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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!

Poetry Reading |
Poetry: Jennifer Celestin, Louise Sky Dancer Halfe, Jamaal May, Tony Medina, Lenelle Moïse, Jessica ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 02, 2014, 08/02/2014, La Casita: Poetry and Music
Book Reading |
There is an imbalance in the universe. And, since his latest return from oblivion, Thanos himself feels... ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 02, 2014, 08/02/2014, Jim Starlin reads from his book Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
Poetry Reading |
Free monthly Poetry Open Mike and Program. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 02, 2014, 08/02/2014, Poets Workshop
Reading |
In celebration of Baldwin's 90th birthday. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$10 suggested donation
Readings, August 02, 2014, 08/02/2014, A Reading of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time
Book Reading |
Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy -- love, death, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 04, 2014, 08/04/2014, Paul W. Kahn discusses his book Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation
Book Reading |
The acclaimed author of The Emperor of Ocean Park discusses his latest novel, a suspenseful retelling ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 04, 2014, 08/04/2014, Stephen Carter reads from his book Back Channel
Book Reading |
Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling 'Scott Pilgrim' graphic novel series, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 04, 2014, 08/04/2014, Bryan Lee O'Malley reads from his book Seconds
Poetry Reading |
With LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks and Bianca Stone The poets will read poems from the Henry ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Summer Poetry Reading
Book Reading |
Author and Professor of English and Writing at Barnard College Mary Gordon reads from her latest work, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Mary Gordon reads from her book The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas
Book Reading |
If you're not fascinated by Korea yet, you will be after this book. One of the most innovative countries ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Euny Hong reads from her book The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture
Book Reading |
Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, The Dog explodes the country’s cultural ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Jack Livings reads from his book The Dog
Poetry Reading |
Featuring Derrick Weston Brown, Kyle Dargan, Niki Herd. Special appearance by Cornelius Eady and Rough ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, 3 poets read their work
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Journalist and historian Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Rick Perlstein reads from his book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Nixon and The Rise Of Reagan
Poetry Reading |
Also reading: Cathy Linh Che, Harmony Holiday and Mark Wunderlich. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet
Book Reading |
Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman reads from the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Lev Grossman reads from his book The Magician's Land
Book Reading |
A clear look at John Lindsay’s tenure as mayor of New York City during the tumultuous 1960s, when President ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Joseph P. Viteritti discusses his book Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream
Book Reading |
From Jezebel.com, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, Anna Holmes reads from her book The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things
Reading |
The editors of the online magazine The Weeklings—your source for "rogue commentary for now people"—are ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, The Weeklings Live
Book Reading |
Director of Holistic Wellness Programs for the City College of New York Jeanne Ricks discusses how to ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, Jeanne Ricks reads from her book The Biology of Beating Stress
Book Reading |
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this debut epic fantasy novel for fans of George ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, Mark Smylie reads from his book The Barrow
Book Reading |
A searing, human portrayal of Krishna, the god of all gods, awaits you in this book. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 08, 2014, 08/08/2014, Abhishek Singh discusses his book Krishna: A Journey Within
Book Reading |
Author and award-winning filmmaker Richard Martini has written and/or directed 9 films. A former free ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, August 08, 2014, 08/08/2014, Richard Martini discusses his book It's a Wonderful Afterlife
Open Mike Reading |
Hosted by DJ VIV. Poets/Musicians/Actors/Performance Artists/Comics. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5 suggested contribution
Open Mike Readings, August 08, 2014, 08/08/2014, An Open Mike for the Wild Mind
Open Mike Reading |
Poems, songs, and drama will show the determination of people struggling to end this degradation and ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Open Mike Readings, August 09, 2014, 08/09/2014, A Celebration of Determination to Break All the Chains
Book Reading |
The editor, Meeta Kaur, along with 4 writers from the collection will be reading from their stories followed ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 10, 2014, 08/10/2014, Contributors read from Her Name Is Kaur
