December 4, 2014 by westsidewriter

Book Culture Opening Draws Large Crowd

Book lovers of all ages got a look at the Upper West Side’s latest bookstore, Book Culture on Columbus, at the store’s Grand Opening Party last night. As revealed in Publisher’s Weekly, John “Rick” MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s magazine, is a minority partner in the new store, which is owned by Chris Doeblin. Launch events…

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November 29, 2014 by nancy411

Nightlife After Leftovers

Looking for something to do now that the main event is over?  Tonight’s the last night to see Ruthless! the award-winning Off-Broadway musical comedy at The Triad, 158 W. 72nd Street. Westsidewriter hasn’t seen this production, but the plot summary sounds fun. Ruthless! is described as a “show business tale of talented tykes, narcissistic parents,…

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November 19, 2014 by nancy411

Book Culture on Columbus to Open Soon!

UPDATE! – Book Culture on Columbus is Now Open–be sure to stop by for the Grand Opening Party on Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. As reported by WestSideRag, Book Culture on Columbus will be opening shortly–just in time for some serious holiday shopping! Yesterday the store’s blog announced their Grand Opening Party, scheduled for Wednesday, December…

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November 11, 2014 by nancy411

Veterans’ Voices

Veterans’ stories probably say more about the experience of war and the struggle to return home than any news broadcast or print media can. You can listen to some of these stories from recent conflicts on Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special.


November 10, 2014 by nancy411

Dreaming of a Return Trip

Stories of the immigrant experience–especially those portraying travelers who made the United States their new home–abound in both libraries and bookstores. The urge to document appears to transcend cultural boundaries and a list of 10 Great Novels About the Immigrant Experience and one the 50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature have inspired westsidewriter to try some of these…

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November 10, 2014 by nancy411

An Inventive Storyteller is Good to Find

Until last week, I hadn’t read anything by Flannery O’Connor since high school. I had a vague memory of off-kilter characters–some harboring sinister impulses (A Good Man is Hard to Find), a story in which an artificial limb is stolen (Good Country People), and an authorial sensibility distinctly different from most of what I’d encountered…

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November 6, 2014 by nancy411

The Power of Poetry

UWS author Katha Pollitt may be best known as a champion of women’s rights and the talented essayist whose work has appeared in The Nation for more than 20 years, but in today’s edition of The Writer’s Almanac, you can also read Pollitt as a poet! In November Fifth, Riverside Drive, she writes November, and still…

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November 4, 2014 by nancy411

Hope on Election Day!

For many, Election Day brings hope that change is possible–even in the face of local and global issues that can sometimes seem overwhelming. See today’s featured event for another kind of Hope that kept people going during difficult days. *     *    * Featured Event for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Hope: Entertainer of…

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November 3, 2014 by nancy411

Welcome to (upper) West Side Words!

Looking for the best place to score an inexpensive book by your favorite author–or discover a great book by someone you’ve never heard of before? Need a quiet place to work on your Great American Novel? Curious to know which authors make the UWS their home? Or just looking for an inexpensive and thought-provoking evening of spoken…

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