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89 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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Featuring: Jason Schneiderman Jennifer Knox Ada Limón
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, 3 poets read their work
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Hailed by Vince Flynn as "the best in the business," master espionage writer Alan Furst is back with a riveting new novel about the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. A Hero for France follows a small team of courageous, ordinary men and women who are risking everything in their determination to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Alan Furst reads from his book  A Hero of France
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From the author of Fresh Off the Boat, now a hit ABC sitcom, comes a hilarious and fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Eddie Huang reads from his book Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China
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In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Janice Nimura discusses her book Daughters of the Samurai
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On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For aspiring poet Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Joe Okonkwo reads from his book Jazz Moon
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Emma Straub packs wisdom, insight and humor into Modern Lovers, a book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age and the fact that our passions don't go away, but grow along with us. Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe grew up together. Now their children are reaching maturity, and secrets are finally let loose.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Emma Straub reads from her book Modern Lovers
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William Finnegan is the author of Cold New World, A Complicated War, Dateline Soweto, and Crossing the Line. He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009. A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987, he lives in Manhattan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
12:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, William Finnegan reads from his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
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Murder, blackmail, and betrayal bring Hollywood to Ohio as a young woman discovers the secrets behind her surprise inheritance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore reads from her book June
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Mindy Véissid's will discuss her life path which lead her to become a photographer and creator of her Art of Intuitive Photography classes. Her book guides the reader to pay attention to feelings, be mindful of the present moment, and experience rather than do photography. She will present some key features from the book, show images taken in an intuitive moment, and will sign books as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
4:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Mindy Véissid discusses her book Art of Intuitive Photography
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Meet your favorite authors of books for teens: - Tara Altebrando, The Leaving - Jennifer Castle, What Happens After - Gordon Korman, Slacker - Lois Metzger, Change Places With Me - Sarah Mlynowski, Think Twice - Lindsay Ribar, Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Author reading night: books for teens
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In his memoir, Shaka Senghor chronicles child abuse, violence, depression, and life in the streets as a drug dealer, which led him to a murder conviction and behind bars. His 19-year sentence, seven of which was spent in solitary confinement, would fuel his passion for education and motivated him to become an agent in the reform of America’s industrial prison complex.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Shaka Senghor reads from his book Writing My Wrongs
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Welcome Irish-American writers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and artists of every (and no) religion. As well as celebrating the achievements of Irish-American writers and artists, past and present, IAW+A's purpose is to highlight, energize and encourage Irish Americans working in the arts. IAW+A is committed both to bringing together the Irish American creative community in new self-awareness and to being a force for inter-ethnic and interracial solidarity, understanding and active cooperation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
7:00 pm

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Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Irish American Writers and Artists Salon
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At the launch of Paula Whyman's book of stories, she will be joined in conversation by Michele Filgate. Miranda Weber is a hot mess. In Whyman’s debut collection of stories, we find her hoarding duct tape to ward off terrorists, stumbling into a drug run with a crackhead, and – frequently – enduring the bad behavior of men.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Paula Whyman discusses her book You May See A Stranger
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Cohen captures the full drama of this watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation's political discourse. In this sweeping and immersive book, Cohen takes us to the source of our modern politics of division.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Michael Cohen reads from his book American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division
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From Noah Hawley, the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo, comes the thriller of the year. A small charter plane crashes into the ocean leaving only two survivors, a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, now heir to a fortune. Was it a random tragedy, or were the passengers victims of a sinister conspiracy?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 1
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 01, 2016, 06/01/2016, Noah Hawley reads from his book Before the Fall
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Sounds and Sweet Airs reveals the hidden stories of eight remarkable composers, taking the reader on a journey from seventeenth-century Medici Florence to London in the Blitz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 2
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, Anna Beer reads from her book Sounds and Sweet Airs
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Phoebe's life changes when her orphaned cousin Leonard arrives. He's gay, confident, and inspires the people around him. One day, Leonard goes missing. Phoebe, her family, and her community fight to make sense of why someone might want to extinguish his beautiful, absolute brightness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 2
