JUNE 1, 7PM: Shelter Speaker Series

Join us on June 1st at 7pm for the Shelter Speaker Series!


ANNA DREZEN
is a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live. She's the editor-at-large of Reductress and coauthor of the books How May We Hate You? and How To Win At Feminism. She performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The PIT, and Union Hall. www.annadrezen.com

SALLY WEN MAO
is a poet and educator, the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014) and the forthcoming Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Best American Poetry 2013, Poetry, Harvard Review Online, and A Public Space. Currently she is a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

NICOLE R. FLEETWOOD
is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press 2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Her research has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Schomburg Center for Black Culture/ NYPL, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize of the American Studies Association. Currently, she is in residence at the NYPL Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, completing a book manuscript on art and visual culture in the era of mass incarceration.


SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof.

MAY 16TH, 7PM: The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens Book Launch

Join us at the store on May 16th at 7pm for the book launch of Emma Smith-Stevens' The Australian.

About the Book:


In her humorous and emotionally resonant debut, Emma Smith-Stevens follows the exploits and evolution of a young man—known only as the Australian—over the course of a dozen years, from his time in Melbourne, posing as Superman for tourist photos, to his life in New York, where he spends years unemployed before stumbling into fame and fortune.

Readers include:
Emma Smith-Stevens
Rachel Khong
Nick Flynn
Aaron Their

MAY 15th, 6PM: Accompaniments: Music & Poems



Emily Melander and Joseph Imhauser making music, Farnoosh Fathi, on poems, and Mary Di Lucia with Accompaniments, will be in the garden at Unnameable Books on May 15th from 6-8pm.

Come celebrate the day of Emily Dickinson's passing and the day before Mary's new book Accompaniments, is released by Red Hook Editions.

You can find links to their work here:

Emily Melander & Joseph Imhauser
https://soundcloud.com/gemtactics
Farnoosh Fathi:
http://www.farnoosh-fathi.com/poems-1/
Mary Di Lucia:
http://redhookeditions.com/portfolio/accompaniments/

And for the image, with gratitude:
Laura F. Gibellini
http://www.laurafgibellini.com/

May 13th, 7pm: The Moon Reading


join us at the store on saturday, may 13th at 7pm for the Moon Reading!

Peformances by:
sparrow, eve, violet snow, carol wierzbicki, david huberman, christine timm, jim feast,
austin alexis, francine witte, tsaurah litzky, david pemberton, robert gibbons, yuko otomo, steve dalachinsky,
brendaliz guerrero, jason r. gallagher, lehman welchselbaum, mike topp: TBA

Short Open

curated by eve packer

theme: 'the moon' : whoever, or whatever that means to you. reading from someone else then, our own stuff.

MAY 3rd, 7PM: IN BLOOM: A NIGHT OF POETRY/MUSIC/WEIRDO DRAG


Spring is Sprung and Brooklyn is in bloom!! Come experience the glow-up / bloom wave magic that is TRES FREEBORN (tres myers), LINGUA FRANCA (mariah parker), REXYLAFEMME (rex renee leonowitch). Music/tunes by TRES FREEBORN & LINGUA FRANCA, poetry/drag/weirdness by REXYLAFEMME. 

TRES FREEBORN is a songwriter, composer and conceptual artist. Gathering influence from conversations with future and past, Freeborn’s raw and passionate style of afro-future-grunge focuses on collective and relational liberation. Freeborn’s debut album, The Martyr Suite, will be released in Summer 2017.

LINGUA FRANCA is a linguist by day, lunatic lady rapper by night. Her music is a mix of literary wordplay, social commentary, personal confession drizzled over sulty boom-bap hip hop beats.
https://lingua-franca.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/liiinguafranca/

REXYLAFEMME (rex renee leonowitch) is a trans/queer/non-binary femme artist/performer/poet from queens, nyc. their art and performance work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. rex's book of poems/illustrations, when there is no one & there is everyone, is forthcoming from magic helicopter press this summer. 
http://rexylafemme.tumblr.com/

APRIL 28th 7pm: Book Release Party for Snow Catcher by Ben Gantcher





Join us on Friday, April 28th at 7pm for the release party of Ben Gantcher's new book of poetry, Snow Catcher.



