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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.

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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]

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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]

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MONDAY: Franklin Park: Tales of Love and Madness with jazz expert Stanley Crouch (CONSIDERING GENIUS: WRITINGS ON JAZZ), Jennifer Gilmore (THE MOTHERS) Mitchell S. Jackson (THE RESIDUE YEARS), and short fiction writer Molly Tolsky, with special guest Joseph Riippi (BECAUSE). [Franklin Park]

TUESDAY: Paperback launch for THE FLAMETHROWERS. Rachel Kushner + James Wood = swoon. [PowerHouse]

WEDNESDAY: Katie Heaney (NEVER HAVE I EVER) with NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg. (Related: my recent Katie writeup.) [The Strand]

THURSDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) with Kathryn Shulz (BEING WRONG) and Kate Zambreno (HEROINES). [Community Bookstore]

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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.


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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]

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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]

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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.

Brooklyn Book Festival Special Report Part I: Celebrate Banned Books Week! Panel


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.

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