Saturday, February 25, 2017

Strangers in a Strange Land Reading, 3/11 7pm

Join us at the bookstore at 7pm on March 11th for a night of readings and performances with the theme "strangers in a strange land." Writers and performers include:

Eve Packer

Ron Kolm
Violet Snow 
Carol Wierzbicki
Jim Feast
Francine Witte
Carl Watson
Tsaurah Litzky
Austin Alexis
Stella Padnos
David Pemberton
Lisa Freedman
Claudia Serea
Bonoi Joi
Tobi Joi
Robert Gibbons
Yuko Otomo
Steve Dalachinsky
Jason R. Gallagher
and a few more TBA!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Boog City 10.5 Festival, 2/17-2/19

Boog City's annual Presidents' Day Weekend event, Welcome to Boog City 10.5 Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film Festival, will take place from Fri. Feb. 17th to Sun. Feb. 19th!

For events taking place at other locations, check out the full event page here


Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

$5 suggested

5:45 p.m. Anton Yakovlev
6:00 p.m. Sylvia Gorelick
6:10 p.m. Bruce Weber
6:20 p.m. Vyt Bakatis
6:30 p.m. Joanne Pagano Weber
6:40 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk, Laynie Browne and Patricio Ferrari reading and in conversation, Pt. 1
7:10 p.m. Riley Pinkerton & Henry Black (music)

7:40 p.m. break

7:50 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk, Browne and Ferrari, Pt. 2
8:20 p.m. Ron Kolm
8:30 p.m. Claire Donato
8:40 p.m. Timothy Donnelly
8:50 p.m. Alan Semerdjian
9:00 p.m. Katie Skare (music)


Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

$5 suggested

11:30 a.m. Jackson Sturkey (music)
12:00 p.m. Laura Cronk
12:15 p.m. Chris Salerno
12:30 p.m. Megan DiBello
12:40 p.m. Sam Jablon
12:50 p.m. Davy Knittle
1:05 p.m. Thomas Devaney

1:20 p.m. break

1:30 p.m. Sarah Bartlett
1:45 p.m. Alyson Pomerantz
2:00 p.m. Gracie Leavitt
2:15 p.m. Katy Lederer
2:25 p.m. Dan Wilcox
2:40 p.m. Sparrow
2:50 p.m. Emmerson Pierson (music)

3:20 p.m. break

3:30 p.m. d.a. levy lives:
celebrating renegade presses series: Argos Books
co-editors Iris Cushing and Elizabeth Clark Wessel

3:30 p.m. Samantha Zighelboim
3:42 p.m. Bianca Lynne Spriggs
3:54 p.m. Isaac Fornarola, 1st set (music)
4:09 p.m. Jennifer Hayashida
4:21 p.m. Marina Blitshteyn
4:33 p.m. Amber Atiya
4:45 p.m. Isaac Fornarola, 2nd set (music)

5:00 p.m. break

5:45 p.m. Nomi Stone
5:55 p.m. Brent Terry
6:05 p.m. Ali Power
6:15 p.m. Eli Nadeau
6:25 p.m. JP Howard
6:35 p.m. Joel Allegretti
6:45 p.m. Bipolar Bradley Off Meds, 1st set (music)
7:05 p.m. Wendy Walters
7:15 p.m. Andrew James Weatherhead
7:25 p.m. Rachel Valinsky
7:35 p.m. Brooke Ellsworth
7:45 p.m. Amber Atiya
7:55 p.m. Aubrie Marrin
8:05 p.m. erica kaufman
8:20 p.m. Bipolar Bradley Off Meds, 2nd set (music)


Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

$5 suggested

11:00 a.m. Brian Bonelli (music)
11:30 a.m. Robert Lopez
11:40 p.m. Maryam Parhizkar
11:55 p.m. Lynn Melnick
12:05 p.m. Jeff T. Johnson
12:15 p.m. David Segovia (music)

12:45 p.m. break

12:55 p.m. Buck Downs
1:10 p.m. Sarah Bernstein
1:20 p.m. Jessica Baran
1:30 p.m. Emily Toder
1:40 p.m. Justin Sherwood
1:50 p.m. Mariana Ruiz Firmat
2:00 p.m. Larissa Shmailo

Resist! Film Series Presents: Libertarias, Feb 16, 6:30pm

Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 16th for our third installment of the Resist! Film Series. We'll be watching Libertarias, a film about revolutionary feminists during the Spanish Civil War.

