Past Events

05/31/2017 - 9:00am

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the next event in the Breakfast & Books Series, in partnership with Rizzoli Bookstore. Once again, the Rizzoli Bookstore will welcome ICAA members and guests before store hours on Wednesday, May 31st, for a discussion with renowned interior designer Frank de Biasi of Frank de Biasi Interiors, LLC, who will be discussing the book, The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah.

Reservations are required.  Please click here to register.  

05/25/2017 - 6:00pm
05/24/2017 - 10:30am

On Weds, 5/24 we're collaborating with NYCxDesign to host a design pop-up in our salon during store hours. Stop by and browse our tables curated by selected art book publishers!

05/16/2017 - 6:00pm

Please join us for a conversation with Esther K Smith and Steven Heller to celebrate Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography.  This talk will be followed by a live performance from composer Michal Dzitko's opera based on the book.

To see the book, please look here!

05/13/2017 - 2:30pm

Join is for Saturday Storytime with author Javaka Steptoe who will read from his award-winning Radiant Child: The Story of the Young Artist Jean Michel Basquiat.

05/08/2017 - 6:00pm

Paul Goldberger joins photographer Shaun Fynn to discuss Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier's City Today.  Book signing to follow.

In 1950, Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru invited legendary French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier to embark on one of the greatest experiments in urban planning history: to build a new capital Chandigarh, a city whose monumental modernism promised to free India from the fetters of colonial tradition. 'six decades after its founding and on the eve of its becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, photographer and Chandigarh resident Shaun Fynn was granted unprecedented access to turn his lens on Le Corbusier's city and capture what is rarely seen: the living metropolis behind the master plan. Fynn's captivating images of the city and its inhabitants reveal how the poetry of the architect's compositions has been shaped by the tumult of everyday life.

05/06/2017 - 3:00pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of Putumayo's Vintage Italia and Italian Playground.  Emanuele Tozzi, an Italian singer-songwriter who appears on both collections, will play a special intimate concert in our Salon.

05/04/2017 - 6:00pm
05/03/2017 - 10:30am

Join us for a brunch time talk with Francesco Bonami, Michael Reynolds, and Stephen Kent Johnson to celebrate Enrico Baj: The Artist's Home.

04/18/2017 - 6:00pm
04/17/2017 - 6:00pm
04/13/2017 - 6:00pm
04/12/2017 - 9:00am

Breakfast & Books Series with John B. Murray

Wednesday, April 12, 2017; 9:00am Breakfast, 9:30am Lecture

 The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the next event in the Breakfast & Books Series presented in partnership with the Rizzoli Bookstore. Once again, the Rizzoli Bookstore will be opening its doors before store hours on Wednesday, April 12th, exclusively for ICAA members and guests, to host a discussion with renowned architect, John B. Murray, principal and founder of John B. Murray Architect, LLC. In his lecture, John will be discussing the book Americans in Paris, by Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis.

 Light refreshments will be available before the presentation, with the opportunity to purchase books afterwards.

Location: The lecture and breakfast will take place at the Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway between 25th and 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members; $30 General Public. Reservations are required.

 This lecture is Co-hosted by The Rizzoli Bookstore

04/11/2017 - 6:00pm
04/04/2017 - 6:00pm
Join author Frank Lavin to celebrate the publication of Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II.

We sometimes forget that the US Army was, and is, essentially a force of teenagers … who are required to grapple with the exigencies of combat even as they are attempting to grapple with adulthood.   --From the foreword by Henry A. Kissinger

Carl Lavin was a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The Canton, Ohio, native was eighteen when he enlisted, a decision that would take him with the US Army from training across the United States and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home—all in the same day. The book is based on Carl’s personal letters, his recollections and those of the people he served beside, official military history, private papers, and more.

03/30/2017 - 6:00pm
03/27/2017 - 6:00pm
03/22/2017 - 6:00pm
03/20/2017 - 6:00pm

Join us to toast Over Easy with Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker and Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen.  See the book here!

03/17/2017 - 2:30pm

Pantheon Books and Rizzoli Bookstore invite you to a discussion and booksigning of



Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

By Richard Holmes


Friday, March 17

2:30 PM


“Riveting…. Unparalleled research, transparent prose, and wide eyes can serve as a model for other biographers—indeed, for all other writers.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Join Richard Holmes, award-winning author of The Age of Wonder and Falling Upwards, as he discusses his latest work:

a luminous meditation on the art of biography that weaves his own story as a biographer

with a history of the genre and Romantic writers—from Percy Shelley to Mary Wollstonecraft.  



Rizzoli Bookstore

1133 Broadway

New York, NY 10010

03/13/2017 - 6:00pm

Join author James Crawford to celebrate the launch of Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of Twenty Lost Buildings from the Tower of Babel to the Twin TowersTo learn more about the book, please click here.




03/09/2017 - 6:00pm
03/08/2017 - 6:00pm

Join us to celebrate the publication of Nollywood Portraits. Please click here to learn more about the book. 

03/07/2017 - 6:00pm

This event is free and open to the public.  No RSVP is necessary.

Please click here to see the book!  We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.


03/02/2017 - 6:00pm

Share a special moment in dance history as the first African-American prima ballerina turns 100! Join us as we celebrate her life and legacy.

02/28/2017 - 6:00pm

Join us for a reading and signing with author Yoojin Grace Wuertz to toast the publication of Everything Belongs to Us




02/14/2017 - 6:00pm
01/26/2017 - 6:00pm

Brad Gooch will be in conversation with writer Fernanda Eberstadt to celebrate the publication of Rumi's Secret.

01/25/2017 - 6:00pm

A talk and reading with Stephane Gerson, author of Disaster Falls.

01/25/2017 - 6:00pm
01/18/2017 - 6:30pm
Award winning Swedish photographer Per-Anders Pettersson shows a new and unexpected side of the African continent as he examines the fast growing fashion industry in Africa. This book is the first time the emerging African fashion industry has been documented in exclusive behind the scenes photographs. The series was taken in 15 countries around Africa from 2010 – 2015 and celebrates a new, vibrant, colorful, and unexpected view of the African continent. 

01/09/2017 - 6:00pm

A talk and book signing with Italian designer and architect Paola Navone to toast the launch of Tham ma da: The Adventurous Interiors of Paola Navone.

12/15/2016 - 6:00pm
12/08/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us at 6pm on December 8th to celebrate The Art of Movement with authors Deborah Ory and Ken Browar of the NYC Dance Project.

12/07/2016 - 6:00pm

Come celebrate the holidays with a signing of John Derian Picture Book!  See the book here.

12/06/2016 - 6:00pm

All ticket purchases include a copy of the book!  Click here to purchase.

12/01/2016 - 6:00pm
11/30/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us to celebrate Oscar Abolafia's Icons by Oscar.  Click here to view the book!

