Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Live from 'The Chintz Age'

The latest book from Ed Hamilton was released late last year... and the author of 2007's "Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca" will be taking part in several readings for "The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York" in the days and weeks ahead...

• Thursday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. — Inspired Word's monthly series, hosted by Michael Phillip Geffner, presents NYC writers at the Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston St. at Attorney Street.

• Friday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. — Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. near Stanton Street

• Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. — The Salmagundi Art Club of New York, 47 Fifth Ave. Hosted by the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation

• Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. — KGB Bar, 85 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery, part of the "Drunken Careening Writers" series hosted by Kathleen Warnock.

Here's a quick synopsis of "The Chintz Age" via its press materials:

In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods — from the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights — Hamilton weaves a web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists ... searching for meaning and a place to make their stand.

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