About the Author:

Ben Gantcher’s recently completed collection of poems, “Snow Farmer,” was a finalist in the 2014 Omnidawn Open book contest. His first chapbook, “Strings of Math and Custom,” was published in 2013 by Beard of Bees Press and is available online as a free PDF. “If a Lettuce,” his first manuscript of poems, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series and Bright Hill Press contests. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and The Brooklyn Rail. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a resident at Ucross and Omi, a correspondent with the Hyde Park Review of Books and a poetry editor of the journal “failbetter.” He teaches math, Language Structures and an interdisciplinary writing and visual art course at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and three children.

APRIL 29th 7pm: Black Sun Lit Spring 2017 Showcase





Black Sun Lit presents Ali Power, Chelsea Hogue, JD Larson, Tom Haviv & Virginia McLure at the bookstore on Saturday, April 29th at 7pm.







ALI POWER (BSL) is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, LIT, the PEN Poetry Series, Stonecutter and elsewhere. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.

CHELSEA HOGUE (BSL) currently lives and teaches in Western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in The White Review, The Collagist, Quarterly West, Autre Mag and elsewhere.

JD LARSON (Vestiges_02) is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn. His translation of Nioque of the Early Spring by Francis Ponge is forthcoming from Red Dust in 2017, and recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, Gulf Coast, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, The Volta, Lana Turner and elsewhere. He teaches in the German Department at NYU.

TOM HAVIV
(BSL) is a writer, artist and educator from New York City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, Conjunctions, Prelude, Sakura Review, The Sensation Feelings Journal and elsewhere. His first book, A Flag of No Nation, is forthcoming from The Operating System. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of the KAF Collective.

VIRGINIA MCLURE
(BSL) is a former Goldwater Fellow in Poetry within New York University’s MFA program, where she completed her thesis under Charles Simic. Her recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, [PANK], Nashville Review, Meridian, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere.

APRIL 19, 6:30PM: Money & Totality with Fred Moseley

On Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30pm, join us for a discussion with Fred Moseley.

MONEY AND TOTALITY:
A Macro-Monetary Interpretation of Marx’s Logic In Capital and the End of the “Transformation Problem”
a book discussion with author Fred Moseley

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Correcting a longstanding misinterpretation, Moseley argues that there is no ‘transformation problem’ in Marx’s economic theory. This ambitious book presents a comprehensive new ‘macro-monetary’ interpretation of Marx’s logical method in Capital which emphasizes two points: (1) Marx’s theory is primarily a macroeconomic theory of the total surplus-value produced in the economy as a whole; and (2) Marx’s theory is a monetary theory and the circuit of money capital, M-C-M, is its logical framework.

“The complete form of the process is therefore M-C-M’, where M =M + ∆M, i.e. the original sum advanced plus an increment. This increment or excess over the original value I call ‘surplus-value’.” —Karl Marx, Capital, Volume 1

“The capitalists, like hostile brothers, divide among themselves the loot of other people’s labor, so that on an average one receives the same amount of unpaid labor as another.”
—Karl Marx, Theories of Surplus-Value, Volume 2

Fred Moseley is Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of The Falling Rate of Profit in the Postwar United States Economy and editor of Marx’s Logical Method: A Reappraisal, New Investigations of Marx’s Method, Heterodox Economic Theories: True or False?, and Marx’s Theory of Money: Modern Reappraisals.

APRIL 15th 7pm: Michael Rothenberg Reads with Kolm, Finberg, and Dalanchinsky

Join us on Saturday, April 15th at 7pm for a reading with Michael Rothenberg, Ron Kolm, Bonny Finberg, and Steve Dalanchinsky!

Michael Rothenberg will be paying a rare visit to Brooklyn, where he will read at one of the best NYC bookstores: Unnameable Books. He will have copies of Drawing The Shade and Sapodilla with him for sale. Also reading with Michael are Ron Kolm, Bonny Finberg and Steve Dalachinsky. If the weather is good, the reading will be in the cool backyard behind the bookstore. If the weather is not so good, it will be inside. This event is free! BYOB and buy some books from the bookstore!

Michael Rothenberg is a poet, editor and publisher of the online literary magazine BigBridge.org, co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), and co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c), assisting poets in crisis. He has published 20 books of poetry including Nightmare of The Violins, Favorite Songs, Man/Woman (a collaboration with Joanne Kyger), Unhurried Vision, Monk Daddy, The Paris Journals, Choose, My Youth As A Train, and Murder. His most recent books of poetry include Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016), Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press, 2016) and Wake Up and Dream (MadHat 2017). Bi-lingual editions of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, and the poetic journals Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 are due out from Varasek Ediciones Madrid, Spain in Fall 2017. His work has been published widely in literary reviews and included in anthologies such as Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology, edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street (Trinity University Press), 43 Poetas por Ayotzinapa, edited by Jesús González Alcántara and Moisés H. Cortés Cruz (Mexico), Saints of Hysteria, A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry, edited by David Trinidad and Denise Duhamel (Soft Skull Press), Hidden Agendas/Unreported Poetics, edited by Louis Armand (Litteraria Pragensia), and For the Time-Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals, edited by Tyler Doherty and Tom Morgan (Bootstrap Productions). His editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Edward Dorn. Rothenberg is also editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press (2007).

Ron Kolm
is a founding member of the Unbearables and has helped edit their five anthologies. He is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine. Ron is the author of The Plastic Factory, Divine Comedy, Suburban Ambush, Duke & Jill and, with Jim Feast, the novel Neo Phobe. A new collection of his short stories, Night Shift, has just been published by Autonomedia. He's had work in Flapperhouse, Great Weather for Media, the Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance anthology, The Opiate, Public Illumination Magazine, Local Knowledge and the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He edited and introduced an Unbearables section in the Outlaw Bible of American Art. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library, where they’ve been catalogued in the Fales Collection.

Bonny Finberg’s fiction, poetry and photographs are included in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her work has been translated into French, German, Hungarian and Japanese. Her publications include a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era, (Sisyphus Press, NY), a poetry chapbook with the author's photo collages, Déjà Vu (Corrupt Press, Paris) and a novel, Kali’s Day (Unbearables Books / Autonomedia, NY). Finberg is the recipient of a Kathy Acker award in fiction and has been published in the Best American Erotica series, edited by Susie Bright and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, edited by Alan Kaufman. She frequently contributes to Sensitive Skin magazine and A Gathering of the Tribes. Her work has been archived in the New York University Library in the Fales collection. She lives in New York City and is working on her second novel.

Poet/collagist Steve Dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His book The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse) won the PEN Oakland National Book Award. His latest cds are The Fallout of Dreams with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach (Roguart 2014) and ec(H)o-system with the French art-rock group, the Snobs (Bambalam 2015). He has received both the Kafka and Acker Awards and is a 2014 recipient of a Chevalier D’ le Ordre des Artes et Lettres. His poem “Particle Fever” was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His most recent books include Fools Gold (2014 feral press), A Superintendent's Eyes (revised and expanded 2013/14 – Unbearable / Autonomedia), Flying Home, a collaboration with German visual artist Sig Bang Schmidt (Paris Lit Up Press 2015) and The Invisible Ray (Overpass Press – 2016) with artwork by Shalom Neuman.

