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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: This Franklin Park event features Karen Russell (Vampires in the Lemon Grove), Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), Leigh Newman (Still Points North), Roxane Gay (Ayiti), and Michael Heald (Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension). [FRANKLIN PARK]

TUESDAY: Kevin Powers (The Yellow Birds) in convo with Michael Pietsch (Hachette chief exec). [MCNALLY JACKSON]

WEDNESDAY: Richard Hell (Television) will read from Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography. [BOOKCOURT]

THURSDAY: Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers with creator Becky Cooper and panelists Matt Green, Liana Finck, and Eugene Drucker. [POWERHOUSE]


FRIDAY: The Moth StorySLAM. Theme: envy. [HOUSING WORKS]

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MONDAY: “The Salon” will bring together some major players in the NYC lit world—Julia Fierro, David Gutowski, Penina Roth, Jason Diamond, and Michele Filgate— to discuss their experiences curating lit events. [BOOKCOURT]

TUESDAY: Celebrate
the 50th anniversary of The New York Review of Books with a host of contributors, including Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, and Mary Beard. $20/10 students. [TOWN  HALL]


WEDNESDAY: Rosie Schaap, who writes The New York Times Magazine “Drink” column, will read from her new memoir, Drinking with Men. [SOUTH]

THURSDAY: BUST Magazine is throwing a free dance party to celebrate their new Love & Sex issue. [MATCHLESS]

FRIDAY: Granta contributors Phil Klay and Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove) will read stories about war vets. [LILLIAN VERNON WRITERS HOUSE]

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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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Back from a weekend trip to West Dover, VT. It was delightful (with these kids, how could it not be?) and it’s amazing how getting away from the city for just a few days—and enjoying vintage shopping, long chats over wine, townie bars, and the Olive Garden (yeah, I said it)—can be so rejuvenating.

Not that I don’t love coming back to great readings. There are some awesome events this week, including Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Melissa Febos and Sam Lipsyte. Oh, and Alec Baldwin.

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This Week’s Readings

Per hurricane: what a weird-ass weekend. And even weirder that it wasn’t until I stood listening to a pop-up medieval band at a bar Sunday night that I considered life back to normal. (Oh, Brooklyn.)

In Reading News, I’ve just started Lamb, my first book to review for Full Stop Mag. (Editor Alex was kind enough to drop it off at my place while moving his car to higher ground Saturday. Now that is dedication.)

As for readings…read on.


MONDAY: Amy Waldman reads from her newest The Submission, about a contest for designing the 9/11 memorial—and what happens when the winner is a Muslim-American.

TUESDAY: Tin House’s Fantastic Women anthology includes 18 weird and surreal tales. Editor Rob Spillman will discuss with contributors Karen Russell (Swamplandia), Samantha Hunt (The Yellow) and Gina Zucker.

WEDNESDAY: Myla Goldberg will discuss her latest The False Friend with Darin Strauss at this paperback release event.

Also, the Believer will celebrate its annual music issue with an evening of hip/obscure musical performances (useful for name-dropping later).

THURSDAY: A New School-sponsored night of poetry featuring Cave Canem poets Duriel Harris, M. Ayodele Heath and Khadijah Queen.

FRIDAY: More poetry! The Pink Pony West Reading Series features Amber Atiya and Ngoma Hill, and will be hosted by Kat Georges.