Notable New York: 8/12-8/18

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Monday 08.12
The Franklin Park Reading Series is back this week and is something of a special line-up as they’re featuring a few poets, which is a rare occurrence for the series. The line-up includes the great short story author Amy Hempel, Matthew Savoca, Corey Zeller, Nicole Audrey Spector, and Rebecca Schiff. Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden (Facebook), 8pm, free.

The first NYC Comptroller debate is happening Monday night and Housing Works Bookstore is hosting a screening of the debate. Drinks will be served, sorrows will be drown. Housing Works Bookstore, 7pm, free.

Tuesday 08.13
The Academy of American Poets’ summer reading series continues with readings from Matthea Harvey, Eduardo C. Corral, and Jennifer Militello. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 6:30pm, free.

The PEN American Center presents author Said Sayrafiezadeh reading from her new book Brief Encounters with the Enemy. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Sam Lipsyte (The Fun Parts). McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

Leigh Stein and Sasha Fletcher’s The Book Report Reading Series celebrates its two-year anniversary. The series asks authors to do a grade school-style book report in a hilarious and strange series at which I’ve seen a country western song about Infinite Jest, a report on hypno-birthing, and pop quizzes on Agatha Christie. This month they bring in Chelsea Hodson, Micaela Blei, Maris Kreizman, Miracle Jones, Krystal Languell, and Jennifer L. Knox. The Gallery at LPR, 7pm, free.

Wednesday 08.14
Alexander Maksik presents his novel A Marker to Measure Drift (which is also a part of the Greenlight book club selection). Maksik will be reading, followed by a conversation with Harper’s Magazine editor Christopher Cox. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30pm, free.

Thursday 08.15
The fantastic essayist and author Wayne Koestenbaum reads from his new book My 1980s and Other Essays. 192 Books, 7pm, free.

Thursday, hit Mellow Pages for CANON: Poems and Songs in the Round, featuring poets MC Hyland and Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and singer-songwriter Eliza Blue. Mellow Pages Library, 7:30pm, 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 →