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The National Book Awards 2013 Finalists Reading

Tonight, I saw saw 20 readings in a row. It was kind of like flipping through TV stations, or playing literary Chat Roulette. I haven’t attended the NBA Finalists Reading before, so I figured there would just be a couple readers from each category. But: not to worry. They were all there!

Granted, they each had only five minutes to read. And though most authors introduced their work, the dipping into a variety of genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction and young people’s lit) as well as the different types of subject matter (a brother’s suicide, the War of 1812, Nazi women, scientology) was jarring, exhilarating and a bit overwhelming.

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This Week’s Readings

So in a bit of personal news: I got a new job!

I’ll be starting as a senior developmental editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s (an imprint of Macmillan) later this week. It was so surreal to clear out my cubicle at Elsevier on Friday, as I worked there for six years, first in Philly and then New York. I have some wonderful friends there who I’ll greatly miss (though I’m putting us on a monthly happy hour schedule). But I’m excited for the change, both in the work I’ll be doing — developing print and e-content for neat books such as this — and in the awesome team I’ll get to work with.

In my few days off between jobs, I’m planning to hit up the Met for the Warhol exhibit, catch a matinee of Lincoln, and attend a reading or two. My top options for literary events are after the jump!

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