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This Week’s Readings

Well, that weekend flew by. I wanted to give a quick shout out to LUMINA, Sarah Lawrence’s graduate literary magazine. On Sunday night I went to their (first Brooklyn!) reading at Milk and Roses, which featured Mira Ptacin, Justin Taylor, Seth Fried, Joey De Jesus, and Heather Aimee O’Neill. The readings were all powerful in their own way, and it was a wonderful time.

Oh, and if you haven’t read Mira’s Guernica piece yet, please do so immediately.

I also wanted to mention Maud Newton’s recent interview on Brad Listi’s Other People podcast. I met Maud last week, which was totally thrilling, as she’s one of the most long-standing and influential literary bloggers of all time. (She was also super cool and friendly in person.) Anyhow, the interview is so fascinating that I found myself jotting down a few notes. Be sure to download!

On to readings for this week, which include nights with McSweeney’s and The Literarian, release parties for Heidi Julavits and Lüc Carl, and a reading by the Hasidic-no-more Deborah Feldman.  

MONDAY: This would be a nice way to kick off the week: McSweeney’s presents Diane Williams (Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty) Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet) and Deb Olin Unferth (Revolution). [HOUSING WORKS BOOKSTORE]

TUESDAY: Release party for Heidi Julavits’s The Vanishers, a tale of a young psychic warring against her mentor. Real-life psychic Betsy Cohen will be in attendance. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

WEDNESDAY: Lady Gaga’s bf Lüc Carl will celebrate the release of his book The Drunk Diet: his “memoirs of a year in which he went from being an out of shape, bloated asshole, to the sexiest, most delightful man on the planet.” Can’t beat that! [HIGHLINE BALLROOM]

THURSDAY: A celebration of online mag The Literarian with a night of micro-readings by quite a few contributors: Alan Cheuse, Anne Landsman, Barbara O’Dair, Carmela Ciuraru, Christine Schutt, Diane DeSanders, Douglas Glover, Elissa Schappell, Jane Ciabattari, Kim Chinquee, Leigh Newman, Leopoldine Core, Terese Svoboda, Tracy O’Neill, and Victoria Redel. [CENTER FOR FICTION]

FRIDAY: Deborah Feldman will read from Unorthodox, the somewhat controversial memoir about breaking with her Hasidic roots. [WORD]