This week in New York, Ben Marcus reads from The Flame Alphabet; Mark Strand at 192 Books; E.L. Doctorow at Strand; New York Magazine and Longreads team up at Housing Works; Edith Wharton Marathon Reading; Art Battles: Battle for Poland; the Beaches Sing and Cry Along at 92Y Tribeca; and Amy Chua reads from Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
MONDAY 1/23: Author Ben Marcus will read from his new novel, The Flame Alphabet, in conversation with John Freeman. McNally Jackson. 7 p.m. Free.
TUESDAY 1/24: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand will discuss his new book, Hopper, where he comments on the paintings of Edward Hopper. 192 Books. 7 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY 1/25: E.L. Doctorow reads from his latest book, All the Time in the World, a collection of short fiction. He’ll be in conversation with Liesl Schiller, reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. Strand Books. 7 p.m. Buy All the Time in the World or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one person.
Housing Works Bookstore Café hosts a night with New York Magazine and Longreads, featuring Dan P. Lee, Jessica Pressler, and Wesley Yang. Moderated by New York editor-in-chief Adam Moss. 7 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY 1/26: The Center for Fiction presents the Edith Wharton Marathon Reading to celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth. Authors will read from Wharton’s The House of Mirth and include Jennifer Egan, Roxana Robinson, Hilma Wolitzer, Sigrid Nunez, Lily Tuck, Jayne Anne Phillips, Jane Ciabattari, Robb Forman Dew, Rachel Hadas, Anne Landsman, Elissa Schappell, Helen Schulman, Leora Skolkin-Smith, Dinitia Smith, Terese Svoboda, Rachel Cline, Kathryn Harrison, Alice Mattison, Lynne Tillman, and more. Moderated by NPR contributing host and correspondent Jacki Lyden. 5 p.m. $20.
FRIDAY 1/27: Art Battles: Battle for Poland is a night where artists paint in front of a live audience. With music by DJ Kalkutta. (Le) Poisson Rouge. 7 p.m. $20.
SATURDAY 1/28: Sometimes you just need a good cry. So, go to the Beaches Sing and Cry Along at the 92Y Tribeca. 9:30 p.m. $13 includes one beer.
SUNDAY 1/29: Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will read from and discuss her book with Dr. Gail Saltz. 92nd Street Y. 7:30 p.m. $29.