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Katie Heaney and Friends

With a night focusing on “the total agony and creeping insanity of dating,” you know it’s gonna be good.

And indeed, this was one of the most hilarious literary events I’ve ever been to. Five fantastic storytellers gathered at Housing Works on Wednesday to celebrate the publication of Kate Heaney’s recent memoir, NEVER HAVE I EVER, about her life (so far) as a singleton. Chiara Atik, author of the rather excellent MODERN DATING: A FIELD GUIDE, moderated.

In order, here are the highlights:

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This Week’s Readings

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]

BookStalked: Amanda Bullock of Housing Works

Remember back in my first BookStalked post when I said I’d be interviewing not just authors, but also various other important/cool folk in the New York lit scene? Without further ado, allow me to introduce Amanda Bullock, the Director of Public Programming at the popular non-profit Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. I’ve always appreciated Housing Works for hosting such a fun variety of events—from panels to concerts to Moth StorySLAMs to Friday night happy hours. And there are also, of course, the great readings—in just the past few weeks, Patti Smith, Ben Marcus and Sara Benincasa have all graced the stage. Amanda has some amazing stories from her time as director (including, yes, public urination), shared after the jump.

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