Resist! Book Club: Kindred (Graphic Novel Adaptation) 3/30, 6:30pm

Join us at the bookstore for the Resist! Book Club, a monthly meeting where we will discuss books with a focus on radical resistance, historical and contemporary activism, and intersectionality. This month, we'll be chatting about Kindred, a graphic novel adaptation based on the book by Octavia Butler!

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: 
Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. 

Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

Grab a copy at the store if you don't already have one!

Year of the Rat Release with Marc Anthony Richardson & Vi Khi Nao


Join us on Saturday, March 25th at 6pm for the book launch of YEAR OF THE RAT by Marc Anthony Richardson, with an additional guest reading by Vi Khi Nao. 


ABOUT YEAR OF THE RAT:
In Year of the Rat, an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mother, only to find himself torn apart by memories and longings. Narrated by this nameless figure whose rants, reveries, and Rabelaisian escapades take him on a Dantesque descent into himself, the story follows him and his mother as they share a one-bedroom apartment over the course of a year.

ABOUT MARC ANTHONY RICHARDSON:

Marc Anthony Richardson received his MFA from Mills College.  He is an artist and writer from Philadelphia. YEAR OF THE RAT is his debut novel.  He is currently working on THE MESSIAHS.



Resist! Film Series: Screaming Queens & Pay It No Mind, 3/22 6:30pm

This month, the Resist! Film Series is bringing you a double feature! Resist! is a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on intersectionality, historical and contemporary activist movements, and radical resistance

SCREAMING QUEENS is a documentary from 2005 about the Compton's Cafeteria riot, where trans women and drag queens fought police harassment in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn in NYC.





PAY IT NO MIND: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON is a documentary from 2012 about Marsha P. Johnson, a vanguard of trans justice & radical activism who was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. She was an actress, model, sex worker, organizer, and co-founder with Sylvia Rivera of STAR ( Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries).


Resistance! Rebellion! with Amy Holman, Anna Mockler, & Bonny Finberg, 3/24 6:30pm

Join us at the store on March 24th at 6:30pm for a night of three fine writers sharing their work on the themes of resistance and rebellion, with glimpses of a better world.

Amy Holman is a poet and literary consultant occasionally writing essays and fiction in Brooklyn, New York, and who teaches poetry workshops at The Hudson Valley Writers Center. Magazine editors have nominated her poems and nonfiction for Pushcart Prizes, a fiction chapbook made it to finalist at Anchor & Plume in 2015, a poetry chapbook won the 2004 Dream Horse Press contest, and Robert Bly selected a poem for The Best American Poetry 1999. Her most recent book is Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010).

Anna Mockler’s novel, The Rat Hunt Boys, a black comedy of revolution in dystopia, was published 2016 by Autonomedia/ Unbearable. Her story collection, Burning Salt (StringTown Press) appeared in 2004.  Mockler’s fiction has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Sensitive Skin, Exquisite Corpse, and several anthologies, including Unbearables anthologies 2009 and 2011, and Wreckage of Reason: Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (Vol. I 2008; Vol. II 2014), etc. She left Brooklyn for Seattle in late 2016.

Bonny Finberg’s novel, Kali's Day, was published in 2014 by Autonomedia/ Unbearable Books. She is the recipient of a 2014 Acker Award For Fiction.
 Other publications include a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era, (Sisyphus Press, NY) and a poetry and collage collection, Déjà Vu (Corrupt Press, Paris), as well as short work in numerous journals, e.g., Brooklyn Rail, Sensitive Skin, and anthologies like The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. She lives in New York City and is working on her second novel.


Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute Book Launch 3/19, 7pm

Join us at the store on Saturday, March 19th at 7pm for the launch of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute edited by Devon Angus and Ivy Anderson.