11/29/2016 - 6:00pm

New York times columnist Nicholas Kristof will be in conversation with authors Barney Scout Mann and Mark Larabee about The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

11/22/2016 - 6:00pm
11/18/2016 - 6:00pm

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11/15/2016 - 6:00pm
11/14/2016 - 6:00pm
11/12/2016 - 4:00pm

Rizzoli Bookstore and KMW studio publishing invite you to a Serendipitous Extravaganza!

Please join Susan Kravitz and friends on Saturday November 12, 4pm - 6pm to celebrate the publication of Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Independence Day on Fire Island. The author will be signing copies of the book and there will be a Pop-Up Cafe sponsored by Serendipity 3, the makers of the original Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.

Mascara, Mirth and Mayhem: Independence Day on Fire Island is an exuberant photographic document that celebrates four decades of an event known as “the Invasion of the Pines” by members of the neighboring LGBT community of Cherry Grove. Initially planned to shock their staid neighbors and protest their snobbery, this queenly invasion on every July 4th, is a moment on Fire Island equal to Stonewall in Greenwich Village. It has grown in size and extravagance each year to become a joyful revelry of creative cross-dressing and a true independence day party. The history of the original protest Invasion, along with selected interviews of participants, then and now, augment Susan Kravitz’s photographs of this elaborately theatrical event taken over a period of 30 years. 

To learn more about Mascara, Mirth and Mayhem, please click here.

11/11/2016 - 6:00pm

Join Brad Tolinksi, former Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine, and musical guest, Lez Zeppelin, to celebrate Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar .  

Click here to see the book!

11/10/2016 - 2:30pm
11/09/2016 - 6:00pm

Please join us in the Salon on Wednesday, November 9, from 6-8 p.m. for a conversation with Photographer Nancy Baron and Production Designer Nathan Crowley, followed by a signing of Palm Springs: The Good Life Goes On.

The dreamy Palm Springs vibe washes over the traveler at the first sight from land or air of the vast windmill farm sprouting from the Southern California desert, surrounding the town like guards at the gate to paradise. Here are Nancy Baron’s impressions of this storied American resort town and its mid-century modern lifestyle. She documents, with a positive bias, her endless discoveries of her second home and its community of mid century modern enthusiasts. This large and tight-knit group of self-proclaimed modernists remain firmly committed to the mid century modern lifestyle and the preservation of its architecture. Their homes, cars, and clothes pay homage to this carefree post-World War II time in U. S. history that glows warmly in their vintage rear-view mirrors.



Nathan Crowley is a two-time Academy Award nominated Production Designer, with a background in Architecture. He is currently in production in The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, and filming in New York. Past credits include The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Veronica Guerin, and Insomnia. He also has been the Production Designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume exhibits, including China: Through the Looking Glass.


Nancy Baron’s background in documentary filmmaking has led to her current dedication to fine art documentary photography. She documents the world nearby, mostly in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, where she lives. Baron's work is held in public and private collections and has been exhibited in galleries across the United States. Her work has been featured in notable magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Mother Jones, American Photo, and Architectural Digest, Italy. Her two monographs, The Good Life > Palm Springs (2014) and Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On (2016) are published by Kehrer Verlag.

11/06/2016 - 2:00pm

Join award-winning author and illustrator Klaas Verplancke as he reads from his new children's book for MoMA, Magritte’s Apple. Inspired by the famous Surrealist artist René Magritte, this whimsical book follows a man named René as he dreams of being a painter—of apples and hats, apple hats, apple-these and apple-thats. In his paintings, everyday objects and words are mashed together in ways that are guaranteed to make kids laugh and think.

After the reading, kids will create their own Magritte-inspired artworks with the author. The story time and activity will be followed by a book signing. Ages 4+

11/04/2016 - 6:00pm
11/03/2016 - 6:00pm

Renowned designer and artist Christoph Niemann will be in conversation with Nicholas Blechman, Creative Director at The New Yorker to celebrate the publication of Words  (HarperCollins) and Sunday Sketching (Abrams). 

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist, and author. His work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, TIME, WIRED, the New York Times Magazine, and American Illustration, and he has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and The Lead Awards. Since July 2008, Niemann has been writing and illustrating Abstract Sunday, a New York Times blog. His work has been widely exhibited. He lives in Berlin.




What can you do with a word? Read it, spell it, say it, picture it, understand it, make a sentence with it, tell a story with it, share it with a friend. Everything starts with a love of words! More than 300 words inspired by Dr. Edward Fry’s list of sight words are paired with striking and playful illustrations by Christoph Niemann to deepen understanding, to enrich, and to enlighten those learning to read and write English, whether they be children or adults.  To view the book, please click here.

Taking its cue from his New York Times column Abstract Sunday, Sunday Sketching, the first large-format monograph of Niemann’s work, covers his entire career and showcases brilliant observations of contemporary life through sketches, travel journals, and popular newspaper features.  Click here to see the book.

11/02/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us for a panel discussion with the activists in Sabra Moore’s new book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City, 1970-1992, about the ways this period of our shared history continues to inform our art and activism.


Sabra Moore, moderator
Janet Goldner
Marina Gutierrez
Patricia Spears Jones
Bibi Lencek
Kazuko Miyamoto
Cecilia Vicuña


Janet Goldner’s work explores culture, identity and social justice in various media: steel sculpture, photography, video, installation and social projects. It consistently bridges diverse cultures, celebrating the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we have in common. Janet has been part of a long-term collaboration with Malian artists that began during her 1995 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Mali.  She was an activist in the NYC/Women’s Caucus for Art and Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) and contributed to the Third World Women issue of Heresies.

Marina Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist from New York City. Her practice includes community based work, public and studio arts. She frequently interweaves historical, personal and ecological narratives within conceptual frameworks and translates folk and popular art forms into post-industrial or recycled materials. She is long-time director of the Saturday Program at Cooper Union, a project that nurtures new generations of artists from the City’s diverse communities. She participated in both Reconstruction Project (1984) and Connections Project/Conexus (1987) and was an editor with Heresies issue #27, Latina 

Patricia Spears Jones is an African-American poet and writer, and author of 7 collections, most recently A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems (White Pine Press), editor of poetry anthologies including Think: Poems for Aretha Franklin's Inauguration Day Hat and served as Manager of the Heresies Collective and Director of Development for The New Museum of Contemporary Art 

Bibi Lencek is a figurative artist who works with realistic images from a conceptual point of view. She was an activist with the NYC/Women’s Caucus for Art and served on the coordinating committee for Views by Women Artists, 16 independently curated shows (1982).  Bibi went on to initiate Girl Talk, (2005 and 2013 Gallery Gaia, Brooklyn), a pop-up curatorial collaboration.

Kazuko Miyamoto is a multi-media visual and performance artist who has been the director of gallery128, an exhibition space at 128 Rivington Street, for over thirty years; she was a founder of A.I.R. Gallery and participated in both Reconstruction Project (1984) and Connections Project/Conexus (1987). She and Sabra co-organized Know Peace/No Peace, an art installation against the Gulf War in 1990.  She sent this statement for the panel: Mother said that Father told her, ‘I wish Kazuko was born as a boy. ' I grew up with art and taking care of the dog.  I wish that the artwork I have made will continue to live in the future just like the recordings of jazz live.

