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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: The Franklin Park Reading Series’s fifth annual Short Fiction Night will include Ben Marcus (LEAVING THE SEA), Chinelo Okparanta (HAPPINESS, LIKE WATER), Luke B. Goebel (FOURTEEEN STORIES l  NONE OF THEM ARE YOURS), Ann Dewitt (NOON, BOMB), and Ryan Chang (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius). [Franklin Park]

TUESDAY: Graphic novelist Julia Gfrörer (BLACK IS THE COLOR). [Strand]

WEDNESDAY: Debut novelist Rachel Cantor (A HIGHLY UNLIKELY SCENARIO) in convo with Hannah Tinti (THE GOOD THIEF). [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: NYTM culture editor Adam Sternbergh (SHOVEL READY: A NOVEL). [Bookcourt]

FRIDAY: Cartoonist Pablo Zequeria (JAMES IN HIGH-SCHOOL: A GRAPHIC-STRIP WITH WORDS] with Nicholas Birns. [BookCourt]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Taiye Selasi (Ghana Must Go) [CENTER FOR FICTION]

TUESDAY: Maya Angelou (Mom & Me & Mom) [B&N UNION SQUARE]

WEDNESDAY: Celebrating 50 Years of the New York Review of Books with Robert Silvers,Joseph Lelyveld, Ian Buruma, Andrew Delbanco, Alma Guillermoprieto and Zoë Heller [NYPL, STEPHEN A. SCHWARTZMAN BUILDING]

THURSDAY: Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet) + Glenn Kurtz (Practicing: A Musician’s Return to Music) [MCNALLY JACKSON]


FRIDAY: Renata Adler (Speedboat, Pitch Dark) and David Shields (Reality Hunger) [THE STRAND]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Joy Division bassist Peter Hook will chat with Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy about his book Unknown Pleasures, which details the band’s incredible rise and tragic end. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction presents a Night with PEN American Center, featuring Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife), Christopher Sorrentino (Death Wish), J. Robert Lennon (Familiar) and Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country). NOTE: One of these awesome readers will be this week’s BookStalkee… [2A]

WEDNESDAY: Guess who’s turning eleven! Largehearted Lit (run by famed lit blogger David Gutowski) will celebrate its 11th anniversary with Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), and musician John LaRosa. [WORD]

THURSDAY: Granta will launch Issue 122: Betrayal, featuring readings by Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet), Laura Wilkinson, Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove), and Colin Robinson. [MCNALLY JACKSON]

FRIDAY: Release party for Aria Beth Sloss’s buzzy debut, Autobiography of Us: A Novel. [BOOKCOURT]

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.  

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This Week’s Readings

Hello hello. Hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. I did, right up until I fell ill, ugh. Hoping to get better soon because I have an excitingly play-heavy week: I’m seeing Richard III with Kevin Spacey at BAM on Tuesday (check out this preview, oh my lord) and on Thursday I’m seeing Relatively Speaking, three one-act comedies by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May. There’s so much amazing theater in this city and I don’t always take advantage—well, mainly because I don’t have the funds, but there are always good deals to be found (e.g. Richard III tix start at $25). My friend Jesse North blogs about theater at Stage Rush (which caused him to get picked up by Broadway.com!). I’d recommend it as a great source if you’re in or coming to NY and looking to get your theater on.

Back to literary events! There are some neat ones this week, as always…

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This Week’s Readings

A (depressing) Packer game, the Golden Globes, dinner with the fab Sammy Davis….this was quite the eventful three-day weekend! Heading back into the workweek, there are some exciting lit events on the horizon, which include tales of tales of rehab and (cubicle) redemption.

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