Book Reading |
Weekends are the perfect time to get away from it all, and this book is the ticket to puzzle paradise. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 11, 2014, 08/11/2014, Leslie Billig discusses the book Sunday Hammock Crosswords
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, August 11, 2014, 08/11/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Translator Edward Strauss brings Corporal Louis Bartha's wartime writing to English-speaking readers ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 11, 2014, 08/11/2014, Edward Strauss reads from the book Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas
Book Reading |
Fifty years ago, civil rights activists from across the country came together in Mississippi to fight ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Pay-what-you-can-admission policy; reservations required
Book Readings, August 12, 2014, 08/12/2014, Peniel Joseph discusses his book Stokely: A Life
Poetry Reading |
Featuring Matthea Harvey, Carl Adamshick, Dan Chelotti. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 12, 2014, 08/12/2014, 3 poets read their work
Book Reading |
Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature—whether making posters for school, deciding ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Chip Kidd discusses his book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
Book Reading |
My Drunk Kitchen includes recipes, stories, full color photos, and drawings to inspire your own ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Book Launch: My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
Book Reading |
Longtime NPR correspondent Margot Adler explores issues like power, politics, morality and identity and ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Margot Adler reads from her book Vampires Are Us
Book Reading |
Readers will experience America’s gravest crisis through the eyes of the five former presidents who ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Chris DeRose discusses his book The Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them
Open Mike Reading |
The Mouth to Mouth open mic series provides a safe space to forge new art and communities. Comedy, spoken ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5 suggested donation
Open Mike Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Book Reading |
Weekends are the perfect time to get away from it all, and this book is the ticket to puzzle paradise. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 14, 2014, 08/14/2014, Leslie Billig discusses the book Sunday Hammock Crosswords
Reading |
Readings, music, and drinks. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, August 14, 2014, 08/14/2014, An Evening with The Pitchfork Review
Book Reading |
During its run in the mid-'90s, Minimum Wage racked up critical accolades and a devoted following, numbering ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 14, 2014, 08/14/2014, Bob Fingerman reads from his book Maximum Minimum Wage
Book Reading |
Lawyer, writer and psychic medium Susan Lander talks about her unique journey with 22 famous and infamous ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 18, 2014, 08/18/2014, Susan Lander reads from her book Conversations with History: Inspiration, Reflections, and Advice from History-Makers and Celebrities on the Other Side
Book Reading |
Marni Fechter reads from her debut novel, an "un-put-downable romp through the extravagant, dream-making ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 19, 2014, 08/19/2014, Marni Fechter reads from her book Royal Entertainment
Poetry Reading |
Featuring Douglas Kearney, LaTasha Diggs, Andrea Scarpino. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 19, 2014, 08/19/2014, 3 poets read their work
Book Reading |
The Spotted Pig-founder, renowned chef and cookbook author comes to the park for a special lunchtime ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, April Bloomfield discuss her book A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Model agent and etiquette specialist Wynne Dalley discusses tips for helping teens reach their maximum ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, Wynne Dalley reads from her book Be Cool & Confident
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, August 25, 2014, 08/25/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
John Hope Bryant, successful self-made businessman and founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 26, 2014, 08/26/2014, John Hope Bryant discusses his book How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class
Book Reading |
Jess Row, author of the new novel Your Face in Mine, and Justin Taylor, author of the new story collection ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 26, 2014, 08/26/2014, Authors Jess Row and Justin Taylor in Conversation
Book Reading |
In Louise Penny's 10th installment of the Armand Gamache series, the undaunted inspector once again joins ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 26, 2014, 08/26/2014, Louise Penny reads from her book Long Way Home
Poetry Reading |
Featuring Amber Atiya, Peter Gizzi, Cathy Park Hong, Dorothea Lasky. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 26, 2014, 08/26/2014, 4 poets read their work
Book Reading |
PETER MENDELSUND is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and a recovering classical pianist. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 27, 2014, 08/27/2014, Peter Mendelsund reads from his book What We See When We Read
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