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Bryant Park Reading Room Hosts a ‘Mid-Summer Musts’ Author’s Panel

All summer, Bryant Park Reading Room hosts author’s panels every Wednesday afternoon. This week’s panel was titled ‘Mid-Summer Musts’, and focused on a special set of books that are essential must-haves for your summer reading list. Throughout the panel, the authors were often asked tough questions. 

 

From left to right, Meryl Moss, Basil Hero, Katherine Howe, Justin Kuritzkes, Felicity McLean, Anna Pitoniak | Image Via Jovanna Reyes

 

 

Anna Pitoniak, the author of Necessary People, was asked about the negative relationships that her characters have with one another. In response, Pitoniak described the importance of capturing ‘the true essence’ of real relationships and emulating the toxic relationships that exist in the real world in an effort to help the reader understand them better. Another member of the audience then asked a question about how the setting of the story impacts the characters and the readers. 

 

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Author Felicity McLean quickly responded, as the setting of her book, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, is an essential aspect. Since her book is based in Australia, McLean explained that she only intended for her character’s experiences to be relatable to Australians but discovered that readers from all over the world could relate to her characters. 

 

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Katherine Howe, the author of The Daughters of Temperance, added to McLean’s answer and described how important the setting of Salem, Massachusetts is in regards to her characters and their interactions with the environment around them. Later, Howe was asked whether The Daughters of Temperance was a sequel to her first book, and she clearly established that her newly published book is definitely not a sequel, rather it is a ‘stand alone follow up’ to her first novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane; featuring almost all the same characters, though not requiring the reader to have read its predecessor. 

 

 

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Another question was directed at the authors, this time the audience member asked what were the inspiration behind each of the author’s novels. Basil Hero, author of The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon, automatically answered and recalled on the strong feelings and the impact that the moon landing made on not only the world-famous astronauts but on the rest of America; this strong feeling is what inspired Hero to write his book. 

 

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Another panelist, Justin Kuritzkes, also explained the inspiration behind his book Famous People. Kuritzkes was interested in how just one aspect of a person can make them drastically stand out from the rest, especially the aspects that the public does not see. 

 

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The panel continued with interesting questions and answers until it ended with all of the authors reading the last line of their books. Although the temperature was reaching the mid-nineties, the panel was very interesting and most importantly shaded from the blazing heat. 

 

More information on the weekly author’s panels can be found on the Bryant Park Reading Room website https://bryantpark.org/programs/Authors.

 

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Barnes & Noble Will Be Sold to Elliott Management

According to NPRthere is big news in the publishing world for bookseller Barnes & Noble. Eight months ago, Barnes & Noble revealed it was exploring possible avenues for a potential sale. Now, Barnes & Noble revealed in a press release on Friday that it had reached an agreement with Elliott Management and will be sold to the corporation for 683 million. This move will mean Elliott Management will own the largest bookseller in the United States, which unfortunately has been suffering as of late. Much like other physical bookstores, Barnes & Noble is facing stiff competition from online competitors: primarily Amazon, which today dominates the book world. Amazon regularly sells over 50% of books, leaving bookstores such as Barnes & Noble in the dust. For the past several years, Barnes & Noble has seen its revenue slid downward slowly but surely, presenting numerous challenges for Elliott with this newfound sale to the corporate giant.

 

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James Daunt will act as the CEO for Barnes & Noble. Recently, he helped British bookstore Waterstones turn its profits around and pull itself from a similar slump to the one Barnes & Noble has found itself in. Elliott’s financial backing, with 34 billion at least in store, should prove a boon for the struggling giant in booksellers. In any case, the deal will be finalized in September, and we’ll see if the deal pays off.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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The Owners Didn’t Want The Strand to Be Made into a Landmark. NYC Did It Anyway.

The famous Strand Bookstore has been declared a landmark by New York City, despite the owners; objections.

 

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Located at 828 Broadway, at the corner of East 12th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, the Strand Bookstore is two blocks south of Union Square. Opened in 1927 by Benjamin Bass as a small used bookstore on Fourth Avenue, the store was passed down to Fred, who passed it down to Nancy, the current owner.

 

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The Strand has been around for decades while the rest of New York’s “Book Row” on Broadway and East 12th Street has disappeared and occupies a stunning 55,000 square feet while also employing 238 people. With the company’s slogan reading “18 Miles Of Books”, has been the cream of the crop when it comes to bookstores or book merchandise.

