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This Week’s Readings


MONDAY:The Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series debut with Elyse Moody, Sharon Steel, Rachel Goldberg, and Shannon Deep. (Niagara)

TUESDAY: Timothy Schaffert (THE SWAN GONDOLA) in convo with Jami Attenberg (THE MIDDLESTEINS). (WORD)

WEDNESDAY: Real Characters with Teddy Wayne (THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE), Sara Barron (THE HARM IN ASKING), Aaron Wolfe of the Moth, and Julia Wiedeman (UCB). Hosted by Andy Ross. (McNally Jackson)

THURSDAY: Behind the Book with Cara Hoffman (BE SAFE I LOVE YOU), Alena Graedon (THE WORD EXCHANGE) and Derek Owens (MEMORY’S WAKE). (KGB)

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MONDAY: Glamour Magazine presents Summer Love (or Lack Thereof) with contributors to its August fiction issue, including Adelle Waldman (THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.), Megan Abbott (DARE ME), Tamara Houston (WAITING FOR JULES), Sarah McCarry (ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS), Galt Niederhoffer (LOVE AND HAPPINESS). [McNally Jackson]

TUESDAY: Book launch for Marisha Pessl’s NIGHT FILM, with Vogue critic Adam Green. [PowerHouse Arena]

WEDNESDAY: Brooklyn faves Jami Attenberg (THE MIDDLESTEINS) and J. Courtney Sullivan (THE ENGAGEMENTS). [Community Bookstore]

THURSDAY: Wayne Koestenbaum (MY 1980s AND OTHER ESSAYS) and Christopher Schmidt (THE NEXT IN LINE). [Greenlight]

FRIDAY: Debut novelist Alex Kovacs (THE CURRENCY OF PAPER). [BookCourt]

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WEDNESDAY: Max Barry (LEXICON). [B&N 86th ST]

THURSDAY: Book launch for MO META BLUES, by Questlove and Ben Greenman. [POWERHOUSE]

FRIDAY:Derangement of the Senses with Kevin Carter and Miracle Jones. [HAPPY ENDING]

Also, don’t forget to check out BookStalked with Cheryl Strayed (WILD, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS) if you missed it on Friday!

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In light of this nonsense, I’d like to offer a week of events featuring awesome lady writers. (And wouldn’t you know it, there’s SO MANY.)

MONDAY: Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings) in convo with Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins). [WORD]

TUESDAY: Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologue) on her memoir, In the Body of the World. {B&N UNION SQUARE]

WEDNESDAY: Whoa, get this:

-Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers) [STRAND]

-AND Claire Messud (The Woman Upstairs) [CENTER FOR FICTION]

-AND Marilynne Robinson (Housekeeping) [CUNY]

THURSDAY: Cheryl Strayed (Wild). [PUBLIC ASSEMBLY]

FRIDAY: PEN World Voice Festival: Master/Class with Fran Lebowitz and A.M. Homes. [NEW SCHOOL]


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MONDAY: Joy Division bassist Peter Hook will chat with Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy about his book Unknown Pleasures, which details the band’s incredible rise and tragic end. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction presents a Night with PEN American Center, featuring Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife), Christopher Sorrentino (Death Wish), J. Robert Lennon (Familiar) and Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country). NOTE: One of these awesome readers will be this week’s BookStalkee… [2A]

WEDNESDAY: Guess who’s turning eleven! Largehearted Lit (run by famed lit blogger David Gutowski) will celebrate its 11th anniversary with Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins), and musician John LaRosa. [WORD]

THURSDAY: Granta will launch Issue 122: Betrayal, featuring readings by Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet), Laura Wilkinson, Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove), and Colin Robinson. [MCNALLY JACKSON]

FRIDAY: Release party for Aria Beth Sloss’s buzzy debut, Autobiography of Us: A Novel. [BOOKCOURT]

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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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Happy almost-Thanksgiving! I’ll be flying back to Wisco on Wednesday, and it should be an especially fun holiday. The New York contingent of my fam will be joining the usual crew (parents, grandparents, uncle and gf). So there will be a whole lotta Hungarians, all of whom love to eat and drink.

If you’re looking for a lit hit before the holiday, check after the jump for a Jami Attenberg reading and a Gary Shteyngart roast, along with mini-writeups on the Moby-Dick Marathon and Tumblr Prep event! 

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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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Wow, what a beautiful day in New York! Makes it so much easier to get up in the morning when it’s not pouring like crazy outside. There’s a lot of fun stuff going on this week, and it was difficult  to narrow it down. But I did! My top picks include Franklin Park, a post-dating debut, a new literary salon, a reading amongst friends, and something called CLOG: DATA SPACE.

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