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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Yay, George Saunders (TENTH OF DECEMBER). [Bookcourt, offsite]

TUESDAY: The Debutantes: Six Women Writers Discuss First-Time Publishing with Jen Doll, Kathleen Hale, Ariel Lawhon, Lindsey J. Palmer, Susan Rieger, and Helen Wan. [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Leslie Jamison (THE EMPATHY EXAMS) in convo with Michelle Orange (THIS IS RUNNING FROM YOUR LIFE). [McNally Jackson]

THURSDAY: Brooklyn Book Launch for BOURBON: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by Dane Huckelbridge. [Powerhouse]

FRIDAY: Enid Harlow (GOOD TO HER, a Prohibition-era historical novel). [Bluestockings]

Also, check out Kate Gavino’s (Last Night’s Reading) Instagram for some awesome drawings from Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival.

Finally, this article made me feel a bit better about the world.

BookStalker Turns Three!

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Man. Where does the time go?

It’s been a crazy past few months, not least because I was working nonstop to freaking finish my novel (now out with friends! I’m so excited/exceedingly terrified to hear their thoughts!). Though this post is slightly belated, I wanted to share some of my most memorable literary experiences of the past year. In no particular order:

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The National Book Awards 2013 Finalists Reading

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.

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This Week’s Readings

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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]