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 02, 2016, 06/02/2016, James Lecesne reads from his book Absolute Brightness
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Six readings by American authors on Czech themes. Including works by Ivan Backer, Charles Novacek, Anna Nessy, Richard Katrovas, Jo-Anne Elikann, and Kevin J. McNamara. The authors will have readings from their books followed by book signings. There will also be an introduction to a new poetry APP called Poetizer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 03, 2016, 06/03/2016, Czech-American Literary Festival
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The mission of Lamprophonic is to present and promote new voices in the New York writing community. We prepare a diverse and entertaining reading each month that demonstrates the quality and variety of emerging New York writers. In a typical reading, we hear poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and are open to anything that thoughtfully engages listeners.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 3
8:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 03, 2016, 06/03/2016, Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series
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Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Longtime New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 4
3:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, John Seabrook reads from his book The Song Machine
Open Mike Reading |
Monthly Poetry Open Mike and Program. The Riverside Poets read their favorite poems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 4
3:00 pm

Free
Open Mike Readings, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, Riverside Poets Workshop
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With: Carol Muske-Dukes, Stanley Plumly, Christopher Merrill, Anne Marie Macari, Gerald Stern.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 4
6:30 pm

Free
Readings, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, Readings by Five Writers
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With: Robert Eversz, Beth Ann Fennelly, Richard Jackson, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Patricia Hampl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jun 5
6:30 pm

Free
Readings, June 05, 2016, 06/05/2016, Readings by Five Writers
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Author David Rogers is with the Columbia Business School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 6
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, David Rogers reads from his book The Digital Transformation Playbook
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Kellye Rosenheim, a popular leader of bird walks in Central Park and Jamaica Bay, and Deborah Rivel, an award-winning wildlife film producer/director who has traveled to continents in search of birds, will discuss and sign their easy-to-use guide.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 6
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim discuss their book Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island
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A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to cure him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, Garrard Conley reads from his book Boy Erased
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"Why aren't you angry?" people asked author Martin Moran after he came to forgive the man who sexually abused him as a boy. At first, the question pissed him off. Then, it began to haunt him. Was his fury hidden, buried? Moran takes us along on his quest to understand the role of rage in our lives. Within this landscape of old wounds and complicated loves, he shows us how rage may meet compassion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 06, 2016, 06/06/2016, Martin Moran reads from his book All the Rage: A Quest
Poetry Reading |
Featuring: Nate Marshall, Rickey Laurentiis, Lynn Emmanual, Martha Collins
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 7
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, The Poets of University of Pittsburgh Press
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2016 Emerging Poets Fellows Emily Brandt, Chialun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Anne Lai, Cynthia Manick, José Olivarez, Noel Quiñones, and Nicole Shantè White read breathtaking new work that promises an exciting future for poetry, hosted by 2016 workshop leader Adam Fitzgerald. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its fifth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, resources and programming.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 7
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading
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As a child Hazel loved her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse. Years later, she wakes in a hospital. She's told she's been in an accident that killed her father. An FBI agent starts asking questions about her dad; and a corpse found with a priceless book belonging to Benedict Arnold, stuffed in his chest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 7
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Brad Meltzer reads from his book The House of Secrets
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First-time novelist Rumaan Alam provides a sharp insightful look into how the relationship between two female BFFs changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 7
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Rumaan Alam reads from his book Rich and Pretty
Open Mike Reading |
No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers including: Angel Yau, Asher Novek, Nicole Ferraro, Sam Dingman and Tamora Wilson. This month's theme is This month's theme is MOVING: Stories about moving across the street or across an ocean, heading off to college or leaving where you grew up, being priced out of your neighborhood or finding the home of your dreams. Host: Michelle Carlo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 7
7:00 pm

Free
Open Mike Readings, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, Super Storytellers
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From WWII to the state of our current politics, learn the secrets to being a great con-man through the untold story of a larger-than-life, eternal hustler who changed the course of history…forever.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 8
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Walter Shapiro reads from his book Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer
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Danielle Chang, founder of Lucky Rice, which produces culinary events celebrating Asian culture, discusses her new cookbook. A screening of an episode of her cooking and lifestyle show Lucky Chow will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 8
