Notable New York: 07/29-08/04

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MONDAY 07.29
Join the Mystery Writers of America for a reading featuring Annamaria Alfieri, Kevin Egan, Clare Toohey, Kate Lincoln, Susan Olsen, Cathi Stoler and Sheila York. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

TUESDAY 07.30
Birds, LLC hosts a reading featuring Dan Magers, Bianca Stone, Sampson Starkweather, Justin Marks, Paige Taggert, and Chris Tonelli. The West, 8pm, free.

Gary Shteyngart reads for the Borscht Salon. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

Pianist/composer Timo Andres, artist/book designer Peter Mendelsund, and The New Yorker’s Leo Carey get together to talk about “The Anxiety of Influence,” how their influences have effected their work and how they try to keep influence and history in mind as they create. Housing Works Bookstore, 7pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 07.31
Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Three Minute Stories series takes on the internet. A bevy of writers will share their best internet-based stories in 180 seconds or less. The reading will feature Jenn Pelly, Elissa Bassist, Jessica Suarez, Alina Simone, Matt LeMay, Karolina Waclawiak, Tyler Coates, and Maris Kreizman. Housing Works Bookstore, 8pm, free.

Harper’s Magazine hosts a discussion of sleep: “sleep drugs, homeopathic remedies, and Artemidorus’ interpretation of dreams.” Readers will include Christine Smallwood, Hamilton Morris, and others, with host Christopher Cox, Harper’s senior editor. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

The KGB Bar celebrates their 20th anniversary. I’m not 100% sure what’s happening, but the KGB is great and 20 years is a long time to keep a place this important going in New York. Good work KGB. I hope there’s 20 more. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

THURSDAY 08.01
Author David Epstein reads from and discusses his new book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. Bookcourt, 7pm, free.

FRIDAY 08.02
CA Conrad and Steve Zultanski read at an event called POEMS FOR SUMMER. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

SATURDAY 08.03
The Atlas Review and the Marina Abromovic Institute will be co-hosting a marathon reading of Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. Over the course of six+ hours they will present over 40 readers taking on Lem’s masterpiece of science fiction.* This should be really wonderful. The book is incredible and it is a perfect selection for an extended reading like this. Wythe Hotel, 2:30-10:30, free.

It doesn’t sound like there will be much reading going on, but Bushwick’s artfully-curated used bookstore Molasses Books will be celebrating their first birthday with some DJs, drinks, free champagne, (brand new) air conditioning, and a pretty killer selection of used books. Molasses Books, 9pm, free.

* I feel obliged to add that I will be one of the people reading Solaris, so, you know, full disclosure.


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 →