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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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Divided by continent, You Are Here represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour — surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful — is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity by one of the world's most seasoned and accomplished astronauts. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.
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Book Signings, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Astronaut Chris Hadfield signs copies of his book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes - Photographs from the International Space Station
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Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original.
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Book Readings, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovich read from their book The Steampunk Users Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro Futurist Dreams
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Poetry Reading |
Mark Doty is the author of eight books of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Patricia Smith is an American poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist. She has published poems in literary magazines and journals including TriQuarterly, Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, and in anthologies including American Voices and The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry.
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Poetry Readings, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Poetry Reading with Mark Doty and Patricia Smith
Open Mike Reading |
Co-hosted by publications Minetta Review and The Plague. Come share your creative writing and spoken word. Light refreshments will be served.
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Open Mike Readings, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, Second Annual Open Mic
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A reading of Celan’s book by the poet and translator Pierre Joris and a conversation between Joris and Paul Auster, introduced by Professor Ulrich Baer, Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity. Paul Celan, one of the greatest German-language poets of the twentieth century, created brilliant works of pure musicality and striking imagery in tension with the haunting memories of his life as a Romanian Jew during the Holocaust. Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry gathers the five final volumes of his life’s work in a bilingual edition, translated and with commentary by the award-winning poet and translator Pierre Joris.
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Poetry Readings, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, A Reading of Paul Celan's Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry
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Yusef Komunyakaa won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular. He is the Senior Distinguished Poet in the Graduate Writing Program. Idra Novey’s most recent poetry collection is Clarice: The Visitor. She is the translator of Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H., and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Flávia Rocha is a Brazilian writer and journalist. Her most recent poetry collection is Quartos Habitáveis, published in Brazil. She is the editor-in-chief of Rattapallax magazine. Márcio-André is a Brazilian experimental artist with works in sound, visual poetry, installation, performance and video art. His most recent poetry book is Cazas, published in Brazil. He has taught at the University of Coimbra and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
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Poetry Readings, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, Contemporary Brazilian Poetry and Translation
Book Reading |
In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience.
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Book Readings, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, Maria Laurino reads from her book The Italian Americans: A History
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The term ‘blockbuster’ derives from a colossal aerial bomb that has what it takes to destroy an entire block of streets. While our own blockbuster contains words not violence, Epiphany will certainly floor you. Vietnamese high school rap, New York pedicabs, transgenderization, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, and a wholly unreliable father’s prayer: all fodder for an Epiphany reading. Please join the editors to celebrate the launch of the issue. Choundas, Jeffrey Gustavson, Joseph Salvatore, Rachel X. Weissman, and Tally Brennan will read.
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Readings, December 02, 2014, 12/02/2014, Contributors read from Epiphany
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What was in the water in Toms River? A seemingly high number of childhood cancer cases in the New Jersey town prompted the question, but there turned out to be no easy answer.
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Book Readings, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Fagin discusses his book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
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The past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to explore new avenues of art, design, performance, and activism. Join Francesco Spampinato for a lively discussion on motivations, logistics, and objectives that drive an artist to give up his ego and embrace anonymous and shared endeavors.
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Book Readings, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Francesco Spampinato discusses his book Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design
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A book launch party featuring a brief discussion with remarks from Michael Pettinger and Kathleen Talvacchia, followed by a reception.
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Book Readings, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Michael Pettinger and Kathleen Talvacchia discuss their book Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms
Reading |
Celebrate the newest issue of the innovative literary journal with a special reading. Samuel R. Delany (Dhalgren), Minna Proctor (Do You Hear What I Hear?), Frederic Tuten (The Adventures of Mao on the Long March), and Anne Waldman (In the Room of Never Grieve: New &amp; Selected Poems 1985–2003) will read from their work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Readings from Conjunctions: 63
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The Art History Writing Competition winner and finalists will read their poems and prose in response to the exhibition. Introduced by contest judge Thomaï Serdari.
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Readings, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, Readings on the Exhibition Ernest Cole, Photographer
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Acclaimed author and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman deftly brings ancient scriptural texts to life, exploring how they offer new answers to some of the most fundamental and universal questions people ask about their lives. A blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship, The Bible's Cutting Room Floor reveals what's missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important.
