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This Week’s Readings (and some vacay pix)

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I’m back from Montana! Good lord, it’s beautiful there. There are the lush forests, mountains, and rivers, of course, but the hot springs and geysers also make for some crazy, moon-like landscapes. Here are some pix from my stay in Big Sky:

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This Week’s Readings

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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!

BookStalked: Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is a literary Brooklyn staple, one whose variety of output has brought in a steady torrent of praise. He first edited The Apocalypse Reader, an anthology of stories about the end of the world that includes works by H.G. Wells, Joyce Carol Oates, and Neil Gaiman. His book of short stories, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, was a NYT editors’ choice. And his debut novel, The Gospel of Anarchy—about a college dropout who falls in with a group of libertines—has been hailed as brilliant, bracing, and brutally funny. I saw Justin read at an event a few months ago, and I was struck by his relaxed confidence and by how caught up I got in his story. Justin kindly agreed to share some tales about his other reading-related experiences, which include a Bangor, ME jaunt with Gregory Howard, a paperback vs. hardback debacle, and an electrifying Wave Books poetry reading.

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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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