Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Strand Book Store Events

A Very Special Night with Musician Danny Ellis


Danny Ellis was a successful musician and songwriter who thought he had left behind his troubled childhood in Dublin's slums and orphanages. It was not until he was writing 800 Voices, the album that would bring him to widespread acclaim, that he came to realize those childhood memories, long buried, still haunted him. He set out to tell the story of his childhood and to reconcile himself to the part of him that had never escaped a childhood of abandonment and the harsh life within the Artane Industrial School. Inspired by his search to come to turns with his past Ellis wroteThe Boy At The Gate as a chronicle of his past and his search to come to terms with it. Called "beautifully written, heartbreaking story of betrayal, abandonment and the healing power of friendship and music" by Sara Gruen, The Boy At The Gate is eloquent, powerfully moving and surprising funny. Danny Ellis will discuss his memoir and the process of writing and give a special musical performance at the Strand! 


One Cute Cat, One Fun Way to Give Back


On Thursday, September 5th, the Strand will host a very special visitor: Lil BUB the cat! BUB and her owner, Mike, will be visiting the store in order to promote BUB's book, Lil BUB's Lil BOOK! BUB and Mike will be having a special meet and greet session in our fifth floor loft space where you'll have the opportunity to shake paws and take a photo with everyone's favorite feline internet sensation.

Best of all, this meet and greet is designed to give back, with the Strand and BUB donating a portion of the evening's proceeds to local animal organizations. Social Tees Animal Rescue will have a table at the event with information about their program, among other rescues and shelters. They welcome donations and the sharing of your own heartwarming adoption tales! 


Alissa Quart on The Power and Promise of America's Subcultures!


Alissa Quart, author of Branded and Hot House Kids, is back with a new and insightful look at America's emerging subcultures. Now Quart, whoQuiet author Susan Cain has called, "one of the smartest cultural interpreters of her generation" is back with Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels. Tracing the increasing impact of marginal culture on America's pop mainstream-from slow food, to Indie-rock, to gender-fluid activism-Quart shows the power and promise that outsiders bring to our increasingly interconnected world. She traces the stories of specific individuals and shows the enormous impact they have through what she calls " identity innovation," proving in the process that being "weird" can be a source of strength. Join us for an evening for exciting discussion about the changes taking place in our culture today!

Susan will join Alissa for this very special conversation in our cozy rare book room. 


Literary, Artistic and Musical History Tour of the East Village 


In partnership with The Levys' Unique New York!NY's First Family of Tour Guides, join native New Yorker and The Levys' Unique New York! tour guide Matt Levy on a 2 hour Literary, Artistic and Musical History walking tour of the East Village. We will explore hidden street art, underground graffiti, former beat poet flophouses and punk rock clubs and hang-outs but we'll also learn how the East Village went from industrial to artistic to bohemian to bourgeoisie to NYU students. Book, music and art lovers of all ages are welcome.