Ada Calhoun


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November 10, 2016, 7 p.m. – St. Marks Is Dead paperback launch and book party with Q&A and booze at Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY. Refreshments by the great chef and writer George Weld of Egg. Invite here.




Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, my new collection of essays based on the New York Times Modern Love story “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give” comes out in Spring 2017.

I’m always looking for excuses to go places. Let me know of any journalism schools / churches / bookstores / community centers that might want me to visit:

St. Marks Is Dead Book Tour


Exit 9 – May 2016

June 30, 2016, 10 a.m. – Rutgers, University, Camden, NJ – Summer Writers’ Conference at Rutgers – Non-Fiction Workshop and Reading. The reading is free and open to the public. It’s with poet Tom Sleigh, at the Fine Arts Complex at 314 Linden Street, 1pm. Details here.

May 25, 2016, 8 p.m. – “How I Learned” Series at Union Hall in Brooklyn

May 20, 2016, 2 p.m. ASJA Panel at the Roosevelt Hotel

May 18, 2016, 6 p.m. – Cleaning Up New York / The Little Bookroom event at Rizzoli Bookstore

May 12, 2016, 6 p.m. – Exit9 on Avenue A Reading + Wine.

April 2, 2016, 11 a.m. – The San Antonio Book Festival, “A Word About Town” with Karen Olsson.

March 16, 2016, 7 p.m. – MIXER Reading at Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St.

March 5, 2016 – PEN America Private Benefit Dinner. Details here.

March 8, 2016, 1 p.m. – CUNY Panel – With Margo Jefferson, DT Max, and Daniel Menaker, for the Conference of Biography at the The Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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San Antonio Book Fest – April 2016

March 10, 2016 – CITYTerm Author Visit

February 29, 2016 – Reason TV interview about bohemianism, with some great B-roll.

February 25, 2016, 5 p.m. – Philadelphia – “Real Arts at Penn Presents: Ada Calhoun,” University of Pennsylvania Arts Café. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.

auden-palapa.pngFebruary 21, 2016- W.H. Auden Birthday Event on St. Marks Place.

February 10, 2016, 8 p.m. – Reading at the Judson Memorial Church series Dead Darlings.

theatre80February 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – Reading with Alisa Solomon at Prose Pros at the Sidewalk Cafe.

January 27, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – Museum of the City of New York Talk, with Luc Sante. Buy tickets here.
ada-lucJanuary 25, 2016, 6:30-8pm
 – Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and Merchant’s House Museum host an Illustrated St. Marks Is Dead Book Talk at Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place.

January 14, 2016, 6:30-8:30 Reading and discussion at Grace Church, 802 Broadway.

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 4.34.34 PM.pngDecember 20, 2015, 1 p.m. – New York, NY – Reading and discussion at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. Hear about centuries of church scandals!


December 17, 2015, 6:30 p.m. New York, NY – “Illustrated Talk” at the New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan branch. See the NYPL FLYER for details. Event page here.

December 11, 2015, 7 p.m. – Seattle, WA – Reading at The Elliott Bay Company in Seattle. Written up by The Stranger and The Seattle Times, which calls the book “the lively history of a three-block area in lower Manhattan where celebrities, public figures and social movements have converged… [Calhoun] has an eye for intriguing — often titillating and little known — tidbits about St. Marks characters.”

December 10, 2015, 7 p.m. – New York, NY – Reading at The Inspired Word’s NYC Writers Event at Parkside Lounge.

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 1.00.37 PMDecember 8, 2015, 7 p.m. – New York, NY – Book event at Little Missionary Day Nursery on St. Marks Place.

12346433_1067956379901457_1148582599058144292_n.jpgDecember 7, 2015, 7:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – New York, NY – Reading at the Miss Manhattan Reading Series at Niagara Bar on Ave A and 7th Street.

12308580_10153309059382058_1782765900613740904_nDecember 5, 2015 – Nyack, NY – Reading—and St. Marks Is Dead mini-concert!—at Kiam Records. Videos and photos here.

December 3, 2015, 6:30 p.m. New York, NY – Neighborhood Preservation Center reading, discussion, and signing.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 1.53.47 AM.pngDecember 1, 2015, 7 p.m. – Minneapolis, MN – City History Party! with Andy Sturdevant and band at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

November 30, 2015, 7 p.m. – San Francisco, CA – Reading at Green Apple Books.

ada-at-golden-notebook.pngNovember 28, 2015, 4 p.m. – Woodstock, NY – Author event at The Golden Notebook

November 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m. – Baltimore, MD – Reading and Q&A at Red Emma’s

November 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – Washington, ada-at-red-emmasD.C. – Reading and Q&A with Preston Lauterbach (Beale Street Dynasty, W.W. Norton) at Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, 20009.

12246750_10153720206186575_7088363855563015945_nNovember 22, 2015, 2-3 p.m. – Miami, FL – “NYC in Fact and Fiction,” panel with Stacy Wakefield, Miami Book Fair International.

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.33.16 PM.pngNovember 17, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – Chicago, ILReading with Rachel Swearingen at City Lit Books.

