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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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A reading by contributors to the Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal. Amy Hempel is the author of four short story collections, later gathered and published in a single volume by Scribner, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel (2006). Tommy Pico is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong and the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Apr 30
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 30, 2016, 04/30/2016, Washington Square Review Reading
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You're invited to the annual poetry reading to listen and share some lines of your favorite or original poems. Featured poet Rickey Laurentiis will kick off the event, followed by readings from guests and a reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, May 1
1:30 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 01, 2016, 05/01/2016, Congregational Annual Poetry Festival
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The annual literary journal is celebrating the publication of its 2016 edition. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 2
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 02, 2016, 05/02/2016, Dovetail Literary Magazine Reading and Reception
Book Reading |
Book launch event featuring renowned Salvadoran journalist and author Óscar Martínez in conversation with Francisco Goldman and Jon Lee Anderson. Moderated by Diana Taylor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 2
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2016, 05/02/2016, Óscar Martínez discusses his book A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America
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James Shapiro and John Lithgow discuss Shapiro’s most recent book which shows how tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year—King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 2
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2016, 05/02/2016, James Shapiro discusses his book The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 with Emmy-winning actor John Lithgow
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Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, will explain why Wall Street was wrong two decades ago that for-profit firms would do a better job managing public schools than municipalities yet correct, regrettably, that policymakers would embrace a bottom-line approach to teaching based on student test results in reading and math.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 2
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2016, 05/02/2016, Samuel E. Abrams discusses his book Education and the Commercial Mindset
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Hill reflects on his 17 years protecting the nation's most powerful office. He walked the presidents through a tumultuous era -- the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Watergate and more. With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on these presidents.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 2
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2016, 05/02/2016, Secret Service agent Clint Hill reads from his book Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
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The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 2
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2016, 05/02/2016, Diane Guerrero reads from her book In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
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Award-winning novelist Sarah Van Arsdale’s fourth book of fiction is In Case of Emergency, Break Glass. Her poetry, book reviews, interviews and essays have appeared in national publications. She teaches at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA in Creative Writing Program. Elaine Sexton’s new book Prospect/Refuge is her third collection of poetry. Her poems, reviews, and visual works have been widely published. She teaches poetry, text and image, the art of the book, and creative writing in various colleges and universities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 3
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 03, 2016, 05/03/2016, Faculty Reading: Sarah Van Arsdale / Elaine Sexton
Poetry Reading |
Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from The PSA; as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 03, 2016, 05/03/2016, Eileen Myles reads from her book I Must Be Living Twice
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This wry and astute debut novel from Camille Perri tells the story a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of over-educated and underpaid assistants across the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 03, 2016, 05/03/2016, Camille Perri reads from her book The Assistants
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Grammy Award-winning artist Lecrae talks about his new memoir.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 03, 2016, 05/03/2016, Lecrae Moore discusses his book Unashamed
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A fun and farcical novel, this new "whodunit" about life in multicultural Italy will delight fans of Lakhous' earlier bestseller, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, and readers of novels such as The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 03, 2016, 05/03/2016, Amara Lakhous reads from his book The Prank of the Good Little Virgin of Via Ormea
Open Mike Reading |
No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers. This month's theme is MOM: Stories about the one without whom you wouldn't be.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Open Mike Readings, May 03, 2016, 05/03/2016, Super Storytellers
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Jane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of three previous novels, including the New York Times best seller I Was Amelia Earhart. She lives in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
12:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Jane Mendelsohn discusses her book Burning Down the House
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Nicholas Mirzoeff is the author of How to See the World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More. Yates McKee wrote Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Writers Read: Nicholas Mirzoeff / Yates McKee