6:15 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Danielle Chang discusses her book Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables
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Readings by poets Bhisham Bherwani, Terese Svoboda and Performance,“’E’ as in Event” by dancer and choreographer Luis Lara Malvacias with spoken words by poet Judah Levenson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 8
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Prose, Poetry and Performance
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The Business of Good narrates the story behind social entrepreneurship as told by the individuals compelled to create a change in the world - not just another business. Serial and social entrepreneur Jason Haber intertwines case studies and anecdotes that show how social entrepreneurship is creating jobs, growing the economy, and ultimately changing the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 8
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Jason Haber discusses his book The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line
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Acclaimed novelist Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh, with his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset orange metallic Hummer down Alaska's Seward Highway. In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 8
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 08, 2016, 06/08/2016, Russell Banks reads from his book Voyager: Travel Writings
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What will happen to the theater when there are no more critics? With the decline of print media and the rise of online journalism, theater critics are facing hard times. As their influence fades, will the industry they cover be adversely affected or can bloggers and message boards fill the void? Can a new economic model be created for theater criticism?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, Matt Windman discusses his book The Critics Say...: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future
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Secretary Press, founded by Baxter St Director Libby Pratt and President Michi Jigarjian, will be hosting a book signing for their recent release.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
5:30 pm

Free
Book Signings, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, David Deitcher signs copies of his book Stone's Throw
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In this engrossing, provocative, and intimate memoir, a young journalist reflects on her childhood in the heartland, growing up in an increasingly isolated meditation community in the 1980s and ’90s — a fascinating, disturbing look at a fringe culture and its true believers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, Claire Hoffman discusses her book Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent
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A riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade and an incredible story of redemption.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, D. Watkins reads from his book The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir
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A play and poetry reading.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
6:30 pm

Free
Readings, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, Crossing the Third Rail: Stories of Urban Motion
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How do you learn to be a black man in America? Today, it means coming of age during Obama. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, too many more. Moments of black self-determination. Smith describes his efforts in a world that denies his humanity. He unapologetically rewrites the script for black masculinity to include feminism, mental health and LGBTQ rights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 9
8:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 09, 2016, 06/09/2016, Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
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Rosenthal presents basic techniques and simple recipes that achieve the most taste with the least effort. The dishes are sophisticated enough for entertaining, yet family table tested as well. Good cooking doesn't have to be complex to be great. So whether you're clueless in the kitchen, pan-fry phobic, or already skilled, he's here to help turn your kitchen into a place to play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 10
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 10, 2016, 06/10/2016, Robert Rosenthal discusses his book Short Order Dad: One Guy's Guide to Making Food Fun and Hassle-Free
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This book traces Lurie’s journey from the hot comb, the Jheri curl, the perm and the Big Chop, all the way through her life as all-natural attorney defending high-profile cases in a racist court system. As she examines the history behind nappiness, Lurie learns that Black hair, identity and skin color are international cultural experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 11
3:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 11, 2016, 06/11/2016, Lurie Daniel Favors discusses her book Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl
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Personal finance author Lynnette Khalfani-Cox is CEO and Co-Founder of The Money Coach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox reads from her book College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs, and Graduate Debt Free
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Before America joined World War I, a small group of Americans volunteered for the French Foreign Legion to help defeat the Central Powers. Historian David Hanna profiles seven of these volunteers: a poet, an artist, a boxer, a stunt pilot, a college student, a veteran of the Spanish American War, and an advertising executive. All seven men were united in courage; and some, like poet Alan Seeger, paid the ultimate sacrifice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
4:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, David Hanna discusses his book Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight For France and For Civilization
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Welcome performer Adam Grupper, currently appearing in the Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler On The Roof, for a discussion about the show's history, as well as the newly released audio book for Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, The World's Most Beloved Musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
5:00 pm

Free
Book Signings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Adam Grupper discusses and signs his audio book Tradition!
