Four Points debuts in New York City, Cleveland and Buffalo Grove

February 17, 2017

Four Points Manhattan Midtown West
(Photo courtesy of Four Points Manhattan Midtown West )

Four Points Manhattan Midtown West, the brand’s fifth hotel in Manhattan, has opened at 444 10th Avenue, less than a mile from Hudson Yards, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.  Owned by Joy Construction and managed by Real Hospitality, the newly constructed Four Points Manhattan Midtown West offers 148 guest rooms (with many offering panoramic views of the Hudson River), a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, andfree Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy full-service dining at Hudson Bar Room, the hotel restaurant serving American cuisine. At the hotel lounge, guests are offered Best Brews and BBQ, which features local beers on tap and seasonal barbecue-style appetizers.

(Photo courtesy of Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport)

Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport is now open at 4181 West 150th Street in Cleveland. Open since January 2017, it is the first Four Points hotel in the city. Owned by NextGen Hotels, the recently renovated Four Points Cleveland Airport has 147 guest rooms and 6,500 square feet of meeting space. Amenities include an indoor heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Guests will enjoy full-service dining and the brand’s Best Brews and BBQ, including refreshing local beers and seasonal barbecue-style appetizers at the hotel lounge. Four Points Cleveland Airport is nine miles from Progressive Field, 10 miles from the University of Cleveland and 12.5 miles from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Four Points Buffalo Grove
(Photo courtesy of Four Points Buffalo Grove)

Four Points Buffalo Grove opened in December 2016 at 900 West Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.  Owned by Lake County Hospitality, the hotel has 152 guest rooms 1,280 square feet of meeting space and the restaurant Best Brews and BBQ. Four Points Buffalo Grove is 18 miles from O’Hare International Airport,  11 miles from Woodfield Mall, 10 miles from Chicago Botanic Garden.and five miles from Deer Park Town Center.

2017 BookExpo: Stephen King to make his first appearance at the event

February 17, 2017

Stephen King
Stephen King (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC)

The following is a press release from BookExpo:

One of the most sought-after events at ReedPOP’s BookExpo each year, the 2017 Adult Book & Author Breakfast is shaping up to be the forum’s most exciting yet with the first-ever BookExpo appearance by best-selling novelist Stephen King (“Misery,” “11/22/63,” “On Writing”). Joined by Owen King, his son and co-author of the upcoming novel “Sleeping Beauties,” the pair will offer a special introduction to the breakfast, “Prologue by Stephen King & Owen King.” Following their introduction, comedian and actress Whitney Cummings (Whitney, 2 Broke Girls co-creator) will take the BookExpo stage to host the event and discuss her upcoming memoir, “I’m Fine… And Other Lies. She will be joined by Captain Scott Kelly” (“Endurance: My Year in Space”), Kenya Barris (“This is Basic Sh*t”), Jesmyn Ward (“Sing, Unburied, Sing”) and Claire Messud (“The Burning Girl: A Novel”), all of whom will speak about their upcoming releases and the inspiration behind their writing.

Taking place Thursday, June 1, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, the Adult Book & Author Breakfast is one of the many events at BookExpo highlighting the hundreds of authors who participate in the show. This year’s breakfast will bring together some of the industry’s leading voices in adult literature from a diverse group of backgrounds for an insightful and lively discussion. The event’s host, Whitney Cummings, is an acclaimed comedian and actress best known for starring in and creating the sitcom Whitney and co-creating the hit TV series “2 Broke Girls,” which is currently airing its 6th season on CBS. She most recently starred in the stand-up comedy special “I’m Your Girlfriend” on HBO.

She will play host to some of the most anticipated authors of the day. Celebrated astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and the world record holder for the number of consecutive days spent in space, will discuss his upcoming memoir, “Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.”

Kenya Barris, debuting his personal collection of humorous essays, “This is Basic Sh*t,” is a writer, producer and creator of numerous television series including ABC’s “Black-ish,” a sitcom that has been lauded for its ability to address some of today’s most controversial issues in an intelligent, thoughtful and humorous way.

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” author Jesmyn Ward, the winner of the National Book Award and the Strauss Livings Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University, has received much praise for her previous works, “Salvage the Bones” and “Where the Line Bleeds.”

Claire Messud, an acclaimed novelist whose books include the best seller “The Emperor’s Children” (2006), will debut her latest work, “The Burning Girl: A Novel.” Her many honors include Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and she currently teaches fiction writing at Harvard University. Past breakfast speakers have included Faith Salie, Chelsea Handler, Sebastian Junger and Brandon Stanton.

A master of horror and suspense, Stephen King is the author of more than 50 books, most of them worldwide bestsellers. His son, Owen King, is following in his father’s footsteps as author of the novel “Double Feature” and “We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories,” and the co-author of the graphic novel “Intro to Alien Invasion. Sleeping Beauties” is the first father/son collaboration for the Kings.