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Logos, packages, signs, books, websites: in the modern world we are surrounded by graphic design. Where does it come from? Why does it look that way? What is it supposed to do? Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Michael Bierut discusses his book How to
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Join finalists of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for readings of their nominated works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
6:30 pm

Free
Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Reading
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To celebrate Granta Magazine's spring issue, "New Irish Writing," a conversation on the state of Irish writing, featuring acclaimed novelists Colm Tóibín and Belinda McKeon, poet and novelist Mary O'Donoghue, Belfast poet Stephen Sexton, and introducing fiction writer Sally Rooney.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Granta: New Irish Writing Reading
Poetry Reading |
Kim Dower's third poetry collection takes us on a journey to places we've often visited but never seen. Buy a ticket and hop aboard: experience love, longing, and passion tipped sideways; irreverent, touching, and disarmingly sexy as illuminated by an original and brilliant light.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Kim Dower reads from her book Last Train to the Missing Planet
Book Reading |
Drucilla Cornell and Stephen Seely will be joined in conversation by Rosalind Morris, Linda Alcoff, and Emma Bianchi. This event is sponsored by the Institute for African Studies at Columbia University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Drucilla Cornell and Stephen Seely discuss their book The Spirit of Revolution
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Martin Suter, one of the most popular authors writing in German today, talks about and reads from his novel, a gripping story about the international art world and art forgery, set in Zurich and translated into English by Steph Morris. In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Martin Suter reads from his novel The Last Weynfeldt
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Inspired by historical events, the New York Times-bestselling author returns with a powerful new novel about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives. Seamlessly melding past and present, Belfer's compelling narrative resonates with emotion and immediacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Lauren Belfer reads from her book And After the Fire
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In conjunction with their bookfair, Brooklyn Democracy Academy is presenting Michael Eric Dyson in conversation with Dr. Lee Gabay. Both authors will be signing their books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2016, 05/04/2016, Michael Eric Dyson reads from his book The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America
Book Reading |
Welcome playwright Eric H. Weinberger, director and dramaturg Byam Stevens, and Elaine Bromka for a discussion, reading and signing of his newly published play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Playwright Eric Weinberger discusses his book Tea For Three - Lady Bird, Pat and Betty
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In 1992, Cheryl Della Pietra spent several months as the editorial assistant to Hunter S. Thompson, the literary figure who popularized gonzo journalism. Her primary job—after partying all day and night with him—was to get Thompson in front of his typewriter by 2:00 a.m. to work on his ill-fated novel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Cheryl Della Pietra, Hunter S. Thompson's former assistant, reads from her book Gonzo Girl
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Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science where her work has been recognized with numerous grants and awards including the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Wendy Suzuki read from her book Healthy Brain, Happy Life
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An evening of new translations by the students of the French Department M.A. program in Literary Translation. Readers: Talia Behrend-Wilcox, Aimee Ashcroft, Hannah Leffingwell, Laurel Hogan, Cecilia Ramsey. Hosted by Alyson Waters and Emmanuelle Ertel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Translation Night: New Works by Students
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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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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

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Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Irish American Writers and Artists Salon
Poetry Reading |
Brendan Shaughnessy is the author of Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, Our Andromeda (2012), and So Much Synth (2016).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Poets in Conversation: Brenda Shaughnessy
Book Reading |
The last time the Chicago Cubs played in the World Series, World War II had just ended. The last time they won a World Series, World War I had not yet begun. But from 1906-1910 the Cubs not only played in the World Series four of the five years, they won two World Championships, as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Hal Bock discusses his book The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty
Book Reading |
In the midst of the circus that is our current presidential campaign season, what better time to reminisce over the epic foils, fumbles, scandals and blunders that led to the downfalls of politicians' own doing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Erin McHugh reads from her book Political Suicide: Missteps, Peccadilloes, Bad Calls, Backroom Hijinx, Sordid Pasts, Rotten Breaks, and Just Plain Dumb Mistakes in the Annals of American Politics
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Dinitia Smith's spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot's honeymoon in Venice following her marriage to a handsome younger man. Mary Ann Evans -- later known as George Eliot -- was a country girl, and educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were objects of wonder, she became the most famous writer of her day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Dinitia Smith reads from her book The Honeymoon
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Vitale‘s wry look at the infancy of the American railroad. Vitale reproduces black-and-white archival photographs of train wreckage in an incongruous merger of content and container. Each of the waterproof, pliable plastic pages of this book-object features a different locomotive carcass or caboose skeleton for the reader to re-contort at their leisure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 5
