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After the craziness of last week, this holiday week is a bit slower than usual literary-wise but there are still a few sweet events going on:
MONDAY: Biographer and art critic Deborah Solomon will discuss AMERICAN MIRROR: THE LIFE AND ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL with writer and critic Jason Farago. [McNally Jackson]
TUESDAY: Past National Book Award winner Robert Stone will chat about his newest novel, DEATH OF THE BLACK HAIRED GIRL, with 2013 NBA nominee Rachel Kushner (THE FLAMETHROWERS). [Strand]
THURSDAY: Happy Turkey Day!
SATURDAY: Indies First at bookstores throughout the city. Don’t miss it.
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.
Oh man, what happened last night? The National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 party at powerHouse Arena included: Carrie Brownstein hosting, Colson Whitehead DJ’ing, a bevy of hot under-35 writers speaking—plus swag bags, a Calexico cart outside, fancy cocktails…In other words, it was like an amazing literary fever dream.
Exciting news! This week I’ll be covering some of this week’s National Book Award events for Tumblr (along with the awesome Kate Gavino of Last Night’s Reading). Tonight I’ll be checking out the 5 Under 35 par-tay (hosted by CARRIE BROWNSTEIN, whom I love), and tomorrow I’ll be at the Finalists Reading. I’ll be posting writeups, but will also send some real-time dispatches from the events (if I can figure out how to do so with a glass of wine in hand).
As for other goings-on this week:
MONDAY: In conjunction with the Poetry Society of America, Ann Lauterbach (UNDER THE SIGN) and Ana Bozicevic (RISE IN THE FALL) will read. [McNally Jackson]
TUESDAY: The National Book Awards Finalists Reading is open to the public. For $10! Join me. [Tishman Auditorium]
WEDNESDAY: I don’t knit, but I am strangely intrigued by this: Elissa Schappell (BUILDING BLUEPRINTS FOR BETTER GIRLS) will speak with Ann Hood, who collected essays from 27 writers (including Elissa Schappell, along with Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver and others) about knitting. [Center for Fiction]
THURSDAY: Book launch for Brooklynite Paul Auster’s new memoir, REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR. [PowerHouse]
FRIDAY: Poet Nick Laird (GO GIANTS) will chat with novelist Jayne Anne Phillips (QUIET DELL). [Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House]
MONDAY: Eleanor Catton, who just won the Man Booker Prize for her novel, THE LUMINARIES. [Community Bookstore]
TUESDAY: Vol. 1 Brooklyn Presents: Jamie Iredell (I WAS A FAT DRUNK CATHOLIC SCHOOL INSOMNIAC), John Dermot Woods (THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF PEOPLE) and Hugh Sheehy (THE INVISIBLES). [Book Thug Nation]
WEDNESDAY: A Celebration of THE BODY ELECTRIC with contributors Salita Bryant (ADDIE BUNDREN IS DEAD), Ryan Austin and Scott Bentley. [Bluestockings]
THURSDAY:John Freeman (HOW TO READ A NOVELIST) in convo with Jennifer Egan (A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD). [McNally Jackson]
FRIDAY: Ann Patchett will celebrate the launch of her newest nonfic book: THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE. [Greenlight]
Did you know that Donna Tartt used to be a cheerleader?
This was cool, if you haven’t seen! Thanks to Arianna Rebolini and Buzzfeed!
As for this week’s readings:
MONDAY: NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another Halloween Spectacular with VIP guest R.L Stine. [The Bell House]
TUESDAY: SO PSYCHED FOR THIS. Donna Tartt (THE GOLDFINCH) in convo with Maud Newton [Congregation Beth Elohim]
WEDNESDAY: Corey Feldman sharing from his memoir, COREYOGRAPHY. [Strand]
THURSDAY: The New Venetian Halloween Carnival: With Special Guest Jean-Christophe Valtat. [Housing Works]
FRIDAY: Anything going on? Tweet at me and I’ll pass it along.
George Saunders at the New Yorker Festival, 10/5/13
My new favorite Tumblr!
My good friend Sarah Mucek (who I’ve known since high school in Wisco) graciously agreed to cover some of the most interesting BKBF events that I, alas, could not. A fiction writer, poet and playright (her play Love Death Brains: A Pete Rydberg Musical Meme was in the 2012 International Fringe Festival), Sarah proved the perfect guest blogger. Part I of II here—the next installment to come soon.
Hello, fellow Bookstalkers, and belated greetings from the Brooklyn Book Festival! While Julia was (alas) out of town last weekend, I had the privilege of experiencing the BKBF for the very first time. I’m a recent transplant to New York and, no joke, the Festival was maybe my favorite event in the five boroughs so far. It was that sunny. The air was that cool. The panels were that fantastic. And yes, there were that many other bibliophiles sharing the love.
For those who didn’t make it or who spent their time at one of the other great events (understandable), the BKBF turned the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall into their outdoor Mainstage. First up: Celebrate Banned Books Week! featuring YA authors Francesca Lia Block (WEETZIE BAT, BABY BE BOP), Lauren Myracle (THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US), and David Levithan (TWO BOYS KISSING), all of whom face regular challenges to their books in schools and libraries due to sexual and LGBT content.
MONDAY: Gene Luen Yang (BOXERS and SAINTS). [BookCourt]
TUESDAY: Tom Barbash (STAY UP WITH ME) in convo with Mary Gaitskill (DON’T CRY). [McNally Jackson]
WEDNESDAY: Paperback launch for MY HEART IS AN IDIOT, by Davy Rothbart. [PowerHouse Arena]
THURSDAY: Greenlight Poetry Salon with Kevin Coval (SHTICK) and R. Erica Doyle (PROXY). [Greenlight]
FRIDAY: Bodega Magazine’s first birthday party, hosted by various local writers. [The Counting Room]