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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Tova Mirvis (VISIBLE CITY) in convo with Lara Vapnyar (THE SCENT OF PINE). [Greenlight]

TUESDAY: Largehearted Boy’s Literary BFFs with Rebecca Serle (THE EDGE OF FALLING) and Leila Sales (THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE). [Mcnally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: Essayist Sara Barron (THE HARM IN ASKING: MY CLUMSY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUMAN RACE) with fellow authors Ophira Eisenberg (SCREW EVERYONE—best book title ever!) and Diana Spechler (SKINNY, WHO BY FIRE). [WORD]

THURSDAY: OCTOPUS! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior—and Robots with Katherine Harmon Courage (OCTOPUS! THE MOST MYSTERIOUS CREATURE IN THE SEA), bio-robotics researcher Frank Grasso, animal intelligence scholar and philosopher Robert Lurz, and cephalopod behavior expert Jennifer Basil. [Housing Works]

FRIDAY: Riffing the Blues: Danny Kalb (guitarist and co-founder of The Blues Project) will play music and share tales with Community Bookstore co-owner Ezra Goldstein. [Community Bookstore, $10]

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MONDAY: A “literary cage match” with the Morning News Tournament of Books. Including Elif Batuman, Choire Sicha, Elliott Hold, Roger Hodge, John McElwee, Andrew Womack, and Rosecrans Baldwin. [Housing Works]

TUESDAY: Freerange Nonfiction with Lizz Winstead, Clifford Thompson, Morgan Parker, Melynda Fuller, Amber Drea, and Jeb Gleason-Allured. [CULTUREfix]

WEDNESDAY: MIXER Music and Reading Series turns seven! Celebrate with Alex Lemon, Anya Ulinich, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and Ocean Vuong. Plus music by Gillian. [Cake Shop]

THURSDAY: Valerie Martin (THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE) in convo with Mary Morris. [Center for Fiction]

FRIDAY: Deborah Feldman (EXODUS: A MEMOIR) n convo with Mark Jacobson. [Greenlight offsite at St. Joseph’s College]

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MONDAY: Books Beneath the Bridge with Sharon Olds and Edward Hirsch. [Greenlight, offsite]

TUESDAY: Book launch for Adelle Waldman (THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.) with Teddy Wayne (THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE). [PowerHouse Arena]

WEDNESDAY: “Braving the Elements” with Matt Bell, Justin Taylor and Jason Diamond. [McNally Jackson]

THURSDAY: Travis Nichols (THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME) in convo with Emily Gould (Emily Books). [WORD]

FRIDAY: Happy weekend!

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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]

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So in a bit of personal news: I got a new job!

I’ll be starting as a senior developmental editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s (an imprint of Macmillan) later this week. It was so surreal to clear out my cubicle at Elsevier on Friday, as I worked there for six years, first in Philly and then New York. I have some wonderful friends there who I’ll greatly miss (though I’m putting us on a monthly happy hour schedule). But I’m excited for the change, both in the work I’ll be doing — developing print and e-content for neat books such as this — and in the awesome team I’ll get to work with.

In my few days off between jobs, I’m planning to hit up the Met for the Warhol exhibit, catch a matinee of Lincoln, and attend a reading or two. My top options for literary events are after the jump!

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Kate Christensen and Jami Attenberg

Greenlight Bookstore co-owner Jessica Stockton Bagnulo introduced Jami Attenberg and Kate Christensen as one of the “great literary friendships,” likening them to Kerouac/Ginsberg and Fitzgerald/Hemingway.

The pair met at a book party, where Kate, whom Jami already admired, offered to blurb Jami’s new novel. Last Thursday, years and readings later, Jami jokingly said she doesn’t like going head-to-head with Kate, per the “swirls of smoke that trail after every sentence.”

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Susan Cain

Susan Cain

In this day and age, extroversion is king. How else can one market oneself, network effectively, collaborate with others and become well-known in his or her field?

At Greenlight Bookstore on Monday night, Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, discussed this issue with George Prochnik (In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise).

And it is an issue. Not only do introverts boast important and helpful traits that can get lost in the noise, but many feel guilty about their propensity for quieter environments. Susan (a self-proclaimed introvert) argues for balance and an appreciation for both types of people (she is, after all, married to an extrovert).

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In order to shake things up a bit, I’ve decided to start writing about other literary blogs I admire. It’s funny that almost a year ago when I started BookStalker I had so little knowledge of New York’s rich and vivrant (that’s right, I said vivrant) literary community. Not to say I’m an expert now, but I have gotten to know some cool outlets, and, dear reader,  I’d like to share them with you.
Let’s start with one of the first literary bloggers I met in New York (in a cigar bar, specifically): Ron Hogan. Now, for anyone who doesn’t know, Ron is kind of a legend. He started back in 1995 (!), which makes his the longest-running lit site OF ALL TIME. Ron offers a ton of content, from book reviews to author guest essays to a new podcast where he interviews memoirists. He’s a nuanced and engaging writer, and in every post his intelligence and knowledge shine through. Check out his most recent post, in which he invites Emma Straub (Other People We Married) to talk about the genesis of her “obsession” with short stories.

Alrighty. We have one more thing to get to—namely, my top lit picks for the week.  

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