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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: “The Salon” will bring together some major players in the NYC lit world—Julia Fierro, David Gutowski, Penina Roth, Jason Diamond, and Michele Filgate— to discuss their experiences curating lit events. [BOOKCOURT]

TUESDAY: Celebrate
the 50th anniversary of The New York Review of Books with a host of contributors, including Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, and Mary Beard. $20/10 students. [TOWN  HALL]

WEDNESDAY: Rosie Schaap, who writes The New York Times Magazine “Drink” column, will read from her new memoir, Drinking with Men. [SOUTH]

THURSDAY: BUST Magazine is throwing a free dance party to celebrate their new Love & Sex issue. [MATCHLESS]

FRIDAY: Granta contributors Phil Klay and Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove) will read stories about war vets. [LILLIAN VERNON WRITERS HOUSE]

BookStalked: Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country)

Catherine Chung’s first novel, Forgotten Country (named an Indie Next, O Magazine and Publishers Weekly pick), skillfully weaves a Korean family’s history with their rather dire present. When Janie’s sister Hannah was born in Korea, her grandmother told them that the family had lost a daughter in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea. When college-aged Hannah goes missing in Michigan, Janie is charged with finding her and bringing her back. Focusing on themes of family, legend, loss and immigration, the book has been called “luminous,” “gorgeous” and “inexpressibly beautiful.”

A Midwestern transplant, Catherine now lives in New York and is a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. True to her writing style, she provided me with some truly momentous and magical tales—after the jump.

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This Week’s Readings

Good Monday! Before I get to the Weekly Readings, I’d like to share a few more of my fave lit sites (again, in no particular order):

The Nervous Breakdown: This site was founded by Brad Listi, who hosts the popular podcast Other People (“in-depth, inappropriate interviews with authors”). Filmmaker Magazine noted that Brad is behind “a burgeoning literary media empire” (to his amusement). There’s a LOT going on in TNB—from fiction to memoir to interviews to book reviews to articles about every conceivable topic (recent ones: porn, voting, Whitney Houston,  facial hair).

Insulted by Authors: I still maintain this is one of the best book blog ideas of all time. Bill Ryan asks authors to sign his book—with an insult. It’s a great way to shake up the usual, “Uh, can you make it out to…” smalltalk, and Bill provides great commentary to go along with his experiences. Check out what nasty things Chad Harbach, Sam Lipsyte and Joyce Carol Oates had to say about him.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn: Founder Jason Diamond (who just got married, yay!) envisioned the site as a “multimedia project” bridging writing, music and art. There are lots of entertaining and informative regular features (Sunday Stories, Morning/Afternoon Bites, The Greatest Books I’ve Never Read), and Vol. 1 also hosts a variety of readings (of which I have partaken).

On to readings! This week includes Patti Smith, Ramona Ausubel, Maud Newton, Ellen Ullman and Amber Benson (aka Tara from Buffy!).

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