who had triplets in her first marriage before becoming a leading showbiz feature writer and columnist in the ’60s and ’70s. They were both divorced and from very different backgrounds, and they came together at a fateful New Year’s Day party in 1957 like colliding trains.
ROMANY AND TOM: A Memoir is Watt’s honest, sometimes painful, and often funny portrait of his parents’ exceptional lives and marriage, depicted in a personal journey from his own wide-eyed London childhood, through years as an adult with children and a career of his own, to that inevitable point when we must assume responsibility for our own parents in their old age. Spanning several decades, it is a vivid story of the postwar years, ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, big band jazz, depression and drink, life in clubs and nursing homes. It is also about who we are, where we come from, and how we love and live with each other for the long term.
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The Afghan-American’s literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. About The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: In her debut …
The Afghan-American’s literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.
About The Pearl That Broke Its Shell:
In her debut novel, Afghan-American author NADIA HASHIMI brings a unique and touching story of survival and daring optimism with THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL.
With no brother to protect or chaperone them, Rahima and her five sisters are seemingly left with no choice but to quit school and remain at home in order to stay safe. That is, until their aunt suggests the family adopt an ancient Afghan custom: Rahima will be transformed into the brother they never had by becoming a bacha posh—a girl dressed, and accepted by everyone, as a boy.
Inspired by stories of Rahima’s great-great grandmother Shekiba, who lived as a man over a century earlier, the family agrees that Rahima take on the role and responsibilities of a son. With shortened hair and boy’s clothing, Rahima can go to the market, play soccer, and resume her education, all social privileges typically reserved for boys.
A deftly woven story, which moves seamlessly from past to present, we learn not only about Rahima and her family in modern, war-torn Kabul , but about Shekiba, who lived in Kabul when it was the capital of a progressive monarchy. Orphaned due to disease, scarred, and fated to live a life of servitude and misery, Shekiba utilizes bacha posh to change the course of her destiny.
But now that she has tasted the freedom of life as a boy, what will happen when Rahima is of marriageable age and must resume life as woman? How will the experience of living as a bacha posh forever change—and even help—her when she does? These are just two of the many compelling questions NADIA HASHIMI considers in her engaging fictional debut.
About the Author:
Nadia Hashimi’s parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion that led to decades of war. She was raised in the U.S. and in 2002 made her first trip to Afghanistan with her parents. Hashimi is a pediatrician and lives with her family in the Washington D.C. suburbs. For more information please visit: www.nadiahashimi.com
From Belle & Sebastian to Wes Anderson to artisanal pickles, journalist Marc Spitz chronicles the origins and rise of the calculatedly precocious aesthetic known as Twee. About Twee: In Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film journalist and cultural observer Marc…
From Belle & Sebastian to Wes Anderson to artisanal pickles, journalist Marc Spitz chronicles the origins and rise of the calculatedly precocious aesthetic known as Twee.
In Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the crosspollinated generation that embodies it—from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee—the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the 70s and Hip Hop in the 80s—showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist. Focusing on its origins and hallmarks, he charts the rise of this trend from its forefathers like Disney, Salinger, Plath, Seuss, Sendak, Blume and Jonathan Richman to its underground roots in the postpunk United Kingdom, through the late 80s and early 90s of K Records, Whit Stillman, Nirvana, Wes Anderson, Pitchfork, This American Life, and Belle and Sebastian, to the current (and sometimes polarizing) appeal of Girls, Arcade Fire, Rookie magazine, and hellogiggles.com.
Revealing a movement defined by passionate fandom, bespoke tastes, a rebellious lack of irony or swagger, the championing of the underdog, and the vanquishing of bullies, Spitz uncovers the secrets of modern youth culture: how Twee became pervasive, why it has so many haters and where, in a post-Portlandia world, can it go from here?
About the Author:
Marc Spitz is an author, playwright and journalist. His books include Bowie: A Biography; and Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue; as well as two novels: the cult classic How Soon Is Never and Too Much, Too Late. He has also published a memoir: Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the 90s. A former Senior Writer at Spin magazine, and his work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Maxim, Vanity Fair, New York, Uncut, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City.
Abbott relays her story of growing up motherless in 1970s and ‘80s San Francisco with her openly gay father. Graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel joins Abbott in conversation. About Fairyland: After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old…
Abbott relays her story of growing up motherless in 1970s and ‘80s San Francisco with her openly gay father. Graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel joins Abbott in conversation.
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation-few of whom are raising a child.
Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.
In Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends-several of whom she has befriended-fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create.
Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.
About the Author and Moderator:
Alysia Abbott’s work has appeared in Real Simple, Salon, and TheAtlantic.com. She is a graduate of the New School’s MFA program and was a contributing producer at WNYC radio. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.
For twenty-five years, Alison Bechdel created the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was named Best Book of 2006 by Time Magazine. In 2008, she began devoting herself full-time to autobiographical work. A second graphic memoir, Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama, was published in 2012. She’s the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Marsh Professor-at Large at the University of Vermont.
The beloved writer of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume and countless literary favorites, turns his sensibility inward to tell stories from his Appalachian childhood and globetrotting adventures. About Tibetan Peach Pie: Tom Robbins is a matchless writer whose quirky, beloved work is…
The beloved writer of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume and countless literary favorites, turns his sensibility inward to tell stories from his Appalachian childhood and globetrotting adventures.
About Tibetan Peach Pie:
Tom Robbins is a matchless writer whose quirky, beloved work is firmly embedded in American popular culture. From Another Roadside Attraction and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues to Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and Wild Ducks Flying Backwards, Robbins has, in over forty years’ worth of bestselling books, been our premier counter-culture chronicler and irreverent storyteller. Now the singular voice that has taken us so convincingly into the worlds of hitchhiking cowgirls and born-again monkeys shares perhaps the most colorful story of all: his own. Unfolding as a series of snapshots recording events as unlikely and bizarre as any in his novels, TIBETAN PEACH PIE: A True Account of an Imaginative Life is Robbins’s version of a life well lived.
During a kaleidoscopic life that began with his North Carolina birth and Virginia childhood, Robbins has been a poet, a meteorologist, a soldier, a journalist, an art critic, a radio DJ and, of course, a world famous novelist. His particular, sometimes peculiar, life journey has taken him from Depression-era Appalachia to the West Coast during the psychedelic Sixties to the studios and bedrooms of bohemian America “before technology voted privacy out of office.” He roved the world “before ‘homeland security’ threw a wet blanket on travel”—from pre-Islamic Timbuktu to the halls of New York publishing. Along the way he has rubbed elbows with the famous and infamous, from Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsburg to William F. Buckley to Charles Manson.
About the Author:
Tom Robbins was born in North Carolina in 1932 and raised in Virginia. He is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University and did graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle. His internationally bestselling works include Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, Villa Incognito, Wild Ducks Flying Backward, and B Is for Beer. The father of three sons, he lives with his wife, Alexa D’Avalon in La Conner, Washington, with their dog, Blini Tomato Titanium.
The New York native’s debut novel centers around a newspaper transcriptionist’s fascination with a story involving a woman mauled by lions at the Bronx Zoo. About The Transcriptionist: Once a transcriptionist before becoming an editor at the New York Times Book Review, Amy Rowland turns to …
The New York native’s debut novel centers around a newspaper transcriptionist’s fascination with a story involving a woman mauled by lions at the Bronx Zoo.
About The Transcriptionist:
Once a transcriptionist before becoming an editor at the New York Times Book Review, Amy Rowland turns to familiar ground in her quietly compelling and exquisitely crafted debut novel, The Transcriptionist. Reminiscent of Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love, Rowland draws readers into a story about the failure of language and the decline of newspapers, and finding one’s own path in an increasingly alien and alienating world.
Lena, the transcriptionist, sits alone in a room far away from the newsroom that is the heart of The Record, the behemoth NYC newspaper. She is the last of her kind, each day transcribing the newsworthy stories of the world, the tragic, the mundane, and all the while watching her work be edited down, pared – key pieces of material trimmed to fit the printed page.
For years she has remained loyal and unquestioning, until one day she reads an article in The Record about a blind, unidentified Jane Doe who climbed into a lions’ den at the Bronx Zoo and was mauled to death. Lena suddenly remembers this woman, whom she met a few days before on a city bus. Obsessed with identifying her and understanding what caused her to commit such a desperate act, Lena begins a search for the truth that will change her life and shake The Record to its very foundation.
About the Author:
Amy Rowland has spent more than a decade at the New York Times, where she worked, notably, as a transcriptionist before moving to the Book Review. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Smart Set, and the Utne Reader. She lives in New York City.