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This Week’s Readings


MONDAY: The Believer presents READ HARDER, with Heidi Julavits, Megan Abbott, and Lev Grossman. [McNally Jackson]

TUESDAY: Launch for MARCEL THE SHELL: THE MOST SURPRISED I’VE EVER BEEN with Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate. (Jenny Slate!) [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Scary Stories with Christopher Buehlman, Tobias Carroll, Michael Cisco, and Katherine Howe. [WORD]

THURSDAY: Book launch for THE MISSHAPES. Go Alex Flynn!! (AKA Elisabeth Donnelly and Stuart Sherman.) [Community Bookstore]

This Week’s Readings


MONDAY: The Franklin Park Reading series presents Heidi Julavits (The Vanishers), Fiona Maazel (Woke Up Lonely), Teddy Wayne (The Love Song of Jonny Valentine), David Gilbert (& Sons), and Maris Kreizman. [FRANKLIN PARK]


WEDNESDAY: Joshua Henkin (The World Without You). [BOOKCOURT]

THURSDAY: Comedy in Fiction: Fiona Maazel, Sam Lipsyte and Jim Shepard, moderated by Jason Diamond. [CENTER FOR FICTION]

Junot Diaz (This is How You Lose Her). [THE STRAND]

This Week’s Readings


MONDAY:  Editor Sari Button and contributors Elissa Bassist, Betty MacDonald and Mira Ptacin will discuss the aptly named Get Out of my Crotch, an anthology of essays that examines the continuing war on women’s reproductive rights. [BLUESTOCKINGS]

TUESDAY: In the reading series Double Take IV, three pairs of authors write original pieces about shared experiences. This time around, the pairs will be: Rick Moody & Tim Davis, John Yau & Eugene Lim, and Charles Bernstein & Elizabeth Willis. [APEXART]

WEDNESDAY: Liars’ League, a live literary journal, features fresh writing performed by actors. This month, the “secrets and lies” theme will feature stories by Maureen Duffy, Marie Sabatino, Ben Black, Tom Hopkins and Katherine Jamieson. [KGB]

THURSDAY: Congrats to The Believer on its 10th anniversary! This party, hosted by Heidi Julavits, will feature Nick Hornby, Sheila Heti, Gabrielle Bell, Amanda Filipacchi, and music by Dawn of Midi. $10/12. [LE POISSON ROUGE]

FRIDAY: Former VP Al Gore will discuss his newest book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. $35/45/50 (with signed book). [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

Heidi Julavits and Hari Kunzru


There’s nothing better than going to readings of authors whose prose you admire and finding out that they’re even smarter, cooler, and funnier than their writing suggests. (Something I wish would happen more often in the online dating world…but I digress.) At WORD on Wednesday night, I found this to be true for both authors celebrating their books’ paperback release: Heidi Julavits (The Vanishers/co-editor of The Believer) and Hari Zunzru (Gods Without Men/essayist/social media extraordinaire).

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This Week’s Readings

Well, that weekend flew by. I wanted to give a quick shout out to LUMINA, Sarah Lawrence’s graduate literary magazine. On Sunday night I went to their (first Brooklyn!) reading at Milk and Roses, which featured Mira Ptacin, Justin Taylor, Seth Fried, Joey De Jesus, and Heather Aimee O’Neill. The readings were all powerful in their own way, and it was a wonderful time.

Oh, and if you haven’t read Mira’s Guernica piece yet, please do so immediately.

I also wanted to mention Maud Newton’s recent interview on Brad Listi’s Other People podcast. I met Maud last week, which was totally thrilling, as she’s one of the most long-standing and influential literary bloggers of all time. (She was also super cool and friendly in person.) Anyhow, the interview is so fascinating that I found myself jotting down a few notes. Be sure to download!

On to readings for this week, which include nights with McSweeney’s and The Literarian, release parties for Heidi Julavits and Lüc Carl, and a reading by the Hasidic-no-more Deborah Feldman.  

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