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean-born visual artist and poet; she was a member of the Heresies Collective and participated in the 150 Artists Book for Connections Project/Conexus.

 The moderator, Sabra Moore, is an artist, activist, and the author of Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City, 1970-1992, and has invited this panel of fellow activists who participated in the various events, organizations and exhibits that she describes in her book. Moore was one of New York City's feminist art movement leaders as president of the NYC/Women's Caucus for Art, a core member of the influential Heresies Collective, an active member of Women Artists in Revolution and Women's Action Coalition, and an organizer/creator of several large-scale women’s exhibitions. She currently lives in New Mexico and continues to make art rooted in activism and centered in her connection to the land and people who cultivate the land. 

10/29/2016 - 3:00pm
10/28/2016 - 2:30pm

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10/27/2016 - 6:00pm

Rizzoli Bookstore and Rizzoli Publications invite you to join Carolina Herrera for a signing of her new book, Carolina Herrera: 35 Years of Fashion. 

To see the book, please look here.

10/26/2016 - 6:00pm

Join Michael P. Schulof and writer John Yau to celebrate the publication of A Life with Artists: Hannelore and Rudolph Schulhof.  

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10/25/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us to toast the launch of Visionaire with authors Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos.  Showcasing twenty-five years of iconic art, fashion, and design content from renowned New York–based publication Visionaire. A publishing experiment that began in 1991, Visionaire has taken the shape of everything from a leather-bound portfolio to 12-inch vinyl records to a collection of dolls. With intimate reflections by contributors, a prized collection of nearly 450 images selected from sixty-five issues produced by an astounding cast of artists, photographers, and designers, this book delivers a rich panorama of two decades of media and fashion revolution from the perspective of independent publishing. 

Please click here to see the book.

10/24/2016 - 6:00pm

To learn more about the book, please click here.

10/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Join us for a discussion, q&a, and book signing with photographer Roger Ballen to celebrate the launch of Theater of Apparitions.  To view the book, please click here.

Roger Ballen’s famous photographic work has been concerned with the interior architecture of standing structures, playing on the metaphor of the mind as a house of secrets and buried narratives. He has created a series of images inspired by the drawings and marks which people make on their environment that link his unique aesthetic to theatrical performance. Emma Calder and Ged Haney have used 2d computer animation and a brilliant music score by composer John Webb to turn these images into a film reminiscent of an old music hall or circus. In the theatre dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, plunging the audience into the nightmarish world of Roger Ballen’s subconscious. 

10/20/2016 - 6:00pm

Join Holly Hunt and Alison Berger in conversation to toast the publication of Alison Berger: Glass and Light.  Please click here to learn more about the book.

10/18/2016 - 5:30pm

Join us for a reception to celebrate the launch of Jordan Matter's Dancer's After Dark.  To learn more about the book, please look here.

 Jordan Matter is a dance and portrait photographer whose work has been featured on NBC Today, ABC World News Tonight, NPR, and the BBC, as well as in The New York TimesO, The Oprah Magazine, Time Out New York, and many others. He lives with his wife and two children in New York. For more information, visit, or follow Jordan on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, @jordanmatter, and on Facebook,

10/13/2016 - 6:00pm

Author Simon Morrison will be in conversation with Wendy Perrron, Editor-at-large of Dance Magazine, about Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet, From the Rule of the Tsars to Today. Book signing to follow.  To learn more about the book, please click here

10/12/2016 - 6:00pm

In recipes that capture the casual elegance of California wine country, Silver Oak takes the reader on a culinary journey through the seasons at one of the world s most revered vintners. Family owned for over forty years by the Duncan family, Silver Oak Cellars has built its reputation around its famously food-friendly cabernet sauvignons. Join us for a signing with Dominic Orsini to celebrate the publication of The Silver Oak Cookbook.  To see the book, please look here

10/11/2016 - 6:00pm

Please join photographer Landon Nordeman and Stella Bugbee, Editorial Director of  The Cut, New York Magazine as they discuss Nordeman’s vibrant and unexpected photographs, made behind the scenes at Fashion Week and collected in Out of Fashion.


Shooting hundreds of shows backstage in New York, Milan and Paris, Nordeman brings a fresh, joyous and bold perspective to contemporary photography. In the over-photographed digital culture of fashion today, Nordeman’s approach cuts through the clutter. He sees photographs where most people don’t, and he has gained an enormous following on Instagram for his surprising images, filled with vivid color, complex gestures and funny juxtapositions. Finding the enduring in the ephemeral, Nordeman blurs the line between reality and fiction, document and art, and shows the exclusive world of fashion to itself and to us as never before. Click here to see the book.

10/10/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us for a very special evening with photographer Marisa Scheinfeld and comedian Freddie Roman to celebrate the publication of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland.

Please view the book here!

10/06/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us for a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the publication of Rodney Smith Photographs.  To view the book, click here.

Rodney Smith has been making pictures for nearly half a century. He found his calling while an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, but he did his graduate work at Yale in theology and art—training that he parlayed into a fellowship in Jerusalem, where he took the photos that would become his first book, In the Land of Light (Houghton Mifflin). After his return to the United States, he broke into the world of portrait photography, making his mark as a sought-after fashion photographer and artist. Throughout it all, he has retained his signature aesthetic and his sense of humor. His personality is of another era, his style is timeless, and he only shoots film. Smith’s books include The End (Seven Editions), The Book of Books (Smart Papers), and The Hat Book (Doubleday). He lives in Palisades, NY, with his wife.

10/04/2016 - 6:00pm

Susan Quinn will sign copies of "Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady," a warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American historyTo learn more about the book, click here.

09/29/2016 - 6:00pm

New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015 is a remarkable collection of compelling images of life in two of America’s most exciting cities, as seen through the eye of photographer Lloyd Ziff.

 This two volume book set encompasses more than 40 years of black/white and color photography. As both cities change before Ziff’s inquiring camera lens, his unique vision emerges, amused and ironic, finding beauty and surprise in daily urban life.

 Please join us for a conversation with Sir Harold Evans and photographer Lloyd Ziff to celebrate the publication of New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015. The discussion will be followed by a book signing.


 Sir Harold Evans is Editor at Large of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. Evans was the editor of *The Sunday Times* of London from 1967 to 1981, and editor of *The Times* from 1981 to 1982. He is the author of Pictures on a Page, a Hood medalist of the Royal Society of Photography and the holder of a Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) from the International Center of Photography. His latest book is a memoir, My Paper Chase.

 Since 2000, Lloyd Ziff has made photography the focus of his career. He has had one man shows at Danziger Gallery in New York, and Earl McGrath Gallery in Los Angeles. His photographs have been included in Patti Smith’s autobiography, Just Kids, and The Spirit of Family, by Al and Tipper Gore and have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Blind Spot, Interview, Kid’s Wear (Germany), New York, and Rolling Stone.  Ziff’s work is also part of the permanent collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Palm Springs Art Museum, and The International Center of Photography. In 1999, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, his alma mater.

