Tonight at Brooklyn’s bookstores

Trauma, Truths, and Twitter

Authors Rory O’Connor and Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian will appear tonight, Jan. 24, at DUMBO’s powerHouse bookstore, to discuss how social media has served to perpetuate common misconceptions about the Middle East. O’Connor, award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of “Friends, Followers and the Future,” focuses his work on the intersection of media and politics.

Dr. Andalibian is a clinical psychologist who emphasizes the healing power of storytelling and the arts. In her forthcoming book, “The Rose Hotel,” she recalls her family’s struggle to survive the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In the midst of a world in which the threat of terrorism dominates much of our understanding and dialogue regarding the Middle East, Andalibian’s book offers an intimate view of an Iranian family that was dislocated and forced to adapt to a new home and culture, first in London and then in California.

The event will begin at 7pm. powerhouse is located at 37 Main Street in DUMBO.


Three voices from Counterpoint Press to read together

Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore presents an evening with Counterpoint Press tonight, Jan. 24, hosting authors Karen Bender, Annapurna Potluri, and Lynne Sharon-Schwartz. Counterpoint LLC was formed in 2007 when three independent presses – Counterpoint, Shoemaker & Hoard, and Soft Skull Press – joined forces with the mission to publish contemporary and innovative literary voices.

Tonight, three writers will read in celebration of the publisher and their new work. Karen E. Bender will discuss her new novel “A Town of Empty Rooms,” which presents a New York City family facing culture shock when transplanted to a Jewish community in the Bible Belt.

Annapurna Potluri will present “The Grammarian,” in which she portrays an intriguing relationship between a French philologist and a wealthy family in India.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz, acclaimed novelist and critic, will discuss her novel “Two-Part Interventions,” which follows the death of a concert pianist whose fame secretly results from altered recordings.

The event will begin at 7:30 pm. Greenlight is located at 686 Fulton Street in Fort Greene.

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