Tag: New York

Episode 63: Stephanie Danler on coming of age in NYC, food culture, and lessons learned

Episode 63: Stephanie Danler on coming of age in NYC, food culture, and lessons learned

Not since Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” and Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones and Butter” has there been a more hotly anticipated book set in the restaurant world than Stephanie Danler‘s debut novel, “Sweetbitter.” And, boy, does it deliver. The story swirls and crashes around its central […]

Episode 52: Molly Prentiss on Artistic Ambition & New York Stories

Episode 52: Molly Prentiss on Artistic Ambition & New York Stories

This week Molly Prentiss and I talk about her buzz-worthy debut novel “Tuesday Nights in 1980.” This book is the ultimate absorbing read. Prepare to be swiftly transported to the downtown art scene of New York, packed with renegade artists, ambitious critics, and opportunistic curators […]

Episode 43: Style Icon Garance Doré On Ditching Perfection and Getting On With it!

In the world of fashion Garance Doré needs no introduction – she is, perhaps, the most beloved style icon of today – stylish because she is both elegant and kind. Since starting her namesake blog ten years ago she has amassed a huge cult following, in part because of her keen eye, but also because she writes so honestly about what’s going on in her life. Now, she brings all her glorious energy to her new book Love Style Life.

Speaking of glorious energy, we have Paris-based, composer and bassist, Marc Marder, to thank for our new, elegant and ever so sexy, intro music. You’ll get a hint of his immense talent in this brief opening snippet, but you can find more about his celebrated film scores, theater music and concert pieces here.

This week we recorded live from Soho House in New York.  It was such a pleasure to find Garance as open and funny as she is online. We talked about how she manages anxiety, what being broke in Paris in the early years taught her, about growing up in Corsica, and so much more.

Please let us know what you think @litupshow on Instagram and Twitter.

xox Angie


Buy Love Style Life on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent book store.

Episode 40: Alexander Chee on the Power of the 19th Century Parisian Courtesan

This week we go on a sumptuous and extravagant journey back in time to Second Empire Paris with Alexander Chee. We were lucky enough to record this conversation live at Soho House in New York.  It was the perfect setting to celebrate Alex’s epic novel The Queen of […]

Episode 39: Helen Ellis – Writer, Poker Player and Housewife Extraordinaire

This week’s conversation with writer, professional poker player and all-round Southern belle, Helen Ellis, author of the sardonic, brilliant and sharp-witted collection of stories American Housewife, may have you longing for a mint julep, or perhaps, more importantly, an expert bra fitter of your own – […]

Episode 38: Sunil Yapa on Action Through Empathy

Our guest this week Sunil Yapa talks about his first novel Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, which takes place on one cold November day at the 1999 The World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. There couldn’t be a more timely book as it takes on big themes like economic inequality, police brutality, and race.

In the novel, Sunil seamlessly switches from the perspectives of seven people: Victor, a biracial 19-year-old hoping to sell weed to the protesters; Bishop, his estranged father who is also the police chief; a pair of officers trying to control the crowd; the Sri Lankan finance minister trying to get his country into the WTO, and the two non-violent protesters who are on a mission to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Our conversation jumps all over the place — from the influence of his dad’s Marxist beliefs, to his years traveling the world, to selling posters on college campuses to make some cash to fund his adventures — we hope you enjoy Sunil’s obvious passion for the writing life.

Let us know what you think on Twitter @litupshow and Instragram @litupshow.




Buy Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of a Fist at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent book store.

Sunil Yapa’s debut novel YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST is the lead title for Lee Boudreaux’s eponymous new imprint, Lee Boudreaux Books at Little, Brown & Company. Publication date is January 12, 2016.

Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann. While at Hunter Sunil was also awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship, which is given to one fiction student every three years, and was twice selected as a Hertog Fellow, working as a research assistant for Zadie Smith (Changing My Mind), as well as Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet).

