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Edan Lepucki

Well this is a heartwarming lit tale: Edan Lepucki’s novel CALIFORNIA debuted at #3 on the NYT bestseller list, after Stephen Colbert showcased it as a way to fight back against Amazon’s recent tactics against Hachette. When on the show, she, in turn, bumped Stephan Eirik Clark’s SWEETNESS #9.

I haven’t yet the book, but it sounds fascinating: in a post-apocalyptic LA, a pregnant couple who’s been surviving in the woods decides to return to (a potentially dangerous) civilization. Last Wednesday, Greenpoint’s WORD hosted the book’s Brooklyn launch. Edan’s hilarious, self-deprecating, and straightshooting Q&A answers made me like her even more.

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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Book launch for Chuck Klosterman’s I WEAR THE BLACK HAT: GRAPPLING WITH VILLAINS (REAL AND IMAGINED). [BookCourt]

TUESDAY: The Book Report, hosted by Leigh Stein and Sasha Fletcher, featuring Chelsea Hodson, Mark Leidner, Monica Wendel, and Sarah Bridgins. [HiFi]

WEDNESDAY: Celeste Ng (EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU) in convo with Catherine Chung (FORGOTTEN COUNTRY). [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: Emily Gould (FRIENDSHIP) in convo with Elif Batuman (THE POSSESSED: ADVENTURES WITH RUSSIAN BOOKS AND THE PEOPLE WHO READ THEM). [McNally Jackson]

SATURDAY: Book launch for POKING A DEAD FROG by Mike Sacks, in convo with Bill Hader. [Powerhouse]

This Week’s Readings

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MONDAY: Actor Vanessa Redgrave will read from Michelle Zackheim’s LAST TRAIN TO PARIS and moderate a discussion with the author. [McNally Jackson]

TUESDAY: Manhattan Release Party for Sean Michaels' debut novel US CONDUCTOR. [KGB]

WEDNESDAY: Release party for RAYMOND PETTIBON: TO WIT, with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. [Strand]

THURSDAY: Kate Zambreno (GREEN GIRL) in convo with Jenny Offill (DEPT. OF SPECULATION).  [Center for Fiction]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Book launch for THE SIXTEENTH OF JUNE by Maya Lang, in convo with David Gilbert (& SONS). [Strand]

TUESDAY: Aaaand another book launch for Megan Abbott’s THE FEVER. [BookCourt]

WEDNESDAY: Joint event with authors Megan Abbott (THE FEVER), Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), and Anna Godbersen (THE BLONDE). [WORD]

THURSDAY: The Moth StorySLAM (theme: Breathless). [Housing Works]

FRIDAY: Happy weekend!

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: A whole bunch of people will be participating in Graywolf Press’s 40th Anniversary Event, including Leslie Jamison (THE EMPATHY EXAMS), Tracy K. Smith (LIFE ON MARS), and Mary Szybist (INCARNADINE). [Housing Works]

*BONUS*: Senator Elizabeth Warren (A FIGHTING CHANCE) will be at the Strand from 4:30—5:30, pre-Colbert! [Strand]

TUESDAY: On Shirley Jackson: Victor LaValle (THE DEVIL IN SILVER) in convo with Sarah Weinman (TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES). [McNally Jackson]

WEDNESDAY: In convo: Francine Prose (LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932) and Rivka Galchen (AMERICAN INNOVATIONS). [Center for Fiction]

THURSDAY: Pitchapalooza: American Idol for books, with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, co-founders of The Book Doctors. [WORD]

FRIDAY: An Evening with the One Story Literary Debutantes, hosted by One Story founding editor Hannah Tinti and featuring readings by award-winning debut authors Molly Antopol, Rachel Cantor, Amelia Kahaney, Celeste Ng, David James Poissant, James Scott, and Ben Stroud. [Greenlight]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Franklin Park with Lynne Tillman, Jeff Jackson, Tova Mirvis, Brendan Kiely, and Wah-Ming Chang. [Franklin Park]

TUESDAY: Book launch for CUTTING TEETH by Sackett Street founder Julia Fierro. [BookCourt]

WEDNESDAY: Joshua Ferris on his newest, TO RISE AT A DECENT HOUR. [Greenlight]

THURSDAY: Graywolf Poetry Tour with Saskia Hamilton, Nick Lantz and Mark Wunderlich. [WORD]

FRIDAY: The Pogues’ James Fearnley on his memoir, HERE COMES EVERYBODY. [Community]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: The Miss Manhattan Non-fiction Reading Series featuring Jack Murnigham, Danny Goodman, Harris Sockel, and Hannah VanderPoel. [Niagara Bar]

TUESDAY: Largehearted Lit featuring Stacey D’Erasmo (WONDERLAND) in convo with Elissa Schappel (BLUEPRINTS FOR BUILDING BETTER GIRLS) and special musical guest Rachael Yamagata. [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Roxane Gay (AN UNTAMED STATE) in convo with Ruth Franklin. [McNally Jackson]

THURSDAY: Launch party for THE MOVEMENT OF STARS by Amy Brill. [Bookcourt]

FRIDAY: Christopher Moore (THE SERPENT OF VENICE) in convo with Euan Morton. [WORD, Jersey City location]