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April 23, 2014
Win a signed, original printed piece of art by Kurt Vonnegut!
In celebration of the April 8th release of If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, Dan Wakefield’s collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek words of advice for graduates, Seven Stories is holding a window display contest for independent bookstores!
Here is your chance to create a special window featuring If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, rounded out with other Seven Stories’ Vonnegut titles as well as Vonnegut backlists from his other publishers. We also have some downloadable images for your use (see info below). The best window display will be awarded a piece of original, signed Vonnegut art. Two runners-up will each receive 5 copies of the book each, signed by Dan Wakefield.
The contest will run May 1st-May 15th. Photos of the displays must be submitted by email to email@example.com by May 20th. Winners will be selected by Seven Stories Press staff and will be announced at BEA in the Seven Stories Press booth, posted on Seven Stories Press social media, and announced by press release.
April 26, 2013
Seven Stories author Lee Stringer described a life of poverty in America in an article for Alternet’s Hard Times, USA series. The article, entitled “How Being Poor in America Shaped Every Part of My Life and Forced Me to Live on the Streets,” details his childhood, his parents struggles to make ends meet, and the circumstances that led Stringer to live on the streets of New York City for a dozen years.
Stringer tells of living in a rooming house with his mother and brother; of his mother having to rely on public assistance; and of how he, deemed economically and culturally disadvantaged by his school, was “summarily consigned to the slow classes and systematically steered towards developing [him]self into a capable factory worker.”
Through his experiences with poverty, Stringer notes a series of ironies–how pride, which he was taught in church was a sin, was actually a virtue for the poor; how charity, which he was taught was a virtue, was tinged with shame for the recipient; how when a poor person self-advocates, they are a beggar, but when they are advocated for, the person who does so is lauded for their humanity; and, ultimately, how only when he was no longer poor did people begin to care what he had to say about being poor.
April 11, 2012
New York City!
On the five-year anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s passing, Housing Works is holding a celebration of Vonnegut’s life and works. Come on at 7pm on April 11th to a truly special event, where Lee Stringer and others will be giving readings.
Hosted by Brendan Jay Sullivan (author of Texts, Drugs & Rocknroll, forthcoming from Harper Perennial) and featuring readings by:
- Joe Garden (The Onion)
- David Goodwillie (American Subversive)
- Dave Hill (Comedian, Author of Tasteful Nudes: and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation)
- Cat Marnell (XOJane.com)
- Songs inspired by Vonnegut from the Bushwick Book Club
- PLUS More Special Guests TBA!
And a special silent auction including a watercolor donated by Mark Vonnegut.
Click here to learn more.
This event will take place at the Housing Works Cafe:
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012
August 18, 2011Reading a Vonnegut book was like sitting down with a friend and forgetting how a normal conversation works because all you need is the short hand of your relationship to understand everything that needs to be said... In one section read from Timequake, Vonnegut compares writing to a date, telling his students in his writing classes to “…be good dates on blind dates…” Well, this book is, in a few ways, a good blind date.
April 29, 2010
April 29, 2010, 4-5:30 pm, Instituto Cervantes New York: 211–215 East 49th St.
February 14, 2010February 14-15, 5pm Sunday to 1pm Monday, Chapel Hill, NC. Tickets are from $50 to $100. For more information on the event, sponsored by the Orange County Literary Council, please see http://www.orangeliteracy.org/WFR2010.html.
February 6, 2010
February 6, 2010, 9:00pm, The Brooklyn Museum, Target First Saturday Event, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238.
Lee Stringer and Black Body contributor Tonita Austin-Hilley discuss The Black Body, edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah. Discussion, reading, and Q&A.
July 9, 2009
July 9, 7:30pm, WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.
Douglas A. Martin, the author of Branwell, Outline of my Lover, and the newly-published Once You Go Back from Seven Stories, writes in his new book about the children of a transplanted working-class family dealing with violence, their own budding sexuality, and the strain of a home breaking apart.
Lee Stringer, author of Grand Central Winter and Like Shaking Hands with God (with Kurt Vonnegut), writes in his memoir Sleepaway School about the longing for family, his own experiences growing up in the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls home for at-risk kids, and the challenges of growing up within an extremely non-traditional institutional home.
Together for the first time at WORD in Brooklyn, Martin and Stringer will read from their respective work and discuss its common source—childhoods that run off the rails, exposing kids to forces that can equally destroy and nourish a young, creative life—as well as the process, the struggle, and the redemptive power of autobiographically-charged writing.