Salon.com writer Rebecca Traister will be reading from her highly praised book, Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything For American Women, tonight at Bluestocking Bookstore. Traister covered the 2008 election season for Salon from a feminist perspective. From the New York Times review: …a passionate, visionary and very personal account of the cultural ferment that accompanied the election of ’08…[Traister] adroitly juggles a galaxy of new- and old-media sources.
War photographer and cultural anthropologist Teun Voeten went underground for five months in 1994 and 1995 and lived with a group of homeless people in a tunnel underneath Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He documented the experience, including their eviction in 1996, in the acclaimed book, Tunnel People. Tonight at Bluestockings Bookstore, Voeten will read and present from an updated version, in which he tracks down the original tunnel dwellers and describes what has happened in the thirteen years since they left the tunnels. FREE // 7pm // 172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington).
Author and staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stephan Salisbury, will be reading from his latest book, Mohamed’s Ghosts – An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland, this evening at Bluestockings Bookstore at 7:00pm. The story examines anti-Arab hysteria after 9/11 and the devastation of Philadelphia’s Muslim community after the government investigation of the Ansaarullah mosque and arrest of its imam, Mohamed Ghoraband. Salisbury builds the text around the personal stories of the many people he interviewed over four years. FREE
The East Side Streets Coalition will be hosting (via Transportation Alternatives) a Lower East Side Workshop tonight at Bluestockings Bookstore (172 Allen Street) at 7pm. They write: Share your thoughts on what makes it difficult to walk or bike in your neighborhood, your vision for improvement and brainstorm solutions using the New York City Street Design Manual. This will inform the development of an East Side Action Plan to be launched in Fall 2010.
Author Jarret S. Lovell will be reading from his recent book, "Crimes of Dissent" tonight at Bluestockings
Bookstore at 7:00pm. (FREE)
Looking at why people break the law to promote political
advancement, Jarret S. Lovell’s book, "Crimes of Dissent: Civil
Disobedience, Criminal Justice, and the Politics of Conscience” offers
a history of the criminalization of dissent with first-person
accounts from activists. Bluestockings writes, "From animal rights to anti-abortion, and from
tax resistance to anti-poverty, please join Lowell for an engaged
discussion across the far flung movements that, in common, rely on good
old fashion law breaking".