free things to do in New York City
<

September 2016

>
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 
Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City!  Read More

Are you looking for literary events like book readings, book signings, poetry readings? Then you came to the right place. Start using these unique New York City opportunities today!
Join the Club!

Go!
The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free things to do,
free events to go to
in NYC
today!

73 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!
Book Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back, relax and listen to a story or two!Subway Lifer  by Bill HayesA subway ride can test the patience, compassion, and perseverance of a rider, but it can also bring forth some exceptional strangers and unbridged emotions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Sep 26
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 26, 2016, 09/26/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups: Ode to the Subway
Book Reading |
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, a leading constitutional law professor, civil rights attorney, author and legal commentator, tells the courageous story of the NAACP’s advocacy for voting rights from its first legal victory in 1915 to fighting unfair photo identification laws and voter suppression today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall reads from her book The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice
Poetry Reading |
Featuring:James B. NicolaKirby OlsonSusan Roney-O'BrienAngela Alaimo O'Donnell
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Sep 27
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, The Poets of Word Tech Communications
Book Reading |
The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier. That's the title of Hanauer's new anthology. More than a decade after the original The Bitch in the House, a diverse set of woman shed a much-needed light on both past and present, offering understanding, compassion and wisdom for modern women's lives, all the while pointing toward the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Sep 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Cathi Hanauer discusses her book The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier
Book Reading |
The acclaimed artist discusses her unique contribution to contemporary art with critic and art historian Michael Brenson. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Artist Karen Gunderson talks about her book The Dark World of Light
Poetry Reading |
The two gifted and celebrated young poets, Solmaz Sharif and Ocean Vuong, recipients of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, read from their work. Introduced by Don Share, editor of Poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, 2 Poets: Solmaz Sharif / Ocean Vuong
Book Reading |
The first novel by lauded playwright and writer for The Wire Kia Corthron sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men--two white brothers from rural Alabama and two black brothers from small town Maryland--whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Kia Corthron discusses her book The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
Poetry Reading |
The launch event for Safiya Sinclair’s award-winning debut collection, Cannibal, with readings by the author and other prize-winning poets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Poetry Trio: Safiya Sinclair / Aracelis Girmay / Gregory Pardlo
Book Reading |
A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail—leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370—and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Christine Negroni discusses her book The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters
Book Reading |
On Saint Patrick’s Day, an Irish American writer visiting Dublin takes a day trip around the city and muses on death, sex, lost love, Irish immigrant history, and his younger days as a student in Europe. Like James Joyce’s Ulysses, Thomas McGonigle’s award-winning novel takes place on a single day, combining a stream-of-consciousness narrative with masterful old-fashioned storytelling, which samples the literary histories of both Ireland and America and the worlds they influence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Thomas McGonigle reads from his book St. Patrick’s Day: Another Day in Dublin
Book Reading |
An exciting and innovative evening launching two new endeavors from Professor Beatrice Beebe's lab, including a new book, The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment (publisher: W. W. Norton & Company) by Beatrice Beebe (clinical professor of psychology, Columbia University Medical Center), Phyllis Cohen (director of the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence), and Frank Lachmann (a member of the founding faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity).The evening also features the debut of a documentary film by Karen Dougherty about Beatrice's infant research: Mother-Infant Communication: The Research of Dr. Beatrice Beebe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Sep 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Beatrice Beebe discusses her book The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment
Reading |
Ana Castillo is a Mexican-American Chicana novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator, and independent scholar. Castillo will read from her work and discuss her practice. Light refreshments will be served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Writer Ana Castillo reads from her work
Book Reading |
Part biography, part cultural history, part literary study, Rubén Gallo's book explores the presence of Latin America in Proust's life and work. The novelist lived in an era shaped by French colonial expansion into the Americas: just before his birth, Napoleon III installed Maximilian as emperor of Mexico, and during the 1890s France was shaken by the Panama Affair, a financial scandal linked to the construction of the canal in which thousands of French citizens lost their life savings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Ruben Gallo discusses his book Proust’s Latin Americans
Book Reading |
At twelve-years old, Ryan Speedo Green was placed in solitary confinement in Virginia's juvenile facility of last resort. At twenty-four, he won America’s most prestigious contest for young opera singers, and this fall he makes a starring debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s La Bohème. Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family is Daniel Bergner’s vivid chronicle of this triumphant journey, and it will soar into your heart, take hold, and inspire you in the way very few stories can.  Hear Ryan’s story. Hear Ryan sing! Join this book launch with Daniel Bergner and live performances by Ryan Speedo Green.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Daniel Bergner discusses his book Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family
Book Reading |
This discussion shares key personality characteristics and situational factors that contribute to the occurrence of meaningful coincidences in our lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Sep 29
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Bernard Beitman discusses his book Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life
Book Reading |
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers "The Falls" (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. Her essay collection Soul at the White Heat is new from Ecco Press this fall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Sep 29
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Famous author Joyce Carol Oates reads from her book Soul at the White Heat
Book Reading |
From an award-winning journalist comes the riveting odyssey of seven Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960s—a chronicle of a team, a game, and a nation in transition during one of the most exciting and unsettled decades in history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Sep 29
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Michael Leahy reads from his book The Last Innocents
Poetry Reading |
With: Jonterri Gadson, Kevin Simmonds, Bianca Spriggs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Sep 30
5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, The Poets of Cave Canem
Poetry Reading |
Subversions of idiom and cliché punctuate Shaughnessy's fourth collection as she approaches middle age and revisits the memories, romances, and music of adolescence. So Much Synth is a brave and ferocious collection composed of equal parts femininity, pain, pleasure, and synthesizer. While Shaughnessy tenderly winces at her youthful excesses, we humbly catch glimpses of our own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Sep 30
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Brenda Shaughnessy reads from her book So Much Synth
Open Mike Reading |
The National Writers Union welcome all to read their poetry. Poets who are members of the union will also participate by reading from their works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sat, Oct 1
2:00 pm

