Notable New York: 03/11-03/17

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MONDAY 03/11: Electric Literature and Lazy Fascist Press celebrate the release of Sam Pink’s new novel Rontel, the first book release from Electric Literature. The night will include readings from Pink as well as Scott McClanahan, Cameron Pierce, J. David Osborne, Spencer Madsen, and Kirsten Alene. 7pm, Housing Works Bookstore, free.

In another installment of Ron Hogan’s Blogger/Author Pairings series, Jessica Francis Kane, author of the story collection This Close, reads and has a conversation with blogger Alex Shephard (Full Stop). 7:30pm, Greenlight Bookstore, free.

TUESDAY 03/12: Lucky Peach, the food and writing quarterly from McSweeney’s, has a release party for their last two issues (getting caught up?), which will include a short video featuring chef Magnus Nilsson preparing roast chicken in the year 2034 as a part of the “Apocalypse” issue theme; food from Mission Chinese Food; and a discussion between Lucky Peach editor Peter Meehan, contributor Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Bon Appetit editor Andrew Knowlton, and Emily Witt. 8pm, McNally Jackson, free.

WEDNESDAY 03/13: Richard Ford headlines Selected Shorts tonight. The program will also feature David Strathairn, Carrie Preston, and Dawn Akemi Saito reading stories by Ford, Robert Olen Butler, and Binnie Kirshenbaum. 7:30pm, Symphony Space, $28.

THURSDAY 03/14: Ask Roulette, hosted by Jody Avirgan, allows strangers to ask guests personal and off-the-wall questions. Tonight’s guests include Mike Pesca (NPR, Slate’s Hang Up and Listen), Albertina Rizzo (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Choire Sicha (The Awl). 7pm, Housing Works Bookstore, free.

Writers/Professors Ron Collins and David Skover dig into what it is about mania and the drug-fueled lives of people like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Lucien Carr that readers find so compelling in their book Mania. The authors will discuss the book with The New York Times journalist John Leland as moderator. 7pm, The Strand Bookstore, free with book purchase.

FRIDAY 03/15: The Poetry Project hosts Bolaño for Poets tonight, an event that explores the role of poetry in the life of author Roberto Bolaño and the role of poetry in his novels (there are lots of poets as characters for starters). The discussion will include Cole Heinowitz, Carmen Boullosa, Brandon Holmquest, and other authors TBA. 10pm, St. Mark’s Church, free.

SATURDAY 03/16: Help Parallax celebrate the release of their inaugural issue with readings from Dolan Morgan, Mike Lala, Jennifer Franklin, Julia Phillips, Natalie Eilbert, and more. 5pm, Culture Fix, free.


Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest and the host of the InDigest Reading Series. He is a 2012 National Poetry Series finalist and has recently had work published in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Opium, METRO Twin Cities, Scud, 3:AM, and elsewhere. He has been a writer and producer on Radio Happy Hour and Geocachers. He lives in Astoria, tweets at @dlukenelson, and blogs at blogsareaboutego.blogspot.com. More from this author →