 To view the book please click here.



09/27/2016 - 6:00pm

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09/27/2016 - 9:00am

Rizzoli Bookstore will open its doors before store hours exclusively for ICAA members and guests to host a discussion with renowned architect, Michael G. Imber. Michael will speak about the book Americans in Florence and how America, especially New England and New York, found Tuscany to be the embodiment of history and humanity, essential to the development of “Yankee Taste” in the burgeoning years following America’s Civil War. Please join us for a light breakfast before the lecture.

09/26/2016 - 6:00pm

Join us for a special evening with American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland and photographer Gregg Delman.  Please click here to see the book.  Please note--due to high demand for space at this event, purchase of the book is required for entry.

09/19/2016 - 6:00pm

Together with Centrol Primo Levi, Rizzoli is delighted to host Alain Elkann in conversation with curator Donatella Culabi.  Join us to celebrate the publication of Venice, The Jews and Europe 1516-2016.  To view the book, please click here

09/13/2016 - 6:30pm

Join us to celebrate the publication of Alexander Maksik's Shelter in Place.  To learn more about this magnetic and bracing novel, please click here.

09/12/2016 - 6:00pm

Betsy Pinover Schiff has been photographing urban plantings and chronicling the “greening” of the city for more than two decades. Once limited to private spaces and elite neighborhoods, these plantings now proliferate throughout the five boroughs. Sidewalk Gardens of New York reveals the transformation of the “city of concrete and glass” into one of the greenest and most richly planted urban centers in America. Nature and architecture combine in ways that will surprise even the most seasoned New Yorkers.  Please join us for a reception and booksigning to celebrate the publication of Sidewalk Gardens of New York.  For more information, please click here.

09/08/2016 - 6:00pm

For one year, Giorgia Lupi, an Italian living in New York, and Stefanie Posavec, an American in London, mapped the particulars of their daily lives as a series of hand-drawn postcards they exchanged via mail weekly—small portraits as full of emotion as they are data, both mundane and magical. Dear Data reproduces in pinpoint detail the full year's set of cards, front and back, providing a remarkable portrait of two artists connected by their attention to the details of their lives—including complaints, distractions, phone addictions, physical contact, and desires.  Rizzoli Bookstore and Princeton Architectural Press invite you to celebrate the publication of Dear Data with a conversation between the authors and Maria Popova of the blog Brain Pickings. Please click here to learn more about this book. 

09/07/2016 - 6:00pm

In October 1974, Muhammad Ali attempted to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship title that was stripped from him when he refused the Vietnam draft seven years earlier. He faced the brutal, undefeated George Foreman in Zaire, Africa, the fight he had dubbed “The Rumble in The Jungle.” Only weeks before, on August 11–12, photographer Peter Angelo Simon was invited to experience the private world of one of the most famous people on the planet as he prepared mentally and physically for the biggest challenge of his life.


This two-day photo-essay includes many previously unpublished photographs and captures Ali the man, unguarded, away from the glare of the media spotlight at his Pennsylvania sanctuary. It includes a foreword by D.A. Pennebaker, the foremost chronicler of American counterculture in the 1960s, and an introduction by Peter Angelo Simon, who writes: “I shot 33 rolls in the two days. Ali said nobody had ever taken so many pictures of him. I believe these photographs reveal aspects of Ali’s fascinating character not previously seen.” Few photographers got as close to the boxer behind the legend. This extraordinary book reveals the preparation for a seminal moment in cultural and political history.


Please join us for a conversation with legendary filmmaker D A Pennebaker and photographer Peter Angelo Simon to celebrate the publication of Muhammad Ali  Fighter’s Heaven 1974.  The discussion will be moderated by Rolling Stone Deputy Photo Editor Sacha Lecca and followed by a book signing.  Courtesy of Criterion Collection, the bookstore will also be screening D A Pennebaker’s film Monterey Pop at 4:30pm on the day of the event.



Peter Angelo Simon has explored many forms of photographic expression in his wide-ranging career. His work has been featured in books, advertising campaigns, corporate communication, and magazines worldwide, including the New York Times Magazine and Smithsonian . Simon’s innovative photo imagery has won numerous awards from peer groups such as The Art Director’s Club of New York and Eastman Kodak Epcot Center Professional Photographer’s Award. He currently conducts workshops in his Brooklyn New York studio.


D A Pennebaker is a pioneer of documentary filmmaking . Perhaps his best known film is Don’t Look Back on Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of the UK. His other landmark films include Monterey Pop, Primary and The War Room. He continues to work with his wife and partner Chris Hegedus. In 2013 was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.


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07/27/2016 - 12:30pm

The Intersections series is produced by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, a business improvement district (BID); this edition focuses on Flatiron-centric books and is created in collaboration with Rizzoli Bookstore. Each Intersections event in this series takes place on a Wednesday from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m.

Born and raised in Piemonte, Italy, Dino Borri started his career in the food realm in 2000, when Slow Food hired him to organize and coordinate all their gastronomic events. In 2008, Dino started collaborating with the Eataly food emporium in Turin, where he soon became the person in charge of opening new Eatalian stores all around the world. He lived in Japan for two years, where he curated the opening of all the Eataly Japanese stores, and moved to New York in 2010, to launch the first United States location, Eataly New York. Living and breathing high-quality food and Mediterranean lifestyle, he is now concentrating on developing key partnerships and relationships with like-minded Italian brands abroad, and is Eataly’s brand ambassador.

In How to Eataly, Eataly’s team of experts, including Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, covers everything one needs to know about Italian food, starting from the ground up. Readers learn how to assemble an antipasto platter, how to eat breakfast like an Italian, and how to use pantry flavor boosters like capers and anchovies. How to Eataly tells readers what to look for in the market, and then offers 100 recipes for contemporary classics. In addition, the book features simple ideas for what to do with staples, from olive oil to mozzarella. Click here to learn more about the book.

07/20/2016 - 6:00pm

Rizzoli Bookstore invites you to celebrate the publication of Deborah Berke's HOUSE RULES with a conversation between Deborah Berke and Wendy Goodman. For more information, click here.

06/23/2016 - 6:30pm

Rizzoli Bookstore, Harper Collins, and The Architectural League invite you to celebrate the publication of City Squares with a conversation between author and editor Catie Marron, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, and architecture educator and critic Reed Kroloff followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, click here.

06/14/2016 - 6:00pm

Rizzoli New York and David Scott, Founder of David Scott Interiors are pleased to invite you to meet Romeo Sozzi at a book signing for ROMEO SOZZI & PROMEMORIA by Pierre Leonforte. For more information, click here.

06/07/2016 - 6:00pm

Couture royalty meets downtown grit and heady artists mingle with freewheeling socialites in A Dangerous Age, a sophisticated, indulgent, and delicious novel of contemporary New York City that women of all ages will devour. For more information, click here.