Free
Open Mike Readings, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Open Mic Poetry Reading
Reading |
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
Sat, Oct 1
8:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series
Book Reading |
American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt will explore modern humanism and how our forward-thinking outlook, with its emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection, can be at the forefront of pressing social issues like civil rights, women’s rights, religion-free science, LGBTQ equality and environmental preservation. He will argue for the need to be open about being "good without a god" while becoming active in social and political causes to put positive values in action and combat anti-humanist prejudice fueled by the Religious Right.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 2
11:00 am

Free
Book Readings, October 02, 2016, 10/02/2016, Roy Speckhardt discusses his book Creating Change Through Humanism
Book Reading |
Angel of Oblivion is based on the experiences of her family and the Slovenian-speaking minority in southern Austria, many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second World War. The story centers on the experiences of a young girl learning to navigate the terrain between two hostile communities and two extremely burdened languages: Slovenian, a language of heroic resistance and continued humiliation, and German, an escape from her stifling rural upbringing but also the language of the camps which her grandmother barely survived and many other family members didn’t. Engaging with themes of tolerance and integration of minority communities, the burden of history, the effects of conflicts on survivors and their children, and language’s role in shaping identity, Haderlap’s novel strikes at problems of paramount importance to our world today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 3
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 03, 2016, 10/03/2016, Maja Haderlap reads from her book Angel of Oblivion
Book Reading |
This moving tale of imprisonment and escape, persecution and loss, is narrated by the daughter of an alleged Harki, an Algerian soldier who fought for the French during the Algerian War for Independence. It was the fate of such men to be twice exiled, first in their homeland after the war, and later in France, where fleeing Harki families sought refuge but instead faced contempt, discrimination, and exclusion. Zahia Rahmani blends reality and imagination in her writing, offering a fictionalized version of her own family’s struggle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 03, 2016, 10/03/2016, Zahia Rahmani discusses her book France: Story of a Childhood
Book Reading |
Set in rural Pennsylvania in 1969, Cruel Beautiful World is a coming-of-age story that examines the complex relationship between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, and explores the consequences of impulsive, irreversible actions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Oct 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 04, 2016, 10/04/2016, Caroline Leavitt reads from her book Cruel Beautiful World
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 5
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 05, 2016, 10/05/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Mia Alvar’s first book, In the Country, a collection of short stories, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in June 2015 and is now available in paperback. In the Country won the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2015 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. A former Writer-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she has received support from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts and the Sarah Lawrence Seminar for Writers. Alvar's work has been cited for distinction in The Best American Short Stories and published in One Story, The Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 5
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 05, 2016, 10/05/2016, Fiction Forum: Mia Alvar
Book Reading |
Join a night of mystery, music, and more. Appearances and signing by editor, Jim Fusilli, along with contributing authors, Alison Gaylin, Naomi Rand, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Peter Blauner. Four award-winning authors and the collection's editor, Fusilli, promise to offer a night of noir with their incredible stories on the dark side of fame and the tragic side of the music industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 5
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 05, 2016, 10/05/2016, Jim Fusilli discuss his book Crime Plus Music
Book Reading |
Joel Brouwer is the author of Exactly What Happened (Purdue University Press, 1999), Centuries (Four Way Books, 2003), And So (Four Way Books, 2009), and Off Message, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is chair of the Department of English at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.Henry Israeli is the author of god’s breath hovering across the waters, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title. His previous poetry collections include New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002), and Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010). He is the translator of Fresco: the Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku (New Directions: 2002), Child of Nature (New Directions: 2010), and Haywire: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2011). He is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books.Megan Staffel lives in western New York State and Brooklyn. She is the author of two novels and her most recent collection of short fiction, The Exit Coach, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title, is her third collection. She teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 6
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 06, 2016, 10/06/2016, Writers Read: Joel Brouwer / Henry Israeli / Megan Staffel
Book Reading |
This discussion investigates our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to lose their identities—and their families—to begin again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 6
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 06, 2016, 10/06/2016, Elizabeth Greenwood discusses her book Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
Reading |
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
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 6
7:00 pm