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 05, 2016, 05/05/2016, Marianne Vitale discusses her book Train Wreck
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For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder, and afflicted with hallucinations at dusk, she’s always felt more at ease in nature than with people. She traveled from Bangladesh to Brooklyn to live with the Saleems: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their beautiful daughter, Charu, her complete opposite.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 6
11:00 am

Free
Book Readings, May 06, 2016, 05/06/2016, Tanwi Nandini Islam reads from her book Bright Lines
Book Reading |
Mason Burroughs is an actor on the verge of giving up after being turned away at audition after audition. But his life changes when he bumps into Kevin Caldwell, an old crush from acting school.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 6
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 06, 2016, 05/06/2016, Richard Taylor Pearson reads from his book The Role
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Spring students read their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 6
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 06, 2016, 05/06/2016, Creative Writing Program Undergraduate Reading
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In Gittlin's latest, the stakes couldn't be higher. Someone from Power Broker Jonah Gray's past is back in a big way. Jonah has been strong-armed into using his knowledge of the business of skyscrapers to assist in a nefarious, global scheme--and failure is simply not an option. There are monstrous deals and piles of cash to be made. There are reputations--even lives--to be lost.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 06, 2016, 05/06/2016, Adam Gittlin reads from his book Deal Master
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In addition to a comprehensive selection of Drexler’s major paintings, Who Does She Think She Is? also recovers the artist’s early sculptures, recently rediscovered and not exhibited since 1960. Documentation of Drexler’s performances and theatrical work, photographs evoking her role in the downtown New York scene and a selection of her books and other archival materials present her work across multiple mediums, offering a comprehensive look at Drexler’s varied career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 06, 2016, 05/06/2016, Rosalyn Drexler discusses her book Who Does She Think She Is?
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Readings by participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which offers free classes to recent veterans. With Special Guest Yusef Komunyakaa, author of numerous books of poetry including, most recently, The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) and The Chameleon Couch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, May 7
2:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 07, 2016, 05/07/2016, Veterans Writing Workshop Reading
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New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar examines the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare individuals who are practicing lives of extreme ethical commitment. The book shares the deeply intimate and in-depth stories of people who devote themselves fully to bettering the lives of strangers — even when it comes at great personal cost.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 9
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 09, 2016, 05/09/2016, Larissa MacFarquhar discusses her book Strangers Drowning
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China's future is arguably the most consequential question in global affairs. Having enjoyed unprecedented levels of growth, China is at a critical juncture in the development of its economy, society, polity, national security, and international relations. The direction the nation takes at this turning point will determine whether it stalls or continues to develop and prosper.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 9
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 09, 2016, 05/09/2016, David Shambaugh discusses his book China's Future
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Capricious presents this anthology edited by Andrew Durbin featuring new work by Dodie Bellamy, Cecilia Corrigan, Amy De'Ath, Lynne Tillman, and Jackie Wang. Packaged as a box set, each book features cover work by artist Nayland Blake. For the book launch, Blake will perform, and Corrigan, Tillman, and Wang will read from their respective chapbooks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 9
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 09, 2016, 05/09/2016, Say Bye to Reason and Hi to Everything: A New Chapbook Anthology
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The Monday Night Reading Group discusses The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi. Read the book and join in. They're a welcoming bunch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 9
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 09, 2016, 05/09/2016, Monday Night Reading Group
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Internationally renowned visual artist Shimon Attie discusses his evocative new monograph and concurrent exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 10
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 10, 2016, 05/10/2016, Artist Shimon Attie discusses his book Facts on the Ground
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The all-new, easy juice diet from The New York Times best-selling author and creator of the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
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Tue, May 10
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 10, 2016, 05/10/2016, Joe Cross discusses his book Juice It to Lose It: Lose Weight and Feel Great in Just 5 Days
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The final reading featuring the nine 2015 fiction fellows. Chosen from over five hundred applicants, our most competitive year yet, each writer receives a grant, space to work in our Writers' Studio, as well as an opportunity to work one-on-one with a carefully selected editor and to meet agents and magazine editors at our monthly fellows' dinners​. The evening will feature readings by all nine of our writers: Naomi Feigelson Chase, Lisa Chen, Nicola DeRobertis-Theye, t’ai freedom ford, Anu Jindal, Stephen Langlois, Melissa Rivero, Samantha Storey, and Ruchika Tomar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 10
