Common Ground

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books

Featuring Beatriz Browne, James Drougas, Katharina McCarty, Amanda Millet-Sorsa, and Ann C. Collins


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Bookstore owner and curator James Drougas, filmmaker Beatriz Browne, curator Katharina McCarty, and artist Amanda Millet-Sorsa join Rail contributor Ann C. Collins for a conversation. We conclude with a musical performance by Dawn Landes.

In this talk

Register to attend our live event and also receive a link and password to view Beatriz Browne’s documentary 34 Carmine St., featuring Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books.

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Also discussed in this event will be Amanda Millet-Sorsa’s performance A Game of Tarot, an absurd five-person card playing performance using Millet-Sorsa’s tarot cards while reciting “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake. Performance directed by Alexandra Zelman-Doring.

View the performance here →

Beatriz Browne

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Based in Los Angeles and NYC, Beatriz Browne is a Webby Award winning producer, director, and filmmaker specializing in non-fiction storytelling. Beatriz has worked extensively with clients such as Google, Airbnb, Peerspace, The New York Times, CNN, Square and Fatherly, creating multi-platform original content. Outside of branded content, Beatriz has directed and produced 34 Carmine St., an award-winning short documentary. She excels at content ideation and story development/producing. With a knack for adaptability, Beatriz is able to tell stories from all over the world, in addition to speaking 5 languages fluently. Her stories are often character-centric and resonate with a worldwide audience.

James Drougas

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Proprietor James Drougas is the owner and curator of Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books located in the West Village of New York City.

Katharina McCarty

A portrait of curator and art dealer Katharina McCarty.
American curator and art dealer Katharina McCarty is the founder and executive director of the 8th House Arts Residency located in central Vermont, and the founder and owner of the 8th House Projects gallery in Mexico City.

Amanda Millet-Sorsa

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Amanda Millet-Sorsa is an artist, arts writer and arts worker based in New York. She has exhibited at Below Grand gallery, The Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Bookstore, SHIM Art Network, The Socrates Sculpture Park, and elsewhere. She has received support and grants through the Materials for the Arts and NYC Cultural Affairs, among others. She holds an M.F.A from the New York Studio School and B.A. from Brandeis University and has been a resident artist at Proyecto Ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at ArtLeadHER in partnership with The Monira Foundation at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City. As a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics), and a curator at Below Grand, she participates actively in the NY arts community.

Ann C. Collins

Ann C. Collins
Regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail’s ArtSeen section, Ann C. Collins holds a BFA in Film and Television from NYU and an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has also appeared in Degree Critical and Variables West. Her film editing projects include Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, and the Netflix series The Pharmacist. Her film work has screened at Sundance, Berlin, and New York film festivals. She lives in Brooklyn.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Dawn Landes reading.

Dawn Landes

A portrait of musician Dawn Landes.
Photo by Shannon Kelly
Dawn Landes is a singer-songwriter whose music you might have heard if you watch The Good Wife, House, or Gossip Girl. Along with releasing six albums since 2005 (and an EP inspired by yé-yé, ‘60s French pop music), she’s a frequent collaborator with contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones, and composer Nico Muhly. She has toured internationally supporting artists like Nick Lowe and Mary Chapin Carpenter and appeared as a featured vocalist with the NYC Ballet and on the TED main stage. Dawn’s most recent album is a collection of songs from her musical ROW, which premiered in 2021 at Williamstown Theatre Festival and is available on Audible. ROW tells the true story of the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

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