Past events


All events held at Idlewild Books, 12 W.19th St, NYC

Cuba Party – Thurs May 21 @ 7pm

Reception to celebrate the English translation of The Halfway House, by Guillermo Rosales (sponsored by New Directions and featuring live music by Nu Guajiro Trio)

PEN/O.Henry Prize Launch Party – Wed May 20 @ 7pm
Party and book signing with contributing writers of this anthology of the best stories of the year

First Birthday Party – Fri May 15 @ 7pm
Party to celebrate Idlewild’s first anniversary

Marc Fitten – Thurs May 7 @ 7pm
Reading and book signing with the author of Valeria’s Last Stand

Patrice Nganang and Binyayanga Wainaina - Tues May 5 @ 7pm
Talk, Q&A and book signing with contributing writers and Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House magazine, for Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing (sponsored by Words Without Borders and the Chinua Achebe Center for African Literature and Languages at Bard College)

Jan Kjaerstad and Morten Ramsland – Sat May 2 @ 7pm
Nordic Lit Party, including readings and book signing by the authors of The Conqueror and Doghead (sponsored by the Consulates of Norway and Denmark)

Simon Winchester – Tues Apr 28 @ 7pm

Book launch party and reading with the author for the paperback release of The Man Who Loved China

Flatiron Walking Tour - Sun Apr 16 @ 4pm
Walking tour and reception with Michelle and James Nevius, authors of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City

Attila Bartis – Thurs Apr 9 @ 7pm
Reading and reception with the author of Tranquility, winner of the award for Best Translated Book of 2009 (sponsored by Archipelago Books)

Jacques Roubaud – Thurs Apr 2 @ 7pm
U.S. book launch, reading and discussion with the author of The Loop (sponsored by Oulipo in New York)

Molly Wizenberg – Wed/Thurs Mar 18-19 @ 7pm
For two nights due to overwhelming demand: talk and book signing with the author of A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Chloe Aridjis – Tues Mar 9 @ 7pm
Launch party and reading with the author of Book of Clouds (sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute)

Owen Sheers – Wed Feb 25 @ 7pm
Reading and book signing for Resistance

Paris Noir and Rome Noir – Tues Feb 24 @ 7pm
Reading with the editors of the latest volumes of the popular city noir series

Flora Fraser – Tues Feb 24 @ 7pm
Lunchtime reading with the author of Pauline Bonaparte, a biography of Napoleon’s scandalous sister

Readrussia.com Launch Party – Thurs Feb 19 @ 7pm
Reception with Russia! magazine

Abraham Verghese – Thurs Feb 12 @ 7pm
Reading and reception with the author of Cutting for Stone

Parag Khanna – Tues Feb 10 @ 7pm
Discussion with the author to mark the paperback launch of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

Edith Grossman – Thurs Feb 5 @ 7pm
Eduardo Lagos, President of the Cervantes Institute, interviews the translator of Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Stephen Snyder – Thurs Jan 8 @ 7pm
Allison Powell interviews the translator of The Diving Pool, by Yoko Ogawa

Carolyn Banalvi – Thurs Dec 11 @ 7pm
Launch party with the author of Food Wine Budapest (sponsored by The Little Bookroom)

Ben Greenman – Fri Dec 5 @ 7pm
Party with The New Yorker editor and author of Correspondences (sponsored by Jack Spade and Hotel St George Press)

Natasha Wimmer – Thurs Dec 4 @ 7pm
Author Francisco Goldman interviews the translator of 2666, by Roberto Bolaño

War and Peace - Tues Dec 2 @ 7pm
Vodka party to celebrate the paperback launch of the new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Richard Fleming – Thurs Nov 20 @ 7pm
Launch party with the author of Walking to Guantanamo, with mojitos and live Cuban music by Nu Guajiro Trio

Henry Chang – Tues Nov 18 @ 7pm
Party to celebrate the launch of The Year of the Dog, with Chinese food and drink (sponsored by Soho Crime)

Ann Goldstein – Thurs Nov 6 @ 7pm
Michael F. Moore interviews the translator of Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, by Amara Lakhous

Mia Kirschner – Tues Oct 21 @ 7pm
Launch party for I Live Here, by Mia Kirschner, J.B. Mackinnon, Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons (hosted by Sonny Mehta and sponsored by Moet )

Wayne Bernhardson – Tues Oct 14 @ 7pm
Presentation and Q&A with the author of the Moon Handbook to Patagonia

Bragi Olafsson – Thurs Oct 9 @ 12:30 pm
Lunchtime reading with the former Sugar Cube and author of The Pets

Stephanie Elizondo Griest – Tues Sept 30 @ 7pm
Reading and reception with the author of Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlands (sponsored by the World Policy Institute)

Louise Fili – Thurs Sept 25 @ 7pm
Launch party with the author of Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best (sponsored by The Little Bookroom)

Matt Gross – Thurs Sept 18 @ 7pm
The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler discusses his recent 13-week tour of Europe

Somaly Mam – Tues Sept 9 @ 7pm
U.S. book launch and book signing – Susan Sarandon interviews the author of The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine (sponsored by Spiegel & Grau)

Jeroen Van Bergeijk – Tues July 15 @ 7pm
U.S. book launch, reading and reception with the author of My Mercedes Is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou: An Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara (sponsored by Sonnema Vodka)

Bryce Corbett – Thurs June 19 @ 7pm
U.S. book launch, reading and reception with the author of A Town Like Paris: Falling in Love in the City of Light (sponsored by Thompson Estate Wines)

Archipelago Books Launch Party – Thurs June 12 @ 7pm
Reception with Ross Benjamin, the translator of Hyperion, by Friedrich Holderlin, and Peter Wortsman, translator of Travel Pictures, by Heinrich Heine