Upcoming NYC Literary Holiday Parties For A Good Cause


December might entice those on the East Coast to kick into hibernation mode but we’ve been having an unusually warm winter season. Why not head out to hang with some of your favorite authors while giving back at the same time? Here’s a mini guide to some upcoming literary holiday parties in the city:

Wednesday, December 9th at 8pm
Riverhead Books Holiday Party 2015
The Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th St, Brooklyn

Join Riverhead Books family & friends in supporting Libraries Without Borders, providing books and Idea Boxes to Syrian Refugees. $15 gets you unlimited beer + baked goods by Riverhead authors + raffle prizes + Photo Booth with Booker Prize winner, Marlon James.

Wednesday, December 16th at 6:30pm
PEN “Freedom To Write” MINGLE
Solas (Upstairs at 232 East 9th Street)
FREE (but rsvp required by 12/14 at membership@pen.org)

If you aren’t a member of PEN American Center, I’d suggest taking a look at all the wonderful things they do for the literary world at home and abroad. From assisting imprisoned writers to celebrating some of the best works in literature with their numerous awards, the PEN crowd is a welcoming and caring bunch.

Their holiday card event for imprisoned writers and their families is a year-end celebration of words and camaraderie. Come raise a glass with fellow writers, editors, and the literary community at large. Send a message of support to imprisoned writers and their families around the world. Co-hosted by Katie Freeman, Marisa Marchetto, Dinaw Mengestu, and Minky Worden.

In addition to professional membership, PEN also offers advocate membership which allows you to be apart of this amazing literary community even if you aren’t a published author.

Friday, December 18th
BOMB Magazine’s The Winter Party
Hosted By Casey Jane Ellison 

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

BOMB invites you to Red Hook for a night of art, music, and drinks for a good cause. 100% of the revenue goes towards paying BOMB’s writers and artists from 2015. There will be compliment drinks, a show by Magik Markers (their first NYC performance in almost two years) and DJs Chances with Wolves. They also have a special cocktail hour option where you can mingle with special hosts Jem Cohen, David Grubbs, Ben Lerner, Betsy Sussler, Lynne Tillman, & Monica De La Torre.

Hosted by Casey Jane Ellison  (Have you seen “Touching the Art“? You should.)

Three ways to attend:

Friend Ticket – Party with us at the beautiful Pioneer Works.
Supporter Ticket – Additional entry to the VIP Cocktail Hour. Mingle with BOMB staff and our wonderful  cocktail hosts. You’ll also receive a limited-edition lapel pin designed by Tom Otterness, a surprise from our friends at NYRB Classics, and m
Patron Ticket – Get all of this plus an extremely rare slipcase edition of Tony Oursler’s epic Imponderable (JRP|Ringier & Artbook D.A.P.), a signed hardcover of BOMB: The Author Interviews (Soho Press), and a thank you on BOMB’s website.
Complimentary drinks courtesy of the great people at Other Half BrewingMaterial Vodka, & Sixpoint Brewery. Eventbrite link in the title.


By Melissa X. Golebiowski


Richard Cohen

"The highest compliment one can pay “How to Write Like Tolstoy” is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write, to be in dialogue or even doomed competition with the greatest creative minds… That Mr. Cohen is an editor, that his love of literature comes in large part from awe in the presence of better writers than he, is no small matter. His love is infectious, and regardless of how well he ends up teaching us to write, that is miracle enough." — Stefan Beck, The Wall Street Journal

“An elegant, chatty how-to book on writing well, using the lessons of many of the world’s best writers . . . [Cohen] draws on plentiful advice from past and present literary titans. . . . The process of gathering advice from prominent contemporary authors such as Francine Prose, Jonathan Franzen, and Nick Hornby gives Cohen the opportunity to tell any number of amusing, often discursive stories about great literature and authors, mixed with the writers’ own observations.” — Publishers Weekly