“Drugs, lavish estates, suicide, divorce, philandering, and the backdrop of NYC round out a touching inside view of comfort and homelessness.”

     - Publisher’s Weekly


December 9th, 2014

In the Upstairs Bar at 2A, 25 Avenue A

We've cooked up quite the lineup for the last Umbrella of 2014. Close out your year of listening to awesome nonfiction with:

Will Boast (EPILOGUE)

Peter Von Ziegesar (THE LOOKING GLASS BROTHER) - Peter von Ziegesar reading with Will Boast at the Big Umbrella Monthly Nonfiction Reading Series


As always, join us in the upstairs bar, where there are whiskey deals and books for sale (courtesy McNally Jackson), and lovely people abound. We bet there will be sweaters.

June 24th, 2014

Glamour + Gore

Please join us for an evening of storytelling in the screening room and adjacent private bar of the Wythe Hotel (event is open to the public):

7:00 p.m.: doors open and we'll screen a program of trailers curated especially for us by Jake Perlin of the Film Desk including Truffaut's THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, MISSISSIPPI MERMAID (note that Catherine Deneuve's costumes in the film were designed by Yves Saint Laurent), MONSIEUR VERDOUX, and more.

7:30 p.m.: welcome and introduction from co-hostesses Lauren Cerand and Brittney Canty and short readings by Daniel Levine, whose HYDE explores another side of one of Victorian London's most notorious personages; Marc Pastor, a real-life crime scene investigator in town from Barcelona who turns his writerly gaze onto a female serial killer in BARCELONA SHADOWS; and FEATURING Peter von Ziegesar whose debut, The Looking Glass Brother: A Memoir tells "The Preposterous, Moving, Hilarious, and Frequently Terrifying Story of My Gilded Age Long Island Family, My Philandering Father, and the Homeless Stepbrother Who Shares My Name."

8:15 p.m.: Master Michael Quinn and Jeff Allyn Szwast (of The Beriberi) will close the night with a short set of torch songs.

June 17th:

Freerange Nonfiction reading series

Another brand-spanking-new installment of the best nonfiction reading in New York.


HOST: Kassi Underwood

DATE: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

TIME: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Show at 8.

STAGE: CULTUREfix at 9 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side.

Come join us for the season finale on June 6th, 2014, of Cafe Society with Peter von Ziegesar (The Looking Glass Brother: A Memoir), Maud Newton (who will discuss her HARPER'S cover story in the June issue), Chelsea Hodson (PITY THE ANIMAL), and cabaret artist Xavier "Mamma" Rice.