Saturday 12/14: Mike Albo, Jami Attenberg, Sandra Bauleo, Alexander Chee, Adam Gopnik, Lev Grossman, Jill Hennessey, Dave Hill, Saeed Jones, Michael Kostroff, Fiona Maazel, Ayana Mathis, Téa Obreht, Gabriel Roth, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Jim Shepard, Rob Spillman, Lorin Stein, Emma Straub, J....more
Notable New York
Saturday 12/7: Natalie Eilbert, Mike Bushnell, Rob Ostrom, and Christie Ann Reynolds inaugurate the Banquet reading series with an evening of poetry. Eilbert is the founder and editor of The Atlas Review. The Banquet series was launched intending to highlight the intersection of poetry performance and audience experience; it is the product of curators Joshua Kleinberg, Alexis Pope, and Dana Jaye Cadman....more
Saturday 11/30: Indies First is a nationwide celebration of independent bookstores launched by author Sherman Alexie to support small businesses. Independent bookstores around New York City invited some of their favorite authors for appearances:...more
Saturday 11/23: Ossian Foley, Krystal Languell and Jamie Townsend read poetry. Foley’s first collection OF: Vol 1 includes experimental styles focused on discord and the relationship of structure. Unnameable Books, 7p.m., free....more
Saturday 11/16: Elizabeth Clark Wessel and Vladisalv Davizon read works in translation along with selections of their own poems. Molasses Books (Facebook), 8pm free....more
Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free....more
Saturday 11/2: Jim Tolan, Cecilia Woloch and Sean Thomas Dougherty read as part of Poetry Night, hosted by Tolan. BookCourt, 7pm, free.
Juliet Escoria, Sean H. Dolye, Andrew Worthington, Kendra Grant Malone, Stephen Tully Dierks. Worthington has a forthcoming novel, WALLS, due in 2014; Grant Malone has two collections of poetry, Everything is Quiet and Morocco; Dierks is editor of Pop Serial....more
Saturday 10/26: Junot Diaz comes to the Brooklyn Library to discuss his short story collection This is How You Lose Her (September 2012). As with all Diaz events, expect large crowds. Central Library, Dweck Center, 4pm, free.
Joan Retallack reads poetry as part of the Segue Reading Series....more
Monday 10/21: Novelist Jonathan Grimwood hosts Charlotte Druckman, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, and Matt Gross for an evening of storytelling focused on obsessions. Grimwood’s novel, The Last Banquet (October 2013), set in Enlightenment era Versailles, will inspire refreshments served by chef Emily Casey. Housing Works, 7pm, free....more
Of special note this week: The venue formerly known as The Bowery Poetry Club has reopened their doors after some serious renovations. Now going by the name Bowery Arts and Science — which makes more sense since poetry was a small fraction of the programming there — they are back and have a full schedule up on the site....more
The Franklin Park Reading Series is back this week and is something of a special line-up as they’re featuring a few poets, which is a rare occurrence for the series. The line-up includes the great short story author Amy Hempel, Matthew Savoca, Corey Zeller, Nicole Audrey Spector, and Rebecca Schiff.
Join the Mystery Writers of America for a reading featuring Annamaria Alfieri, Kevin Egan, Clare Toohey, Kate Lincoln, Susan Olsen, Cathi Stoler and Sheila York. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.
Birds, LLC hosts a reading featuring Dan Magers, Bianca Stone, Sampson Starkweather, Justin Marks, Paige Taggert, and Chris Tonelli.
The 92nd St. Y presents two literary heavyweights on Monday. Martin Amis and Ian McEwan will talk about their friendship, careers, and respective work. The event will be introduced by Salman Rushdie. Kaufman Concert Hall, 8pm, $32+.
PowerHouse Arena presents Colum McCann reading from his latest novel TransAtlantic....more
The Poetry Society of New York’s 3rd Annual New York Poetry Festival is coming up on July 27 and 28 on Governors Island.
The festival has become a highlight of the New York lit-o-sphere in the summer. A short ferry ride from Manhattan, the fest attracts poets from around the country for two days of poetry on three stages for six hours each day....more
The Bushwick Book Club does Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers. If you haven’t seen this series where musicians reinterpret books in musical form, it’s time to correct that problem.
To start your week with something a little different, catch Poetry in Theatre: Early Frank O’Hara + Plays by Contemporary Poets, which includes works by Ariana Reines, Jim Fletcher, Kenneth Goldsmith, Bob Holman, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Elebash Theatre, 2pm-9pm, free.
It’s Memorial Day, go outside, eat a burger — vegetable or cow — off a grill, and read a book in a park.
Rare Bird and Other Voices present the PROG NYC BEA Party with music and readings from Rick Moody, Charles Bock, Wesley Stace, Rob Roberge, Marc Weingarten, and more.
The Belladonna* Collective’s Hot Texts series continues with readings from Lauren Hunter, Samantha Zighelboim, Allison Power, and Christine Kanownik. The Way Station, 6:30pm, $5 suggested donation.
The Poetry Project hosts Ross Gay and Lauren Shufran. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm, free....more
The Franklin Park Reading Series welcomes a killer line-up featuring The Rumpus’ Roxane Gay, Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, Leigh Newman, and Michael Heald....more
Ben Greenman heads to the Franklin Park Reading Series to celebrate the release of his new novel The Slippage along with Sam Lipsyte, Toure, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Amelia Gray. The first fifty people at the reading get a Ben Greenman-themed tote bag, with quotes from his short stories.
The PEN World Voices Festival is celebrating its ninth year and kicks off tonight with a reading titled Bravery. Hosted by comedian and author Baratunde Thurston, the reading will feature readings from “Najwan Darwish, ‘one of the 39 best Arab writers under the age of 40′; Joy Harjo, a formidable voice in the second wave of ‘Native American Renaissance’; Mikhail Shishkin, one of the best contemporary Russian writers; award-winning Caribbean writers Jamaica Kincaid and Earl Lovelace; 2012 German Book Prize winner Ursula Krechel; Air Force Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S.
Monday night the Poetry Project presents An Evening with Clark Coolidge featuring readings from Coolidge, Peter Gizzi, Marcella Durand, Miles Champion, Ron Padgett, Bill Corbett, Anne Waldman, John Godfrey, Geoffrey Young, and Thurston Moore. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm.
Head to An Evening with The Believer tonight. The event will be introduced by The Believer editor Andrew Leland and will feature readings from Joanna Fuhrman, Alan Gilbert, and Margo Jefferson, as well as a conversation between The Believer editor Ross Simonini and author Gary Lutz.