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In Tracy Barone’s debut, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away, and the one she desperately wants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Tracy Barone reads from her book Happy Family
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This talk is a gritty story of corruption, greed and law enforcement, and is filled with characters and stories ripped straight from the tabloids.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Michael Vecchione discusses his book Crooked Brooklyn: Taking Down Corrupt Judges, Dirty Politicians, Killers and Body Snatchers
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Biologist Nathan H. Lents argues that the same evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and animals. Identical emotional and instinctual drives govern our actions. By acknowledging this shared programming, the human experience no longer seems unique, but in that loss we gain a fuller understanding of such phenomena as sibling rivalry and the biological basis of grief, helping us lead more grounded, moral lives among animals, our closest kin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Nathan H. Lents reads from his book Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals
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Rose Gardner is the alter ego of writer and actress Ivy Tobin. As the voice of Rose, she will take you on a journey through the 1980s, exploring struggles with life and love while learning to stand up and speak out. Rose moves to Manhattan. She fights to maintain her sanity, while establishing herself as an actress and coping with bad relationships, unpredictable roommates, and bad decisions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 13
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 13, 2016, 06/13/2016, Rose Gardner discusses her book My Life as a Doormat
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What should a television look like? How should a radio dial feel to the touch? This program will discuss industrial designer John Vassos’s contribution to the design of radio and television when they were new. In John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life, Danielle Shapiro is the first to examine the life and work of John Vassos (1898-1985), a Greek émigré and an important industrial designer and Art Deco illustrator who shaped the look and feel of modern technology as Radio Corporation of America’s key consultant designer through the rise of radio and television and into the computer era.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 14
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Danielle Shapiro discusses her book John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life
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Oliver serves up a comedic cornucopia of sketches, vignettes, lists, and diaries from his life as a young, fanciful, and “extremely” single gay man in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 14
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Isaac Oliver reads from his book Intimacy Idiot
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Featuring: Mark Statman, Bill Lavender, Kate Farrell, Pablo Medina
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 14
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, The Poets of Lavender Ink Press
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The history of the gay liberation has often been narrated as a story of political progress and sexual freedom, but this illustrated lecture uncovers how the 1970s engendered a literary, cultural, and religious awakening for LGBT people. The talk explores the creation of a LGBT church in New Orleans that was the victim of an arson attack in 1973, making it the largest massacre of gay people in U.S. history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 14
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Jim Downs reads from his book Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation
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A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces 300 years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a true great novel in its own right. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 14
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 14, 2016, 06/14/2016, Yaa Gyasi discusses her book Homegoing
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Welcome Jack Viertel for a discussion and signing of his new book. For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 15
5:00 pm

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Book Readings, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Jack Viertel discusses his book The Secret Life Of The American Musical
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Mingmei Yip is the author of seven novels, including Secret of a Thousand Beauties, Skeleton Women, and The Nine Fold Heaven. Her work has been translated into nine languages and published in eleven countries.She also is a calligrapher and qin musician. She lives in New York City.
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Wed, Jun 15
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Book Readings, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Mingmei Yip discusses her book The Witch's Market
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Joy Bergman is not aging with the quiet grace her children Molly and Daniel would prefer. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old. Author Cathleen Schine crafts a tender, sometimes hilarious intergenerational story about searching for where you belong as your family ages.
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Wed, Jun 15
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Book Readings, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Cathleen Schine discusses her book They May Not Mean to, but They Do
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From the New York Post's Page Six to Good Housekeeping to executive editor of People, Kate Coyne provides an unfiltered and hilarious look at her life alongside the rich and famous. I'm Your Biggest Fan chronicles her journey from red-carpet reporter to upper-level editor and the countless surreal, surprising and awkward interactions she's had with big name celebrities along the way.
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Wed, Jun 15
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Book Readings, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Kate Coyne discusses her book I'm Your Biggest Fan: Awkward Encounters and Assorted Misadventures in Celebrity
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How do you learn to be a black man in America? Today, it means coming of age during Obama. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, too many more. Moments of black self-determination. Smith describes his efforts in a world that denies his humanity. He unapologetically rewrites the script for black masculinity to include feminism, mental health and LGBTQ rights.
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Wed, Jun 15
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Book Readings, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
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Bradley will offer practical advice for living life from this place of clarity and vitality so you meet your potential and shine in all aspects of your life.
