MONDAY: Franklin Park’s Fifth Anniversary Bash with Dani Shapiro, Adam Wilson, Kyle Minor, Tom Williams and Leah Umansky. [Franklin Park]
TUESDAY: Pen Parentis with Ann Hood, Rick Moody and Max Watman. [Andaz Wall Street]
WEDNESDAY: Mind Reading: Brain Awareness Week with Elissa Schappell, Stefan Merrill Block, Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee, Timothy Donnelly, Meehan Crist and Lynn Schmeidler. (Whew!) [Housing Works]
THURSDAY: Behind the Book with Julia Fierro, Susan Minot, Alexander Maksik and Ted Thompson. [KGB]
FRIDAY: Lorrie Moore (BARK) in convo with Emma Straub [THE VACATIONERS]; plus a bonus reading by Parker Posey! (Now that’s a trifecta if I’ve ever seen one.) [Symphony Space]
SATURDAY: Couplet Poety and Music Series with Michael Klein, Heather Aimee o’Neill, Joseph Riipi, Christopher Salerno and Nicole Santalucia. [The Delancey]
Cafe Society at India House
MONDAY: Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series with poet Molly Rose Quinn, Ivy Pochoda (Visitation Street), Jason Porter (Why Are You So Sad?), and Howard Feinstein (Fire on the Bayou). [BookCourt]
TUESDAY: Launch for MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, with Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Emily Gould, Carla Blumenkranz, Eli S. Evans and Mel Flashman. [Housing Works]
WEDNESDAY: Deji Bryce Olukotun (NIGERGIANS IN SPACE) in convo with Joel Whitney (Guernica, Al Jazeera). [WORD]
THURSDAY: We’ve Got a Good Thing Going with Gordon Lish. [McNally Jackson]
SATURDAY: The inimitable Lorrie Moore (BARK). [Community Bookstore, offsite at Congregation Beth Elohim]
GIRLS + Little Women = WOMEN. #psyched #chiaraatik #bethdies
Rachel Kushner (THE FLAMETHROWERS) at @powerhousebooks!
MONDAY: Franklin Park: Tales of Love and Madness with jazz expert Stanley Crouch (CONSIDERING GENIUS: WRITINGS ON JAZZ), Jennifer Gilmore (THE MOTHERS) Mitchell S. Jackson (THE RESIDUE YEARS), and short fiction writer Molly Tolsky, with special guest Joseph Riippi (BECAUSE). [Franklin Park]
TUESDAY: Paperback launch for THE FLAMETHROWERS. Rachel Kushner + James Wood = swoon. [PowerHouse]
WEDNESDAY: Katie Heaney (NEVER HAVE I EVER) with NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg. (Related: my recent Katie writeup.) [The Strand]
THURSDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) with Kathryn Shulz (BEING WRONG) and Kate Zambreno (HEROINES). [Community Bookstore]
MONDAY: OXHART Tells the Truth with Véronique Hyland, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and Shannon Deep. [Niagara Bar]
TUESDAY: Jesse Ball (SILENCE ONCE BEGUN) in convo with Christopher Bollen (LIGHTNING PEOPLE). [McNally Jackson]
WEDNESDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) in convo with Adelle Waldman (THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.). [Greenlight]
THURSDAY: BJ Novak (ONE MORE THING—I hear this book is hilarious). [WORD, Jersey City location]
FRIDAY: Happy weekend! I’ll be heading off to my first silence retreat…wish me (quiet) luck.
With a night focusing on “the total agony and creeping insanity of dating,” you know it’s gonna be good.
And indeed, this was one of the most hilarious literary events I’ve ever been to. Five fantastic storytellers gathered at Housing Works on Wednesday to celebrate the publication of Kate Heaney’s recent memoir, NEVER HAVE I EVER, about her life (so far) as a singleton. Chiara Atik, author of the rather excellent MODERN DATING: A FIELD GUIDE, moderated.
In order, here are the highlights: