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Author Matt Stoller and Zephyr Teachout hosted a great a conversation centered on Stoller’s debut book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, from Simon & Schuster Publishers.  Thanks to act.tv, you can listen here!

Goliath examines how concentrated financial power and consumerism transformed American politics, resulting in the emergence of populism and authoritarianism, the fall of the Democratic Party—while also providing the steps needed to create a new democracy. You can read more about the book on the Simon & Schuster website here.

About Matt Stoller:

Stoller is a Fellow at the Open Markets Institute. Previously, he was a Senior Policy Advisor and Budget Analyst to the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked in the US House of Representatives on financial services policy, including Dodd-Frank, the Federal Reserve, and the foreclosure crisis. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Vice, and Salon. He lives in Washington, DC.

About Zephyr Teachout:

Teachout is an Associate Law Professor and has taught at Fordham Law School since 2009. She grew up in Vermont and received her BA from Yale in English and then graduated summa cum laude from Duke Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She also received an MA in Political Science from Duke. She clerked for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She was a death penalty defense lawyer at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina, and co-founded a non-profit dedicated to providing trial experience to new law school graduates. She is known for her pioneering work in internet organizing, and was the first national Director of the Sunlight Foundation. She has written dozens of law review articles and essays and two books. Her book, “Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United” was published by Harvard University Press in 2014.
She ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination of the Governor of New York in 2014, and for Congress’s 19th Congressional District in 2016.

The author’s portrait is by Sophia Lin, the book cover image is property of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Join us for a special event with authors Julie Winter and Rachel Koenig to celebrate their new books!

Hear excerpts from Winter’s novel of linked stories Dancing Home, a story about love in NYC; and Koenig’s highly anticipated novel in progress The Ravens’ Bridge, which explores the mysteries of Prague.

This event is hosted by the Ministry of Maat.

Award-winning author and Brooklynite Fran Hawthorne brings her debut novel The Heirs to the Old Stone House, along with free multi-cultural refreshments.
The Heirs tells the story of how a New Jersey soccer mom — the daughter of a Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivor — becomes obsessed with the Polish-Catholic family of her 9-year-old son’s soccer teammate.
Rosanne Korenberg, co-executive producer of the Oscar-winning film I, Tonya, calls The Heirs “a compelling read.”
The $5 admission to “Reading & Rugelach” includes an array of Jewish, Polish, and all-American snacks provided by Erica’s Rugelach & Baking Co. and other local bakers, and helps support the historic Old Stone House. Tickets available here.
Books will be available for purchase, which the author will happily sign.
For everyone’s protection, attendance will be limited to 30, and the Old Stone House is requesting that all attendees wear masks and show proof of Covid-19 vaccination at the door.
Until now, Hawthorne spent years as a journalist and nonfiction author focusing on business ethics, consumer activism, health care, and finance -– on staff at BusinessWeek, Fortune, Crain’s New York Business, and the Bergen (NJ) Record, and as a freelancer for The New York Times, Newsday, and many other publications.
But she’s always been writing novels in her spare time. The Heirs was inspired by a classmate of her son’s at PS 321 in Park Slope, along with her own father’s and grandparents’ escape from Poland less than two years before the Nazi invasion.

Mark your calendars! The 11th annual BLOOMSDAY IN BROOKLYN, a literary pub crawl featuring readings from the oeuvre of Irish author James Joyce, will this year be presented in an online modern adaptation of Joyce’s epic and far-roaming “Ulysses”. Aptly titled BLOOMSDAY LOCK-IN, the adaptation will premiere online on Saturday, June 20 at 3pm EST, and will be available for viewing only through Friday, June 26th.

BLOOMSDAY LOCK-IN will be hosted by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Brooklyn, and will feature over 50 actors from stage, screen, literature and the music industry, including John Turturro, Patrick Bergin, Ian McElhinney, Aidan Gillen, Colin Quinn, Spider Stacy, Olwen Fouéré, Paula Meehan, and more! It’s going to be a must-see event.

The premiere is free to watch, but all contributions in honor of the performance will benefit CHiPS’s programming and operations. Click here to learn more and to donate in honor of BLOOMSDAY LOCK-IN.

Be sure to follow @BloomsdayLockin on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the most up-to-date information about the performance. We hope you’ll join us in watching!

Join our colleagues at Green-Wood Cemetery for this discussion of NYC history.

Long before there was Green-Wood, there was a glacier—a massive ice sheet that pushed southward, forging the Cemetery’s characteristic terrain. Join Eric W. Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo and author of “Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City”, for a conversation about Green-Wood’s geological past. Hosted by Green-Wood’s historian, Jeff Richman, you’ll learn how Green-Wood’s hills and ponds were formed and the history of their use by Lenape Native Americans.

Sign up here.
On the day of the program, participants will receive a Zoom link and access code from Green-Wood.

OSH and Rain Mountain Press present poet Michele Madigan Somerville in conversation with novelist Jill Eisenstadt for the virtual launch of GLAMOUROUS LIFE, Somerville’s new collection of poetry, a searing meditation on motherhood, the sacred and the profane.

Live on Zoom, Wednesday, September 30th at 7 pm. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Please register here.

Join poets Dennis Nurkse and Sean Sutherland to hear works from Nurkse’s new book A Country of Strangers.

In an illuminating collection of selected poems over thirty-five years, one of our most essential American poets casts a clear eye on our politics, our places, and our heart’s hidden stories.

About the Authors:

Throughout this matchless career, over eleven books, Dennis Nurkse has crafted visceral lines that celebrate the fragility of what simply exists—birdsong, moonrise, illness, water towers—and the complexity of human perception, our stumble forward through it toward understanding.

Sean Sutherland has had poems most recently published in the literary magazines: The Florida Review, and Hypertext among others. His poems are also included in two anthologies The Writers Studio at 30, and Poetry for the Actor- A Guide to Deeper Truth. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Sean was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the literary magazine Sleet in 2019, and won honorable mention for The Maine Review’s poetry prize in 2015.


Your choice for the price of admission will go to the One Love Community Fridge organization who supplies food to over 20 Community Fridges in the greater Brooklyn area to help the hungry.

Please make sure to add BOTH an entry ticket AND a donation to your order.

Covid-19 Policy:

Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all guests. No unvaccinated children / those under 5 will be admitted.


Guy & Doll is a duo of Guy Barash (Electronics Composer) and Kathleen Supové (Piano), performing this evening with Frank London (Trumpet), Eyal Maoz (Guitar), and poet Nick Flynn reading from his book I Will Destroy You.

Join us in the OSH Great Room, please note the venue is not wheelchair accessible and masks are required for all guests.

Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite here.

Join local author Fran Hawthorne in the Great Room at OSH for the launch event of her new novel I Meant to Tell You. 

Book Synopsis: When Miranda Isaacs agrees to help her friend Ronit take her young daughter back home to Israel in the midst of a messy divorce, she doesn’t realize they’re breaking the law. Seven years later, the repercussions of their arrest at Dulles Airport will threaten Miranda’s engagement and her fiancé’s job, and unravel three families’ long-held secrets that stretch back to Vietnam War protests.

Books will be available for sale which Fran will happily sign.

Free refreshments will be provided by a local baker.

$5 admission benefits the Old Stone House, please register on Eventbrite here.