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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.
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]
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.
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.
Last night I attended a meet and greet (avec Brooklyn Brewery beer, of course) with Jennifer Miller, debut novelist of THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY. The lauded book just came out in paperback, and Jen’s using the opportunity to set the world record for the Most Book Clubs Visited By an Author in a Month: 100.
MONDAY: Release party for THE BIG FEMINIST BUT, an anthology of comics about the ifs, ands & buts of feminism. With Heidi MacDonald, Gabrielle Bell, Josh Neufeld, Emily Flake, and Lauren Weinstein. [Housing Works]
TUESDAY: Book launch for THE REST OF US: A NOVEL by debut novelist Jessica Lott. [BookCourt]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for LOVE ALL by another debut novelist, Callie Wright. [PowerHouse Arena]
THURSDAY: Stay, Illusion! Simon Critchley, Jamieson Webster, and Hari Kunzru discuss HAMLET. [McNally Jackson]
FRIDAY: Friday Night Slam with Mahogany Browne. [Nuyorican Poets Cafe]
MONDAY: New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium: “Women’s Comix: Where Were Gender Politics in Underground Comix?" Hosted by Samantha Meier. [Bluestockings]
TUESDAY: Emma Straub celebrates the paperback release of her novel LAURA LAMOTT’S LIFE IN PICTURES. Special guests include Amy Brill and Peter Straub. [WORD]
WEDNESDAY: Shani Boianjiu (THE PEOPLE OF FOREVER ARE NOT AFRAID) in conversation with Sarah Manguso (THE TWO KINDS OF DECAY: A MEMOIR). [McNally Jackson]
THURSDAY: Happy Fourth!
FRIDAY: Independent Publishers Unite! With Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes. [Cornelia Street Cafe]
MONDAY: Book launch for NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, WE NEED NEW NAMES. [Powerhouse Arena]
TUESDAY: "5 Under 35" author Shani Boianjiu will celebrate the paperback release of her debut novel THE PEOPLE OF FOREVER ARE NOT AFRAID. [WORD]
WEDNESDAY: Sheila Heti (HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE?) with poet Kenneth Goldsmith. [Greenlight]
THURSDAY: Pride Week Reading with Gil Cole, Annie Lanillotto and Charlie Vasquez. [Housing Works]
FRIDAY: Paragraph Reading Series with Julia Cooke, Rosie Misdary and Megan Foley. [KGB]
MONDAY: Jami Attenberg (THE MIDDLESTEINS) and Francesca Segal (THE INNOCENTS). [BOOKCOURT]
TUESDAY: Claire Messud (The WOMAN UPSTAIRS). [SYMPHONY SPACE]
WEDNESDAY: Max Barry (LEXICON). [B&N 86th ST]
THURSDAY: Book launch for MO META BLUES, by Questlove and Ben Greenman. [POWERHOUSE]
FRIDAY:Derangement of the Senses with Kevin Carter and Miracle Jones. [HAPPY ENDING]
Also, don’t forget to check out BookStalked with Cheryl Strayed (WILD, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS) if you missed it on Friday!