No cover...
Readings, October 06, 2016, 10/06/2016, Irish American Writers and Artists Salon
Book Reading |
Steve Pincus and Keith Gessen discuss Pincus’ most recent book, The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government, which argues that the politically radioactive concerns of 2016 – immigration, income inequality, economic stimulus, austerity, the national debt, government size, trade – were precisely those that concerned the Founders 240 years ago.     
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 06, 2016, 10/06/2016, Steve Pincus discusses his book The Heart of the Declaration
Book Reading |
Focusing on Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities, Desis Divided analyzes features such as class, religion, nation of origin, language, caste, gender, and sexuality in mobilization and shows how these internal characteristics lead to multiple paths of political inclusion, defying a unified group experience. Paula Chakravartty serves as discussant.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Oct 7
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 07, 2016, 10/07/2016, Sangay Mishra discusses his book Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans
Book Reading |
Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Oct 10
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 10, 2016, 10/10/2016, Peter Wohlleben discusses his book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
Open Mike Reading |
This riotous theatrical event invites you to strut your Shakespearean swagger, win great raffle prizes and hang with fellow fools and misfits. Got an audition piece you've been dying to show off? Want to give that soliloquy from your high school English class a try? Or maybe you want to be struck in the moment, grab a copy of Complete Works and see what happens? Here's your chance!
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 10
7:30 pm