He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, sponsored by Hyphen Magazine and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, and has received scholarships to The New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, The Norman Mailer Writers’ Center in Provincetown and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Margins, Hyphen Magazine, The Tottenville Review, Pindeldyboz: Stories that Defy Classification, and others.

The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including time living in Greece, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, China, and India, as well as, London, Montreal, and New York City.





Episode 36: Steve Toltz on resilience and human nature

  This week I was lucky enough to speak with fellow Aussie writer Steve Toltz, author of the highly acclaimed and universally loved, A Fraction of the Whole, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. His new novel Quicksand is as wonderfully […]

Episode 33: Molly Crabapple on The Paris Attacks, Refugees, Her Art and witness journalism

This week I’m joined by artist, writer and activist Molly Crabapple to talk about her memoir Drawing Blood. It’s as visceral as the title suggests—there is so little separating her wild heart from the page, that her words (and illustrations), bursting with passion, will ignite […]

New Pioneer Works Bookstore in Red Hook & The Perfect Sunday

When artist Dustin Yellin was inspired to turn an abandoned iron works building in Red Hook, Brooklyn, into the progressive interdisciplinary art space Pioneer Works in 2011, I’m not sure he could have foreseen how much it was going to enhance the art landscape in New York.

Now the Pioneer Works team has opened a new bookstore at 289 Van Brunt Street, a block away from the main converted factory space, that will carry an eclectic selection of magazines, books, and zines that reflect Pioneer Works’ mission to create a space for art, education, and music through the lens of innovation.

Pioneer Works’ biannual magazine, Intercourse that features essays, interviews, poems, and artwork by contributors, many of whom have lectured, taught and/or held exhibitions at the center is available too. Stay tuned for book launches and readings. If they are anything like the other events going on at the home base, then this new bookstore is going to be a new gathering place for the literary and artistically inclined.

I suggest heading to Red Hook this afteroon (Sunday June 28th via the free IKEA ferry from Pier 11 if you are coming from Manhattan) for an array of cool stuff to do. Once off the ferry head to Brooklyn Crab for a lobster roll and a few games of corn hole, check out the new bookstore around the corner, and then at 8pm get your butt to Pioneer Works to see for The Little Black Egg Big Band (otherwise known as Yo La Tengo and friends) who will play with Oren Ambarchi, and an array of jazz mainstays including Susie Ibarra, Daniel Carter, Taylor Ho Bynum, and more, for a blissful summer sundown soirée. Buy tickets for the event here.

See you there!


Yo La Tengo!

Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo


Alexander Chee & The Ace Hotel’s Antidote to #BEA15

This week the New York book world gets nutty. Book Expo America–BEA as it’s commonly known–brings thousands of publishers, agents, editors, booksellers, writers and readers to The Javits Center. It’s a place that can otherwise inspire nightmares (if a conference hall the size of a […]

New Art Book: Parisians’ Private Moments

  Photographer Gail Albert-Halaban likes to look into people’s windows. But not in a creepy way. In fact, when she started her Out My Window project she had no idea how much it would change her life and enrich the lives of those involved. In […]

Lit Up Episode 6: Jon Ronson On Shaming, The Internet and Celebrity Dogs

This week our guest was the effortlessly charasmatic Jon Ronson. His latest book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is an investigation into the nature of mass humiliation in the age of the Internet. Oof.

This hot topic incites passionate opinions and I think you’ll hear us wrestling with them, and each other, here. It was one of those special conversations that runs away with itself, that goes to unexpected places – and one that you never want to end.

Because we chatted for so long we have left off our usual “what we’ve been up to this week” update so you can enjoy the full interview. We look forward to your comments. Bring them on.

xxx Angie & Emily

Jon Ronson’s other books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries; the e-originals Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie and The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones; and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats as well as the screenplay for Frank, which debuted at Sundance 2014. Ronson lives in London and New York City. Follow Jon on Twitter @jonronson .

So_You've_Been_Publicly_Shamed Jon Ronson photo credit Emli Bendixen

Buy So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent book store.