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Thu, Jun 16
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Cara Bradley reads from her book On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine
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Mychal Denzel Smith, freelance writer, social commentator, and blogger at TheNation.com, gives insight on how to be a black man in America in his new book. Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity.
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Thu, Jun 16
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
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Bestselling author and Dagger Award winner Arturo Pérez-Reverte delivers an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief.
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Thu, Jun 16
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Arturo Perez-Reverte discusses his book What We Become
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This book offers a close-up, personal frame of reference for understanding the U.S. long-term care system. In it, Olson finds her studies of elder care inconveniently interrupted by a real person with ever-increasing demands—her own mother. Thrust into a long-distance caregiving role, she discovers her previous notions about assisting a frail parent increasingly at odds with the reality of the experience.
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Thu, Jun 16
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Laura Katz Olson discusses her book Elder Care Journey: A View From The Front Lines
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Joseph chronicles his personal journey as a father, raising his children in what was at the time a very unconventional home. When he was going through a divorce, coming out as a gay man, and becoming primary caregiver for his children, there was no one out there telling his story. Now, this raw and honest narrative will inspire people to embrace change and live life on their own terms.
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Jim Joseph discusses his book Out and About Dad: My Journey as a Father With All Its Twists, Turns, and a Few Twirls
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Speaking with Jack Reacher author Lee Child, New York Times bestselling and two-time Edgar award-winning author Steve Hamilton launches his exciting new series. The Second Life of Nick Mason presents an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free.
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Steve Hamilton reads from his book The Second Life of Nick Mason
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Dr. Irving Sandler is an art critic and historian who is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the State University of New York and a contributing editor of Art in America.
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Thu, Jun 16
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Irving Sandler reads from his book Swept Up by Art: An Art Critic in the Post-Avant-Garde Era
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Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt's devastatingly funny comics, saliva-­stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. Join the James Beard Award-­winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman as she presents a selection of food­-related excerpts.
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Book Readings, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Artist Lisa Hanawalt discusses her book Hot Dog Taste Test
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Featuring Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis, authors of Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams, and Patrick J. McGinnis, author of The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job.
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Mon, Jun 20
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Book Readings, June 20, 2016, 06/20/2016, 2 New Books on Entrepreneurship
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From acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro, the true life story of how his great uncle - a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man--managed to cheat Hitler's agents in the run-up to WWII. A thrilling and page-turning read, Hustling Hitler is the untold story of the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who changed the course of history.
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Mon, Jun 20
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Book Readings, June 20, 2016, 06/20/2016, Walter Shapiro discusses his book Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer
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Featuring: Janine Joseph, Patrick Rosal, Jee Leong Koh, Franny Choi
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Tue, Jun 21
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Poetry Readings, June 21, 2016, 06/21/2016, The Poets of Kundiman Press
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Author Linda Greenhouse presents a fresh and revelatory look at the Warren Burger Supreme Court. It was not a "moderate" court, but a conservative one that still defines the constitutional landscape we live in today. Drawing on the personal papers of the justices as well as other archives to reveal how the Court shaped its major decisions. It will surprise even legal scholars and historians.
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Tue, Jun 21
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Book Readings, June 21, 2016, 06/21/2016, Linda Greenhouse discusses her book The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right
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Live on-site illustrations by the famed coloring book artist - drawn to the beat of a special performance by the super rapper just turned essayist. With a live reading by musician, performance artist and poet George Watsky.
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Wed, Jun 22
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Book Readings, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Kerby Rosanes reads from his book Imagimorphia
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Alan Kaufman is an author-in-residence and author of the groundbreaking 'Outlaw' anthologies. The fourth and latest in the series is The Outlaw Bible of American Art, a 700-page revolutionary art world alternative canon of marginalized or famed autodidactic paint-slinging loners who followed their own outrageous, sometimes catastrophic visions to the heights of fame or the depths of neglect. Documenting movements from the Post-war to the present, this anthological barbaric yawp contains manifestos, essays, interviews and biographies, plus hundreds of full color and black and white images and rare photos from some of the most cutting edge American artists, photographers, sculptors an art writers.