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 10, 2016, 05/10/2016, 2015 Emerging Writers Fellows Reading
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Lu Brant is the first female state's attorney. She seeks to make her name by trying a disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death. The case dredges up painful memories of when her brother AJ saved his best friend at the cost of another man's life. Only 18, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders what important details might have been withheld when she was a child.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 10
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 10, 2016, 05/10/2016, Laura Lippman reads from her book Wilde Lake
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Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo — and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 10
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 10, 2016, 05/10/2016, Richard Russo reads from his book Everybody's Fool
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Authors Lynda Cohen Loigman and Jennifer S. Brown will discuss their debut historical novels, The Two-Family House and Modern Girls. Both novels follow the lives of Jewish families living in New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 10
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 10, 2016, 05/10/2016, Writers Read: Lynda Cohen Loigman / Jennifer S. Brown
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A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and, in 2015, the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 11
12:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 11, 2016, 05/11/2016, Geoff Dyer discusses his book White Sands
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Readings by the Golden Writers, participants of a writing workshop for disabled adults. With Special Guest Marie Howe, author of the poetry collections The Good Thief (Persea Books, 1988), What the Living Do (W.W. Norton, 1998), and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W.W. Norton, 2008).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 11
4:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 11, 2016, 05/11/2016, Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Reading
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Award-winning writer Rebecca Traister returns with her new book, heralded by the New Republic as "a monumental study of the political, economic, social, and sexual consequences of the rise of unmarried women." Alice Kessler-Harris, pre-eminent US women’s historian, joins Traister to discuss the history of single women, with a special emphasis on the "unconventional" women active in the Progressive Era.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 11
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 11, 2016, 05/11/2016, Rebecca Traister discusses her book All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
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From Flint, Michigan's water crisis to the methane gas leak in Southern California, man-made environmental disasters have become commonplace in the news. In Jennifer Haigh's insightful new novel, the Rust Belt town of Bakerton weighs its future - do the citizens forsake economic solvency or do they risk environmental repercussions in the future? Haigh will be joined in conversation by lauded author Richard Price.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 11
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 11, 2016, 05/11/2016, Jennifer Haigh reads from her book Heat and Light
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Welcome acclaimed playwright Stephen Karam and members of the cast of his smash hit play The Humans for a discussion and signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 12
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 12, 2016, 05/12/2016, Stephen Karam discusses his book The Humans
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What would happen if two statistics-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 12
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 12, 2016, 05/12/2016, Ben Lindbergh discusses his book The Only Rule Is It Has to Work
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A celebration of the acclaimed television and radio news program Democracy Now! and the extraordinary movements and heroes who have moved our democracy forward.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 12
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 12, 2016, 05/12/2016, Amy and David Goodman read from their book Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America
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Join a journey through one hundred years of Irish poetry read by performers, actors, and poets, hosted by Professor Clair Wills, Irish literature and culture expert. Featuring the 2016 chosen participant of Poetry Ireland's program "Introductions - Introducing Poets to the Craft of Poetry, to the Public," along with many classic and newly minted Irish poems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 13
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 13, 2016, 05/13/2016, Salon Éire 100: Poetry Ireland
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Abeson will discuss and sign copies of his new book, in addition to a mini-workshop. The event will be followed by a launch party.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 16
4:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Anthony Abeson discusses his book Acting 2.0: Doing Work That Gets Work in a High-Tech World
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Four contributing authors from the issue will read their work in one of the most unique venues for great literature in New York City. The readers: Sonni Aun, Katy Lederer, Susanna Nguy, Adam Young.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 16
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Rx: Literature - A Reading to Celebrate Bellevue Literary Review’s 30th Issue
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On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside the Norwegian prime minister’s office in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then moved to a youth camp on the wooded island of Utøya, where he killed 69 more, most of them teenage members of the country’s governing Labour Party. Åsne Seierstad examines violent extremism and how a society copes with homegrown evil in this definitive story of the terrible day and its reverberations, still felt today.
