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Notable NYC: 4/12–4/18

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Saturday 4/12: Michael Parker and Ethan Hauser celebrate their new books with a reading, musical DJ Jim McHugh, and literary mingle. Wythe Hotel, 6 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/13: David Gerrard, Douglas Watson, and Jason Porter join the Sunday Night Fiction series.

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The Horror, the Horror of Short Form Fiction

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Despite the publication this past year of behemoth novels like Donna Tartt’s 750 page The Goldfinch and Eleanor Catton’s 850 page The Luminaries, current trends increasingly embrace truncated fiction. MobyLives took the conclusion of the third annual Twitter Fiction Festival as an opportunity to look at short form horror fiction known as creepypasta:

This type of short horror fiction is often spread via screen-caps of messageboards or crudely pasted together in MS Paint in order to lend it a sort of underground zine-y authenticity.

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Teju Cole Tweets 4,000-Word Essay

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Last week Teju Cole published a 4,000-word non-fiction essay on immigration, titled “A Piece of the Wall,” entirely on Twitter. BuzzFeed spoke with Cole about his decision to share the piece via the social media platform, the challenges in doing so, and his views on immigration reform:

I’m not getting my hopes up, but the point of writing about these things, and hoping they reach a big audience, has nothing to do with “innovation” or with “writing.” It’s about the hope that more and more people will have their conscience moved about the plight of other human beings.

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Notable NYC: 11/2–11/8

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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.

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Teju Cole on Lagos

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When I’m in the US, I argue with those who think Lagos is too dangerous a place to visit….I’m less defensive about Lagos when I’m actually there. After a few days back home, I begin to accumulate irritations and fears…The city makes everyone tense and grouchy.

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Sandy Hates Books

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Hurricane Sandy hates books, according to the name of a relief fundraiser at the powerHouse arena in Brooklyn this Saturday.

Although it seems unwise to anger Sandy any further (and perhaps unfair to expect a meteorological phenomenon to have an appreciation of literature), the event is completely packed with amazing writers and artists: Teju Cole, Tea Obreht, Jennifer Egan, Adrian Tomine, and the list goes on.

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