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The NYU Bookstore Event Series is free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Seating is limited and no reservations are required. For additional event information view our Event Calendar. If you are interested in scheduling an event please contact us.


Monday, November 3, 6pm - 7:30pm
Screening of Electoral Dysfunction Q& A with political humorist Mo Rocca & Filmmakers David Deschamps and Bennett Singer

Join us on the night before Election Day 2014 for a screening and discussion of ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION, an award-winning documentary in which political humorist Mo Rocca discovers that there’s something funny about voting in America.

The film opens as Mo makes a startling discovery: The right to vote is missing from the Constitution. He then heads to Indiana, home to some of the strictest election laws in the country, and meets one Republican and one Democrat who take him inside their efforts to get out every vote. As he progresses on his road trip, Mo searches for the Electoral College; investigates the heated battle over Voter ID laws; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and explores the case of a former felon sentenced to ten years in prison—for the crime of voting.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mo Rocca, David Deschamps, and Bennett Singer, who directed the film with Leslie D. Farrell. The ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION companion book, by Victoria Bassetti, will also be available.

This event is co-sponsored by NYU Office of Government & Community Affairs.

Tuesday, November 4, 6pm - 7:30pm
Timothy Kuhner

Timothy Kuhner, author of Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution.

Capitalism v. Democracy offers the key to understanding why corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics.
Kuhner argues that nothing short of a constitutional amendment can set the necessary boundaries between capitalism and democracy.

Timothy K. Kuhner, associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, teaches international law, comparative law, human rights, campaign finance, and alternative dispute resolution.

Thursday, November 6, 6pm - 7:30pm
Brian Egger/Book Launch

Brian Egger is the author of Social Media Strategies for Investing (Adams Media) the founder of He is also a contributing writer for Brian was recognized six times as a Wall Street Journal "Best on the Street" analyst.

With Social Media Strategies for Investing you will not only enhance your understanding of the stock market, but also use social media to maximize your profits. This comprehensive guide provides you with specific strategies for using social media as an investment tool to gain a greater understanding of today's market, so you won't get left behind.

Thursday, November 13, 6pm - 7:30pm
Leslie Coffin

Leslie Coffin is the author of Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchock and the Hollywood Studio System. Hitchcock's Stars is a chronological study of Hitchcock's Hollywood films and the innovative approach he took to casting films. Chronicling Hitchcock's twenty-eight pictures within the Hollywood system, Coffin examines how his use of stars evolved, and how his status in the industry eventually allowed him to create new stars, change their images, and turn them into film icons.

Lesley L. Coffin is a freelance writer on film and popular culture. She is the author of Lew Ayres: Hollywood's Conscientious Objector (2012).

Tuesday, November 18, 6pm - 7:30pm
Reading/discussion with Patrick Stancil, translator of The Sleepworker, by Cyrille Martinez.

Joseph Patrick Stancil has studied French and translation at UNC-Chapel Hill and New York University. The Sleepworker is his third translation to be published. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Originally from the south of France, Cyrille Martinez is a poet and novelist living in Paris. Using the story of Andy Warhol and John Giorno and their film Sleep as a starting point, The Sleepworker reads like a Warhol film on fast-forward.

Wednesday, November 19, 6pm - 7:30pm
Amy Bentley

Amy Bentley is the author of Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health and the Industrialzation of the American Diet. Food consumption is a significant and complex social activity, and what a society chooses to feed its children reveals much about its tastes and ideas regarding health. In this groundbreaking historical work, Amy Bentley explores how the invention of commercial baby food shaped American notions of infancy and influenced the evolution of parental and pediatric care.

Amy Bentley is Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity and the editor of A Cultural History of Food in the Modern Era.

Thursday, November 20, 6pm - 7:30pm
Stephen Policoff

Stephen Policoff is the author of Come Away. Who is the small, greenish girl Paul Brickner repeatedly sees skittering around the edge of his yard in upstate New York? No one else seems to see her. Ever since Spring was injured in a fluke fall, Paul has been possessed with the anxiety that he might lose her.

Stephen Policoff won the 2000 James Jones First Novel Fellowship for Beautiful Somewhere Else. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University and Yale and is currently Master Teacher of Writing at New York University.

Monday, December 1, 6pm - 7:30pm
Second Annual Open Mic

Co-hosted by NYU's publications Minetta Review and The Plague.

Come share your creative writing and spoken word with us!

Light refreshments will be served

Tuesday, December 2, 6pm - 7:30pm
Contemporary Brazilain Poetry and Translation

Yusef Komunyakaa won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular. He is the Senior Distinguished Poet in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.

Idra Novey’s most recent poetry collection is Clarice: The Visitor. She is the translator of Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H., and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Flávia Rocha is a Brazilian writer and journalist. Her most recent poetry collection is Quartos Habitáveis, published in Brazil. She is the editor-in-chief of Rattapallax magazine.

Márcio-André is a Brazilian experimental artist with works in sound, visual poetry, installation, performance and video art. His most recent poetry book is Cazas, published in Brazil. He has taught at the University of Coimbra and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Wednesday, December 3, 6pm - 7:30pm
Conjunctions #63 Speaking Volumes

A reading with Samuel R. Delany, Minna Proctor, Frederic Tuten, and Anne Waldman; introduced by editor Bradford Morrow.

Books are, to those who live and breathe them, all but sentient fellow beings. When a book is opened, it awakens, vaults to life, and interacts with the reader, collapsing time and bridging space. Even the most modest book is by far the finest transportation device ever invented and can carry its reader to every corner of the cosmos. Once closed again, however, it never fully returns to sleep but remains in the reader’s imagination. Speaking Volumes is a gathering of essays, poems, stories, and unclassifiable works that examine what books mean to those of us who deeply depend on them.

Thursday, December 4, 6pm - 7:30pm
Joel Hoffman

In The Bible's Cutting Room Floor, acclaimed author and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman deftly brings ancient scriptural texts to life, exploring how they offer new answers to some of the most fundamental and universal questions people ask about their lives. A blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship, The Bible's Cutting Room Floor reveals what's missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important.

Dr. Hoffman is the chief translator for the popular 10-volume series, My People's Prayer Book (winner of the National Jewish Book Award). He is the author of In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language (NYU Press), and And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press).