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Mon, May 16
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Åsne Seierstad discusses her book One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway
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Confronted with the mysterious disappearance of her mother, this captivating coming of age memoir recounts a young woman's journey of self discovery while confronting dark family secrets. Eliciting the sights and sounds of a bygone era growing up in the Bronx, Veronica's Grave offers a nostalgic portrait of an extraordinary life.
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Mon, May 16
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Book Readings, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Barbara Brecht-Donsky reads from her book Veronica's Grave: A Daughter's Memoir
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Blending historical, biographical and political, multifaceted author Mark Green shows how a rising tide of minority and millennial voters and the contrast between recent presidencies are leading to a new era of "Progressive Patriotism" built on four cornerstones: an Economy-for-All, Democracy-for-All, Compact on Race and Justice, and Sustainable Climate.
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Mon, May 16
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Book Readings, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Mark Green reads from his book Bright, Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Rise of Progressive Patriotism
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Angie Martinez is the “Voice of New York.” Now, for the first time, she candidly recounts the story of her rise to become an internationally celebrated hip hop radio icon.
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Mon, May 16
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 16, 2016, 05/16/2016, Angie Martinez reads from her book My Voice
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This new book presents a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped to shape the country in the modern age.
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Tue, May 17
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 17, 2016, 05/17/2016, Claudia Roth Pierpont discusses her book American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars and One Great Building
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The bestselling author returns with an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places.
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Tue, May 17
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Book Readings, May 17, 2016, 05/17/2016, Fredrik Backman reads from his book Britt-Marie Was Here
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In warm, precise prose, author Thad Carhart reconstructs the wonders of his childhood as an American in postwar France, attending French schools with his siblings. His firsthand account brings to life France in the 1950s, from the parks and museums of Paris to the rigors of French schooling to the vast château of Fontainebleau and its village, built, piece by piece, over many centuries.
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Tue, May 17
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Book Readings, May 17, 2016, 05/17/2016, Thad Carhart reads from his book Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France
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From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor and unlikely success out of the NYC club scene of the late '80s and '90s.
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Tue, May 17
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Book Signings, May 17, 2016, 05/17/2016, Moby signs copies of his book Porcelain
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Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three volumes of stories, one book of nonfiction, and five novels. Her 2007 novel, The Gathering, won the Man Booker Prize, and her last novel, The Forgotten Waltz, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
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Wed, May 18
12:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Anne Enright discusses her book The Green Road
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Welcome renowned Noel Coward expert Barry Day for a discussion and reception celebrating the release of Noel Coward Screenplays.
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Wed, May 18
4:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Barry Day discusses his book Noel Coward Screenplays: In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter and The Astonished Heart
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A celebration of the republication of Bob Rosenthal’s Cleaning Up New York. Featuring Ada Calhoun, the author of St. Marks Is Dead, in conversation with Bob Rosenthal, Allen Ginsberg’s friend and assistant.
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Wed, May 18
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Bob Rosenthal discusses his book Cleaning Up New York
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Many people assume that effective sales ability demands a unique personality and an aggressive attitude. It's not true, and Robert Herjavec is proof. Known as the "Nice Shark" on the ABC's Emmy Award-winning hit show SHARK TANK, Robert Herjavec is loved by viewers, who respond to his affable nature.
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Wed, May 18
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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Robert Herjavec discusses his book You Don't Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success
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What do Dr. Seuss, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Andrei Sakharov, and James Michener have in common? They were all published by Bob Bernstein during his 25-year run as Random House president. In his remarkable memoir, Bernstein recounts a bygone era of the book industry and what led to his role as the father of modern human rights protecting free speech and challenging tyranny around the globe.
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Wed, May 18
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Robert L. Bernstein reads from his book Speaking Freely: My Life in Publishing and Human Rights
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Philbrick crafts an intricate portrait of the Revolution. In September 1776, the vulnerable Continental Army under Washington evacuates after a devastating defeat by the British. Weeks later, one of his favorite generals, Benedict Arnold, succeeds in postponing a deadly British advance. Years later, America must realize that the real threat to its liberties might come from within.
