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Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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PETER MENDELSUND is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and a recovering classical pianist. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 27, 2014, 08/27/2014, Peter Mendelsund reads from his book What We See When We Read
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Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) invites ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 28, 2014, 08/28/2014, Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Show
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Actress and author Isabel Gillies converses with Today Show book critic and bestselling author John Searles ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 02, 2014, 09/02/2014, Isabel Gillies reads from her book Starry Night
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Featuring the Poets of BOA Editions: Aracelis Girmay, Katy Lederer, and Anthony Tognazzini. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, September 02, 2014, 09/02/2014, 3 poets read their work
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Founder of contemporary rock criticism Greil Marcus talks with Vanity Fair writer Rachel Felder about ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Greil Marcus reads from his book The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs
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Bestselling nonfiction author Ben Mezrich ventures into new territory with a heart-pounding thriller ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Ben Mezrich reads from his book Seven Wonders
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Lee Child will discuss his new novel with David Granger, editor in chief of Esquire Magazine. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Lee Child reads from his book Personal
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Lee Child will discuss his new novel with David Granger, editor in chief of Esquire Magazine. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 03, 2014, 09/03/2014, Lee Child reads from his book Personal
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Capps, the founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, presents a work that is part military ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 04, 2014, 09/04/2014, Ron Capps discusses his book Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years
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Retired four-star general Tony Zinni analyzes the history of America's use of military action and a call ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 04, 2014, 09/04/2014, Tony Zinni reads from his book Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield
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From the host of MTV's #1 show Catfish comes the definitive guide for millenials about how to connect ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 04, 2014, 09/04/2014, Nev Schulman reads from his book In Real Life: Love, Lies and Identity in the Digital Age
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Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, including "Come On All You Ghosts" (Copper ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Poetry Readings, September 04, 2014, 09/04/2014, Matthew Zapruder reads from his book Sun Bear
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A reading by Daniel Kehlmann's new novel and a moderated conversation between the author, his translator ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP requested
Book Readings, September 05, 2014, 09/05/2014, Daniel Kehlmann reads from his book F: A Novel
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From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 05, 2014, 09/05/2014, Randall Munroe reads from his book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
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Kseniya Melnik’s debut collection of stories, "Snow in May," was published in May 2014. Brando Skyhorse’s ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 05, 2014, 09/05/2014, Fiction and Memoir Reading: Kseniya Melnik and Brando Skyhorse
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Widely known as an incisive critic for the New York Times and Artforum, Claudia La Rocco is also a poet ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Claudia La Rocco reads from her book The Best Most Useless Dress
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This talk chronicles the history of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, James D. Zirin discusses his book The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court
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Author of bestselling biography Little Girl Blue, Randy Schmidt, presents the most important interviews ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Randy L. Schmidt reads from his book Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters
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Danielle Fishel, best known to the TV-watching world as Topanga from Boy Meets World, reveals her down-to-earth ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Danielle Fishel reads from her book Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern
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Join author Reza Aslan as he speaks with host and commentator John Fugelsang about his book. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 08, 2014, 09/08/2014, Reza Aslan reads from his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
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The twelfth Pen Parentis Literary Salon season will launch with a fantastic evening of readings by three ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Pen Parentis Literary Salon
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Coauthor of Alliance of Enemies, Sigrid MacRae, shares with us the story of her mother, the father she ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Sigrid MacRae reads from her book A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany
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From red carpets to runways to front row at fashion week, designer and muse Nicky Hilton has earned her ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Nicky Hilton discusses her book 365 Style with Paris Hilton
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Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Signings, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand signs copies of her book Off the Sidelines
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The author of Netherland returns with this eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, Joseph O'Neill reads from his book The Dog
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Featuring the poets of Poets & Writers: Rich Villar, T'ai Freedom Ford, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Tung-Hui ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, September 09, 2014, 09/09/2014, 4 poets read their work
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featured author: Gabriel Garcia ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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This definitive monograph surveys the artist’s exuberant and genre-defying Soundsuits, performance ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Artist Nick Cave discusses his new book Epitome
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This book is divided into three sections. The first section deals with the general situation of Italian/American ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Anthony J. Tamburri reads from his book Re-Reading Italian Americana
