je suis charlie
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Book Culture on Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets hung a sign in its window last week declaring solidarity with the artists and journalists at Charlie Hebdo, and customers are apparently trying to get copies of the most recent issue put out by the surviving members of the staff. The Times reports that the bookstore has been getting tons of requests:

Book Culture, a small chain on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Columbia University, has been “trying like mad” to get 1,000 copies, said its owner, Chris Doeblin. “We would easily sell 1,000 in our store just over the weekend,” he said, citing requests by phone and from people walking into the store.

The New York Society for Ethical Culture is holding a comedy event on January 22 where 100% of the proceeds will go to relatives of victims of the attacks. Standup for Charlie Hebdo, presented by Laughing Liberally, will fature some big names in comedy.

Hosted by political comedian Scott Blakeman (MSNBC), the show will feature performances by John Fugelsang, the host of Tell Me Everything on Sirius XM Radio 121, Frank Conniff, TV’s Frank fromMystery Science Theater 3000, Dean Obeidallah, co-director of The Muslims Are Coming and host of The Dean Obeidallah Show on Sirius XM 121, Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, Katie Halper, co-founder of Laughing Liberally and co-host of Morning Jew, Julianna Forlano, host of The Julianna Forlano Show on WBAI, John Marshall, The Chris Rock Show, Jeff Kreisler, The Final Edition, Leighann Lord, co-host of StarTalk Radio, Ken Schultz, and Jim David(Comedy Centralspecial)

The panel discussion following the comedy performances will feature MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola, National Lampoon editor and star of This Is Spinal Tap Tony Hendra, and The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.

Buy tickets here.

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    1. Gretchen says:

      Just scored a copy of the coveted “Charlie Hebdo,” thanks to the great people of Book Culture on Columbus Ave., who are helping to keep freedom of speech free! It was no easy feat getting this item to the UWS from Paris. It was exciting to be there in the store with all the other happy people getting their copies. Je suis Charlie!