APRIL 28th 7pm: Book Release Party for Snow Catcher by Ben Gantcher

Join us on Friday, April 28th at 7pm for the release party of Ben Gantcher's new book of poetry, Snow Catcher.

About the Author:

Ben Gantcher’s recently completed collection of poems, “Snow Farmer,” was a finalist in the 2014 Omnidawn Open book contest. His first chapbook, “Strings of Math and Custom,” was published in 2013 by Beard of Bees Press and is available online as a free PDF. “If a Lettuce,” his first manuscript of poems, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series and Bright Hill Press contests. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and The Brooklyn Rail. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a resident at Ucross and Omi, a correspondent with the Hyde Park Review of Books and a poetry editor of the journal “failbetter.” He teaches math, Language Structures and an interdisciplinary writing and visual art course at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and three children.

APRIL 29th 7pm: Black Sun Lit Spring 2017 Showcase

Black Sun Lit presents Ali Power, Chelsea Hogue, JD Larson, Tom Haviv & Virginia McLure at the bookstore on Saturday, April 29th at 7pm.

ALI POWER (BSL) is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, LIT, the PEN Poetry Series, Stonecutter and elsewhere. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.

CHELSEA HOGUE (BSL) currently lives and teaches in Western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in The White Review, The Collagist, Quarterly West, Autre Mag and elsewhere.

JD LARSON (Vestiges_02) is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn. His translation of Nioque of the Early Spring by Francis Ponge is forthcoming from Red Dust in 2017, and recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, Gulf Coast, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, The Volta, Lana Turner and elsewhere. He teaches in the German Department at NYU.

(BSL) is a writer, artist and educator from New York City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, Conjunctions, Prelude, Sakura Review, The Sensation Feelings Journal and elsewhere. His first book, A Flag of No Nation, is forthcoming from The Operating System. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of the KAF Collective.

(BSL) is a former Goldwater Fellow in Poetry within New York University’s MFA program, where she completed her thesis under Charles Simic. Her recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, [PANK], Nashville Review, Meridian, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere.

APRIL 19, 6:30PM: Money & Totality with Fred Moseley

On Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30pm, join us for a discussion with Fred Moseley.

A Macro-Monetary Interpretation of Marx’s Logic In Capital and the End of the “Transformation Problem”
a book discussion with author Fred Moseley

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Correcting a longstanding misinterpretation, Moseley argues that there is no ‘transformation problem’ in Marx’s economic theory. This ambitious book presents a comprehensive new ‘macro-monetary’ interpretation of Marx’s logical method in Capital which emphasizes two points: (1) Marx’s theory is primarily a macroeconomic theory of the total surplus-value produced in the economy as a whole; and (2) Marx’s theory is a monetary theory and the circuit of money capital, M-C-M, is its logical framework.

“The complete form of the process is therefore M-C-M’, where M =M + ∆M, i.e. the original sum advanced plus an increment. This increment or excess over the original value I call ‘surplus-value’.” —Karl Marx, Capital, Volume 1

“The capitalists, like hostile brothers, divide among themselves the loot of other people’s labor, so that on an average one receives the same amount of unpaid labor as another.”
—Karl Marx, Theories of Surplus-Value, Volume 2

Fred Moseley is Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of The Falling Rate of Profit in the Postwar United States Economy and editor of Marx’s Logical Method: A Reappraisal, New Investigations of Marx’s Method, Heterodox Economic Theories: True or False?, and Marx’s Theory of Money: Modern Reappraisals.

APRIL 15th 7pm: Michael Rothenberg Reads with Kolm, Finberg, and Dalanchinsky

Join us on Saturday, April 15th at 7pm for a reading with Michael Rothenberg, Ron Kolm, Bonny Finberg, and Steve Dalanchinsky!

Michael Rothenberg will be paying a rare visit to Brooklyn, where he will read at one of the best NYC bookstores: Unnameable Books. He will have copies of Drawing The Shade and Sapodilla with him for sale. Also reading with Michael are Ron Kolm, Bonny Finberg and Steve Dalachinsky. If the weather is good, the reading will be in the cool backyard behind the bookstore. If the weather is not so good, it will be inside. This event is free! BYOB and buy some books from the bookstore!

