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BookStalked: Adelle Waldman

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Adelle Waldman’s hot-off-the-press debut novel, THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P., may help answer that age-old dating question: WTF? For anyone who’s been confused by the current dating scene (ahem, me), Adelle illuminates the perspective of the young, modern, sensitive-yet-jerkish male through main character Nate Piven. A literary breakout in Brooklyn, Nate faces of plethora of potential relationships but fails to navigate any of them smoothly. 

Adelle’s book has been named a NYT Editors Choice, a B&N Discover Great New Writers Selection, and an Amazon Best Book of July. Critics have lauded her wry humor and have called the tale “a smart, engaging 21st-century comedy of manners.”  Adelle agreed to chat about her reading experiences thus far, which (unsurprisingly) contain the same level of observation and humor that can be found in her fiction.

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BookStalked: Jessica Strand of Strand Bookstore

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Decades ago, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, a street in New York named after the London publishing hub. Today, it’s the last man standing. Jessica Strand (no relation, though she is the daughter of poet Mark Strand) has run the store’s event programming for the past year. Formerly an LA writer who published multiple books on entertaining, Jessica has strengthened the Strand’s reputation as a literary destination, hosting 3-4 events per week. I got the chance to chat with Jessica about her experiences, which include her trick for keeping Martin Amis happy, a James Franco reading debacle, and the best upcoming events this winter.

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This Week’s Readings

October! I can’t believe I’m already planning activities like apple picking and pumpkin carving. It’s also crazy that in less than a week I’ll be flying to Knoxville and attending the wedding of one of the best writers I know: BookStalked alum Phil Edwards.

I’m hoping to hit up an event before I go, and there are some great options this week, including Carlos Andrés Gómez, Stephen Colbert, Martin Amis, Dan Josefson, and Adam Wilson.

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