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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: 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: 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]