Michael Rothenberg is a poet, editor and publisher of the online literary magazine BigBridge.org, co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), and co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c), assisting poets in crisis. He has published 20 books of poetry including Nightmare of The Violins, Favorite Songs, Man/Woman (a collaboration with Joanne Kyger), Unhurried Vision, Monk Daddy, The Paris Journals, Choose, My Youth As A Train, and Murder. His most recent books of poetry include Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016), Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press, 2016) and Wake Up and Dream (MadHat 2017). Bi-lingual editions of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, and the poetic journals Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 are due out from Varasek Ediciones Madrid, Spain in Fall 2017. His work has been published widely in literary reviews and included in anthologies such as Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology, edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street (Trinity University Press), 43 Poetas por Ayotzinapa, edited by Jesús González Alcántara and Moisés H. Cortés Cruz (Mexico), Saints of Hysteria, A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry, edited by David Trinidad and Denise Duhamel (Soft Skull Press), Hidden Agendas/Unreported Poetics, edited by Louis Armand (Litteraria Pragensia), and For the Time-Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals, edited by Tyler Doherty and Tom Morgan (Bootstrap Productions). His editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Edward Dorn. Rothenberg is also editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press (2007).

Ron Kolm
is a founding member of the Unbearables and has helped edit their five anthologies. He is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine. Ron is the author of The Plastic Factory, Divine Comedy, Suburban Ambush, Duke & Jill and, with Jim Feast, the novel Neo Phobe. A new collection of his short stories, Night Shift, has just been published by Autonomedia. He's had work in Flapperhouse, Great Weather for Media, the Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance anthology, The Opiate, Public Illumination Magazine, Local Knowledge and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He edited and introduced an Unbearables section in the Outlaw Bible of American Art. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection.

Bonny Finberg’s fiction, poetry and photographs are included in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her work has been translated into French, German, Hungarian and Japanese. Her publications include a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era, (Sisyphus Press, NY), a poetry chapbook with the author's photo collages, Déjà Vu (Corrupt Press, Paris) and a novel, Kali’s Day (Unbearables Books / Autonomedia, NY). Finberg is the recipient of a Kathy Acker award in fiction and has been published in the Best American Erotica series, edited by Susie Bright and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, edited by Alan Kaufman. She frequently contributes to Sensitive Skin magazine and A Gathering of the Tribes. Her work has been archived in the New York University Library in the Fales collection. She lives in New York City and is working on her second novel.

Poet/collagist Steve Dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His book The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse) won the PEN Oakland National Book Award. His latest cds are The Fallout of Dreams with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach (Roguart 2014) and ec(H)o-system with the French art-rock group, the Snobs (Bambalam 2015). He has received both the Kafka and Acker Awards and is a 2014 recipient of a Chevalier D’ le Ordre des Artes et Lettres. His poem “Particle Fever” was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His most recent books include Fools Gold (2014 feral press), A Superintendent's Eyes (revised and expanded 2013/14 – Unbearable / Autonomedia), Flying Home, a collaboration with German visual artist Sig Bang Schmidt (Paris Lit Up Press 2015) and The Invisible Ray (Overpass Press – 2016) with artwork by Shalom Neuman.

Resist! Book Club: Kindred (Graphic Novel Adaptation) 3/30, 6:30pm

Join us at the bookstore for the Resist! Book Club, a monthly meeting where we will discuss books with a focus on radical resistance, historical and contemporary activism, and intersectionality. This month, we'll be chatting about Kindred, a graphic novel adaptation based on the book by Octavia Butler!

Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. 

Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

Grab a copy at the store if you don't already have one!

Year of the Rat Release with Marc Anthony Richardson & Vi Khi Nao

Join us on Saturday, March 25th at 6pm for the book launch of YEAR OF THE RAT by Marc Anthony Richardson, with an additional guest reading by Vi Khi Nao. 

In Year of the Rat, an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mother, only to find himself torn apart by memories and longings. Narrated by this nameless figure whose rants, reveries, and Rabelaisian escapades take him on a Dantesque descent into himself, the story follows him and his mother as they share a one-bedroom apartment over the course of a year.


Marc Anthony Richardson received his MFA from Mills College.  He is an artist and writer from Philadelphia. YEAR OF THE RAT is his debut novel.  He is currently working on THE MESSIAHS.

Resist! Film Series: Screaming Queens & Pay It No Mind, 3/22 6:30pm

This month, the Resist! Film Series is bringing you a double feature! Resist! is a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on intersectionality, historical and contemporary activist movements, and radical resistance

SCREAMING QUEENS is a documentary from 2005 about the Compton's Cafeteria riot, where trans women and drag queens fought police harassment in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn in NYC.

PAY IT NO MIND: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON is a documentary from 2012 about Marsha P. Johnson, a vanguard of trans justice & radical activism who was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. She was an actress, model, sex worker, organizer, and co-founder with Sylvia Rivera of STAR ( Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries).