It’s Memorial Day, go outside, eat a burger — vegetable or cow — off a grill, and read a book in a park.
Rare Bird and Other Voices present the PROG NYC BEA Party with music and readings from Rick Moody, Charles Bock, Wesley Stace, Rob Roberge, Marc Weingarten, and more. Housing Works Bookstore, 7pm, free.
The new powerHouse Arena hosts Julie Sarkissian (Dear Lucy) and Haley Tanner (Vaclav & Lena) for a reading and discussion. Plus, have you seen the new powerHouse yet? That should be reason enough to stop by. powerHouse on 8th, 7pm, free.
The MoMA’s Guerilla Reading Series continues with two events today. The first features Mónica de la Torre and then Rob Fitterman and Kim Rosenfeld later. MoMA, 4th Floor Information Desk, 12:30pm and 1:30pm, free with museum admission.
The Ear Inn Reading Series welcomes poets Charles Bernstein, Lucy Ives, and Daniel Schoonebeek. Ear Inn, 8pm, free.
Tonight head to powerHouse for a very special event called North Korea, Vietnam, and the Making of Two Pulitzer Prizes, where Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son) and Fredrik Logevall (Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam) will discuss their 2013 Pulitzer-winning works with their Random House editor, David Ebershoff. (Yeah, he edited both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning books for fiction and nonfiction.) powerHouse Arena, 7pm, free.
The third reading in a series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship takes place Thursday with readings by Camille Rankine and Cornelius Eady. Strand Books, 7pm, $10.
Michelle Tea and Ali Liebegott join forces to read from their new books. Liebegott reads from Cha-Ching!, a new release from the City Lights imprint edited by Michelle Tea, Sister Spit. Tea will read from her first young adult novel, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (McSweeneys). Bluestockings, 7pm, free.
Tonight the New Museum is presenting a reading titled Don’t Stop: Neophilia, Niche War, Expert Boxes, The Superbody, and Networking the Middle Class. Get it? No? It’s a reading about the language of the 90s that ties in with their current exhibit NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. The reading will feature Jim Fletcher, Ben Gocker, Matthew Shen Goodman, Harmony Holiday, Paul Legault, Claire Lehmann, Jennifer Sullivan, Martha Wilson (as Barbara Bush), and Rebecca Wolff. The New Museum, 7pm, $8.
Gary, Lutz, John Haskell, Ken Sparling, Amber Sparks, and Robert Kloss form an incredible line-up for a reading tonight. Unnameable Books, 7pm, free.
The Enclave Reading Series presents Jessica Hagedorn, Michael Cunningham, and Angelo Nikolopolus. Cake Shop, 4pm, free.
It’s June finally, and that means that it should be nice enough to spend an afternoon in a park. Lucky you, for the second straight year, the Soap Box Poets reading is making sure you can so with a little poetry. The Soap Box Poetry reading will take place at the HOWL Festival Sunday afternoon. Your to-do list for today: Sit on a grassy knoll, listen to some poets, eat some street food, enjoy the sun. Readers include Carlos Manuel Rivera, JD Scott, Keily Sweatt, Jeffrey Grunthaner, Georgia Luna Smith Faust, Jacob Steinberg, Willis Plummer, Jonathan Aprea, and Caroline Hayes. Tompkins Square Park, 1pm, free.
The Nervous Breakdown takes over the KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction Series and brings a stellar line-up to the East Village bar, including Elizabeth Crane, Caroline Leavit, Jessica Anya Blau, and Allison Amend. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.
It’s time for Housing Works Bookstore’s annual Open Air Street Fair. Get there early for some great, cheap books. It all goes to a good cause, so everyone wins, and you can still head to Tompkins Square Park for Soap Box Poets afterward. Housing Works Bookstore, 10am-4pm, free.