This week in New York a book party for late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño at Galapagos Art Space; and another book party for Go the F**k to Sleep at the New York Public Library; Elizabeth Nunez and Tiphanie Yanique in conversation at The Center for Fiction; Page Meets Stage with Charles Jensen and Mara Jebsen; Celebrate Brooklyn with music of the Civil Rights Movement at Prospect Park; Girls Write Now Chapters Reading with Kate Christensen, The Astral; BAM presents Terri and a Q&A with Azazel Jacobs and actors John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, and Creed Barton; the Bang on a Can Marathon.
MONDAY 6/13: New Directions is hosting a book party, “Between Parentheses: Celebrating the Nonfiction of Roberto Bolaño” to launch the late Chilean author’s collected nonfiction. Joining us will be translator Natasha Wimmer, novelist Francisco Goldman, writer and The Believer editor Heidi Julavits, Harper’s contributing editor Wyatt Mason, and The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein. Galapagos Arts Space. 7 p.m. Free.
TUESDAY 6/14: Tonight is the book launch for Go the F**k to Sleep, the humorous bedtime book for parents written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortés and special guests in conversation with Director of LIVE from the New York Public Library, Paul Holdengräber. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street), Celeste Bartos Forum. 7 p.m. $25 general admission, $15 Friends, seniors and students.
WEDNESDAY 6/15: Elizabeth Nunez, Prospero’s Daughter, will introduce and have a conversation with Rona Jaffe Award winner Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape from a Leper Colony. The Center for Fiction. 7 p.m. Free.
Page Meets Stage presents Charles Jensen, The First Risk representing the page; and poet, vocalist, and storyteller Mara Jebsen, representing the stage. Bowery Poetry Club. 8 p.m. $12.
THURSDAY 6/16: Celebrate Brooklyn with Hal Willner’s Freedom Rides Project, presenting Music of the Civil Rights Movement featuring Geri Allen, Art Baron, Steve Bernstein, Steve Cardenas, James Carter, Rosanne Cash, Helga Davis, Curtis Fowlkes, Brad Jones, Briggan Krauss, Eric Mingus, JD Parran, Toshi Reagon, Lou Reed, Tao Seeger, Jason Walker, and Kenny Wollesen. Prospect Park Bandshell. 7 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY 6/17: It’s the last reading of the Girls Write Now Chapters Reading Series for 2011, featuring some of New York City’s best teen writers, their mentors, and a special reading by Kate Christensen, author of The Astral. John Street Church. 6 p.m. $20 suggested donation for adults, free for teens.
SATURDAY 6/18: BAMcinemaFest presents Terri, an indie film about a 15-year-old overweight outcast Terri, starring Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Bridger Zadina; directed by Azazel Jacobs. A Q & A with Jacobs and actors John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, and Creed Barton will follow. BAM Rose Cinemas. 7 p.m. $13, general public.
SUNDAY 6/19: The River To River festival kicks off with the Bang on a Can Marathon, featuring over 150 musicians and composers from throughout the world, including Philip Glass performing live with Bang on a Can All-Stars; sonic downtown legend Glenn Branca; the Sun Ra Arkestra; Asphalt Orchestra; New York premieres by Richard Ayers, Young People’s Chorus of NYC; and many more. The music begins at 11 a.m. and plays until midnight. World Financial Center Winter Garden. Free.