06/01/2016 - 5:30pm

Celebrate CARLOS BETANCOURT: IMPERFECT UTOPIA with a book party hosted by Maria Brito and conversation between art critic Paul Laster and artist Carlos Betancourt. For more information, click here.

06/01/2016 - 9:00am

The Rizzoli Bookstore will be opening its doors before store hours to host a discussion with renowned interior designer, Alexa Hampton. Alexa will discuss Mark Hampton on Decorating, written by her father, as well as her book, Decorating in Detail. An introduction by Charles Miers, Publisher and Vice President of Rizzoli will precede the lecture. Please join us for a light breakfast before the start of the lecture. Click here for more information.

*To RSVP, please contact or visit Free for ICAA Members, $30 General Public. Reservations are required.

05/26/2016 - 6:00pm

In Architecture's Odd Couple, Howard deftly traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers readers a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs. Featuring many of the structures that defined modern space--from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim, from the Glass House to the Seagram Building--this book presents an arresting portrait of modern architecture's odd couple and how they shaped the American landscape by shaping each other. Click here to find out more.

05/24/2016 - 6:00pm

Please join us for a conversation with Bill Jacklin and Sting, moderated by Alexander Gilkes to celebrate BILL JACKLIN'S NEW YORK. Followed by a musical toast by Sting and book signing. For more details, click here.

*Book purchase required for ticketed entry. On sale starts at 10:30am Tuesday, May 24th. First come, first served.

05/23/2016 - 6:30pm

A visual and oral history of the past twenty years of theater, On Broadway pulls back the curtain to reveal the creative process involved in bringing a Broadway show to the stage and into the public consciousness through the words of Broadway’s most famous personalities and the art of SpotCo. The art created for a show provides audiences with a tangible, visual, and emotional connection with the theatrical experience. For more information, click here.

05/18/2016 - 6:00pm

With alternate chapters devoted to practical cleaning tips, Cleaning Up New York is a quirky reinvention in the tradition of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, Studs Terkel’s chronicles of the working class, and Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management—its narrator a spiritual descendant of Candide, Ida Tarbell, and Holden Caulfield. Click here for more information.

05/17/2016 - 5:30pm

In a city with so many great sandwich joints, Num Pang Sandwich Shop is a standout, receiving high praise from numerous sources including Bon Appétit and Zagat. With touches of graffiti art inspired by the chain’s signature urban, hip-hop style, Num Pang looks just as bold as the mouthwatering recipes taste. Click here for more information.

05/11/2016 - 6:00pm

Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty presents the full array of the artist's seductive and opulent still life series, heirs to the legacy of a cherished art tradition now seen through the lens of photography. In honor of her new book, a selection of photographs from Seizing Beauty  will be for sale in a one night only pop-up-gallery in our Salon. Click here for more information.

05/07/2016 - 2:00pm

Invitation designer and calligrapher, Ellen Weldon, noted by VOGUE magazine as "the beauty world's invitation secret for her graphic, minimally chic stationery," has created a window installation for Rizzoli Bookstore in honor of Mother's Day called "Celebrate the Woman Who." A bustling New York City-based custom invitation and calligraphy studio, Ellen Weldon Design is the best kept secret of top event industry leaders. On view until May 9, Ellen has transformed our store windows into an artful display of hand calligraphed illustrations. Ellen will be in our Salon this Saturday, May 7, from 2 to 4pm, so you can receive a hand calligraphed gift to accompany your Mother's Day purchase. 

05/03/2016 - 6:00pm

Provence, France, is justly famous for its dazzling light, vibrant colors, rich history, and flavorful foods and wines. And its markets have been the beating heart of Provençal life since the Middle Ages. In Markets of Provence, Marjorie Williams whisks you away to 30 of the best. This pocketable guide, complete with detailed maps and organized by days of the week, gives you all the information you need for your visit. For more information, click here.

04/30/2016 - 2:30pm

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, we're filling our Salon with the sweet sounds of the Great American Songbook. Support Independent Bookstore Day while enjoying classic melodies from The Soundettes, an all-women, all-volunteer, a cappella singing group sponsored by the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound. The Soundettes have been entertaining audiences at special community events for over 65 years. Membership in the group is by audition. 

Two sets, one at 2:30pm and the following at 3:00pm Saturday, April 30th.

04/29/2016 - 6:00pm

This one-of-a-kind collaboration between acclaimed author Susan Orlean and celebrated artist Philip Taaffe unites the literary and the visual, the nostalgic and the optimistic, and brings greenery to your bookshelf. Join author Susan Orlean and artist Philip Taaffe for a conversation with a booksigning to follow. Click here for more details.

04/28/2016 - 6:00pm

Humans of New York meets Porn for Women in this collection of candid photos, clever captions, and hilarious hashtags about one of the most important subjects of our time: hot dudes reading. Fun, irreverent, and wittily-observed, this book is tailor-made for book lovers in search of their own happy endings—and those who just want to get lost between the covers for a while.

04/26/2016 - 6:00pm

Father's Day is a meditation on the quiet, sublime power of compassion, and the beauty of simple, everyday things--a breakthrough work from one of our most gifted chroniclers of the human heart. For more information, click here.

04/25/2016 - 6:00pm

Aperitivo takes the reader on a spirited ride through this cocktail culture, covering variations on all the classics including the Negroni, the Bellini, and the spritz and stopping at the chicest bars that have elevated this ritual to an art form.

Spritz is a narrative-driven book on the surprising history and current revival of spritz cocktails (a wine-based drink served as an aperitif), with 50 recipes, including both historical classics and modern updates.

04/19/2016 - 6:00pm

This lively cookbook celebrates Brooklyn’s happening bar culture—from the mixologists who craft classic and original cocktails to the talented chefs who create delicious dishes made with fresh-from-the-market ingredients to accompany the drinks. With stunning food and location photography, Brooklyn Bar Bites is the perfect companion for food lovers and a must for home mixologists. Click here for more information.

04/18/2016 - 6:00pm

Acclaimed designer Lorraine Kirke deftly creates rooms that meld antique and contemporary bohemia with an exquisite flair for invention. With contributions from Kirke’s clients and celebrity friends, and the designer’s multitalented daughters Jemima, Domino, and Lola, Would You Like to See the House is an irresistible celebration of creativity and imaginative design. Click here for more information.

04/14/2016 - 6:00pm

Trendsetting contemporary jeweler Pamela Love invites us into her universe, revealing the obsessions and inspirations behind her cult jewelry. This enchanting volume will appeal to Pamela Love aficionados, all those interested in contemporary jewelry as well as those looking for bohemian fashion inspiration. To find out more, click here.

04/13/2016 - 6:00pm

Bonnie Cashin is credited with many fashion "firsts," including introducing the concept of layering and championing such timeless shapes as ponchos, tunics, and kimonos. She is acclaimed for inventing the "it bag," with her classic handbag designs for Coach in the early 1960s. Brimming with a half-century of creative work, Bonnie Cashin celebrates the designer’s incredible, well-traveled life and her revolutionary designs with an unflinching, happy elegance. For more information, click here.

