Events at Shakespeare & Co.

October 19

6:30pm – 8:00pm

THE IMPROV: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up

Meet Budd Friedman, the founder of the legendary club that changed the course of American comedy. Budd and collaborator Tripp Whetsell will present The Improv, the first-ever oral history of the most important comedy club in America, emceed by Budd Friedman himself, and featuring in-depth interviews with some of the most important names in comedy: Leno, Seinfeld, Fallon, Bill Maher, Robert Klein, Larry David, Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Al Franken...

October 22

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Young Adult Book Club: KINDRED by Octavia Butler

Join Shakespeare & Co.'s new Book Club for high school students and anyone who loves YA literature. KINDRED* is a wonderful combination of slave memoir, time-travel and historical fiction that asks big questions about America's dark past and how it still reverberates today.
The Young Adult Book Club is curated and moderated by teenagers. If you'd like to be one of them, contact

*10% discount for club members

October 23

6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Language of Loss: A Conversation about Poetry

Poetry in Motion founders Elise Paschen (THE NIGHTLIFE)and Molly Peacock (THE ANALYST)join Ellen Rachlin (PERMEABLE DIVIDE)to read from and discuss their latest collections of poetry. In a conversation moderated by psychoanalyst and NYU professor Nuar Alsadir, they explore how to write about grief and loss.
Q&A and book signing to follow.

October 24

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Creative Writing Workshop with Judith Hannan

"Writing from Experience" is an ongoing workshop taught by Judith Hannan, author of MOTHERHOOD EXAGERATED and THE WRITE PRESCRIPTION. Participants will write stories, fiction or poetry based on personal experience. Guided exercises, writing tips and positive feedback. Their work will feature in an anthology published on the Espresso Book Machine.
All levels from beginners to middle-advanced. Newcomers welcome.
Eight sessions (8/17 to 12/5). Fee: $375-(includes a copy of the anthology)

October 26

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Author's Talk: THE LAST CASTLE by Denise Kiernan

THE LAST CASTLE is a fascinating saga of the unimaginable excess, devastating tragedy, inspiring generosity, and unlikely endurance of the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore - the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. The book is already on the NY Times' bestseller list.

Denise Kiernan is the author of the bestselling THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY. She has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice and others.

October 28

2:00pm – 4:00pm

A SECRET SISTERHOOD, Emily Midorikawa & Emma Sweeney

EMILY MIDORIKAWA and EMMA CLAIRE SWEENEY explore the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. "A must-read for anyone who knows that behind every great woman stands a great female friend." -Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own.
Co-hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America and the Bronte Society.

October 30

6:30pm – 8:00pm

A Constitutional Convention?

Discussion of Con-Con
Featuring Seymour Lachman and Peter Galie
Organized by Politics Reborn and the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at CUNY's Wagner College.

November 2

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Author's Talk: WCBS-TV medical correspondent Dr. Max Gomez

Join Dr. Max Gomez for the release of his new book, CELLS ARE THE NEW CURE and learn about stem cells, immunotherapy, gene editing and how revolutionary medicine is providing cures that were considered science-fiction five years ago.
Dr. Gomez is a nine-time Emmy Award winner, producer and reporter. He was named the American Health Foundation "Man of the Year" and is a leading figure in medical journalism.
An event not to be missed.

November 7

6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Shakespeare & Co Book Club featuring The New York Review Books

We'll discuss IN THE COURTYARD OF THE KABBALIST, 2013 National Jewish Book Award Finalist. The author, Ruchama King Feuerman, will be present.
"A sophisticated and engaging book that treats an endlessly tangled topic-relations between Palestinian Arabs and Jews-with intelligence and originality... a terrific novel." B. Swaim The Wall Street Journal
"An adventurous story that was fun to join; I couldn't read it fast enough simply to find out what would happen next." -The Times of Israel

November 9

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book Launch: M. S. Kaminsky

Join M. S. Kaminsky for the launch of his Young Adult novel, THE ATLANTIS TWINS, a fantasy tale of lost twins, superpowers, and the painful, and sometimes dangerous, search for truth.
M.S. Kaminsky is an author and filmmaker who writes suspense thrillers with twists of fantasy, mystery and fabulism. He is the author of THE MERMAID CURSE SERIES, a gripping young adult story that spans generations of women.
Q&A and book signing to follow.