Notable New York, This Week 4/16-4/22

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This week in New York, the Franklin Park Reading Series tackles betrayal; Archipelago Books hosts a launch party; Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Tom Bissell read at KGB Bar; John Reed, Rebecca Wolff, and Christopher Bollen get heavy; the Better Book Club makes magic; John D’Agata and Jim Fingal check some facts; Publication Studios hosts a series of readings and a dinner; George Saunders talks with David Lipsky; the Academy of American Poets drink cocktails; and Word throws a party.

MONDAY 4/16: The Franklin Park Reading Series presents “Betrayal Night,” with readings by Heidi Julavits (The Vanishers), Touré (Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness), Fiona Maazel (Last Last Chance), Joseph Riippi (A Cloth House), and Leah Umansky (Barrow Street). Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 8 pm, free.

Archipelago Books launches As Though She Were Sleeping, by Elias Khoury and translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth. The author will read and answer questions. NYU’s Kevorkian Center Ettinghausen Library, 5 pm, free.

TUESDAY 4/17: True Story Nonfiction features Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Tom Bissell. KGB Bar, 7 pm, free.

The InDigest Reading Series presents “Heavy Summer Reading,” featuring John Reed (A Still Small Voice), Rebecca Wolff (The Beginners), and Christopher Bollen (Lightning People). Le Poisson Rouge, 7 pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 4/18: Housing Works hosts Better Book Club: Magic and Comedy, featuring conversations with Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Haley Tanner (Vaclav and Lena), Adam Conover, and Dan Wilbur, and magic and comedy by Harrison Greenbaum. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 7 pm, free.

John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, co-creators of The Lifespan of a Fact, discuss their book with Heidi Julavits. McNally Jackson, 7 pm, free.

THURSDAY 4/19: Publication Studio, a new print-on-demand publishing house, hosts a mixer at the Museum of Modern Art, with Publication Studio founders, staff, and authors. MoMA Reading Room and Roof Terrace, 7 pm, free. RSVP here.

The New Salon: Writers in Conversation presents a reading by George Saunders (Persuasion Nation) followed by a conversation with David Lipsky. Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 7 pm, free.

FRIDAY 4/20: Landscape architect Diana Balmori will discuss her book Notebooks with Matthew Stadler. Printed Matter, 7 pm, free.

SATURDAY 4/21: Publication Studio launches their Spring books with a five-course dinner and a talk by Diana Balmori, Malkit Shoshan, Aaron Peck, and Adam Harrison. Tickets here. Highlands Dinner Club, 7 pm, $65–$130.

The Academy of American Poets, Back Forty, and Bob Holman celebrate National Poetry Month with an afternoon of poems and cocktails inspired by poems. Buy tickets in advance online. Back Forty, 3:30 pm, $70.89.

SUNDAY 4/22: Word hosts a pre–World Book Night party featuring books, authors, and mingling. Diamond Bar, 7 pm, free.

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