This year’s breakfast will also feature an updated, more interactive format that will showcase more authors than ever before, giving the audience a unique experience to hear the speakers engage with one another and field questions from the audience. Thursday’s Adult Book & Author Breakfast will be followed by the highly-anticipated Children’s Book & Author Breakfast on Friday morning.

“Our Adult Book & Author Breakfast is always a highlight of the show, drawing over a thousand attendees interested in discovering new books and engaging with some of the most prominent authors in literature today. It will be a truly memorable morning,” said Brien McDonald, Event Director for BookExpo. “This event is just one of many at BookExpo this year that furthers our mission to use books as a unifying platform and a place where all voices can be heard. We are working to showcase throughout BookExpo a diverse range of authors who can each offer a unique perspective on both literature and the world around us.”

Full program information can be found below:

THURSDAY, JUNE 1
8:00AM – 9:30AM ADULT BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Main Stage)

The Thursday morning breakfast will feature Scott Kelly author of Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House); Kenya Barris, author of This is Basic Sh*t (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group); Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner); and Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl: A Novel (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.). Actress and Comedian Whitney Cummings, author of I’m Fine…And Other Lies (Putnam / Penguin Random House), will host. The breakfast will open with a Prologue from Stephen and Owen King, co-authors of Sleeping Beauties (Scribner).

BookExpo, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe, and BookCon, the consumer extension of the show, combine to make the ultimate event destination for the publishing industry and booklovers worldwide. BookExpo is widely known as the leading business event for publishers, booksellers, librarians, digital content creators, traditional and self-published authors, media, bloggers, rights professionals and movie and television executives who attend to discover new voices, learn about trends shaping the book industry and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BookCon is the ultimate fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see.

To register or for more information, please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com.

2017 Cat Camp: inaugural event in New York City will feature Jackson Galaxy, Lil Bub, Hannah Shaw

January 11, 2017

by Danielle Smith

Cat Camp

Jackson Galaxy
Jackson Galaxy (Photo courtesy of Animal Planet)

People who love cats are invited to attend the inaugural Cat Camp, a fan convention/adoption event which takes place March 11 and March 12, 2017, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The event is co-founded by Christina Ha, owner of Meow Parlour, New York’s City first cat cafe, which opened in 2014.

The event will feature cat adoptions, panel discussions, meet-and-greets and vendors selling cat-related items, merchandise and services. The Petco Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

Cat expert Jackson Galaxy, the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” will be the keynote speaker and will do a meet-and-greet. Celebrity cat Lil Bub and her owner Mike Bridavsky will also be in attendance. Guest speakers/panelists are well-known cat enthusiasts  involved in cat rescuing, spaying/neutering and adoptions, including:

  • Hannah Shaw, also known as The Kitten Lady, a Washington, D.C.-based kitten rescuer/foster parent who has become a star on social media
  • Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther, an online magazine for cat-oriented designs
  • Adam Myatt, founder of the CatTown in Oakland, California, the first permanent cat cafe in the United States
  • Dr. Jennifer Conrad of The Paw Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to banning feline declawing and educating the public about the dangers of declawing.

Although this is an event for cat enthusiasts, the only cats allowed at the event are those that have been pre-approved for adoptions or guest appearances. In other words, people have to leave their pet cats at home (for legal and health reasons, obviously), and this policy will be strictly enforced, say event organizers.

2017 Governors Ball Music Festival: Tool, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix and more

January 5, 2017
Governors Ball

Tool, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix are headlining the seventh annual Governors Ball Music Festival, which will take place June 2 to June 4, 2017, at New York City’s Randall’s Island Park. The event, which is produced by Founders Entertainment, will feature more than 65 artists, including Childish Gambino, Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Logic, Wiz Khalifa, Air, the Avalanches, the Head and the Heart, Tove Lo and Beach House.

Here is the announced lineup:
Tool
Chance The Rapper
Phoenix
Childish Gambino
Lorde
Flume
Wu-Tang Clan
Wiz Khalifa
Logic
Cage The Elephant
Marshmello
Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker
Beach House
Schoolboy Q
Air
The Avalanches
Rae Sremmurd
The Head and the Heart
Tove Lo
Phantogram
Franz Ferdinand
Banks
A$AP Ferg
Local Natives
Majid Jordan
Mac Demarco
Rüfüs Du Sol
YG
Parquet Courts
Charli XCX
Bleachers
Royal Blood
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Danny Brown
Kehlani
Michael Kiwanuka
Warpaint
Car Seat Headrest
Skepta
Saint Motel
The Strumbellas
Francis And The Lights
Stormzy
Gryffin
The Range
Dua Lipa
EDEN
Zane Lowe
The Orwells
Judah & The Lion
MUNA
Arizona
SAINt JHN
Michael Blume
Jessie Reyez
Lo Moon
Kaiydo
Roosevelt
Barns Courtney
Blossoms
Ron Gallo
Welles
Mondo Cozmo
Tkay Maidza
Jenaux
VANT

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