This week in New York, BookExpo America (BEA) kicks off, and this year with a new feature: New York Book Week–events that are open to the public. Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) discusses and serves up cocktails, Timothy Donnelly and Matthew Rohrer read, Melissa Auf der Maur performs, Al Maysles and DA Pennebaker talk documentaries, Edward Koren talks about the art of humor with Jules Feiffer, and Matthey Barney’s Cremaster Cycle gets a full run at the IFC Center.
MONDAY 5/24: The Art of the Novella. Lore Segal reads from Lucinella, her savvy take on the New York literary scene. Greenlight Books. 686 Fulton St. 7:30pm.
Out of Our Minds: Melissa Auf der Maur, former bassist for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins presents her latest multimedia project with music, film and comics. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. 7pm.
TUESDAY 5/25: As part of New York Book Week, a new series at BookExpo America, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) discusses the cocktail hour, that most civilized ritual, and offers up “cocktail therapy” and literary suggestions in honor of the reprint of the classic ode to drinking properly, The Hour. Word. 7pm.
Poets Timothy Donnelly, Matthew Rohrer, Rachel Zucker and Geoffrey Nutter read. ACA Galleries. 6:00pm.
WEDNESDAY 5/26: BEA 2010 Tweet-Up. Meet your book and publishing friends that you’ve previously only known with an “@” sign in front of them, and let your hair down in the spacious, relaxed atmosphere at the BEA 2010 Tweet Up! There will be Drinks, Food and DJs Dana Trombley (aka DJ danaSkully) + Russ Marshalek (aka DJ RussComm ) playing the fun party jams of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Powerhouse Books. 7:00-10:00pm.
Why Documentaries Matter. A conversation with DA Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Al Maysles, Rosie O’Donnell and more modereated by Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films. 92Y. 8:15.
Two Men Laughing: Edward Koren and Jules Feiffer Discuss the Art of Humor. In conjunction with Ed Koren’s (Cartoonist for The New Yorker) exhibit The Capricious Line at Wallach Art Gallery he will hold a panel discussion with Feiffer. Wallach Art Gallery. 6:30pm.
THURSDAY 5/27: Jonathan Franzen and David Means read at the Brooklyn Public Library. Prospect Heights. 7:00pm.
Goodreads Literary Pub Crawl with Colson Whitehead, Emily St. John Mandel and Amy King. Channel John Cheever and Dorothy Parker with a night of fun in SoHo, Nolita and the East Village. Starts at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe with a drink on them. 7:00pm.
FRIDAY 5/28: Take in one, two or three installments of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle, which is being offered in full and continues its run at the IFC Center.
SUNDAY 5/30: Julie Orringer reads from her new novel The Invisible Bridge. McNally Jackson. 7:00pm.
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Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba. Inset image: Photograph of Norman Mailer as Harry Houdini in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 2.