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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Book launch for THE SIXTEENTH OF JUNE by Maya Lang, in convo with David Gilbert (& SONS). [Strand]

TUESDAY: Aaaand another book launch for Megan Abbott’s THE FEVER. [BookCourt]

WEDNESDAY: Joint event with authors Megan Abbott (THE FEVER), Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), and Anna Godbersen (THE BLONDE). [WORD]

THURSDAY: The Moth StorySLAM (theme: Breathless). [Housing Works]

FRIDAY: Happy weekend!

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: VIDA Roundtable on Literary Biography with Jill Lepore, Rebecca Mead, Salamishah Tillet, and Ruth Franklin. [Housing Works]

TUESDAY: Launch party for Emma Straub’s THE VACATIONERS, which has been getting heaped with praise. Can’t wait to read it! [BookCourt]


THURSDAY: MY STRUGGLE: BOOK THREE launch party with Karl Ove Knausgaard, Zadie Smith, and James Wood. [McNally Jackson]

FRIDAY: Paperback launch for Khaled Hosseini’s AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED. In convo with Anand Giridharadas (INDIA CALLING). [Greenlight, offsite]

SUNDAY: Share a four-course dinner prepared by chef Jason Audette with food writer Ruth Reichl (DELICIOUS!). [Contrada Restaurant]

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Happy BEA, all!

TUESDAY:To Grad School or Not to Grad School? A panel with Simon Critchley (STAY, ILLUSION!), NYT reporter Amy O’Leary, and Nikil Saval (CUBED: A SECRET HISTORY OF THE WORKPLACE). Moderated by Jessica Loudis, editor of SHOULD I GO TO GRAD SCHOOL? [The Strand]

WEDNESDAY: First installment of Quarterly Conversation, presented by Guernica and Flavorwire and featuring NBA winner Jesmyn Ward (SALVAGE THE BONES) in convo with poet Saeed Jones (PRELUDE TO BRUISE). [594 Broadway]

THURSDAY: Tumblr Writers BEA Party with John Darnielle (of the Mountain Goats, forthcoming author of WOLF IN WHITE VAN), Rainbow Rowell (FANGIRL, LANDLINE), and Catherine Lacey (NOBODY IS EVER MISSING). [Housing Works]

FRIDAY: Two-Book Minimum with Dan Wilber and Ross Hyzer, featuring Paul Laudiero (SH*T ROUGHT DRAFTS), Doug Smith (MONTREAL’S JUST FOR LAUGHS), and Robert Dean (NY’s Funniest Competition). [Community Bookstore]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: A whole bunch of people will be participating in Graywolf Press’s 40th Anniversary Event, including Leslie Jamison (THE EMPATHY EXAMS), Tracy K. Smith (LIFE ON MARS), and Mary Szybist (INCARNADINE). [Housing Works]

*BONUS*: Senator Elizabeth Warren (A FIGHTING CHANCE) will be at the Strand from 4:30—5:30, pre-Colbert! [Strand]

TUESDAY: On Shirley Jackson: Victor LaValle (THE DEVIL IN SILVER) in convo with Sarah Weinman (TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES). [McNally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: In convo: Francine Prose (LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932) and Rivka Galchen (AMERICAN INNOVATIONS). [Center for Fiction]

THURSDAY: Pitchapalooza: American Idol for books, with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors. [WORD]

FRIDAY: An Evening with the One Story Literary Debutantes, hosted by One Story founding editor Hannah Tinti and featuring readings by award-winning debut authors Molly Antopol, Rachel Cantor, Amelia Kahaney, Celeste Ng, David James Poissant, James Scott, and Ben Stroud. [Greenlight]

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MONDAY: The Miss Manhattan Non-fiction Reading Series featuring Jack Murnigham, Danny Goodman, Harris Sockel, and Hannah VanderPoel. [Niagara Bar]

TUESDAY: Largehearted Lit featuring Stacey D’Erasmo (WONDERLAND) in convo with Elissa Schappel (BLUEPRINTS FOR BUILDING BETTER GIRLS) and special musical guest Rachael Yamagata. [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Roxane Gay (AN UNTAMED STATE) in convo with Ruth Franklin. [McNally Jackson]

THURSDAY: Launch party for THE MOVEMENT OF STARS by Amy Brill. [Bookcourt]

FRIDAY: Christopher Moore (THE SERPENT OF VENICE) in convo with Euan Morton. [WORD, Jersey City location]

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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.

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]

On Sex, Love and the Novel (along with This Week’s Readings)


I meant to do a post on the excellent panel “Sex, Love and the Novel" at Housing Works last Thursday, which featured Kate Bolick, Emily Cooke, Parul Sehgal, Adelle Waldman, and moderator David Haglund. But now that I’m looking at my notes, it’s all a jumble of ideas and reading suggestions and opinions. So in a kind of (hopefully not too annoying) stream-of-conscious way, I’d like to share some of the discussions:

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