Notable New York, This Week 12/05-12/11

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This week in New York, Oscar Hijuelos and William Kennedy at the 92nd Street Y; The Paris Review Winter Issue Party; Freerange Fiction reading at Pianos; Authors Martha Southgate and Elissa Schappell at KGB Bar; Poet Alice Fulton reads at Hunter College; David Sedaris at Strand; and WORD hosts its 3rd Annual Holiday Open House.

MONDAY 12/05:
The 92nd Street Y will host Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love; and new memoir Thoughts Without Cigarettes, and William Kennedy, author of Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, in a reading and conversation. 8 p.m. $19, $10 for 35 and under.

TUESDAY 12/06: The Paris Review celebrates its winter issue at McNally Jackson. 7 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY 12/07: Freerange NonFiction hosts First Wednesdays, featuring Alison Espach, The Adults; Alison Smith, Name all the Animals; and Hannah Tinti, Animal Crackers and The Good Thief. Hosted by Mira Ptacin, founder of Freerange. Proceeds from the event will raise money for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Pianos. 7 p.m. $8.

THURSDAY 12/08: Behind the Book with authors Martha Southgate, The Taste of Salt, and Elissa Schappell, Blueprints for Building Better Girls. KGB Bar. 7 p.m.

Award-winning poet and novelist Alice Fulton, author of Felt, Palladium, and The Nightingales of Troy, will read at Hunter College’s Distinguished Writer’s Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. Free.

FRIDAY 12/09: Humor writer David Sedaris, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, will read from his latest collection of essays, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, at the Strand bookstore. 7 p.m. Entry fee is the purchase of Sedaris’ book or a $10 Strand gift card.

SATURDAY 12/10 and SUNDAY 12/11: WORD hosts its 3rd Annual Holiday Open House with in-store book recommendations for your gift list from guest authors; gift-wrapping with Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones & Butter; holiday movies; treats; and donation opportunities.

On Saturday, receive recommendations from Sarah MacLean, The Love By the Numbers series; Michael Showalter, Mr. Funny Pants; and Emma Straub, Other People We Married, at 2 p.m. Kids’ book recommendations from Michael Buckley, NERDS; and Fiona Robinson, What Animals Really Like, at 3 p.m.

On Sunday receive book recommendations from Josh Ritter, Bright’s Passage, and Haley Tanner, Vaclav & Lena; pencil-sharpening with David Rees, Get Your War On! At 2 p.m. Kids’ book recommendations from Peter Brown, Children Make Terrible Pets; Michelle Knudsen, Argus; and John Bemelmans Marciano, Madeline at the White House, at 3 p.m.

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LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mom Egg Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. Visit her at latoyajordan.com. More from this author →