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BookStalked: Rosie Schaap


Rosie Schaap has held down some pretty interesting gigs: fortuneteller, full-time Deadhead, preacher, homeless shelter manager, and, most recently, bartender. Her new memoir, Drinking with Men, shares tales from these various periods through the lens of her life-long search for the perfect bar. Besides her current post at South Brooklyn’s SOUTH, Rosie writes the monthly “Drink” column for The New York Times Magazine and also contributes to This American Life. Due to her witty and warm prose style, I felt like I knew Rosie even before reaching out. I was delighted to find her as friendly as I’d hoped. After the jump, Rosie provides stories of meeting fellow barflies on her book tour, hosting a rowdy series, and attending an unforgettable event .

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BookStalked: Manuel Gonzales


Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Manuel Gonzales at an event thrown by his publisher, Riverhead. Manuel was in town from Austin to promote his buzzy debut collection, The Miniature Wife. Manuel’s surrealist short stories range in subject from a composer who talks through his ears to a man who accidentally shrinks his wife. Many have raved about Manuel’s work, though the coolest praise may be from the NYT, who called the tales: “Delightful freakishness.”

Manuel had some great stories to share in person, so I knew I had to BookStalk him immediately. Click on the jump for some tales about Manuel’s most memorable reading, the question he always gets asked, and the most unforgettable event he’s attended.

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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Tonight’s Franklin Park Reading Series will feature last week’s BookStalkee Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), Tim Horvath (Understories), Dylan Nice (Other Kinds), Margarita Korol (Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother), and Lars Iyer (Spurious, Dogma & Exodus). [FRANKLIN PARK]

TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction’s new sister nonfiction series Big Umbrella will kick off with Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men), Christopher Bollen (Lightning People), and Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Jason Diamond. [2A]

WEDNESDAY: Manil Suresh (The Death of Vishnu) will discuss his newest, The City of Devi, with Rajesh Parameswaran (I Am an Executioner). [MCNALLY JACKSON]

THURSDAY: Can’t beat the name: “It’s Like my Heart has Sciatica: Smith Mag’s Annual Love & Hearthbreak Story Show.” Contributors sharing tales of “shattered relationships” will include Ophira Eisenberg, David Crabb, A.J. Jacobs, Catie Lazarus, Abby Ellin, and Bryan Christian. $10. [92Y TRIBECA]

FRIDAY: I’ve always wanted to see A. S. Byatt read — and now I’ll finally get my chance! The author of Possession and The Children’s Book, along with Tracy K. Smith (Life on Mars), will and be interviewed by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate. [POWERHOUSE ARENA]

This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: “The Salon” will bring together some major players in the NYC lit world—Julia Fierro, David Gutowski, Penina Roth, Jason Diamond, and Michele Filgate— to discuss their experiences curating lit events. [BOOKCOURT]

TUESDAY: Celebrate
the 50th anniversary of The New York Review of Books with a host of contributors, including Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, and Mary Beard. $20/10 students. [TOWN  HALL]

WEDNESDAY: Rosie Schaap, who writes The New York Times Magazine “Drink” column, will read from her new memoir, Drinking with Men. [SOUTH]

THURSDAY: BUST Magazine is throwing a free dance party to celebrate their new Love & Sex issue. [MATCHLESS]

FRIDAY: Granta contributors Phil Klay and Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove) will read stories about war vets. [LILLIAN VERNON WRITERS HOUSE]