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NYU’s creative writing house. (Staff Photo by Julie Goldberg)

Creative Writing Community Persists Despite Lack of Major

Students on the English major’s creative writing track point out the program’s strengths and offer suggestions on how it could up its game.
Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor Sep 16, 2019

The home page of NYU’s Creative Writing Program is impressive at first glance. Prominently featuring a photo of a contemplative Zadie Smith and, just below it, an interior shot...

NYU first-year students were asked to read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover during the summer. (Staff Photo by Jorene He)

First-Years Comment on Tara Westover’s “Educated”

NYU asked first-year students to read “Educated” by Tara Westover because of its thematic applicability to the first-year experience.
Danisbel Herrera, Contributing Writer Sep 9, 2019

This year, all incoming first-years were asked to read Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” the true story of a woman raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. Readers...

Seminal short fiction writer Amy Hempel and Olympic swimmer turned memoirist Casey Legler read and discuss their recent work at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. (via NYU)

Amy Hempel and Casey Legler Read at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

Seminal short fiction writer and Olympic swimmer-turned-memoirist joined host Darin Strauss at The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House for a reading of their recent work, finding connection in their shared fixation with water and unconventional styles.
Julie Goldberg, Books & Theater Editor Sep 9, 2019

Breaking an Olympic record, in warmups at that, is no easy feat. Neither is building a career on short fiction. On Thursday, NYU’s creative writing program hosted two established...

The cast of Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec. (Photo Courtesy of Brandon Saloy/Mia Isabella Photography)

Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec: An Immersive Theater Experience at Madame X

Lovers of immersive theater are invited to learn about the life and death of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec through a Moulin Rouge-inspired performance, now showing at the Greenwich Village bar Madame X.
Madeline Lyskawa, Contributing Writer Sep 9, 2019

Crammed together along crimson-red couches in a dimly-lit upstairs lounge at the Greenwich Village bar Madame X, audience members are invited to behold the tragic, yet intriguing...

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, an independent bookstore on Crosby St. (Staff Photo by Elaine Chen)

New York’s Indie Bookstores Survive by Promoting Community, Providing Experience

As rent hikes and Amazon pose a continuous threat to the city’s independent bookstores, small business owners tune into community interests and re-define what a bookstore can be.
Julie Goldberg, Books and Theater Editor Sep 3, 2019

In his novel “American Gods,” Neil Gaiman writes, “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore,...

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Book Cover. (via facebook)

5 Books About Motherhood for Mother’s Day

These books depict the raw beauty and contradictions present in mothers and motherhood.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer May 10, 2019

Relationships are hard. Relationships with our parents can be even harder. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five books that explore motherhood and the ways it intersects with...

Deborah Landau, poet and director of NYUs Creative Writing Program. Her new book, Soft Targets, out now from Copper Canyon Press, extends out from the individual body to the political body. (Courtesy of Jacqueline Mia Foster)

Poet Deborah Landau Targets the World’s Evils

The director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program reflects on terrorism, climate change and political turmoil in her new book “Soft Targets.”
Julie Goldberg, Staff Writer May 5, 2019

In her new collection “Soft Targets,” acclaimed poet and director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program Deborah Landau looks at the world’s problems and asks, “What do we...

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The exterior of The Lit. Bar, a new independent bookstore and wine bar in the Bronx. It is currently the only bookstore in the entire borough. (Photo by Aashna Agarwal).

Noëlle Santos Brings Books Back to the Bronx

The Lit. Bar, the borough’s first bookstore since the local branch of Barnes & Noble closed in 2016, held its grand opening ceremony this past Saturday.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer May 1, 2019

After coming across a petition in 2014 to save Barnes & Noble — the lone surviving bookstore in the Bronx — Noëlle Santos knew she had to do something. That Barnes &...

Historian and NYU curator Hugh Ryan. His new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, works to uncover the erased queer history of the borough. (Staff Photo by Alana Beyer)

‘When Brooklyn Was Queer’ Uncovers the Borough’s Buried History

NYU contributing curator Hugh Ryan talks his new projects, including a book on the queer history of Brooklyn and two exhibitions on the same subject.
Aashna Agarwal, Staff Writer Apr 22, 2019

What started as a pop-up museum in part-time NYU curator Hugh Ryan’s Bushwick loft eventually transformed into a quest to uncover Brooklyn’s queer history. The pop-up was expected...

Book cover of Its Kind of a Funny Story. (via Hyperion)

Unpopular Opinions: Young Adult Novels

The Arts Desk gives some fresh takes on novels for younger audiences.
Guru Ramanathan, Dante Sacco, and Alex Cullina Apr 10, 2019

A new young adult novel adaptation, “After,” hits theaters this weekend, and for once it’s not based on a book by John Green or Nicholas Sparks. But instead of needlessly...

The Fusion Film Festival. (via Facebook)

A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: April 4 to 7

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.
Alex Cullina, Theater & Books Editor Apr 5, 2019

Midterms are done with, and finals are still a ways away — or so I’d like to think. Why not enjoy the mid-semester lull — and the beautiful weather — by checking out one...

Activists Marcella Gilbert (Oohenumpa and Ihanktowan Bands of the Lakota and Dakota nations) and Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota, enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), in the documentary Warrior Women. (Photo by John G. Larson, courtesy of NMAI)

A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: March 28 to 31

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.
Alex Cullina, Books & Theater Editor Mar 28, 2019

Spring has finally sprung, people! This is not a drill! Go outside and do stuff! Steinhardt’s “Opera Now: Three to See” at Provincetown Playhouse, March 28 - 31 Come...