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This illustrated lecture explores our incredible interconnected world; it is a graphic guide that reveals ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 10, 2014, 09/10/2014, Kate Ascher reads from her book The Way to Go: Moving by Sea, Land, and Air
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With: Jack Lynch, Kate Linton, Jane Mead, and Jaime Shearn Coan. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, September 11, 2014, 09/11/2014, 4 poets read their work
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Saskia Hamilton is the author of "Divide These", "As for Dream," and, most recently, "Corridor" (Graywolf ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Poetry Readings, September 11, 2014, 09/11/2014, Poetry Reading: Saskia Hamilton and Matthea Harvey
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Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, "How to Escape from a Leper Colony," the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 12, 2014, 09/12/2014, Tiphanie Yanique reads from her novel Land of Love and Drowning
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On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 12, 2014, 09/12/2014, Jessie Burton reads from her book The Miniaturist
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When it comes to growing a robust mustache, masticating red meat, building a chair, or wooing a woman, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, September 12, 2014, 09/12/2014, Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman signs copies of his book Paddle Your Own Canoe
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Michael Parent and friends commemorate storyteller Diane Wolkstein, who passed away in January. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 13, 2014, 09/13/2014, The Diane Wolkstein Storytelling Celebration
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featured author: Gabriel Garcia ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Mark Obama Ndesandjo talks about his complex relationship with his older half-brother while telling his ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Mark Obama Ndesandjo reads from his book An Obama's Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures
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Phyllis Newman, Billie Allen-Henderson and Jamie Bernstein in conversation with Carol Oja. Performances ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, Carol Oja discusses her book ernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War - Plus Performances
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Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 15, 2014, 09/15/2014, David Mitchell reads from his book The Bone Clocks
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In a follow-up to Heartsounds, a memoir of her physician husband's battle with heart disease, Martha ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, Martha Weinman Lear reads from her book Echoes of Heartsounds
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Newspaperwoman Lucinda Franks discusses her memoir, which highlights her marriage to the longtime Manhattan ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, Pulitzer winner Lucinda Franks reads from her book Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me
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Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, Ken Follett reads from his book Edge of Eternity
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In his bestselling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 16, 2014, 09/16/2014, Ha-Joon Chang discusses his book Economics: The User’s Guide
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Over the next three decades, aging populations in the United States, Europe and Japan will begin to threaten ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5
Book Readings, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Milton Ezrati discusses his book Thirty Tomorrows: The Next Three Decades of Globalization, Demographics, and How We Live
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As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan’s Island, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Gilligan's Island star Dawn Wells discusses her book What Would Mary Ann Do?: A Guide to Life
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Malcolm Brooks reads from his "ambitious and incandescent" debut novel, the story of a dauntless young ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Malcolm Brooks reads from his book Painted Horses
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Bestselling author Sarah Waters' latest is an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Sarah Waters reads from her book The Paying Guests
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The first illustrated study of ethnic silver jewelry in Yemen by expert researcher and collector Marjorie ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5-$10 suggested contribution
Book Readings, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Marjorie Ransom discusses her book Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba Regional Yemeni Jewelry
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This is a reading by the recipient of the 2013 Women Poets for the best second collection by an American ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Poetry Readings, September 17, 2014, 09/17/2014, Sandra Lim reads from her book The Wilderness
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Betty Halbreich, personal shopper at Bergdorf's for over 30 years and star of the documentary Scatter ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, Betty Halbreich discusses her book I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist with designer Isaac Mizrahi
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It is December 6, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, James Ellroy reads from his book Perfidia
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Cedric Tillman is the author of “Lilies in the Valley” (Aquarius Press, 2013). Wendy S. Walters newest ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Poetry Readings, September 18, 2014, 09/18/2014, Poetry Reading: Cedric Tillman / Wendy Walters / Adrian Matejka
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Rebecca Alexander was born with a rare disease that robbed her of her sight and hearing. She then survived ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, Rebecca Alexander reads from her book Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
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Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness — the first retrospective ever mounted of Christopher ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 19, 2014, 09/19/2014, Artist Christopher Williams discusses his book The Production Line of Happiness
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Bestselling author William D. Cohan, whose reporting and writing have been hailed as “gripping” (the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, William D. Cohan discusses his book The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal
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Ann Hood, bestselling author of The Obituary Writer, reads from her latest work, an evocative portrait ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Ann Hood reads from her book An Italian Wife
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Since it first opened on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has constantly been on stage somewhere. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Barbara Isenberg reads from her book Tradition!
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From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, here is a dazzling tragicomedy about ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 22, 2014, 09/22/2014, Daniel Kehlmann reads from his book F: A Novel
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In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the story of two giants of American ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Jonathan Darman discusses his book Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America
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Novelist Brian Morton (Starting Out in the Evening) introduces his latest fiction, about an independent ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Brian Morton reads from his book Florence Gordon
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Vanessa Manko's first novel is a sweeping story of accusations, misunderstandings and exile that is based ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Vanessa Manko reads from her book The Invention of Exile
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An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad — a road map to becoming ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Signings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-winning Times columnist, signs copies of his book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
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Featuring the poets of Poetry Society of America: Timothy Liu, Catherine Barnett, Mark Doty, and Jack ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, 4 poets read their work
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featured author: Gabriel Garcia ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Deborah Feingold has been behind the lens for many of the iconic photos you know and love. She'll be ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Photographer Deborah Feingold discusses her book Music
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Michael Broder’s debut collection is "This Life Now" (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). Alden Jones’s ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 26, 2014, 09/26/2014, Alumni Reading: Michael Broder / Alden Jones / R. A. Villanueva
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A reading by contributors to the Creative Writing Program’s literary journal. Anselm Berrigan is the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 27, 2014, 09/27/2014, Washington Square Launch Party
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In recent years, contemporary architectural theory and practice have shifted from a focus on how a building ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Scott Johnson discusses his book Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featured author: Gabriel Garcia ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Douglas Brunt, the critically acclaimed author of Ghosts of Manhattan, reads and discusses his new novel, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Douglas Brunt reads from his book The Means
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Doyin Richards, father, husband, blogger, author and person you'll want to meet. His upbeat and loving ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Doyin Richards reads from his book Daddy Doin' Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood
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A one-of-a-kind celebration of the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Stephin Merritt reads from his book 101 Two-Letter Words
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Comedian, actor and writer B.J. Novak reads from his new children's book. It will tickle the funny bone ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, The Office star B.J. Novak reads from his children's book The Book with No Pictures
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This talk portrays the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America’s struggle with ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Greg Grandin discusses his book The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
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An intriguing journey through Berlin by a longtime interested observer. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP requested
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Peter Schneider reads from his book Berlin Now
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New Yorker staffer Lawrence Wright, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower: Al Quaeda ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright reads from his book Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
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For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Signings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Lena Dunham, Emmy-nominated star of Girls, signs copies of her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'
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Featuring the poets of Poets Wear Prada: Joel Alleghretti, Erik La Prade, Hilary Sideris, John J. Trause, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Poetry Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, 5 poets read their work
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#Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, October 15, 2014, 10/15/2014, Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny discuss their book #Newsfail
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The Yorkville-born author presents a funny, bittersweet portrait of his first 18 years - a love song ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, October 17, 2014, 10/17/2014, Thomas R. Pryor reads from his memoir I Hate the Dallas Cowboys
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