Thanks to literary Tumblr superstar Rachel Fershleiser for mentioning BookStalker last week as a resource. I agree, it is hard to find ALL NY lit events in one place. BookBoroughing has gone a bit quiet (though I can imagine it coming back in the new year) and Timeout NY used to have a nice lit search feature that has since gone away. I usually rely on bookmarked event pages of bookstores and lit centers (/their monthly or weekly emails), along with my Facebook events page.
For this week, here are my top picks:
MONDAY: Franklin Park Reading Series, featuring 2013 NBA nominee Tom Drury (PACIFIC), Okey Ndibe (FOREIGN GODS, INC.), Sean H. Doyle (THE DAY WALT DISNEY DIED), and Lauren Belski (WHATEVER USED TO GROW AROUND HERE), with music by Heiko Julien (I AM READY TO DIE A VIOLENT DEATH). [Franklin Park]
TUESDAY: Launch party for CRABTREE, a picture book by Jon & Tucker Nichols. [Ziehersmith]
WEDNESDAY: MIXER Reading and Music Series with readings by April Heck, Cynthia Lowen, Bojan Louis, and Sara Sams, with music by the Shitty Pixies. [Cake Shop]
THURSDAY: Translator Christine Schwartz Hartley on COMMENTARY by French Surrealist Marcelle Sauvegeot. [BookCourt]
FRIDAY: Mike Tyson on his memoir, UNDISPUTED TRUTH. [Greenlight, offsite at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation]
SATURDAY: Hilton Als (WHITE GIRLS) in convo with Tin House editor Rob Spillman. [Community Bookstore, offsite at the Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza]
SUNDAY: Lit at Lark: Moments of Darkness with Jessica Francis Kane (THE CLOSE), Shya Scanlon (IN THIS ALONE IMPULSE), and Rachel Sherman (LIVING ROOM). [Lark]
MONDAY: Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Sari Botton Present: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Mike Albo, Emily Gould, Alexander Chee, Chloe Caldwell, Anna Holmes, Choire Sicha, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean, Elissa Bassist, and Isaac Fitzgerald on their love/hate relationships with NYC. [Housing Works]
TUESDAY: A tribute to Frederick Busch with Elizabeth Strout, Benjamin Busch, Hilma Wolitzer, Stewart O’Nan, and Jill Bialosky. [Center for Fiction]
WEDNESDAY: Beverly Gologorsky on her newest novel, STOP HERE, with Elizabeth Strout. [Strand]
THURSDAY: Malcolm Gladwell on his newest, DAVID AND GOLIATH. [Community Bookstore, at Congregation Beth Elohim]
FRIDAY: Kevin Sampsell will present his newest novel, This Is Between Us, and will be joined by fellow readers Julia Fierro, Chelsea Hodson, and Joseph Riippi. [WORD]
After the craziness of last week, this holiday week is a bit slower than usual literary-wise but there are still a few sweet events going on:
MONDAY: Biographer and art critic Deborah Solomon will discuss AMERICAN MIRROR: THE LIFE AND ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL with writer and critic Jason Farago. [McNally Jackson]
TUESDAY: Past National Book Award winner Robert Stone will chat about his newest novel, DEATH OF THE BLACK HAIRED GIRL, with 2013 NBA nominee Rachel Kushner (THE FLAMETHROWERS). [Strand]
THURSDAY: Happy Turkey Day!
SATURDAY: Indies First at bookstores throughout the city. Don’t miss it.
Tonight, I saw saw 20 readings in a row. It was kind of like flipping through TV stations, or playing literary Chat Roulette. I haven’t attended the NBA Finalists Reading before, so I figured there would just be a couple readers from each category. But: not to worry. They were all there!
Granted, they each had only five minutes to read. And though most authors introduced their work, the dipping into a variety of genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction and young people’s lit) as well as the different types of subject matter (a brother’s suicide, the War of 1812, Nazi women, scientology) was jarring, exhilarating and a bit overwhelming.
Oh man, what happened last night? The National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 party at powerHouse Arena included: Carrie Brownstein hosting, Colson Whitehead DJ’ing, a bevy of hot under-35 writers speaking—plus swag bags, a Calexico cart outside, fancy cocktails…In other words, it was like an amazing literary fever dream.
Colson Whitehead, resident DJ.
Carrie B. gave me some book recs, friends.
THE #5under35 with Fiona Maazel (for the first time, all women!)
Powerhouse is nuts tonight. #5under35