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This Week’s Readings


MONDAY: OXHART Tells the Truth with Véronique Hyland, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and Shannon Deep. [Niagara Bar]

TUESDAY: Jesse Ball (SILENCE ONCE BEGUN) in convo with Christopher Bollen (LIGHTNING PEOPLE). [McNally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) in convo with Adelle Waldman (THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.). [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: BJ Novak (ONE MORE THING—I hear this book is hilarious). [WORD, Jersey City location]

FRIDAY: Happy weekend! I’ll be heading off to my first silence retreat…wish me (quiet) luck.

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Tonight’s Franklin Park Reading Series will feature last week’s BookStalkee Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), Tim Horvath (Understories), Dylan Nice (Other Kinds), Margarita Korol (Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother), and Lars Iyer (Spurious, Dogma & Exodus). [FRANKLIN PARK]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction’s new sister nonfiction series Big Umbrella will kick off with Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men), Christopher Bollen (Lightning People), and Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Jason Diamond. [2A]

WEDNESDAY: Manil Suresh (The Death of Vishnu) will discuss his newest, The City of Devi, with Rajesh Parameswaran (I Am an Executioner). [MCNALLY JACKSON]

THURSDAY: Can’t beat the name: “It’s Like my Heart has Sciatica: Smith Mag’s Annual Love & Hearthbreak Story Show.” Contributors sharing tales of “shattered relationships” will include Ophira Eisenberg, David Crabb, A.J. Jacobs, Catie Lazarus, Abby Ellin, and Bryan Christian. $10. [92Y TRIBECA]

FRIDAY: I’ve always wanted to see A. S. Byatt read — and now I’ll finally get my chance! The author of Possession and The Children’s Book, along with Tracy K. Smith (Life on Mars), will and be interviewed by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

This Week’s Readings


MONDAY: Largehearted Boy David Gutowski and Contextual Life-r Gabrielle Gantz will host another delightful installment of Literary BFFs, featuring Stephanie LaCava (An Extraordinary Theory of Objects) and Christopher Bollen (Lightning People). There will be karaoke.  [MCNALLY JACKSON]

TUESDAY: Adrian Van Young (The Man Who Noticed Everything), Adam Wilson (Flatscreen) and Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances), all at one reading! [COMMUNITY BOOKSTORE]

WEDNESDAY: Get here early for this one: Heidi Julavits (The Vanishers) in convo with Hari Kunzru (Gods Without Men). [WORD]

THURSDAY: Book launch for Tenth of December by the inimitable George Saunders. [GREENLIGHT]

FRIDAY: And another book launch for Punk: The Best of Punk Magazine by John Holmstrom, which will feature live music and special guests. [POWERHOUSE]

(Re)making media: DIY, zines, & punk rock in the digital age

Last night’s panel at McNally Jackson brought a rock and roll vibe to the bookstore’s basement. Called “(Re)making media: DIY, zines, & punk rock in the digital age,” it featured a host of authors, journalists, ‘ziners (is that a word?) and musicians. I was happy to be able to go with my favorite librarian, Kate D., who’s an archivist at the Whitney (as well as my go-to girl for gifs). [See last paragraph for Kate’s archivist view on the digital future of DIY.]

While fascinating and oftentimes hilarious, the event was most noteworthy for the wildly differing views the panelists expressed about how the digital age has affected their creative and personal lives.

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