04/12/2016 - 5:30pm

Catherine Murphy has been celebrated as a representational painter of exceptional precision, and this book surveys her complete work, which unites American Minimalism and American naturalist painting. This volume explores Murphy’s complete body of work, from the hushed world of her early work to the hyper encounters of the present with more than 100 paintings and drawings accompanied by texts by art critic John Yau. For more information, click here.

04/11/2016 - 6:00pm

A fresh guide to entertaining, with a focus on tabletop and floral design, from celebrity event designer DeJuan Stroud. From conquering flower "stem fear" to learning how to map a table, Stroud demystifies the art of the tabletop, emphasizing above all his love of flowers, from the humble to the exotic. Readers will be inspired to create striking arrangements, set a beautiful table, and create decor for simple or grand occasions. Click here for more information.

04/05/2016 - 6:00pm

Ella Woodward’s first book, Deliciously Ella, was the fastest selling debut cookbook in U.K. history and a New York Times bestseller. Expanding upon the building blocks of healthy eating introduced in Ella’s first book, DELICIOUSLY ELLA EVERY DAY takes readers through every aspect of her plant-based lifestyle, from buying the right ingredients and having the right kitchenware to planning out meals and snacks during a busy week to learning to cook fantastic meals with minimal preparation time. In this new cookbook, Ella introduces more than 100 all-new, stress-free recipes, including her staple dishes like her take on pasta arrabiata, black bean burgers, and chickpea and turmeric curry, plus easy breakfasts, simple sweet treats, and salads. 

03/31/2016 - 6:00pm

From 1989 to 1993, New York fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi granted the British photographer Nick Waplington rare backstage access to photograph every detail of the designer's fitting sessions in the weeks before his twice-yearly fashion shows. Join Waplington in conversation with Mizrahi for a lively evening. Booksigning to follow. For more information, click here.

03/30/2016 - 6:30pm

Europe is on the brink: Schengen in question, the UK referendum, terrorism, refugee crisis, new walls and persistent unemployment. The EU and the entire continent are facing the biggest challenge since 1945, while the US is displaying its own version of anti-politics, nationalisms, policy impasse and divisions (presidential campaigns are quite telling). "Europa Anno Zero" (Europe Year Zero) is a voyage through six European countries where Eva Giovannini, with a "hands on/feet on the ground" approach provides a stark analysis of the current state of affairs, helped by a series of interviews of the leaders of the top anti-political and nationalistic parties in Greece, Germany, France, Hungary, U.K. and Italy. This book is an eye opener on what the near future could look for Europe. And America. Or not, depending on which way we go at this crossroads of history.


03/25/2016 - 6:00pm

We Are Gods in the Chrysalis, the first publication on Meghan Boody's now well-known work, includes dioramas and photo-vitrines alongside photographic work. Join her for a conversation with author Katie Roiphe. Booksigning and reception to follow. For more information, click here.

03/24/2016 - 6:30pm

Village of Crickets aim sto create a sense of literary and artistic citizenship by exploring our deepest creative impulses as individual artists, and share in the collective labor of love that we call craft. Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and, most recently, The Queen of the Night, which was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. For more information, click here.

03/23/2016 - 6:00pm

In this exquisite monograph, designer and antiques dealer Richard Shapiro demonstrates the alchemy required to create a home that seems cultivated over many generations. Shapiro has mastered the art of crafting refined, cultivated spaces that transport their inhabitants to distant lands and past epochs. With breathtaking new photography, the book functions as a master class, filled with illustrations and takeaways for readers, offering practical ideas and creative inspirations for channeling the glories of the past to enrich the present. For more information, click here.

03/22/2016 - 6:00pm

Rizzoli Bookstore and the Getty Research Institute invite you to celebrate the launch of ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE ARCHIVE with a reading by Patti Smith, followed by a discussion with the authors, Frances Terpak and Michelle Brunnick, and a booksigning.*

*Purchase of ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE ARCHIVE or a $25 RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE GIFT CARD is required to attend this event in our Salon. No reservations, first-come-first-serve, doors open at 5:00 pm.

03/07/2016 - 6:00pm

The book is a luxurious presentation of the hidden architectural and interior design treasures of Venice, ranging from historical ninth-century buildings to contemporary renovations that blend old and new. Author and preservation expert Toto Bergamo Rossi personally selected each property for inclusion based on his detailed field knowledge gained over many years as director of the Venetian Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to safeguard Venetian cultural heritage as manifested in architecture, music, and fine art. Click here for more information.

03/06/2016 - 12:00pm

Rizzoli Bookstore is proud to participate in Worldwide Play-In Weekend on Sunday, March 6, with different chamber music ensembles performing each hour (on the hour) in our Salon, from noon to 4:00pm. The event is sponsored by Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP,, an organization that facilitates informal music-making among amateur musicians. This will also be the first event in Rizzoli Bookstore's new music series. Sign up to our newsletter for updates.

02/25/2016 - 6:00pm

The James Beard Foundation is America’s most prestigious culinary organization, with a mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor the country’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. James Beard's All-American Eats is a tribute to the local treasures and unsung heroes of true American cooking, as well as a collection of recipes for craveable classic dishes. Click here to learn more.

02/18/2016 - 6:00pm

The architectural style of the classic American summer, the shingled house can suggest the beach, the countryside, the mountains, and even the city. AD100 architects Ike Kligerman Barkley, one of the most successful firms practicing in a traditional style today, presents 14 houses that celebrate the simple wood shingle’s infinite flexibility—ranging from richly historic to sculptural and experimental. For more information, click here.

02/10/2016 - 6:30pm

As Barnard's all-female a cappella group, Bacchantae has been lucky enough to perform at many events on Barnard's campus, as well as in the NYC area. The group sings a variety of music, including pop, R&B, 90's, and indie. We're honored to have perform an arrangement of love songs in our Salon.

02/04/2016 - 6:30pm

Through her health coaching practice, Your Healthiest You, Robyn Youkilis has helped thousands of women discover the real reasons why they feel like their bodies just aren't listening to them, reconnect with that gut instinct, and learn how to make choices from that place of inner wisdom. In Go With Your Gut, you will get the what, why, and how of creating a truly healthy lifestyle. Join Robyn and the New York Times bestselling author of Miracles Now and May Cause Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein for an evening of chatting, tasting, and celebrating!

12/09/2015 - 6:00pm

Since first coming to prominence 10 years ago, Ryan McGinley has ushered in a wholly new language of photography: images that are uniquely grounded in our contemporary moment while simultaneously evoking an idyllic timelessness. In this new volume, Ryan McGinley: Way Far, the artist presents a collection of his most recent work. To learn more, click here.