About the Event:

"A Voice from the Underworld," the serialized version of Alice Smith's story, originally published in the San Francisco Bulletin in 1913, has until its recent republication, gone forgotten as a key piece of radical U.S. history. Alice Smith's story attracted the attention of the famed anarchist and feminist activist Emma Goldman, who found "A Voice from the Underworld", and the many letters written in response by other working class women and sex workers, to offer a uniquely radical perspective on the questions of sex, class, gender, and marriage. The publication of "A Voice from the Underworld" also marks a significant transition in the career of newspaper editor Fremont Older, who later gained fame within radical circles for his work with criminals Donald Lowrie and Jack Black in the name of prison reform, and his defense of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, San Francisco's own Sacco and Vanzetti, who were wrongfully convicted of bombing the pro-war "Preparedness Day" parade that took place in 1916. In 1917, Fremont Older would work with several of the sex workers he had met during the run of Alice's story to organize the first sex worker's rights protest in U.S. history, which took place on January 25th, 1917. Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus in a discussion about these early strains of activism and how they influenced later feminist, queer, and sex worker's rights movements.


About the Editors:

Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in geography, runs a community garden, and is on the board of a bookstore collective in San Francisco.

Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy. He organized and published a series of oral histories of immigrants in the Catskills region, and was the recipient of an arts grant through the New York State Council on the Arts for his show Songs and Stories of Old New York.

Strangers in a Strange Land Reading, 3/11 7pm


Join us at the bookstore at 7pm on March 11th for a night of readings and performances with the theme "strangers in a strange land." Writers and performers include:








Eve Packer

Sparrow
Ron Kolm
Violet Snow 
Carol Wierzbicki
Jim Feast
Francine Witte
Carl Watson
Tsaurah Litzky
Austin Alexis
Stella Padnos
David Pemberton
Lisa Freedman
Claudia Serea
Bonoi Joi
Tobi Joi
Robert Gibbons
Yuko Otomo
Steve Dalachinsky
Jason R. Gallagher
and a few more TBA!



Boog City 10.5 Festival, 2/17-2/19


Boog City's annual Presidents' Day Weekend event, Welcome to Boog City 10.5 Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film Festival, will take place from Fri. Feb. 17th to Sun. Feb. 19th!

For events taking place at other locations, check out the full event page here


FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 17

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn

$5 suggested

5:45 p.m. Anton Yakovlev
6:00 p.m. Sylvia Gorelick
6:10 p.m. Bruce Weber
6:20 p.m. Vyt Bakatis
6:30 p.m. Joanne Pagano Weber
6:40 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk, Laynie Browne and Patricio Ferrari reading and in conversation, Pt. 1
7:10 p.m. Riley Pinkerton & Henry Black (music)

7:40 p.m. break

7:50 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk, Browne and Ferrari, Pt. 2
8:20 p.m. Ron Kolm
8:30 p.m. Claire Donato
8:40 p.m. Timothy Donnelly
8:50 p.m. Alan Semerdjian
9:00 p.m. Katie Skare (music)



 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn

$5 suggested

11:30 a.m. Jackson Sturkey (music)
12:00 p.m. Laura Cronk
12:15 p.m. Chris Salerno
12:30 p.m. Megan DiBello
12:40 p.m. Sam Jablon
12:50 p.m. Davy Knittle
1:05 p.m. Thomas Devaney

1:20 p.m. break

1:30 p.m. Sarah Bartlett
1:45 p.m. Alyson Pomerantz
2:00 p.m. Gracie Leavitt
2:15 p.m. Katy Lederer
2:25 p.m. Dan Wilcox
2:40 p.m. Sparrow
2:50 p.m. Emmerson Pierson (music)

3:20 p.m. break

3:30 p.m. d.a. levy lives:
celebrating renegade presses series: Argos Books
co-editors Iris Cushing and Elizabeth Clark Wessel

3:30 p.m. Samantha Zighelboim
3:42 p.m. Bianca Lynne Spriggs
3:54 p.m. Isaac Fornarola, 1st set (music)
4:09 p.m. Jennifer Hayashida
4:21 p.m. Marina Blitshteyn
4:33 p.m. Amber Atiya
4:45 p.m. Isaac Fornarola, 2nd set (music)

