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This Week’s Readings


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.

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MONDAY: Franklin Park Reading Series has a seriously sweet lineup this week: Ben Greenman (The Slippage), Sam Lipsyte (The Ask), Toure (I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon), Claire Vaye Watkins (Battleborn) and Amelia Gray (Threats). [FRANKLIN PARK]

TUESDAY: Book launch for Gavin Edwards’s VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave. [POWERHOUSE]

WEDNESDAY: Sharp: A Discussion of Women and Criticism with Kate Bolick (The Atlantic), Ruth Franklin (The New Republic), Laura Miller (Salon), Miriam Markowitz (The Nation), Michelle Orange (The Rumpus), Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review) and moderator Michelle Dean (The Awl). [HOUSING WORKS]

THURSDAY: Celebrate new book of essays What My Mother Gave Me with Mary Morris, Maud Newton, Elissa Schappell, and Emma Straub. [GREENLIGHT]

FRIDAY: Aimee Molloy will read from However Long the Night, which is about Molly Melching, a women’s rights activist in Senegal. [BOOKCOURT]

Also, be sure to check out my writeup of last week’s Cheryl Strayed event — it was a fun one.

This Week’s Readings

Well, that weekend flew by. I wanted to give a quick shout out to LUMINA, Sarah Lawrence’s graduate literary magazine. On Sunday night I went to their (first Brooklyn!) reading at Milk and Roses, which featured Mira Ptacin, Justin Taylor, Seth Fried, Joey De Jesus, and Heather Aimee O’Neill. The readings were all powerful in their own way, and it was a wonderful time.

Oh, and if you haven’t read Mira’s Guernica piece yet, please do so immediately.

I also wanted to mention Maud Newton’s recent interview on Brad Listi’s Other People podcast. I met Maud last week, which was totally thrilling, as she’s one of the most long-standing and influential literary bloggers of all time. (She was also super cool and friendly in person.) Anyhow, the interview is so fascinating that I found myself jotting down a few notes. Be sure to download!

On to readings for this week, which include nights with McSweeney’s and The Literarian, release parties for Heidi Julavits and Lüc Carl, and a reading by the Hasidic-no-more Deborah Feldman.  

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Ellen Ullman and Maud Newton

Most of us take it for granted—knowing about our bloodline and family history. What if that information was cut off from us? How would it affect us, and would we attempt to track it down?

At BookCourt on Thursday night, novelist Ellen Ullman and literary blogger Maud Newton discussed the topic of origins. Ellen is also a computer programmer, and much of her previous writing has focused on the precarious relationship between man and technology. Her newest novel, By Blood, turns to another subject: where our own inner mechanisms come from.

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This Week’s Readings

Good Monday! Before I get to the Weekly Readings, I’d like to share a few more of my fave lit sites (again, in no particular order):

The Nervous Breakdown: This site was founded by Brad Listi, who hosts the popular podcast Other People (“in-depth, inappropriate interviews with authors”). Filmmaker Magazine noted that Brad is behind “a burgeoning literary media empire” (to his amusement). There’s a LOT going on in TNB—from fiction to memoir to interviews to book reviews to articles about every conceivable topic (recent ones: porn, voting, Whitney Houston,  facial hair).

Insulted by Authors: I still maintain this is one of the best book blog ideas of all time. Bill Ryan asks authors to sign his book—with an insult. It’s a great way to shake up the usual, “Uh, can you make it out to…” smalltalk, and Bill provides great commentary to go along with his experiences. Check out what nasty things Chad Harbach, Sam Lipsyte and Joyce Carol Oates had to say about him.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn: Founder Jason Diamond (who just got married, yay!) envisioned the site as a “multimedia project” bridging writing, music and art. There are lots of entertaining and informative regular features (Sunday Stories, Morning/Afternoon Bites, The Greatest Books I’ve Never Read), and Vol. 1 also hosts a variety of readings (of which I have partaken).

On to readings! This week includes Patti Smith, Ramona Ausubel, Maud Newton, Ellen Ullman and Amber Benson (aka Tara from Buffy!).

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