Matthew Thomas reads from his debut novel, “We Are Not Ourselves,” a sprawling, decades-long arc of a marriage and history of a family following the American dream. Last year, the book made it onto multiple year-end lists, including The New York Times’s list of notable books for 2015. At 8 p.m., National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, at Irving Place, 212-475-3424, nationalartsclub.org; free.
Think not about skipping this event, is our eleventh commandment; and sleep only once you've frequented the bar, is our twelfth; for it's the second biennial New York City three-day marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale. Taking place November 14, 15, and 16, night one's right here at Ace Hotel New York. Just head downstairs 1 level from the lobby and you'll find our beautiful events space, Liberty Hall. Free and open to the public.
Reading and discussion.
Roundtable: Outer Influences: Where does a story come from? A poet and two novelists share their influences and inspirations. Featuring Adam Sol, Matthew Thomas and Russell Wangersky. Steven W. Beattie will moderate.
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under
Tenth annual fundraising event benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library. Featured authors: Elin Hilderbrand, William Kent Krueger, Joanna Scott, Gail Sheehy, Matthew Thomas, Troy Cummings. Reserve tickets here.
Literary Death Match, co-created by Adrian Todd Zuniga, marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare.
This competitive, humour-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in less than seven minutes before a panel of all-star judges. Check back frequently for more information on the lineup for this event. Click here for tickets.
Featuring: Michael Crummey, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Alison Pick, and Matthew Thomas. Judging: Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Johanna Skibsrud and Mark Tewksbury.
The Festival is a four-day celebration (October 2 - 5) of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Reading with Bret Anthony Johnston.
From the B&N site: This is a wrist-banded signing. Guests with We Are Not Ourselves on Sunday, September 28 (beginning at 9:00 am) will receive wristbands designating priority seating and line placement for this event. Please stay tuned for guidelines re: photos, etc.
A Force Unleashed presented by the Brooklyn Public Library. Best-selling author Ann Hood (An Italian Wife), much-lauded debut novelists Matthew Thomas (We Are Not Ourselves), and Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning) and Dutch novelist Tommy Wieringa (Little Caesar ) discuss the life changing roles that mothers and sisters play in their latest novels. These determined women exert a driving force upon the other characters that is sometimes debilitating, sometimes life saving — always transformational. Introduced by Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library. Moderated by Meredith Walters, BPL. See the festival site for more information.
In this workshop, participants will look closely, line-by-line, at the work of some of our greatest writers, and in so doing learn to see their own writing more clearly. Join fiction writer Matthew Thomas, whose debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, has garnered critical raves. In her review in The Guardian, novelist Helen Dunmore puts it succinctly: “It is clear that Thomas has quarried deep to discover emotional truth and a form and language in which to express it. We Are Not Ourselves took 10 years to write, and justifies every one of them.” Tickets and details are here.
A reading and reception will follow the workshop.
Join us for the highly anticipated release of Matthew Thomas' We Are Not Ourselves. Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.
On the Docket: Release Party, Reading, Audience Q&A, Book Signing