After weeks of negotiation, Cooper Union has agreed to give East Village bookstore St. Mark's Bookshop a break on its rent, reducing their monthly payments from $20,000 to $17,500 for a year, and forgiving $7,000 in debt. This is half of the $5,000 monthly reduction St. Mark's owners say they need to stay in business, and there are no plans yet to rehire laid-off staff.
New Yorkers: If you’re free this this evening, you should head to the 92nd Street Y to hear Nuruddin Farrah and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’—two of the most accomplished African novelists working today—sit down for a chat. The talk will take place at 8:15, and James Gibbons and Philip Gourevitch will introduce them.
Turkey’s literary community is up in arms over the arrest of publisher and Turkish PEN member Ragip Zarakolu under anti-terrorism laws. Zarakolu
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