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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.
MONDAY: Eleanor Catton, who just won the Man Booker Prize for her novel, THE LUMINARIES. [Community Bookstore]
TUESDAY: Vol. 1 Brooklyn Presents: Jamie Iredell (I WAS A FAT DRUNK CATHOLIC SCHOOL INSOMNIAC), John Dermot Woods (THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF PEOPLE) and Hugh Sheehy (THE INVISIBLES). [Book Thug Nation]
WEDNESDAY: A Celebration of THE BODY ELECTRIC with contributors Salita Bryant (ADDIE BUNDREN IS DEAD), Ryan Austin and Scott Bentley. [Bluestockings]
THURSDAY:John Freeman (HOW TO READ A NOVELIST) in convo with Jennifer Egan (A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD). [McNally Jackson]
FRIDAY: Ann Patchett will celebrate the launch of her newest nonfic book: THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE. [Greenlight]
Did you know that Donna Tartt used to be a cheerleader?
This was cool, if you haven’t seen! Thanks to Arianna Rebolini and Buzzfeed!
As for this week’s readings:
MONDAY: NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another Halloween Spectacular with VIP guest R.L Stine. [The Bell House]
TUESDAY: SO PSYCHED FOR THIS. Donna Tartt (THE GOLDFINCH) in convo with Maud Newton [Congregation Beth Elohim]
WEDNESDAY: Corey Feldman sharing from his memoir, COREYOGRAPHY. [Strand]
THURSDAY: The New Venetian Halloween Carnival: With Special Guest Jean-Christophe Valtat. [Housing Works]
FRIDAY: Anything going on? Tweet at me and I’ll pass it along.
MONDAY: Gene Luen Yang (BOXERS and SAINTS). [BookCourt]
TUESDAY: Tom Barbash (STAY UP WITH ME) in convo with Mary Gaitskill (DON’T CRY). [McNally Jackson]
WEDNESDAY: Paperback launch for MY HEART IS AN IDIOT, by Davy Rothbart. [PowerHouse Arena]
THURSDAY: Greenlight Poetry Salon with Kevin Coval (SHTICK) and R. Erica Doyle (PROXY). [Greenlight]
FRIDAY: Bodega Magazine’s first birthday party, hosted by various local writers. [The Counting Room]
MONDAY: New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium: “Women’s Comix: Where Were Gender Politics in Underground Comix?" Hosted by Samantha Meier. [Bluestockings]
TUESDAY: Emma Straub celebrates the paperback release of her novel LAURA LAMOTT’S LIFE IN PICTURES. Special guests include Amy Brill and Peter Straub. [WORD]
WEDNESDAY: Shani Boianjiu (THE PEOPLE OF FOREVER ARE NOT AFRAID) in conversation with Sarah Manguso (THE TWO KINDS OF DECAY: A MEMOIR). [McNally Jackson]
THURSDAY: Happy Fourth!
FRIDAY: Independent Publishers Unite! With Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes. [Cornelia Street Cafe]
MONDAY: Jami Attenberg (THE MIDDLESTEINS) and Francesca Segal (THE INNOCENTS). [BOOKCOURT]
TUESDAY: Claire Messud (The WOMAN UPSTAIRS). [SYMPHONY SPACE]
WEDNESDAY: Max Barry (LEXICON). [B&N 86th ST]
THURSDAY: Book launch for MO META BLUES, by Questlove and Ben Greenman. [POWERHOUSE]
FRIDAY:Derangement of the Senses with Kevin Carter and Miracle Jones. [HAPPY ENDING]
Also, don’t forget to check out BookStalked with Cheryl Strayed (WILD, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS) if you missed it on Friday!
MONDAY: Book launch for Lisa Hanawalt’s My Dirty Dumb Eyes, a collection of her illustrations from places like the NYT, McSweeney’s and Vanity Fair. [POWERHOUSE]
TUESDAY: Khaled Housseini (The Kite Runner) reads from his newest novel, And the Mountains Echoed. [B&N UNION SQUARE]
WEDNESDAY: Bennett Sims will celebrate his debut novel A Questionable Shape along with Fiona Maazel (Woke Up Lonely) and Benjamin Hale (The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore). [HOUSING WORKS]
FRIDAY: John Strausbaugh will share tales from The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village. [BOOK COURT]