5:00 p.m. break

5:45 p.m. Nomi Stone
5:55 p.m. Brent Terry
6:05 p.m. Ali Power
6:15 p.m. Eli Nadeau
6:25 p.m. JP Howard
6:35 p.m. Joel Allegretti
6:45 p.m. Bipolar Bradley Off Meds, 1st set (music)
7:05 p.m. Wendy Walters
7:15 p.m. Andrew James Weatherhead
7:25 p.m. Rachel Valinsky
7:35 p.m. Brooke Ellsworth
7:45 p.m. Amber Atiya
7:55 p.m. Aubrie Marrin
8:05 p.m. erica kaufman
8:20 p.m. Bipolar Bradley Off Meds, 2nd set (music)


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19

Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Brooklyn

$5 suggested

11:00 a.m. Brian Bonelli (music)
11:30 a.m. Robert Lopez
11:40 p.m. Maryam Parhizkar
11:55 p.m. Lynn Melnick
12:05 p.m. Jeff T. Johnson
12:15 p.m. David Segovia (music)

12:45 p.m. break

12:55 p.m. Buck Downs
1:10 p.m. Sarah Bernstein
1:20 p.m. Jessica Baran
1:30 p.m. Emily Toder
1:40 p.m. Justin Sherwood
1:50 p.m. Mariana Ruiz Firmat
2:00 p.m. Larissa Shmailo

Resist! Film Series Presents: Libertarias, Feb 16, 6:30pm

Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 16th for our third installment of the Resist! Film Series. We'll be watching Libertarias, a film about revolutionary feminists during the Spanish Civil War.





More about Libertarias:

In 1936, Maria, a young nun is recruited by Pilar, a militant feminist, into an anarchist militia following the onset of the Spanish Civil War. Guided by the older woman, Maria is exposed to the realities of war and revolution, and comes to question her former, sheltered life.

While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality which complicates their efforts in the war against Francisco Franco's Nationalist/Fascist/Catholic forces. They encounter resistance even within their own Mujeres Libres organization as one woman tries to persuade them to stay and work in defense factories, while men try to convince them to go work as cooks, not front-line soldiers.


Resist! Film Series is a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on intersectionality, historical and contemporary activist movements, and radical resistance.

Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group, Feb. 12, 6:30pm


Join us at the store on Sunday, Feb. 12th at 6:30pm for the first meeting of the Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group! The group will be discussing Engel's Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State. The entire reader is available here.

 More about the group:
It's not really a book club since our materials are not books per se, but rather a collection of articles, speeches and essays all available free and online. The works are compiled in the Revolutionary Feminism Reader which, as the name suggests, collates historical texts from different movements relating to the struggle for empowerment of all genders in the West. Featuring Marxist, anarchist, and other revolutionary feminist theoretical debates from the late 19th century to 1984, Revolutionary Feminism offers a foundation for thinking through capitalism and gender today. 

The reading group will meet one Sunday a month at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave. from 6:30-8:30pm. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, 2/12.

All people are welcome. Participation in the group is at no cost but we ask that you contribute through your commitment to reading/thinking/discussing. If you would like to bring snacks/beverages to share, that's great too! We are also looking for partners who would like to help facilitate these sessions; ideally this role can rotate among readers. No experience is necessary for this- know that your skills are already enough. Please be in touch if you are interested in joining, co-facilitating or contributing, or connecting in any way.


Origami Sun / Tuffy / HB & the Freejays / Bastard Chosen / Srch Party



Join us on Saturday, Feb. 11th at 7:30pm for a night of music and performance featuring Origami Sun, Tuffy, Hb & the Freejays, Bastard Chosen, and Srch Party!


Launch Party for Joe Halstead's West Virginia Friday 2/3, 7:30pm

Join us for a reading and launch party to celebrate the release of Joe Halstead's new book, West Virginia.

