Reading Room

Thursday January 15

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s beloved character Emma Harte and her triumphant story turned “A Woman of Substance” into a literary classic. The saga of Emma Harte and her descendants also graced the pages of the best-selling novels Hold the Dream and To Be the Best. Now Bradford returns to the spellbinding Harte family with Emma’s Secret. Join the author for a discussion and at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle.

Thursday January 15

James McCourt, author of the best-selling non-fiction “Queer Street: Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985,” a memoir and historical work that takes readers back to the social and political consciousness of gay and lesbian life in New York City before Stonewall, will read and sign copies of the book. 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble Chelsea

Friday January 16

In “Swimming to Antarctica,” Lynne Cox, the world’s most extraordinary distance swimmer, writes about her emotional and spiritual need to swim and about the almost mythical act of swimming itself. Join Lynne Cox for a discussion and signing at 7p.m. at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Triangle.

Thursday January 22

Calvin Baker reads from and discusses “Once Two Heroes,” a novel of two men during World War II. Two men – one black and one white-are called upon to fight against the oppression and fascism of the Nazi regime in the Second World War. Both men return home as war heroes, only to realize that the lessons learned on the battlefield were hardly enough preparation for the brutal violence capable in times of peace. 5:30 p.m. at Borders Wall Street

Friday January 23

Clara Nieto will discuss her controversial new book “Masters of War: Latin America and U.S. Aggression from the Cuban Revolution through the Clinton Years.” Barnes and Noble Chelsea at 7 p.m.

Monday January 26

“Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend” by Graham Hodges brings the star’s life into sharp focus. Join the author for a discussion of his book tonight. Barnes and Noble Chelsea at 7 p.m.

CALL THESE VENUES FOR READINGS:

Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle, 1872 Broadway at 66th St.

Borders: Wall Street, 100 Broadway, 212 964 1988; Park Avenue at 57th St., 212.980.6785

Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. at Stanton, 212 777 6028

Creative Visions Books, 548 Hudson St., 212 645 7573

The International Action Center Office, 39 W. 14 St., 212 633 6646.

The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212 620 7310

Ursus Books Chelsea, 132 W. 21st. St., 212 627 5370

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