More about Libertarias:

In 1936, Maria, a young nun is recruited by Pilar, a militant feminist, into an anarchist militia following the onset of the Spanish Civil War. Guided by the older woman, Maria is exposed to the realities of war and revolution, and comes to question her former, sheltered life.

While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality which complicates their efforts in the war against Francisco Franco's Nationalist/Fascist/Catholic forces. They encounter resistance even within their own Mujeres Libres organization as one woman tries to persuade them to stay and work in defense factories, while men try to convince them to go work as cooks, not front-line soldiers.

Resist! Film Series is a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on intersectionality, historical and contemporary activist movements, and radical resistance.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group, Feb. 12, 6:30pm

Join us at the store on Sunday, Feb. 12th at 6:30pm for the first meeting of the Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group! The group will be discussing Engel's Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State. The entire reader is available here.

 More about the group:
It's not really a book club since our materials are not books per se, but rather a collection of articles, speeches and essays all available free and online. The works are compiled in the Revolutionary Feminism Reader which, as the name suggests, collates historical texts from different movements relating to the struggle for empowerment of all genders in the West. Featuring Marxist, anarchist, and other revolutionary feminist theoretical debates from the late 19th century to 1984, Revolutionary Feminism offers a foundation for thinking through capitalism and gender today. 

The reading group will meet one Sunday a month at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave. from 6:30-8:30pm. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, 2/12.

All people are welcome. Participation in the group is at no cost but we ask that you contribute through your commitment to reading/thinking/discussing. If you would like to bring snacks/beverages to share, that's great too! We are also looking for partners who would like to help facilitate these sessions; ideally this role can rotate among readers. No experience is necessary for this- know that your skills are already enough. Please be in touch if you are interested in joining, co-facilitating or contributing, or connecting in any way.

Origami Sun / Tuffy / HB & the Freejays / Bastard Chosen / Srch Party

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 11th at 7:30pm for a night of music and performance featuring Origami Sun, Tuffy, Hb & the Freejays, Bastard Chosen, and Srch Party!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Launch Party for Joe Halstead's West Virginia Friday 2/3, 7:30pm

Join us for a reading and launch party to celebrate the release of Joe Halstead's new book, West Virginia.

About the Book:

When Jamie Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. Jaime lives in New York City, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and partying a lot — all while suppressing the accent that gives him away. But now, Jamie has to go home, to stay with his disabled mother and sister in their trailer (conveniently located between two Walmarts). Always poorer than the local coal miners, Jamie's family relies on welfare, scraping by from meal to meal, prescription to prescription. Nothing much has changed, except for Jamie, and the fact that his father’s corpse has yet to be recovered. This may be the reason there are no funeral plans, but the unanswered questions surrounding his father’s death pull Jamie further into his past, even as his adopted city lures him back.

In West Virginia, Joe Halstead writes with honesty and compassion about the state he grew up in, and returned to, in this debut novel about one young man's search for answers and personal reckoning. West Virginia is an unflinching portrait of the people of Appalachia and life in a difficult, beautiful, and often misunderstood place. Author Bud Smith said, "Joe Halstead's West Virginia is devastating and thrilling."

About the Author:

Joe Halstead divides his time between Beckley, West Virginia and Lexington, KY. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Quarterly, People Holding, Cheat River Review, Sundog Lit, The Stockholm Review, Sheepshead Review, and others. West Virginia is his first novel.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Atlas Obscura Presents: Changes of Power 1991, Jan. 19th, 7:30pm

Come to the bookstore on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30pm for the third in a series of talks brought to you by Atlas Obscura on the hidden history and untold contemporary realities of Russian culture and politics. Explore the complex history and insider stories of the change of power between Mikhael Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin in December of 1991. 

For more information on the event, visit the facebook event page or website