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Wed, Jun 22
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Book Readings, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Alan Kaufman discusses his book The Outlaw Bible of American Art
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In conversation with Jonathan F.P. Rose, the filmmaker and author discusses his new book, co-written with Denise George, the story of how world-renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman helped save Europe's premier Jewish musicians from the Nazis, creating an ensemble that would become The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Wed, Jun 22
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Book Readings, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Josh Aronson discusses his book Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors
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A chilling story of addiction, subterfuge, and murder. Every Monday, six people gather to talk about shame. A doctor, a housewife, a young male prostitute … all they have in common is a history of addiction. When one is murdered, it becomes apparent that someone in that circle is responsible. How do you find the truth when secrets and lies are second nature to all your suspects?
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Wed, Jun 22
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Book Readings, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Mark Billingham discusses his book Die of Shame
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The Danish Girl author David Ebershoff talks with debut novelist Joe Okonkwo, author of Jazz Moon, a lyrical novel set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris.
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Book Readings, June 22, 2016, 06/22/2016, Joe Okonkwo reads from his book Jazz Moon
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Karen Firestone is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Aureus Asset Management.
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Mon, Jun 27
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Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Karen Firestone discusses her book Even the Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing, and Life
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A lonely teenage girl, her last summer before boarding school, a louche gang of older girls in a local park. It's Northern California at the end of the '60s, and these girls are coming of age at the edge of unspeakable violence. Written in seductive, luminous prose, Emma Cline's debut captures the crossing between adolescence and adulthood, questioning what we're willing to do to belong, to be seen.
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Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Emma Cline discusses her book The Girls
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Speaking with her co-author Tom Santopietro, American theater icon Barbara Cook looks back on her magical and turbulent life from the golden age of the Broadway musical to the present day.
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Mon, Jun 27
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Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Barbara Cook reads from her book Then and Now
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This fiction debut is a deeply moving and powerful story of Moses, a nine-year-old survivor of the harsh streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Tue, Jun 28
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Book Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Mark Thornton reads from his book Kid Moses
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Renowned translators Hiroaki Sato, Richard Sieburth, Matvei Yankelevich, and Jason Weiss read from their NYRB Poets translations of Sakutara Hagiwara (Japanese), Louise Labé (French), Alexander Vvedensky (Russian), and Silvina Ocampo (Spanish), respectively, and share their insight and experiences on the process of translation.
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Tue, Jun 28
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Poetry Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Poetry with the Poetry Society of America
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Lewis M. Steel explores why he, a privileged white man, devoted his life to racial progress. He exposes the conflicts which arose from working and living in two different worlds - that of the Warner Brothers family and that of a civil rights lawyer. An insider's look into some of the most important civil rights cases by a man still working to advance the rights which should be available to all.
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Book Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Lewis M. Steel discusses her book The Butler's Child
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Producer, director and playwright Avram Noble Ludwig presents his debut political thriller. An American filmmaker is sent to Egypt to film the Sphinx for a big budget movie and ends up becoming involved with an Egyptian professor whose students are seeking to overthrow the military government.
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Book Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Avram Noble Ludwig reads from his book Shooting the Sphinx
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Pizza. What's not to love? Perhaps you're fond of a particular topping; maybe you're a devotee of a well-made Sicilian pie. It's one of the most flexible foods out there, and one of the most reliably delicious. So we're happy to announce that the next installment of our 3-Minute Story series will focus on this perennial favorite, and will feature an array of fantastic writers.
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Wed, Jun 29
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Readings, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, The Greatest 3-Minute Pizza Stories
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After years as a book editor in New York, Ann Patty moved to the country. She hoped to challenge her restless brain by beginning a serious study of Latin. Her studies open unexpected windows into her own life. Along the way, she meets an impassioned cast of characters: professors, students and classicists outside of academia who keep Latin very much alive.
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Book Readings, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Ann Patty discusses her book Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin
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Readings by Robert Coover, Elizabeth Gaffney and Stephen O’Connor.
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Thu, Jun 30
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Book Readings, June 30, 2016, 06/30/2016, Contributors read from Conjunctions
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