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Edan Lepucki

Well this is a heartwarming lit tale: Edan Lepucki’s novel CALIFORNIA debuted at #3 on the NYT bestseller list, after Stephen Colbert showcased it as a way to fight back against Amazon’s recent tactics against Hachette. When on the show, she, in turn, bumped Stephan Eirik Clark’s SWEETNESS #9.

I haven’t yet the book, but it sounds fascinating: in a post-apocalyptic LA, a pregnant couple who’s been surviving in the woods decides to return to (a potentially dangerous) civilization. Last Wednesday, Greenpoint’s WORD hosted the book’s Brooklyn launch. Edan’s hilarious, self-deprecating, and straightshooting Q&A answers made me like her even more.

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This Week’s Readings

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MONDAY: Franklin Park: Travels and Journey edition. Featuring Emma Straub (THE VACATIONERS), Tiphanie Yanique (LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING), Courtney Maum (I AM HAVE SO MUCH FUN WITHOUT YOU), Boris Fishman (A REPLACEMENT LIFE), and Aaron Burch (BACKSWING). [Franklin Park]

TUESDAY: Real Characters with Alena Smith (TWEEN HOBO: OFF THE RAILS), Jen Doll (SAVE THE DATE: THE OCCASIONAL MORTIFICATIONS OF A SERIAL WEDDING GUEST), Paul Laudiero (SH*T ROUGH DRAFTS), and George Gordon (Bridgetown Comedy Fest). [McNally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: Sean Wilsey (MORE CURIOUS, OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL) in convo with editor Matt Weiland. [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: Writing about Modern Motherhood: A Panel with Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), Kimberley McCreight (RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA), and Nicole Kear (NOW I SEE YOU). [Community Bookstore]

SATURDAY: Kurt Vonnegut book group for GALAPAGOS. [Housing Works]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Book launch for Chuck Klosterman’s I WEAR THE BLACK HAT: GRAPPLING WITH VILLAINS (REAL AND IMAGINED). [BookCourt]

TUESDAY: The Book Report, hosted by Leigh Stein and Sasha Fletcher, featuring Chelsea Hodson, Mark Leidner, Monica Wendel, and Sarah Bridgins. [HiFi]

WEDNESDAY: Celeste Ng (EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU) in convo with Catherine Chung (FORGOTTEN COUNTRY). [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: Emily Gould (FRIENDSHIP) in convo with Elif Batuman (THE POSSESSED: ADVENTURES WITH RUSSIAN BOOKS AND THE PEOPLE WHO READ THEM). [McNally Jackson]

SATURDAY: Book launch for POKING A DEAD FROG by Mike Sacks, in convo with Bill Hader. [Powerhouse]