Free
Open Mike Readings, October 10, 2016, 10/10/2016, Drunken Shakespeare, Hhsted by The Night Shift Theater
Book Reading |
Acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind the scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong worked for a decade at Entertainment Weekly. She’s now the TV columnist for BBC Culture and also writes for several other publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Fast Company, New York‘s Vulture, The Verge, and Dame.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Oct 11
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 11, 2016, 10/11/2016, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong discusses her book Seinfeldia: The Secret World of the Show About Nothing that Changed Everything
Poetry Reading |
A reading of recently published poems by Derrick Lynn Austin, Ishion Hutchinson and Colleen J. McElroy. Austin is the recipient of the A. Poulin, Jr. Award for Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016), about which Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon says, “When you pick up this book, be prepared to dissolve into its atmosphere of gorgeous potential.” Hutchinson has published House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) and Far District (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Ilya Kaminsky calls him “without a doubt one of the most gifted poets of my generation.”McElroy won the American Book Award for her collection Queen of the Ebony Isles and is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently, Blood Memory (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). Nikky Finney writes, “[McElroy] is still the master storyteller to the 60 million of the Passage. When I didn't know how to be a poet, I first read Colleen McElroy to slowly walk the path to how.” 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Oct 11
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 11, 2016, 10/11/2016, The Poets of Cave Canem
Book Reading |
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel is the story of one immigrant family from Cameroon whose fates collide with the collapse of financial markets in 2009.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 12
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 12, 2016, 10/12/2016, Imbolo Mbue reads from her book Behold the Dreamers
Book Reading |
In October, Words Without Borders is dedicating an issue to new writing from Singapore, and to celebrate welcome Singapore Literature Prize-winning Tamil-language poet and writer Latha (The Goddess in the Living Room) and translator and editor Dan Feng (Singapore Shifting Boundaries). Enjoy readings of poetry and writing in both Tamil and English, followed by a discussion about the contemporary scene in one of literature’s most exciting regions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 12
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 12, 2016, 10/12/2016, New Writing from Singapore
Reading |
The Literary Lights writers group presents an evening of new fiction, poetry, short stories and historical memoirs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 13
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 13, 2016, 10/13/2016, A Night of Fiction and Poetry
Book Reading |
Inspired by their time at the center’s workshops, Matt Bell (Scrapper, A Tree Or A Person Or A Wall) and Annie DeWitt (White Nights in Split Town City) will explore sentence craft and precision prose writing. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 13
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 13, 2016, 10/13/2016, Writers in Conversation: Matt Bell and Annie DeWitt
Book Reading |
Ruth Franklin and Dorothy Wickenden talk about Franklin’s biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.  Drawing on previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of interviews, Franklin explores Jackson’s immense talent in light of her damaged childhood and troubled marriage.  Ruth Franklin is a book critic and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Harper’s, among other publications. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Franklin worked on Shirley Jackson while in residence at the Cullman Center in 2012-13.Dorothy Wickenden has been Executive Editor of The New Yorker since 1996, and is the moderator of the weekly podcast “The Political Scene” on newyorker.com.  She worked as a senior editor at The New Republic for fifteen years, and is the author of Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 13
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 13, 2016, 10/13/2016, Ruth Franklin discusses her book Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 17
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 17, 2016, 10/17/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
This lecture gives a behind-the-scenes tour of New York City’s dynamic food culture, as told through the voices of the chefs, line cooks, restaurateurs, waiters, and street vendors who have made this industry their lives. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Oct 18
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 18, 2016, 10/18/2016, Ina Yalof discusses her book Food and the City: New York's Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It
Book Reading |
Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of the novels Black Deutschland and High Cotton, and two works of nonfiction, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He has also collaborated with Robert Wilson on theater projects, most recently an adaption of Daniil Kharm's The Old Woman.The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York magazine, and The New Republic. She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts. Her book Negroland won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Oct 18
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 18, 2016, 10/18/2016, An Evening with Bestselling Authors Margo Jefferson and Darryl Pinckney
Book Reading |
Titan of contemporary suspense fiction Andrew Gross delves into writing, and discusses his latest novel The One Man. Gross is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don't Look Twice, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Oct 18
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 18, 2016, 10/18/2016, Andrew Gross discusses his book The One Man
Book Reading |
The Bellevue Literary Review’s new issue —“Reconstructions: The Art of Memory”— turns a literary lens to the relentlessly precarious process that is memory. The poetry and prose from this issue is brought to life through performances by actors from stage and screen such as Lili Balsen and Russell G. Jones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 19
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 19, 2016, 10/19/2016, Poetry & Prose from the Bellevue Literary Review, a journal of humanity and human experience
Book Reading |
Join faculty Alice Crary in a dialogue and Q+A session with the author The motivations that lead individuals to go vegan, and the way society at large perceives and talks about them is the theme of The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror.Steeped in critical and literary theory, the book focuses on news, advertising, and popular culture that is very much part of our daily experience. The title itself - meant “in the spirit of play” - suggests a certain proximity of Wright’s work with burgeoning fields of research such as food studies, fat studies, and animal studies. Veganism, which is now very visible in US social and cultural debates about food, health, and the environment, begs for a deeper understanding beyond any easy rebuttal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 19
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 19, 2016, 10/19/2016, Laura Wright discusses her book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror
Book Reading |
Scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill presents a powerful and thought-provoking analysis of race and class by examining a growing crisis in America: the existence of a group of citizens who are made vulnerable, exploitable and disposable through the machinery of unregulated capitalism, public policy, and social practice. Timely and eloquent, the NYT-bestselling Nobody is a keen observation of the challenges and contradictions of American democracy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 20
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 20, 2016, 10/20/2016, Marc Lamont Hill reads from his book Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
Reading |
Winners of the 2015 MFA Chapbook Contest read their work: Robert Haller, selected for fiction by Christopher Castellani; Krista Gampper, selected for nonfiction by Jane Alison; Mariam Zafar, selected for poetry by Yona Harvey, and Anthony Ha selected for writing for children/young adults by Elana K. Arnold.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 20
6:30 pm

Free
Readings, October 20, 2016, 10/20/2016, MFA Chapbook Reading
Book Reading |
When Regina Calcaterra wrote her incredibly moving New York Times-bestselling memoir Etched in Sand in 2013, it caused a sea change in the way America thought about foster children. Since then more than 150,000 copies have been sold, colleges and high schools have incorporated it into their curricula nationwide and the book has received more than 4000 5-star reviews. Readers, moved by the stark portrayal of Regina’s childhood, responded to her cry for help by getting older foster children placed and adopted by intact families.Still, it left them with one lingering question: whatever happened to her baby sister Rosie?
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 20
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 20, 2016, 10/20/2016, Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney disuss their book Girl Unbroken
Book Reading |
To honor the legacy of Grove Press’s Barney Rosset—who introduced American readers to D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Jean Genet, and more—and celebrate the publication of his correspondence with Samuel Beckett, Dear Mr. Beckett: Letters from the Publisher, we’re bringing together some of the people who knew him best. Paul Auster, Lois Oppenheim (The Beckett Society), Glenn Young (Opus publisher), Astrid Myers-Rosset, and Robert Solomon, Esq. (who represented Barney for many years) will discuss Rosset’s relationship with Samuel Beckett, and his impact on literary publishing. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 20
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 20, 2016, 10/20/2016, The Legacy of Grove Press’s Barney Rosset
Book Reading |
Join Paper Monument in celebrating the launch of their new book, an anthology of seventy-five contemporary artists' texts, with a discussion on the relationship between performance and artists’ writings. In conversation with the book's editor, Jennifer Liese, contributors will explore the significance of text within time-based and conceptual practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 20
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 20, 2016, 10/20/2016, Book Launch: Social Medium: Artist Writing, 2000–2015
Book Reading |
Buckley tells the story of her family of well-educated African-American professionals against the tapestry of black history from the Civil War era to today. Buckley, the daughter of legendary entertainer Lena Horne and author of another family history, "The Hornes," 2002, offers a panoramic view of American society from an African-American perspective.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Oct 21
1:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 21, 2016, 10/21/2016, Gail Lumet Buckley reads from her book The Black Calhouns
Book Reading |
Social entrepreneurship is disrupting business, government and philanthropy.  In his new book, Jason Haber explores the what, why and how behind this remarkable movement. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 23
11:00 am

Free
Book Readings, October 23, 2016, 10/23/2016, Jason Haber discusses his book The Business of Good
Book Reading |
This lecture portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Annees folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. It traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 24
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 24, 2016, 10/24/2016, Mary McAuliffe discusses her book When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends
Book Reading |
In her groundbreaking book, Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, documents the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. She will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize, Lincoln Prize, and Bancroft Prize winner Eric Foner.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 24
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 24, 2016, 10/24/2016, Manisha Sinha discusses her book The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 26
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 26, 2016, 10/26/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from master’s candidate to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 26
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 26, 2016, 10/26/2016, Sabeeha Rehman reads from her book Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim
Book Reading |
Art historian and biographer Laurie Wilson discusses the remarkable life and art of one of the great sculptors of the 20th century in a presentation that considers the key elements of Nevelson’s work, the links between her childhood experiences and adult life as an artist, the major influences on her evolving style, the challenges she faced to be taken seriously, and the relationship between her public face and the flesh-and-blood woman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 26
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 26, 2016, 10/26/2016, Laurie Wilson discusses her book Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow
Poetry Reading |
Monica Youn is the author of three poetry collections: Barter, Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Blackacre. A former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 26
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 26, 2016, 10/26/2016, Poetry Forum: Monica Youn
Reading |
Tonight celebrate nine 2016 Emerging Writers Fellows, who will share their work for the first time since being selected for the program in June. The evening will include readings by Daniel DiStefano, Marie Holmes, Kay Iguh, Swati Khurana, Hafeez Lakhani, Danny Lorberbaum, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Oct 26
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 26, 2016, 10/26/2016, An Evening with the 2016 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows
Book Reading |
Chronicle of a Last Summer is told in the voice of a girl growing up in Cairo over the course of three tumultuous summers from 1984 to 2014.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Oct 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 27, 2016, 10/27/2016, Yasmine El Rashidi discusses her book Chronicle of a Last Summer
Book Reading |
Greg Mitchell chronicles two harrowing attempts to rescue East Germans via tunnels below the Berlin Wall, the U.S. television networks that financed and filmed them, and the Kennedy administration’s attempt to suppress both films. Drawing on a trove of recently declassified documents from the Stasi archives and the JFK Library, personal papers, and dozens of interviews with many of the key players, award-winning author Greg Mitchell offers a new reckoning with the haunting legacy of the Berlin Wall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Oct 28
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 28, 2016, 10/28/2016, Greg Mitchell discusses his book The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill
Book Reading |
1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga offers a detailed narrative of the final thirty-three days of the Saratoga campaign. Assimilating historical archaeology and the many letters, journals, and memoirs of the men and women who served in both armies, Snow provides an intimate retelling of the two battles. Dean Snow teaches at Pennsylvania State University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Oct 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 28, 2016, 10/28/2016, Dean Snow discusses his book 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga
Reading |
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
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Oct 28
8:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 28, 2016, 10/28/2016, Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series
Book Reading |
This lecture brings to life the full history of the holiday and what it has meant to generations of Americans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 31
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, October 31, 2016, 10/31/2016, Melanie Kirkpatrick discusses her book Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Mon, Oct 31
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 31, 2016, 10/31/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
A discussion among activists in Sabra Moore's memoir, Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City, 1970-1992, about the ways this period of our shared history continues to inform our art and activism. Panelists include: Janet Goldner, Marina Gutierrez, Patricia Spears Jones, Bibi Lencek, Kazuko Miyamoto, and Cecilia Vicuña.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Wed, Nov 2
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 02, 2016, 11/02/2016, Sabra Moore discusses her book Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City, 1970-1992
Book Reading |
Join author Sabra Moore as she reads from and discusses her memoir, an historical and personal account of the author's own life and other female activists who used their platform as artists to respond to the issues of a culturally and politically contentious time
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Thu, Nov 3
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 03, 2016, 11/03/2016, Sabra Moore discusses her book Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City, 1970-1992
Book Reading |
Join author Sabra Moore as she reads from and discusses her memoir, an historical and personal account of the author's own life and other female activists who used their platform as artists to respond to the issues of a culturally and politically contentious time
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Nov 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 04, 2016, 11/04/2016, Sabra Moore discusses her book Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City, 1970-1992
Reading |
Historically, the Memory Palace is a technique of memory recall often used by ancient Greek poets. By committing a location to memory, a poet could take an imaginary “walk” through this location, thereby recalling people, faces, events, and other memorial phenomena.Memory Palace is a community memorial open for all to remember the loved ones they’ve lost to AIDS. The evening will include an open mic, guest musical artists, and a candlelight vigil.6-7pm: Open mic 7-8pm: Readings by Lost and Found catalogue contributors 8-10pm: Musical responses by Don Christian and others
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Tue, Nov 15
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, November 15, 2016, 11/15/2016, Memory Palace: A Vigil
Book Reading |
How are Broadway hits made? Producer and musical historian Jack Viertel deconstructs some of the theater’s greatest musicals to show what elements made them so successful.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Nov 18
1:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 18, 2016, 11/18/2016, Jack Viertel reads from his book The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
Complimentary Tickets

to shows, concerts ... (CFT Deals!)

Concert | Gospel and pop by a Tony nominated Broadway lyricist

Regular: $35; Member: $0.00

Concert | Jazz brunch

Regular: $20; Member: $0.00

Play | A play about bravery, survival and much more

Regular: $40; Member: $0.00

Join the Club!

Go!