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Book Readings, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Joel Hoffman reads from his book The Bible's Cutting Room Floor
Poetry Reading |
F. Douglas Brown was recently awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for his forthcoming collection “Zero to Three,” published by University of Georgia Press in fall 2014. Leon Baham is the author of the chapbook “Ponyboy, Sigh,” available through Birds of Lace. Donika Ross, a Cave Canem fellow, is currently a lecturer at Vanderbilt University. Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, “Life on Mars” (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
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Saskia Hamilton is the Director of Women Poets and is currently teaching Advanced Poetry Writing I, as well as academic courses. Hisham Matar is the Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the English Department. He is currently teaching Fiction Writing, as well as an academic course. Timea Szell is Director of the Creative Writing and is currently teaching Fiction and Personal Narrative, as well as academic courses. A reception will follow.
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Readings, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Writers Read: Saskia Hamilton / Hisham Matar / Timea Szell
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Boris Fishman’s debut novel, “A Replacement Life” (HarperCollins, 2014), was a Barnes &amp; Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. David Grand is the author of “Louse,” a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, “The Disappearing Body,” and most recently “Mount Terminus.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, December 05, 2014, 12/05/2014, Novelists Read: Boris Fishman / David Grand
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Students read their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
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Readings, December 05, 2014, 12/05/2014, Undergraduate Reading
Book Reading |
Paul Auster is the internationally bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, The Invention of Solitude and The New York Trilogy, among many other works of fiction, poetry, memoir and translation. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli.
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Book Readings, December 08, 2014, 12/08/2014, Paul Auster reads from his books Report from the Interior and Winter Journal
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Internationally celebrated Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf talks about his most recent work, the follow-up to the best-selling book Erwin Olaf (2008). In this lush monograph, Olaf expands on his established style of highly polished and stylized color studio images to include a series drawn from his sculptural video installation, Keyhole; black-and white images he has exhibited as carbon prints; and photographs created on location in Berlin — a departure from the constructed mise-en-scènes of earlier work produced in his Amsterdam studio.
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Book Signings, December 10, 2014, 12/10/2014, Photographer Erwin Olaf signs copies of his book Volume II
Poetry Reading |
Mark Bibbins received a Lambda Literary Award for his first collection of poems, Sky Lounge; his second, The Dance of No Hard Feelings was published by Copper Canyon Press (2009), and in 2014, his third They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full was also published by Cooper Canyon. Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Cold War, which was named one of Publishers Weekly's 100 best books of 2011; The Search Engine, which was selected by Derek Walcott for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; and Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. Her new book The Do-Over will be published in 2015.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 10, 2014, 12/10/2014, Poetry Forum: Mark Bibbins / Kathleen Ossip
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Collected gives a tour of peculiar, elegant, and awe-inspiring collections from around the world. The book teaches readers the basic principles of the hunt while exploring the thoughtful and inventive ways people display their various collections, from the accessible and affordable to the aspirational extreme. The featured collections range from dice to café au lait bowls to 19th-century-French sewing tools to sand from world travels—illustrating collections as expressions of personal style.
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Book Readings, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Decorating Experts Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson discuss their book Collected
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Jean-Pierre Laffont is a photojournalist and a founding member of Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News.
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Book Readings, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Jean-Pierre Laffont discusses his book Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960–1990
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MacArthur Fellow Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World," "The Hundred Brothers," and "The Verificationist," as well as "The Afterlife," a memoir about his mother. His most recent collection of stories, "The Emerald Light in the Air," is out from FSG in September 2014.
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Readings, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Writers in Conversation: Donald Antrim
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Some of the fine students from this semester's classes will share short readings from their works. Refreshments will be served.
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Readings, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Student Readings
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Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Collège International de Philosophie. In addition to novels, plays and political essays, he has published many philosophical works including Logics of Worlds, The Adventure of French Philosophy, Being and Event, Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy, and Metapolitics.
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Book Readings, December 16, 2014, 12/16/2014, Alain Badiou discusses his book The Age of the Poets
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