About the Book:

When Jamie Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. Jaime lives in New York City, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and partying a lot — all while suppressing the accent that gives him away. But now, Jamie has to go home, to stay with his disabled mother and sister in their trailer (conveniently located between two Walmarts). Always poorer than the local coal miners, Jamie's family relies on welfare, scraping by from meal to meal, prescription to prescription. Nothing much has changed, except for Jamie, and the fact that his father’s corpse has yet to be recovered. This may be the reason there are no funeral plans, but the unanswered questions surrounding his father’s death pull Jamie further into his past, even as his adopted city lures him back.

In West Virginia, Joe Halstead writes with honesty and compassion about the state he grew up in, and returned to, in this debut novel about one young man's search for answers and personal reckoning. West Virginia is an unflinching portrait of the people of Appalachia and life in a difficult, beautiful, and often misunderstood place. Author Bud Smith said, "Joe Halstead's West Virginia is devastating and thrilling."

About the Author:

Joe Halstead divides his time between Beckley, West Virginia and Lexington, KY. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Quarterly, People Holding, Cheat River Review, Sundog Lit, The Stockholm Review, Sheepshead Review, and others. West Virginia is his first novel.

Atlas Obscura Presents: Changes of Power 1991, Jan. 19th, 7:30pm

Come to the bookstore on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30pm for the third in a series of talks brought to you by Atlas Obscura on the hidden history and untold contemporary realities of Russian culture and politics. Explore the complex history and insider stories of the change of power between Mikhael Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin in December of 1991. 

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Resist! Book Club: Conflict is not Abuse January 18, 6:30pm


Join us at Unnameable for our first meeting of the Resist! Book Club, a monthly meeting where we will discuss books (critical, fictional, etc) with a focus on radical resistance, historical and contemporary activism, and intersectionality. For our first installment, we will be talking about Conflict is not Abuse by Sarah Schulman. Pick up a copy at Unnameable! 

Come with questions, disagreements, thoughts, passages to discuss, excitement, etc. 

More About Conflict Is Not Abuse:
Novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer Sarah Schulman’s latest book is a timely and searing rejection of the cultural phenomenon of blame, cruelty, and scapegoating, revealing how those in positions of power exacerbate and manipulate fear of the “other” to avoid facing themselves. She illustrates how Supremacy behaviour and Traumatized behaviour resemble each other, through a shared inability to tolerate difference.

SARAH SCHULMAN is the author of seventeen previous books, including the novels The Cosmopolitans, Rat Bohemia, and Empathy, and the non-fiction books The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Her latest book is Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. Her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (Playwriting), a Fulbright Fellowship (Judaic Studies), and the Kessler Award for Lifetime Contribution to LGBT Studies. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York College of Staten Island.

Red Bloom Reading Group: Marxist Feminism, What is Patriarchy? Jan 15, 2pm


Join us at Unnameable Books on Sunday, January 15th at 2pm for Red Bloom Reading Group's discussion of No Lamps, No Candles, No More Light: Patriarchy on the Left (part 1) by Eve Mitchell and Joselyn Cohn of Unity and Struggle. 

What is Patriarchy? In much of mainstream feminist discourse, it is largely assumed that the answer to this question is widely known. However, beyond particular manifestations of patriarchy and the dictionary definition of the term, in depth explanations of what patriarchy is and why it exists are largely absent from mainstream discourse. Having discovered this lack of a clear definition and conflicting understandings of patriarchy, Eve and Jocelyn in their first installment of their series Patriarchy on the Left engage different explanations of "what is patriarchy" with a historical materialist account of its reproduction today.

Find the reading here: http://unityandstruggle.org/2015/10/27/patriarchyontheleftpart1/

Resist! Film Series: Born in Flames 1/11, 6:30pm


Join us for our second installment of the Resist! Film Series, a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on radical resistance, historical and contemporary activist movements, and intersectionality.

Born in Flames is a 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy.

Check out the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn2rgP24pEc