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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: LA on the Hudson: A Night of Readings will feature Jim Krusoe (Iceland), Dylan Landis (Normal People Don’t Live Like This), and Janice Shapiro (Bummer and Other Stories). [BOOKCOURT]

TUESDAY: Celebrate Springsteen Night with authors Marc Dolan (Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Caryn Rose (Raise your Hand: The Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe). Free Sixpoint beer, holla. [WORD]

WEDNESDAY: John Kenney (Truth in Advertising) will chat with Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins). [GREENLIGHT]

THURSDAY: Photographer and filmmaker Bill Hayward will discuss his latest book, Bad Behavior, with Coffin Factory editor Laura Isaacman. [HOUSING WORKS]

FRIDAY: Musician Ian Svenonius (The Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up Chain and the Gang) will share tips on forming a kick-ass band from his book True Rock ‘n’ Roll Secrets Revealed. [LE POISSON ROUGE]

BookStalked: Caryn Rose

Caryn RoseB-Sides and Broken Hearts

Caryn Rose is one of those awesomely prolific Brooklynites who seem to be living about five different lives. Not only is she a published novelist, she’s also a director of product development at Billboard.com, a music writer, a photographer, AND the founder of a popular blog about….the Mets. (It’s called Metsgrrl.com, because, as she notes on the site, “I’m a cranky punk rock feminist.”) But let’s get back to B-Sides and Broken Hearts. The story concerns Lisa, a woman whose life takes a dramatic turn the day Joey Ramone dies. After a fight with her fiance, Lisa finds herself driving from Seattle to LA to reconnect with friends from the punk rock music scene of her youth. She also meets up with an old crush, a sexy musician who may make it tough to go home again.

Caryn’s always a delight to chat with, and I knew she’d have some great stories from her numerous events. Read on to learn about her brush with stage fright, the most common question she gets asked, and the poetry reading that marked her triumphant return to NYC.

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