12/04/2015 - 6:00pm

As the father of Production Design, William Cameron Menzies brought the illustrator’s eye to the camera and graphic validity to an art form that was all too often more theatrical than cinematic. Join us for an illustrated conversation between James Curtis, author of William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come, and Kent Jones, director of the new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, about the collaboration that brought these two great artists together. A book signing and reception will follow.    

12/01/2015 - 6:00pm

In celebration of the long-anticipated launch of Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, “An Evening with Dita & Friends” features the style and burlesque icon herself, spotlighting this epic manual on all things beauty via the Von Teese lens—from how-to steps, to history to intimate tales—and doing so side by side with the singularly glamorous eccentrics who Dita Von Teese considers confidants and creative influences. Simon Doonan, Dirty Martini, Murray Hill, and Douglas Little will join Dita and her co-author, Rose Apodaca, in a vintage talk show format-- think two Phil Donahues in red lipstick and high heels!

11/30/2015 - 6:00pm

Join Victoria Wilson, Author of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, and Jane Friedman, CEO and Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media, for an evening dedicated to the bygone years of publishing.

11/23/2015 - 5:30pm

Rizzoli Bookstore is partnering with the Neighborhood Preservation Center to celebrate Store Front II. Join Photographers/Authors James and Karla Murray  in a conversation with Karen Lowe of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation about their latest book chronicling their continued efforts to document a little-known but vitally important cross-section of New York’s “Mom and Pop” economy. To learn more, click here.

11/19/2015 - 5:30pm

Christine Suppes, Frederic Aranda, and Ken Downing invite you to toast ELECTRIC FASHION, the story of how the Collector, Suppes, blazed an indelible trail into online fashion editorial whilst developing a unique collection in the heart of Silicon Valley. To learn more, click here.

11/17/2015 - 6:00pm

Join Dr. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, in coversation with the Director of the Philidelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, to celebrate MY HERMITAGE, a memoir that takes the reader on a private tour of this global treasure. To learn more, click here.

11/16/2015 - 5:30pm

Join Photographer Harvey Stein and New York Historical Society's Marilyn Kushner to launch BRIEFLY SEEN, which documents the iconic areas of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan in 172 beautiful black-and-white photographs taken over 41 years, from 1974 through 2014. To learn more, click here.

11/15/2015 - 2:00pm

The seminal artist’s recent art and poster works, and his triumphant return to his street-art roots with murals, all in work never before published. To learn more, click here.

11/13/2015 - 6:00pm

This is the first comprehensive and long-overdue monograph of visual artist Eric White, containing mostly previously unpublished work. To learn more, click here.

11/11/2015 - 6:00pm

The author Hannah Rothschild explains the inspirations behind her new novel The Improbability of Love, a story that came out of not only her own time in the art world but her family’s storied history. Drawing on unpublished photographs and private archives, Rothschild takes the audience on an amazing journey from the slums of 18th century Frankfurt to the grandest houses of Europe by way of unscrupulous charlatans and Nazi bunkers. To learn more, click here

11/09/2015 - 5:30pm

Rizzoli Bookstore and Simon & Schuster invite you to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eloise with special guests Hilary Knight and Bernadette Peters. Conversation moderated by Playbill's Andrew Gans. 

Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself. He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.

Tony Award–winning Broadway legend Bernadette Peters gives voice to The Plaza Hotel's most iconic resident as she makes her audio debut in The Eloise Collection. Peters' dazzling career includes starring roles on Broadway and in theaters and concert halls around the world. Her signature roles include the witch in Into the Woods, Mama Rose in Gypsy, and Sally in Stephen Sondheim's Follies. She is also the passionate cofounder, along with Mary Tyler Moore, of Broadway Barks, a charity that finds homes for shelter animals. Tony Award–winning Broadway legend Bernadette Peters gives voice to The Plaza Hotel's most iconic resident as she makes her audio debut in The Eloise Collection.

11/07/2015 - 2:00pm

Rizzoli Bookstore invites you to meet Neil MacGregor and hear him discuss his new book Germany: Memories of a Nation in conversation with Ian Buruma. Reception and booksigning to follow.

About the bookFor the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people understand themselves? Neil MacGregor argues that, uniquely for any European country, no coherent, overarching narrative of Germany's history can be constructed, for in Germany both geography and history have always been unstable. Its frontiers have constantly shifted. Königsberg, home to the greatest German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, is now Kaliningrad, Russia; Strasbourg, in whose cathedral Wolfgang von Geothe, Germany's greatest writer, discovered the distinctiveness of his country's art and history, now lies within the borders of France. For most of the five hundred years covered by this book Germany has been composed of many separate political units, each with a distinct history. And any comfortable national story Germans might have told themselves before 1914 was destroyed by the events of the following thirty years. German history may be inherently fragmented, but it contains a large number of widely shared memories, awarenesses, and experiences; examining some of these is the purpose of this book. MacGregor chooses objects and ideas, people and places that still resonate in the new Germany—porcelain from Dresden and rubble from its ruins, Bauhaus design and the German sausage, the crown of Charlemagne and the gates of Buchenwald—to show us something of its collective imagination. There has never been a book about Germany quite like it.

About the authorNeil MacGregor has been director of the British Museum since 2002. He was previously director of the National Gallery in London from 1987 to 2002. His celebrated books include A History of the World in 100 Objects, now translated into more than a dozen languages, and Shakespeare's Restless World.

11/06/2015 - 6:00pm

You are invited to join us for an evening of Living à la Française, Glory, Beauty and Art de Vivre with Florence de Dampierre, author of FRENCH CHIC LIVING, and Alexandre de Vogüé, author of A DAY AT CHATEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE, in conversation.

About the books: FRENCH CHIC LIVING includes wonderfully accessible ideas for maintaining a stylish home, drawing on the ways French mothers and grandmothers manage their households. French houses ooze with charm—and their inhabitants, despite busy schedules, regularly entertain at home. What are the secrets for leading such a chic lifestyle? In this insightful tome, lavishly illustrated with images of a country residence in a romantic French town, de Dampierre shares her knowledge of ways to achieve a warm and inviting home. Her continental traditions make beautifying your house a joy. Household chores—from stocking the pantry to washing and storing delicate linens to cleaning wooden and stone surfaces—are discussed. Tips for adorning your home range from lining dresser drawers with pretty papers and enhancing them with homemade scents to creating delicate floral arrangements of fresh-cut blooms for pleasant accents throughout your rooms. Basic instructions are also provided for designing a simple and attractive aromatic kitchen garden full of herbs, fruit, and vegetables, whether on a plot of land or in attractive containers; its produce then becomes the basis for preparing fresh, seasonal recipes to share with family and friends.

