TUESDAY: Timothy Schaffert (THE SWAN GONDOLA) in convo with Jami Attenberg (THE MIDDLESTEINS). (WORD)
WEDNESDAY: Real Characters with Teddy Wayne (THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE), Sara Barron (THE HARM IN ASKING), Aaron Wolfe of the Moth, and Julia Wiedeman (UCB). Hosted by Andy Ross. (McNally Jackson)
THURSDAY: Behind the Book with Cara Hoffman (BE SAFE I LOVE YOU), Alena Graedon (THE WORD EXCHANGE) and Derek Owens (MEMORY’S WAKE). (KGB)
MONDAY: Tova Mirvis (VISIBLE CITY) in convo with Lara Vapnyar (THE SCENT OF PINE). [Greenlight]
TUESDAY: Largehearted Boy’s Literary BFFs with Rebecca Serle (THE EDGE OF FALLING) and Leila Sales (THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE). [Mcnally Jackson]
WEDNESDAY: Essayist Sara Barron (THE HARM IN ASKING: MY CLUMSY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUMAN RACE) with fellow authors Ophira Eisenberg (SCREW EVERYONE—best book title ever!) and Diana Spechler (SKINNY, WHO BY FIRE). [WORD]
MONDAY: A “literary cage match” with the Morning News Tournament of Books. Including Elif Batuman, Choire Sicha, Elliott Hold, Roger Hodge, John McElwee, Andrew Womack, and Rosecrans Baldwin. [Housing Works]
TUESDAY: Freerange Nonfiction with Lizz Winstead, Clifford Thompson, Morgan Parker, Melynda Fuller, Amber Drea, and Jeb Gleason-Allured. [CULTUREfix]
WEDNESDAY: MIXER Music and Reading Series turns seven! Celebrate with Alex Lemon, Anya Ulinich, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and Ocean Vuong. Plus music by Gillian. [Cake Shop]
THURSDAY: Valerie Martin (THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE) in convo with Mary Morris. [Center for Fiction]
FRIDAY: Deborah Feldman (EXODUS: A MEMOIR) n convo with Mark Jacobson. [Greenlight offsite at St. Joseph’s College]
It’s been a crazy past few months, not least because I was working nonstop to freaking finish my novel (now out with friends! I’m so excited/exceedingly terrified to hear their thoughts!). Though this post is slightly belated, I wanted to share some of my most memorable literary experiences of the past year. In no particular order:
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]
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.
MONDAY: Memoirist Ishmael Beah (RADIANCE OF TOMORROW) in convo with Dinaw Mengestu (THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS). [Greenlight]
TUESDAY: Satirical/critical lit series Animal Farm, featuring Gawker editor Tom Scocca, novelist Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), critic and fiction writer Rahawa Haile, and poet Bruno Davey. [Over the Eight]
Stylish and inventive, sure. But the more I think about Spike Jonze’s “Her,” the more disturbed I become. And it’s not just the content—it’s also the endlessly fawning reviews and accolades (Golden Globe!) that shy away from the deeper gender issues the movie raises. Sady Doyle and others have done a good job of going into this, but I thought I’d add my annoyances here.
Over the holidaze, many a friend asked me for book recs. Since I’ve been remiss in my “Book I’m Into” posts (or…haven’t really started them…but I will! 2014!), I thought this would be a good chance to do an awesome book roundup. Most of these are from 2013, but a few older ones made the list.
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]
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]
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.