November 16, 2015, 7 p.m. – Iowa City, IA – Reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

christ-church November 15, 2015, 2 p.m. St. Louis, MO – Read at Christ Church Cathedral, where Father Michael Allen (the “hippie priest” of the East Village) spent the last decades of his career.

letters-festNovember 14, 2015, 8 p.m. – Atlanta, GA – Read at the Letters Festival, at the Atlanta Contemporary.

CTp3Ij6UYAAokyxNovember 12, 2015, 7 p.m. – Houston, TX – Read with James “Houstorian” Glassman at Brazos Books in Houston.

November 11, 2015, 6 p.m. – New York, NY – Event with Ginia Bellafante of The New York Times at New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor. Also on East Village Radio with E.V. Grieve at 10 a.m. Video/audio to come.

November 8, 2015, 2-4 p.m. – New York, NY – Book signing in SoHo for Social Innovation Week, Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry.

November 5, 2015, 7-9 p.m.Brooklyn, NY – Reading / Book Launch at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn.

utexas-joynes.jpgNovember 3-4, 2015 – Austin, TX – 11/3, 7 p.m. – The One-Page Salon at the North Door. 11/4, 7 p.m. – The Dionysium at the Alamo Village. Followed by a party at The Carousel Lounge with The Late Joys and special guests, 11/4, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Lunch with UT Austin writing students 11/4. Recap here.

November 2, 2015, 6-8 p.m. – New York, NY – Book Party at Cooper Union’s Great Hall (7 E. 7th St. entrance; where Lincoln gave his Right Makes Might speech). Books offered for sale by McNally Jackson. Beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery. One-night-only super-group cover band the St. Marks Zeroes will play a set. After-party at Barcade on St. Marks Place. Recap here. Great video here.


Radio and TV

Talked about my Modern Love column on RadioMD. Listen here.

Talked about my Modern Love column and the response to it on the Real Simple/Slate podcast “Labor of Love,” hosted by Lori Leibovich. Listen here:

“One of the main reasons I returned to ‘Life After Rent’ was to talk to Ada Calhoun in front of the Death Star.” — Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything: “Life After Rent,” Director’s Cut

“A terrific book, reminds me of Joseph Mitchell.” — Rick Kogan, WGN in Chicago

“This is a supremely readable, fascinating book — and it led me to see some familiar landmarks with a new appreciation for the history that was made there.” — June Thomas, NY1, December 2015. (Also see “New Book Explores Cool Factor of St. Marks Place” with Roger Clark, NY1 segment, October 23, 2015.)

“A fascinating history… [Calhoun’s] perspective on this constantly-evolving street is unique and deep…Don’t miss this trip to ‘the epicenter of American cool.’” — The Municipal Arts Society Podcast (we cover 400 years in 30 minutes, November 2015.

“Such a fun read…fascinating.” — Owen Egerton, KUT in Austin



NYCgo Neighborhood by Neighborhood video about the East Village. Watch here:

November 25, 2014: HuffPost Live Panel on Criminalization and Pregnancy.

Randomly interviewed by Korean nightly news while eating on St. Marks Place.

My first appearance in a rap video. In Champagne Jerry and Ad-Rock’s “Yo Kev” I catch a pop-up while texting at about the three-minute mark. December 2013:

Dale Radio. Under St. Marks. November 2, 2013.


NBC’s Today Show. August 20, 2012. Watch here.

NPR: All Things Considered about “Latch on NYC.” August 3, 2012. Listen here.

Ada-Calhoun-Tim-GunnAM 970 The Apple: The Curtis Sliwa Show one-hour segment on parenting topics in the news. July 16, 2011. Listen here.

VH1: Morning Buzz, segment on ’90s music, culture and fashion. May 27, 2011.

NPR: Morning Edition interview about fashion research at the New York Public Library. April 4, 2011. Listen here.

WFMU: Too Much InformationListen here. February 14, 2011.

For a while there I was in the background on reality shows with some regularity. On Top Chef: Just Desserts I could be seen eating desserts and nodding.just-desserts

NPR: Tell Me More. March 16, 2010. Listen here.

NPR: Faith Matters. January 15, 2010. Listen here.

ABC News Now with Annie Pleshette-Murphy. March 24, 2009. Watch here.

Fox: Good Day New York. August 15, 2008. 

NPR: Talk of the Nation, “No Expense Spared on Nation’s Pets.” July 22, 2008. Listen here.


usc-award2016: Gold Medal, U.S. History, Independent Book Publisher Awards; New York Public Library Residency. 2015: New York Times Editors’ Pick, Amazon Book of the Month, named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Boston Globe, Orlando Weekly, the New York Post, and the Village Voice, which called St. Marks 2015’s Best Nonfiction Book About New York; Croly Award, USC-Annenberg Fellowship. 2014: Kiplinger Fellowship; New York Public Library Residency; Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship. 2013: MacDowell Fellowship; Oasis Award; Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues.

Panels and Talks

Miami Book Fair (2015), Letters Festival (2015), San Antonio Book Fair (2016), CUNY Biography Festival (2016), AWP (2015), ASJA (2016, 2009), EMP (2010).