A DAY AT CHATEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE is an An insider’s tour of the magnificent seventeenth-century castle and gardens, conceived by Le Vau, Le Brun, and Le Nôtre, that inspired the great châteaux of Europe. Vaux le Vicomte’s rich history began in 1641, when infamous finance minister Nicolas Fouquet bought the estate and enlisted architect Louis Le Vau, decorator Charles Le Brun, and garden designer André Le Nôtre to transform it into a lavish residence. His extravagance piqued Louis XIV’s jealousy, and he was thrown into prison for mishandling funds. The château inspired the design of Versailles and was later home to the great chef Vatel, who famously died for his art. This volume traces the château’s history from the seventeenth century through the Belle Époque, World War I, and its public opening in 1968. Exclusive photography and archival documents offer unprecedented access to the château, furnishings, and gardens, and illuminate the extraordinary secrets of court life and centuries of celebrations that include the enchanting candlelit tours held today.

About the authors: An esteemed interior designer and antiques expert, Florence de Dampierre is the author of several books including French Chic. Her work has been featured in publications such as Elle Decor. She has produced a home-furnishings line for John Richard; home and garden accessories and furniture for A&B Home; and rugs, pillows, and throws for Surya. Award-winning architectural and interiors photographer Tim Street-Porter is the author and photographer of many books, including the Rooms to Inspire series. He is a contributor to The World of Interiors, among other publications.

Alexandre de Vogüé, Jean-Charles de Vogüé and Ascanio de Vogüé are brothers who together manage the Vogüé family estate. In 2012, they began to successfully develop a range of business ventures at the Vaux le Vicomte château. Alexandre, Jean-Charles and Ascanio are fifth generation members of the de Vogüé family. Bruno Ehrs is a lifestyle and architectural photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. His photographs have been featured in over twenty solo exhibitions and have appeared in numerous magazines and books, including One Savile Row (Flammarion 2014). He has also published several art volumes of his work.

10/29/2015 - 6:00pm

Join Rizzoli Bookstore and photographer Barbara Pyle, photo archivist Dave Brolan and special guests for an evening to celebrate BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND 1975.

About the book: Barbara Pyle's intimate behind the scenes photographs from 1975 and the recording, rehearsing and touring of Born To Run have been eagerly awaited for forty years and are finally being published for the first time. "I first saw Bruce and the E Street Band by accident... I was blown away by their music. For the next year, I drove to as many of their gigs as I could reach. They jokingly started calling me their "official unofficial photographer". I was just expected to be there, and I almost always was on my self-imposed mission to document this little known New Jersey band... I had the remarkable good fortune to spend most of the last "Born to Run" months in the studio with Bruce and the band. I became sort of a living "good luck" charm and was asked to be there many nights. I knew I was witnessing history in the making." Barbara captured Springsteen and the Band as they were catapulted to stardom. She is also the only photographer who has ever been given access inside the recording studio while Springsteen is working. Photographing Bruce and the Band on their ascent to superstardom was a hobby; but after being given such access, it became a mission. This stunning and intimate tome also marks the fortieth anniversary of Born to Run.

About the author: As an acclaimed photographer, Barbara's work has been featured on the covers of TIME Magazine as well as in dozens of books and periodicals. Her private collection includes exclusive photography of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on their historic 1975 Born to Run Tour and an impressive portfolio of work from her lifelong travels around the world.

10/24/2015 - 11:00am

Rizzoli Bookstore is having brunch with Sarabeth! Please join us for brunch bites and a booksigning celebrating the publication of SARABETH'S GOOD MORNING COOKBOOK: Breakfast, Brunch, and Baking by Sarabeth Levine and Genevieve Ko.

About the book: Legendary New York City baker and restaurateur Sarabeth Levine shares her most beloved breakfast and brunch recipes. The only thing better than brunch at one of Sarabeth’s restaurants is brunch in her home. In this must-have collection of more than 130 classic morning recipes, Sarabeth delivers the comforting dishes she makes for family and friends, from fluffy scrambled eggs to warm sticky buns. Over thirty-five years ago, she launched her first restaurant’s wildly popular weekend brunch. Today, morning lines still snake around the block at her New York City locations, as well as at her Florida and Japan outposts. Her fans will be thrilled to re-create the warmth and joy of brunch at Sarabeth’s with recipes designed for home cooks. A comprehensive guide to morning meals, this beautifully photographed book covers the dishes everyone desires. Sarabeth’s signature pancakes and muffins are quick enough for weekdays, while her quiches and coffee cakes are guaranteed to impress weekend guests. In addition to her sophisticated twists on the standards, Sarabeth surprises with such innovative breakfast treats as morning cookies. The foolproof recipes come with technique tips and make-ahead instructions to make entertaining effortless.

About the authors: Sarabeth Levine, James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef, sells her jams in more than 1,500 stores worldwide. She has written with Rick Rodgers the best-selling Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours, and has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, and on television. Genevieve Ko is a food writer and culinary consultant. She regularly contributes to magazines and websites and coauthors cookbooks. Quentin Bacon’s photographs have appeared in many cookbooks as well as leading culinary magazines.

10/22/2015 - 6:00pm

Join us at Rizzoli Bookstore for a discussion with bestselling author Alan Friedman and Gianni Riotta, New York correspondent for La Stampa and former Editor of TG1, about one of the most provocative world leaders in history, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and to celebrate the U.S. publication of Friedman’s new biography BERLUSCONI.

About the book: Inspired by the Frost/Nixon interviews, and Walter Isaacson's author-subject relationship to Steve Jobs, Alan Friedman tells the story of Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media mogul turned prime minster who has dominated Italian life for the past twenty years. Berlusconi has cooperated with the bestselling author and award-winning journalist in the telling of his life story. Warts and all. From the bunga-bunga parties to his most secret moments with world leaders. The book is rich in anecdotes and revelations involving Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Geroge W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Mickhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel , and many others. Berlusconi's incredible rise to power started from nothing. A self-created man, he was a cruise ship crooner as a young man, became a real estate tycoon in the '70s, started the first commercial television network in history, and turned AC Milan into a world-class soccer club. And that was all before he survived the squalid swampland of Italian politics to became prime minister who has not only served the longest in Italian history, but also has generated the most controversy of arguably any world leader today. All of which will be explored thoroughly and candidly in these pages in a book that reads like a thriller.

About the author: Alan Friedman is a journalist, bestselling author, television personality and producer, and documentary maker who has spent the past 30 years as an award-winning correspondent and commentator with The Financial Times of London, The International Herald Tribune/New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and Italian television. Mr. Friedman is also a former contributing editor at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. He is presently an opinion columnist for Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper and Germany's Die Zeit. Alan was awarded the British Press Award (the UK equivalent of the Pulitzer award) four times during his 14-year career with The Financial Times. He is the only American journalist to have received the Medal of Honor (1997) from the Italian Parliament and he has been awarded many other acknowledgements for his work on Italy and the global economy. In 2014 he was awarded the "Non-fiction Book of the Year" prize in the Premio Pavese (September 2014), the Premio Pannunzio for outstanding excellence in journalism (December 2014) and the "America Prize" in the USA-Italy Foundation's annual award ceremony in the Italian Parliament (October 2014). Alan was born in New York City, educated at NYU (B.A. Politics and History), the London School of Economics (International Relations) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. International Economics and Law). He is married and lives in Tuscany.

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