n+1 celebrates the launch of Issue Eighteen: Good News. Recess Activities, 8 p.m., $10 or free for subscribers.
Sunday 1/5: Veronica Gonzalez Peña and Victoria Patterson join the Sunday Night Fiction series. Patterson’s The Peerless Four (2013) is the story of the four women on the 1928 Canadian Olympic track team allowed to compete in the games for the first time on a trial basis. In Gonzalez Peña’s The Sad Passions four sisters deal with their mad mother. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro launches her memoir Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture, a personal journey through the self-help industrial complex. The Corner Bookstore, 6:30 p.m., free.
Tuesday 1/7: Ruth Ozeki inaugurates Jersey City’s WORD Bookstore. A Tale for the Time Being (2013), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, features a 16-year old Tokyo girl who keeps a diary and the Canadian writer who finds it washed ashore following the 2011 tsunami. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.
Ben Marcus is in conversation with Sam Lipsyte. Marcus will launch his new collection of stories Leaving the Sea. Lipsyte’s most recent book was his 2013 story collection, The Fun Parts. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro reads her Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.
Ishmael Beah celebrates the launch of his second book and debut novel, Radiance of Tomorrow. His 2007 memoir A Long Way Gone followed his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Radiance of Tomorrow explores war survivors’ return to normalcy. B&N Union Square, 7 p.m., free.
Wednesday 1/8: Gary Shteyngart launches his memoir Little Failure. Shteyngart’s previous novels include Super Sad True Love Story (2010), a comedic romance set in a near-future dystopia, and Absurdistan (2006), the story of a Russian oligarch / gangster’s desperate attempt to return to the United States. St. Joseph’s College, 7:30 p.m., $25 (includes book).
Michael Maiello, Ken McCarthy, Omar Olusion, Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Sarah Peele, and Ember Flame celebrate the one year anniversary of The Lost and Found Show. Hosted by Daniel Guzman. Le Poisson Rouge, 7:30 p.m., free.
Thursday 1/9: Ruth Ozeki reads A Tale for the Time Being. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.
Friday 1/0: George Saunders will read from his story collection Tenth of December (2013) to celebrate the paperback release. He will be joined by Reality Bites and Derek Zoolander actor Ben Stiller. Stiller will show clips from his new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.
Rosie Schaap celebrates the release of the paperback edition of her funny, booze filled memoir, Drinking With Men. Wyn Cooper, Jeff Gordinier, Blaise Allysen Kearsley, Katherine Lanpher, Jill MCDonough, and David Wondrich will also read. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.