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36 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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This lecture chronicles the life of  the first celebrity adventure journalist, who served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the 1920s and ’30s. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 25
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 25, 2016, 07/25/2016, Cathryn J. Prince discusses her book American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World’s First Celebrity Travel Writer
Book Reading |
Every Tongue Should Confess by ZZ PackerSister Clareese is a nurse and a choir member of the Greater Christ Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of the Fire Baptized. The scripture is law, and it is her duty to spread the word of God, even If the actions of a Deacon make her uneasy.Exhortation by George SaundersSuppose you get a memo that begins: ATTN: StaffRE: Positive AttitudeAnd so begins another day at the office.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 25
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 25, 2016, 07/25/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups: 21st Century Stories
Book Reading |
Debut novelist Jessica Winter presents her Break in Case of Emergency. She will be joined by Catherine Banner, who will read from her new book The House at the Edge of Night. The evening will feature a reading, followed by an audience Q+A and book signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 25
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 25, 2016, 07/25/2016, Writers Read: Catherine Banner / Jessica Winter
Book Reading |
This illustrated lecture gives us a rich portrait of the man from birth to death, a man driven by dreams of glory and felled by tragic, human weaknesses. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 26
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 26, 2016, 07/26/2016, Laura Auricchio discusses her book The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered
Poetry Reading |
Featuring:Casey Rocheteau C. Russell PriceEmily JaegerTina Parker
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 26
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 26, 2016, 07/26/2016, The Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press
Book Reading |
In the 18th installment of her New York Times bestselling 'Alexandra Cooper' series, Linda Fairstein delivers a heart-pounding thriller. Killer Look finds Cooper exploring the dark secrets of Manhattan's iconic fashion scene when she investigates the apparent suicide of a famous businessman and designer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 26
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 26, 2016, 07/26/2016, Linda Fairstein reads from her book Killer Look
Book Reading |
New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the new comic book series Lucifer provides insight into what it’s like to be a graphic novelist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 27
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 27, 2016, 07/27/2016, Holly Black discusses her book Lucifer Vol. 1
Book Reading |
The Founders revealed as real people. Gifted with intelligence and foresight, they were still human; flawed and imperfect.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 27, 2016, 07/27/2016, Thomas Fleming discusses his book The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined America, Then and Now
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Millions of people have, at some point in their lives, waited tables. Some only did it in college, or got out by sheer determination, good luck . . . or suicide. Others took it on as permanent employment. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole server in a restaurant packed with complaining patrons. For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa has your back.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 27, 2016, 07/27/2016, Darron Cardosa reads from his book The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips and Trials from a Life in Food Service
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A reading and conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes The Sun, and Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning, How to Escape From A Leper Colony, and Wife. Moderated by Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 27, 2016, 07/27/2016, Authors Read: Nicole Dennis-Benn / Tiphanie Yanique
Poetry Reading |
The New York City Poetry Festival showcases all of the different formats, aesthetics, and personalities of New York City reading series, publications, and collectives, in one place at one time. The festival intends to create branches between disparate poetry communities, and other artists and artisans, by bringing poetry out of the dark bars and universities and by placing it in the sun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 30
11:00 am

to 5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, The 6th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
Book Reading |
The program provides cultural entertainment through book and poetry readings
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 30
2:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Latin Arts
Poetry Reading |
The New York City Poetry Festival showcases all of the different formats, aesthetics, and personalities of New York City reading series, publications, and collectives, in one place at one time. The festival intends to create branches between disparate poetry communities, and other artists and artisans, by bringing poetry out of the dark bars and universities and by placing it in the sun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jul 31
11:00 am

to 5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 31, 2016, 07/31/2016, The 6th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
Poetry Reading |
Poetry: Tusiata Avia, Toni Blackman, Moe Clark, Natalie Diaz, Baba Israel, Noel Quiñones, Terisa Siagatonu, Elisabet Velasquez, Tanaya Winder, G Yamazawa, and Gustavo ZapotecoMusic: Fernando A. Ferrer Cruz, Grupo Rebolu, Harana Kings, Jomion & The Uklos, and William PrinceMC: Baba IsraelThese artists convene to explore the far-reaching social, political, and expressive powers of oral tradition. Here, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians to uncover how poetry, song, and storytelling can unleash personal truths, construct identity, and fundamentally alter historic narratives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jul 31
12:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 31, 2016, 07/31/2016, La Casita: An Impressive Lineup of Artist-Activists
Book Reading |
Idra Novey will read from her latest, Ways to Disappear, which the New York Times Book Review describes as “An elegant page-turner….Charges forward with the momentum of a bullet.” Rebecca Schiff will read from her debut book of stories, The Bed Moved.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 1
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 01, 2016, 08/01/2016, Writers Read: Idra Novey / Rebecca Schiff
Poetry Reading |
With:Valerie MartinezDan VeraBrenda CardenasFrancisco AragonEmma Trelles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 2
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 02, 2016, 08/02/2016, Poetry with Letras Latinas
Book Reading |
For Gettysburg Replies, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum challenged presidents, judges, historians, filmmakers, poets, actors, and others to craft 272 words of their own to celebrate Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, or a related topic that stirs their passions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 03, 2016, 08/03/2016, Carla Knorowski reads from her book Gettysburg Replies
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Melissa Febos curates her annual all-female Pride reading to share shameless stories of sex, love, rebellion, redemption, and pride, featuring: Hossannah Asuncion, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Amy Gall, Shira Erlichman, Jenny Johnson, Chinelo Okparanta, & Trace Peterson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 8
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, August 08, 2016, 08/08/2016, Shameless: Fifth Annual Queer Pride Reading
Poetry Reading |
A Poetry Salon in collaboration with selected participants from The Conversation 2016 Fellows.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 8
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 08, 2016, 08/08/2016, Poetry Salon
Poetry Reading |
Featuring:Ocean VuongLaTasha Nevada DiggsLayli Long SoldierSafiya Sinclair
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 9
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 09, 2016, 08/09/2016, Poetry with Whiting Award Winners
Book Reading |
A Generation Y-er quits his New York way of life to travel to India in search of total nirvana. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 10
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 10, 2016, 08/10/2016, Karan Bajaj reads from his book The Yoga of Max's Discontent
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The Literary Review hosts a reading and reception to celebrate TLR’s new issue. Featured guests include the magazine’s editors reading their work alongside contributors to Big Blue Whale, and will be presented by TLR World Literature Editor Jessie Vail Aufiery and TLR Associate Poetry Editor Heather D Lang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 10
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, August 10, 2016, 08/10/2016, The Literary Review Editors Event
Book Reading |
Crofts unearths the hidden history and political maneuvering behind the stillborn attempt to enact the other 13th amendment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 10
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 10, 2016, 08/10/2016, Daniel W. Crofts reads from his book Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery
Book Reading |
This lecture is a rich, multifaceted history, full of remarkable characters, from the the first letter carriers through Ben Franklin’s days, when postmasters worked out of their homes and post roads cut new paths through the wilderness, to stamp-collecting FDR, to the revolutionaries who challenged USPS's monopoly on mail, to the renegade union members who brought the system -- and the country -- to a halt in the 1970s.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 11
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 11, 2016, 08/11/2016, Devin Leonard discusses her book Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service
Book Reading |
Several decades after his last motion picture was produced, Alfred Hitchcock is still regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the masters of cinema. From silents of the 1920s to his final feature in 1976, the director’s many films continue to entertain audiences and inspire filmmakers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 15
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 15, 2016, 08/15/2016, Stephen Whitty discusses his book The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia
Book Reading |
An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 15
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 15, 2016, 08/15/2016, Eowyn Ivey reads from her latest book To the Bright Edge of the World
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets:Tess TaylorSeema RezaAndrew LamVictoria Chang
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 16
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 16, 2016, 08/16/2016, Poetry with Red Hen Press
Book Reading |
Join anchor of WABC-TV Bill Ritter in conversation with author Allison Gilbert about her new and groundbreaking book. The discussion will focus on ways we can honor, remember, and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget while recognizing what Ritter calls “estate planning for the heart” — ways we can strengthen our relationships with loved ones before they die. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 16
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 16, 2016, 08/16/2016, Allison Gilbert discusses her book Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive
Book Reading |
Inspiring story by the pioneer artist of the black-and-gray tattoo – from the streets of L.A. to preacher…from Hollywood addiction counselor to celebrity artist. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 17
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 17, 2016, 08/17/2016, Freddy Negrete reads from his book Smile Now, Cry Later
Book Reading |
Christodora is a vivid and compelling new novel following AIDS activists in the 1980s and a future New York City of the 2020s. With special guest Kenyon Farrow, U.S. and Global Health Policy Director, Treatment Action Group.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 17
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 17, 2016, 08/17/2016, Tim Murphy discusses his book Christodora
Book Reading |
Sterilization, eugenics and an unimaginable Supreme Court decision is brought to light.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 17
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 17, 2016, 08/17/2016, Adam Cohen reads from his book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
Poetry Reading |
Featuring:Jacqueline Jones LaMonEvie SchockleyJanice LowePurvi Shah
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 23
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 23, 2016, 08/23/2016, The Poets of Cave Canem
Poetry Reading |
"Piercing the larger-than-life Teddy Roosevelt myth." - Publishers Weekly
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 24
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 24, 2016, 08/24/2016, Eric Burns reads from his book The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt
Book Reading |
The films of the Coen brothers have become a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Highly acclaimed and commercially successful, over the years their movies have attracted increasingly larger audiences and spawned a subculture of dedicated fans. Shunning fame and celebrity, Ethan and Joel Coen remain maverick filmmakers, producing and directing independent films outside the Hollywood mainstream in a unique style combining classic genres like film noir with black comedy to tell off-beat stories about America and the American Dream.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Aug 29
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 29, 2016, 08/29/2016, Jeffrey Adams reads from his book The Cinema of the Coen Brothers: Hard Boiled Entertainments
Book Reading |
This lecture tells the story of the huge-and hugely conflicted-role New York City played in the Civil War. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, John Strausbaugh discusses his book City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets:Maya PindyckDaniel TobinCynthia CruzR. D. Betts
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Poetry with Four Way Books
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