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Wed, May 18
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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Nathaniel Philbrick reads from his book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
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After enjoying early success as co-host of The Man Show with Joe Rogan, the past twenty years of Doug Stanhope's career can be seen as a subversive insider attack against the "bro-code" he helped to launch. Following a very singular career arc, Stanhope turned his back on Hollywood and toured relentlessly for years, performing up to 200 shows a year
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Wed, May 18
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Book Readings, May 18, 2016, 05/18/2016, Doug Stanhope reads from his book Digging Up Mother: A Love Story
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The co-founders of Clique Media, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, discuss their new book.
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Thu, May 19
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Book Readings, May 19, 2016, 05/19/2016, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power discuss their book The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.
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Thu, May 19
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Book Readings, May 19, 2016, 05/19/2016, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reads from her book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
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Three Rooms Press presents an evening of reading and storytelling in support of prison reform at the NYC launch of Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr, the harrowing, brutal, and unapologetic 1972 memoir by the notorious African-American career criminal who went straight out of Compton to a ongoing cycle of prison terms after burning down his school at age 10.
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Thu, May 19
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Readings, May 19, 2016, 05/19/2016, Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr Readings from a Career Criminial's Life
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As the era of the Nazi Hunters draws to a close, former Newsweek journalist Nagorski chronicles the postwar quest to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. From the Nuremberg Trials to lesser known cases, The Nazi Hunters examines how the initial impulse of revenge was transformed into a struggle for justice and how they have transformed our fundamental notions of right and wrong.
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Thu, May 19
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Book Readings, May 19, 2016, 05/19/2016, Andrew Nagorski reads from his book The Nazi Hunters
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"You are a complete disappointment." On his deathbed, author Mike Edison's father gasped those words to his son. This often hilarious yet intensely heartbreaking memoir from the former High Times publisher provides both solace and laughter. After years of criticism, expectations and competition, the author unravels a relationship that could never be fixed--but perhaps didn't need to be.
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Thu, May 19
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Book Readings, May 19, 2016, 05/19/2016, Mike Edison reads from his book You Are a Complete Disappointment: A Triumphant Memoir of Failed Expectations
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Original Nibroc Trilogy cast members from the acclaimed premiere at 78th Street Theatre Lab in 2007 -- Polly Adams, Christina Denzinger, Alexandra Geis, Ruth Nightengale and Greg Steinbruner – will reunite for the first time to read scenes from the three plays, Last Train To Nibroc, See Rock City and Gulf View Drive under the direction of Eric Nightengale.
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Fri, May 20
5:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 20, 2016, 05/20/2016, Arlene Hutton discusses her book The Nibroc Trilogy
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What does a producer actually do? How does one travel from that great idea for a show to a smash hit opening night on Broadway? John Breglio – a Broadway veteran with more than 40 years experience – shares an exceptional road map for the hows and wherefores, the dos and don’ts of producing a Broadway play.
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Mon, May 23
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Book Readings, May 23, 2016, 05/23/2016, John Breglio discusses his book I Wanna Be A Producer: How To Make a Killing on Broadway... or Get Killed
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The new release has already received rave pre-publicity praise. Author Robert H. Patton (Patriot Pirates and Cajun Waltz) raves, ““Evocative and gritty as only New York can be, Richard Vetere’s Champagne and Cocaine is testimony that intelligent men spiraling through destructive choices can make for a hell of a read.”
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Mon, May 23
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 23, 2016, 05/23/2016, Richard Vetere reads from his book Champagne and Cocaine
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Arthur Lubow and Wendy Lesser discuss Lubow's new biography which draws on exclusive interviews with Arbus’ friends, lovers, and colleagues, as well as on previously unknown letters, and on Lubow’s profound critical understanding of photography, as it explores Arbus’ extraordinary perspective and body of work.
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Mon, May 23
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Book Readings, May 23, 2016, 05/23/2016, Arthur Lubow discusses his book Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer
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Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials. Joining her are Ben Whishaw, Ciaran Hinds and Brenda Wehle from the current Broadway production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. *Cast members subject to change.