 

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In fact, The New York Times wrote The Strand “the undisputed king of the city’s independent bookstores”.

 

Nancy Bass-Wyden

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Given its importance, it’s no surprise that city officials decided to grant the store landmark status, but it wasn’t an award in the shop’s owners’ eyesThe New York Post quotes Nancy Bass-Wyden, the owner of the Strand, as saying back in December during a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission that:

Landmarking our building will only make it that much harder for us to survive and pass our treasured family-owned business to [our] children, and hopefully to theirs.

Her reasoning is quite sound. When a building is given a landmark designation, the owners are then forced to use pricey historic materials when fixing and maintaining buildings, making it extremely difficult, expensive, and time consuming to pay for even the smallest of damages.

 

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Now New York has declared the Strand an historical landmark despite objections from the shop owners.

Here’s their official statement made via Twitter.

 

 

 

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Stan Lee’s Former Business Manager Charged With Elder Abuse

Shocking news. According to The Guardian Stan Lee’s former business partner has been charged with four counts of elder abuse. Keya Morgan, who was a close companion of comic book legend Lee, and has now been issued with an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles superior court. The charges include false imprisonment, forgery, and fraud. Morgan had previously been accused of abuse toward Stan Lee when he tried to get police arrested who were visiting Lee’s house to perform a welfare check. He was arrested and charged with filing a false police report.

Morgan was further accused of exploiting his relationship with Stan Lee, isolating him from friends and family, using him to embezzle artwork, cash, and other assets. Furthermore, he was accused of taking over Stan Lee’s twitter account and launching a lawsuit against Pow! Entertainment against Lee’s consent. Lee’s friends and family noted Morgan was the latest in long line of men who attempted to attach themselves to Stan Lee and manage his personal affairs before the Marvel creator passed away.

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: Stan Lee and Keya Morgan attends the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios? Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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Morgan has for his part denounced the comments, calling them ‘100% false’ but has declined further comment, making anything he says to the contrary clearly suspect. We only hope Morgan is served Justin for any injustices he may have committed to Stan Lee in life and that more attention is paid to elder abuse, especially in the entertainment industry. Rest in peace, Stan Lee, and we hope justice is served.

 

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Jamie Dornan, Holliday Grainger for ‘Outside Mullingar’ Adaptation

John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar is getting a film adaptation!

 

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John Patrick Shanley, playwright, screenwriter, and director, has been awarded over the years across several different mediums.  His film 1987 film Moonstruck won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and his 2004 play, Doubt: A Parable, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play.

Then came his 2014 play Outside Mullingar then proved to his best yet. The premise is that two farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, live next door to each other. Rosemary is head over heels for Anthony, but Anthony is unaware of this and he tries to escape his dull existence.

It’s a love story, essentially.

 

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The play received considerable praise. The New York Times said that “Outside Mullingar… represents Mr. Shanley’s finest work since Doubt,” which is high praise considering Doubt: A Parable won a Pulitzer. USA Today even wrote that “…there are flecks of wisdom in his sweetly diverting study”.

If I got half that praise for something I’d wrote I’d consider myself successful.

 

Outside Mullingar, play

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Now Deadline has broke the news that the play is getting a film adaptation. “Who is the director?” I hear you asking. Well it’s none other than John Shanley himself.

 

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This won’t be the first time Shanley has adapted a play of his. Famously, he adapted Doubt: A Parable into a film renamed Doubt which stared acting giants Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, which garnered five Oscar nominations.

Outside Mullingar will also be receiving a name change, possibly because as I type this article I have to constantly check for the correct spelling of ‘Mullingar’.

The film version will simply be titled Wild Mountain Thyme.

There has also been major casting news announced: Jamie Dornan and Holliday Grainger has been cast in the lead roles as Anthony and Rosemary.

 

Jamie Dornan

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Jamie Dornan showed off his acting chops in A Private War

 

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…while Holliday Grainger proved to be powerhouse in the film version of Emma Jane Unworth’s Animals.

Filming for the Ireland-set film will begin in Ireland and New York this summer. If you’re from those two places, maybe you’ll get a chance to see these star-crossed lovers…

 

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