Notable New York, This Week 9/8 – 9/12


This week Stephen Elliott is in town for the paperback release of The Adderall Diaries, Jonathan Franzen celebrates Freedom, Tao Lin brings Dakota Fanning and Haley Joel Osment to BookCourt, Fashion takes you out on the town, Gigantic and Open City are home sweet home, and Nara premieres at the Asia Society.

Wednesday 9/8: Stephen Elliott (ever hear of him?) will be celebrating the paperback release of his critically acclaimed memoir The Adderall Diaries. Stephen talks about the iPad app for his memoir in today’s ‘Daily Rumpus.’ WORD, Brooklyn. 7:30PM. Free.

Jonathan Franzen finally arrives in New York to read from his immensely renown novel, Freedom. If you have yet to pick up Freedom, or didn’t sign up for The Rumpus’s One-Off Book Club, do so and catch him read when he comes back in October (this way you can be a good Rumpus reader and go check out Stephen tonight). Barnes & Noble, Union Square. 7PM. Free.

Thursday 9/9: I would eat my babies if I had some’ said Dakota Fanning.” Tao Lin reads from his much anticipated second novel Richard Yates. He’s also luring you in with free wine. The reviews for Yates have been mixed, Huffington Post praises his emotional character depictions while Bookforum damns him. Bookcourt, Brooklyn. 7PM. Free.

Friday 9/10: The second Fashion’s Night Out (Anna Wintour’s brainchild) goes down tonight. Volkswagen vehicles will be on hand to transport you from spot to spot. Make sure to check out the Olson Twins in Tribeca and Rachel Zoe in SoHo, I die.  Not in the mood to be bombarded by fashionistas? Take avdvantage of the late night perks instead.

Saturday 9/11: Part of LitCrawl 2010 ‘Sweet Home New York’ is hosted by literary magazines Gigantic and Open City team up for a night of readings by four amazing New York based writers, sharing their personal NYC themed stories in five minutes. 131 Chrystie Street. 8-9PM. Free.

Sunday 9/12: Cammi and David are back with this week’s ASK ME Stories: I Heart New York, in order of their change of venue to the Manhattan Inn. And to excite your Brooklynites even more, this time the event is free. 632 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 4PM. Free.

ART: Nara at the Asia Society

Yoshimoto Nara debuts his highly anticipated exhibit ‘Nobody’s Fool’ at the Asia Society this weekend. His Japanese cult following has launched him into a worldwide success. Features art inspired by punk bands such as the Ramones, Nirvana, and Green Day. Asia Society. Through January 2, 2011.


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Caitlin Colford is a New York City based actress and writer. She blogs short stories over at and is currently hard at work on her first novel "The Obituary Hunter." More from this author →