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Mon, May 23
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Book Readings, May 23, 2016, 05/23/2016, Pulitzer winner Stacy Schiff reads from her book The Witches: Salem, 1692
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Acclaimed author Neil Abramson brings us a riveting novel exploring the complex connection between humans and animals. Veterinarian Samantha Lewis is dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and abandoned dogs. An unidentified virus spreads with animals as carriers. Soon the governor enforces a quarantine, which may only be the beginning.
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Mon, May 23
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Book Readings, May 23, 2016, 05/23/2016, Neil Abramson reads from his book Just Life
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Bestselling author Justin Cronin discuss book three in The Passage series.
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Tue, May 24
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Book Readings, May 24, 2016, 05/24/2016, Justin Cronin discusses his book The City of Mirrors
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The New York Times bestselling author presents her darkly comic new novel. When an attractive and personable outsider is introduced into an eccentric, unconventional New England clan, flaws surface in the family's polite veneer, and an array of simmering resentments, unfortunate truths and shocking secrets are revealed.
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Tue, May 24
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Book Readings, May 24, 2016, 05/24/2016, Ann Leary reads from her book The Children
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Wilentz reminds us of the commanding role party politics has played in our struggle against economic inequality. At the nation's founding, Americans believed that wealth extremes would destroy their revolutionary experiment in republican government. That idea has since shaped national political conflict. Wilentz transforms our understanding of this nation's political and moral character.
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Tue, May 24
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Book Readings, May 24, 2016, 05/24/2016, Sean Wilentz reads from his book The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics
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Leanne Shapton is a Canadian illustrator, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
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Wed, May 25
12:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 25, 2016, 05/25/2016, Leanne Shapton discusses her book Swimming Studies
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A behind-the-scenes look at how One WTC was planned, designed, built, and funded by those who were intimately involved in this controversial, unprecedented building project. Judith Dupré moderates what promises to be a lively discussion between architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; structural engineers WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff; master planner Studio Libeskind; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owners of the site, and other special guests.
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Wed, May 25
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Book Readings, May 25, 2016, 05/25/2016, Judith Dupré discusses her book One World Trade Center
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The stellar play and fascinating backstories of exiled Cuban sluggers and hurlers in Major League Baseball has become one of the biggest headlines in America's national pastime.
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Wed, May 25
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Book Readings, May 25, 2016, 05/25/2016, Peter Bjarkman discusses his book Cuba's Baseball Defectors
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Linda Kass presents a sweeping historical novel inspired by true events. Set in World War II Poland, Tasa's Song celebrates the enduring strength of the human spirit as a young Jewish musician and her family face the tragic horrors of the Holocaust.
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Wed, May 25
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Book Readings, May 25, 2016, 05/25/2016, Linda Kass reads from her book Tasa's Song
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Notable young writers Jared Shaffer, Xingyue Sarah He, Suzanne Herman, Theresa Buchta, Angus McLinn, Constance Renfrow, Tara Isabella Burton, Angela Sloan, Aaron Thorpe, and Stephanie Bramson will discuss the public perception of the millennial, examine the challenges young writers face, and read stories from the collection.
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Wed, May 25
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Book Readings, May 25, 2016, 05/25/2016, Contributors read from Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories
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In a riveting account of ambition, oil and greed, author Peter Doran traces Marcus Samuel, Jr.'s rise into the British aristocracy, Henri Deterding's conquest and Rockefeller's collapse. Taking readers through East London streets, czarist Russia, British Parliament and down NYC's Broadway, Doran offers a fresh perspective on how Samuel and Deterding beat the world's richest man at his own game.
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Thu, May 26
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Book Readings, May 26, 2016, 05/26/2016, Peter Doran reads from his book Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire
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Editor Sarah Fader presents a compilation of personal perspectives, featuring essays from real people living with mental illness from around the globe. The raw stories in this anthology are the production of the individuals who speak bravely and candidly. Stigma Fighters seeks to give people living with mental illness a voice.
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Fri, May 27
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Book Readings, May 27, 2016, 05/27/2016, Sarah Fader reads from her book Stigma Fighters Anthology
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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.
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

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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.
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Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

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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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