Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Word for Word Author Series in Bryant Park ---New York free

Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., until August 20

The country’s most celebrated authors and celebrities speak about their recent successes and their thoughts on being a writer. This summer is the fifth anniversary! Book sales will be provided on-site by Mobile Libris.

Location: The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park - under the trees - between the back of the NYPL & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Bryant Park phone number: 212-768-4242

Schedule of Author Appearances

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Michael Ian Black, My Custom Van (And 46 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face)

Hosted by: Amelie Gillette, Staff Writer at The Onion
Rev up for comedian, actor, director, blogger, and co-creator of comedy favorites The State and Stella, Michael Ian Black, as he presents his debut collection of hilarious irreverent essays.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Joyce Carol Oates, My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike

Hosted by: Otto Penzler, publisher and editor of mystery fiction and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop
Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates is back with a dark, wry, captivating saga on a murder - inspired by an unsolved American true crime mystery.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Jonathan Miles, Dear American Airlines: A Novel

Hosted by: Andy Battaglia, The Onion A.V. Club New York City Editor
New York Times cocktails columnist, Jonathan Miles, soars with the story of a stranded airline passenger – and his letter of complaint that goes awry. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of a major new talent in American fiction.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
“Go Green”

Panel Moderated by:
Andrew H. Darrell, Environmental Defense Fund Vice President of Living Cities Program
Lori Bongiorno, Green, Greener, Greenest; A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life
Diane MacEachern, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World
Mark Spellun, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Plenty Magazine
Christie Matheson, Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style
Think Green! Go Green! Stay Green! Join a host of experts – and the 200 Plain Trees surrounding Bryant Park - for a special conversation on how to love livin’ the green.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Tommy Chong, Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography

Hosted by: Josh Gilbert, Director of the Documentary, AKA Tommy Chong
Actor, comedian, musician, Tommy Chong touts his latest book venture. Keenly insightful and utterly candid, Chong provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of one of the most popular comedy teams of all time.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Samantha Hunt, The Invention of Everything Else
Samantha Hunt takes us back in time with a magical historical-novel bridging history, electromagnetism, and a special pigeon in Bryant Park. The Invention of Everything Else luminously resurrects one of the greatest scientists of all time, Nikola Tesla, while magically transporting us to an early twentieth-century New York City thrumming with energy, wonder, and possibility.