Notable NYC: 12/14–12/20

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Saturday 12/14: Mike Albo, Jami Attenberg, Sandra Bauleo, Alexander Chee, Adam Gopnik, Lev Grossman, Jill Hennessey, Dave Hill, Saeed Jones, Michael Kostroff, Fiona Maazel, Ayana Mathis, Téa Obreht, Gabriel Roth, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Jim Shepard, Rob Spillman, Lorin Stein, Emma Straub, J. Courtney Sullivan, Justin Taylor, Lynne Tillman, Justin Torres, Adelle Waldman will read from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843) in a marathon event of the holiday classic. Housing Works, 1 p.m., free.

Ana Božičević, Nicole Cooley, Jan Freeman, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kimiko Hahn, Patricia Spears Jones, Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, Christoph Keller, Joan Larkin, Jan Heller Levi, Anne Marie Macari, Donna Masini, Jena Osman, Alicia Ostriker, William L. Rukeyser, Gerald Stern and Brian Teare celebrate the life of poet Muriel Rukeyser. Kray Hall, 2 p.m., $10.

Hilton Als reads from White Girls (November 2013) as part of the series, Gotham: Writers in the City, in conversation with Robin Spillman. Dweck Center at Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free.

Music review website Pitchfork launches The Pitchfork Review, a new quarterly print journal. Michael Azerrad hosts a discussion panel. 130 Hope Street, 6 p.m., free with RSVP.

Brooklyn’s WORD Bookstore opens its second location: Jersey City. The store, located at 123 Newark Avenue next to the Grove Street PATH Station, will have a soft opening, with a planned cafe opening later. WORD Jersey City, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.

Sunday 12/15: Megan Boyle, Matthew Donahoo, Andrew James Weatherhead, Giancario DiTrapano, and Joseph Moore read as part of the MuuMuu House holiday reading. Tao Lin hosts. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 12/16: Colum McCann and Norman Rush read from their new novels. McCann’s Transatlantic (June 2013) explores three transatlantic crossings. In Rush’s Subtle Bodies (September 2013), a young couple struggling with fertility contemplate their lives after a death strikes in a circle of friends once close in their college years. Kaufman Concert Hall, 8 p.m., $27.

Robert Kelly and Anna Moschovakis read poetry. Kelly is the co-director of the Program in Written Arts at Bard College. Dia Art Foundation, 6:30 p.m., $6.

Tuesday 12/17: Rawaan Alkhatib, Alan Felsenthal, Emily Liebowitz, Eric Linsker, Jeff Nagy, Colby Somerville, Bridget Talone, Steven Toussaint, and Jenny Zhang read poetry. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free.

Lynne Tillman, David Gilbert, Laura van den Berg, and A. Igoni Barrett join the Fiction Addiction series. 2A Upstairs, 8 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/18: Laura Hemphill and Teddy Wayne read from their new novels. Hemphill’s debut, Buying In (November 2013), enters the world of high finance with a recent college graduate landing a lucrative Wall Street job. Wayne’s The Love Song of Johnny Valentine (February 2013) is the story of a Justin Bieber–like 11-year-old singer. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Stanley Crouch reads from the first volume in his Charlie Parker biography, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker (September 2013) along with novelist Tom Piazza. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 12/19: Rebecca Schiff, Roy Scranton, Ryan Skrabalak, George del Valle, Joe Fritsch, Bill Cheng, Matthue Roth Soda Bar, 8p.m., free.

Friday 12/20: Laura Brown, Jane Hoppen and Maya MacDonald read their current work as part of the Paragraph series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.


Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →