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free (and almost free) readings in New York City (NYC)

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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Step Right Up: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms explores self-taught art of late nineteenth and early twentieth century shooting gallery targets, whole galleries, and arcade forms. Commonly seen on early midways and carnivals as well as in saloons and other public places of amusement, the artworks presented are the rarest and most aesthetically pleasing decorative targets and arcade forms known. Also featured are examples of other amusement attractions to which the visitor to the carnival, circus, or midway would have been exposed. A few European forms are included to illustrate the difference between them and American forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Richard and Valerie Tucker read from their book Step Right Up! Classic American Arcade and Target Forms
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Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic. Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading will begin at 1 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, What the Dickens?: The Fifth Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading
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Kieran Daly currently resides in Florida. Recent publications include MCAR (DTL) (Fig. 1) (X. Vol. No. Month. YEAR 2014) and Suspended (of) the formal capacity to sample and thereby preserve such samples according to the conditions from which they appeared (LUMA Foundation). Steven Zultanski is the author of Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Agony (BookThug, 2012), Cop Kisser (BookThug, 2010), and Pad (Make Now, 2010). Mónica de la Torre is the author of four poetry collections—two in Spanish—and several chapbooks, recently The Happy End (Song Cave). She translates Latin American poets and co-edited two multilingual anthologies. Work has appeared in Aufgabe, Convolution, frieze, the catalog for Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship and Triple Canopy’s Corrected Slogans. She is BOMB Magazine’s senior editor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Reading: Kieran Daly / Steven Zultanski / Mónica de la Torre
Poetry Reading |
In 1882, as a Christmas present for his six children, Clement C. Moore wrote the poem that became a classic for all to cherish. Come hear a reading of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas." A special musical prelude and slide show begins at 3:30pm. Reading begins at 4:00pm. After the reading, there will be a lantern procession to Trinity Cemetery and Mausoleum, where a wreath will be laid at the gravesite of Clement Clarke Moore.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 21, 2014, 12/21/2014, '’Twas the Night Before Christmas': A Reading
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, December 22, 2014, 12/22/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Aaron Winslow is a writer and archivist living in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of the chapbook Four Gashes: Tales of the Great Misery (Make Now) and the novel Jobs of the Great Misery (ABC Books, Spring 2015). Samuel R. Delany is the winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and is one of science fiction’s most celebrated authors. He is recognized for his provocative futuristic explorations of race and sexual identity in the novels Nova, Dhalgren, and Triton. Delany’s non-fiction books include Times Square Red and Times Square Blue (Sexual Culture).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, January 10, 2015, 01/10/2015, Reading: Aaron WInslow / Samuel R. Delany
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James Abel will read from his new Arctic thriller novel and tell stories of his travels in the Arctic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, January 12, 2015, 01/12/2015, James Abel reads from his book White Plague
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Tom Trudgeon has been published in Out Of Nothing, The Conversant, The Volta, HTML Giant, Entropy, among others, and has a text forthcoming from Gauss PDF. He is a MFA graduate from Temple University where he currently teaches “experimental” poetry. Wayne Koestenbaum is a poet, critic, and artist. His latest book of prose is My 1980s &amp; Other Essays (FSG). His books of poetry include Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (Turtle Point) and Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (Turtle Point). His first solo exhibition of paintings was at White Columns gallery in New York in Fall 2012. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, January 17, 2015, 01/17/2015, Reading: Tom Trudgeon / Wayne Koestenbaum
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In The Age of the Crisis of Man, n+1 co-founder Mark Greif charts how a fundamental question of how to determine both the face and the fate of humanity framed, and was ultimately unraveled by, the creative output, critical and ethical debate, and profound shifts in public policy that took place after the Second World War.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, January 21, 2015, 01/21/2015, Mark Greif discusses his book The Age of the Crisis of Man with Times film critic A.O. Scott
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Sophie Seita is the author of Fantasias in Counting (BlazeVOX) and 12 Steps (Wide Range). She is currently writing a long poem called Meat, a play titled Don Carlos, or Royal Jelly, an artist book, a translation of Uljana Wolf, and recently finished a video, “Objects I Cannot Touch,” for SoundEye in Cork, Ireland. Her academic research is on avant-garde little magazines. Ron Silliman published four books in 2014 including Northern Soul (Shearsman) and BART (Cuadro de Tiza Ediciones) in Spanish. In addition to appearing at StAnza, the Text Festival, the Poetry Moon Festival, US Poets in Mexico, Avant-Canada, and the Windsor International Writers Conference last year, he recorded Sunset Debris with the band Ihmissyöjän ystävät (Friends of the Cannibal).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, January 24, 2015, 01/24/2015, Reading: Sophie Seita / Ron Silliman
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Celebrate patriarchy-smashing cheeseburger enthusiast Katie's Coyle's debut novel, already named one of Rolling Stone's best YA novels of all time. Road trip-themed readings by Katie, Ashley Ford, and Julie Buntin, free drinks, snacks, music, and teen-style fun for all ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, January 27, 2015, 01/27/2015, Katie Coyle reads from her book Vivian Apple at the End of the World
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Jess Row's first book, The Train to Lo Wu, a collection of short stories set in Hong Kong, was published in 2005; in 2006 it was shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize. In 2007 he was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by Granta. His second collection of stories, Nobody Ever Gets Lost, was published by FiveChapters Books in February 2011. His first novel, Your Face in Mine, was published by Riverhead Books in August 2014.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, January 28, 2015, 01/28/2015, Fiction Forum: Jess Row
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