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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Yay, George Saunders (TENTH OF DECEMBER). [Bookcourt, offsite]

TUESDAY: The Debutantes: Six Women Writers Discuss First-Time Publishing with Jen Doll, Kathleen Hale, Ariel Lawhon, Lindsey J. Palmer, Susan Rieger, and Helen Wan. [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Leslie Jamison (THE EMPATHY EXAMS) in convo with Michelle Orange (THIS IS RUNNING FROM YOUR LIFE). [McNally Jackson]

THURSDAY: Brooklyn Book Launch for BOURBON: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by Dane Huckelbridge. [Powerhouse]

FRIDAY: Enid Harlow (GOOD TO HER, a Prohibition-era historical novel). [Bluestockings]

Also, check out Kate Gavino’s (Last Night’s Reading) Instagram for some awesome drawings from Sunday’s Downtown Literary Festival.

Finally, this article made me feel a bit better about the world.

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)

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Tova Mirvis (VISIBLE CITY) in convo with Lara Vapnyar (THE SCENT OF PINE). [Greenlight]

TUESDAY: Largehearted Boy’s Literary BFFs with Rebecca Serle (THE EDGE OF FALLING) and Leila Sales (THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE). [Mcnally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: Essayist Sara Barron (THE HARM IN ASKING: MY CLUMSY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUMAN RACE) with fellow authors Ophira Eisenberg (SCREW EVERYONE—best book title ever!) and Diana Spechler (SKINNY, WHO BY FIRE). [WORD]

THURSDAY: OCTOPUS! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior—and Robots with Katherine Harmon Courage (OCTOPUS! THE MOST MYSTERIOUS CREATURE IN THE SEA), bio-robotics researcher Frank Grasso, animal intelligence scholar and philosopher Robert Lurz, and cephalopod behavior expert Jennifer Basil. [Housing Works]

FRIDAY: Riffing the Blues: Danny Kalb (guitarist and co-founder of The Blues Project) will play music and share tales with Community Bookstore co-owner Ezra Goldstein. [Community Bookstore, $10]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: A “literary cage match” with the Morning News Tournament of Books. Including Elif Batuman, Choire Sicha, Elliott Hold, Roger Hodge, John McElwee, Andrew Womack, and Rosecrans Baldwin. [Housing Works]

TUESDAY: Freerange Nonfiction with Lizz Winstead, Clifford Thompson, Morgan Parker, Melynda Fuller, Amber Drea, and Jeb Gleason-Allured. [CULTUREfix]

WEDNESDAY: MIXER Music and Reading Series turns seven! Celebrate with Alex Lemon, Anya Ulinich, Joanna Smith Rakoff, and Ocean Vuong. Plus music by Gillian. [Cake Shop]

THURSDAY: Valerie Martin (THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE) in convo with Mary Morris. [Center for Fiction]

FRIDAY: Deborah Feldman (EXODUS: A MEMOIR) n convo with Mark Jacobson. [Greenlight offsite at St. Joseph’s College]

BookStalker Turns Three!


Man. Where does the time go?

It’s been a crazy past few months, not least because I was working nonstop to freaking finish my novel (now out with friends! I’m so excited/exceedingly terrified to hear their thoughts!). Though this post is slightly belated, I wanted to share some of my most memorable literary experiences of the past year. In no particular order:

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This Week’s Readings


MONDAY: Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series with poet Molly Rose Quinn, Ivy Pochoda (Visitation Street), Jason Porter (Why Are You So Sad?), and Howard Feinstein (Fire on the Bayou). [BookCourt]

TUESDAY: Launch for MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, with Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Emily Gould, Carla Blumenkranz, Eli S. Evans and Mel Flashman. [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Deji Bryce Olukotun (NIGERGIANS IN SPACE) in convo  with Joel Whitney (Guernica, Al Jazeera). [WORD]

THURSDAY: We’ve Got a Good Thing Going with Gordon Lish. [McNally Jackson]

SATURDAY: The inimitable Lorrie Moore (BARK). [Community Bookstore, offsite at Congregation Beth Elohim]

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MONDAY: Franklin Park: Tales of Love and Madness with jazz expert Stanley Crouch (CONSIDERING GENIUS: WRITINGS ON JAZZ), Jennifer Gilmore (THE MOTHERS) Mitchell S. Jackson (THE RESIDUE YEARS), and short fiction writer Molly Tolsky, with special guest Joseph Riippi (BECAUSE). [Franklin Park]

TUESDAY: Paperback launch for THE FLAMETHROWERS. Rachel Kushner + James Wood = swoon. [PowerHouse]

WEDNESDAY: Katie Heaney (NEVER HAVE I EVER) with NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg. (Related: my recent Katie writeup.) [The Strand]

THURSDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) with Kathryn Shulz (BEING WRONG) and Kate Zambreno (HEROINES). [Community Bookstore]

This Week’s Readings


MONDAY: OXHART Tells the Truth with Véronique Hyland, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and Shannon Deep. [Niagara Bar]

TUESDAY: Jesse Ball (SILENCE ONCE BEGUN) in convo with Christopher Bollen (LIGHTNING PEOPLE). [McNally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) in convo with Adelle Waldman (THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.). [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: BJ Novak (ONE MORE THING—I hear this book is hilarious). [WORD, Jersey City location]

FRIDAY: Happy weekend! I’ll be heading off to my first silence retreat…wish me (quiet) luck.