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23 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 |
Poet, teacher and author of 24 books, Hettie Jones will read a selection of her poems, from her bestselling memoir, How I Became Hettie Jones, and from her latest book, Love H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 25
1:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Hettie Jones reads from her book Love, H.
Book Reading |
This lecture paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 30
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 30, 2017, 05/30/2017, Marty Appel discusses his book Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character
Book Reading |
Douglas Brunt is the bestselling author Ghosts of Manhattan and The Means.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 31
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 31, 2017, 05/31/2017, Douglas Brunt discusses his book Trophy Son
Reading |
To celebrate the publication of the Bellevue Literary Review’s latest issue, editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri (author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear and Medicine in Translation) hosts an evening of readings by contributing authors from the issue, including Caitlin Kuehn (winner of the 2017 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction), Colter Jackson, Jay Kidd, and Gardner McFall.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 31
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 31, 2017, 05/31/2017, Bellevue Literary Review Spring Issue Reading
Book Reading |
After more than seventy years as a professional actor, director, and teacher, Howard shows how living creatively and invoking one's own personality can lead to a successful career as an actor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 31
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 31, 2017, 05/31/2017, Michael Howard reads from his book The Actor Uncovered: A Life in Acting
Wed, May 31
7:00 pm

Free
Book Signings, May 31, 2017, 05/31/2017, Senator Al Franken signs copies of his book Giant of the Senate
Book Reading |
This lecture showcases the history of how an idea that once seemed unfathomable—and for many gays and lesbians undesirable—became a legal and moral right in just half a century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 5
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 05, 2017, 06/05/2017, Nathaniel Frank discusses his book Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America
Book Reading |
A special evening featuring Chimamanda N’gozi Adichie and her book Americanah, which was the winner of the first annual One Book, One New York program.The event will feature a conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald. Adichie and Fitzgerald will discuss the many themes in the book, which include immigration, race and love. Broadway and Showtime’s Billions series star Condola Rashad will also present a reading from Americanah.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 5
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 05, 2017, 06/05/2017, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses her book Americanah
Open Mike |
Drunken Shakespeare is the only event of its kind that invites you to get rowdy with rogues and strut your Stratfordian swagger. Got an audition piece you've been dying to show off? Want to give that soliloquy from your high school English class a try? From professional actors to professional fans, Drunken Shakespeare is the judgment-free and admission-free way to spend a Monday night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 5
8:00 pm

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Open Mikes, June 05, 2017, 06/05/2017, Drunken Shakespeare
Book Reading |
This book combines a personal insight into the mind of a working mathematician with the story of one of the biggest adventures in mathematics: the search for symmetry. This is the story of how humankind has come to its understanding of the bizarre world of symmetry — a subject of fundamental significance to the way we interpret the world around us.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 6
6:00 pm

$5
Book Readings, June 06, 2017, 06/06/2017, Marcus du Sautoy discusses his book Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 7
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 07, 2017, 06/07/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Reading |
Summer on the Hudson and Lamprophonic amplify fresh voices in the literature and bring authors center stage with readings, workshops, panels, and a community market to make one of life’s most solitary acts—writing—a public celebration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 10
12:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 10, 2017, 06/10/2017, AmpLit: Amplifying Fresh Voices in the Literature
Poetry Reading |
Contribute your barbaric yawp to the thirteenth annual Song of Myself Marathon! Hosted by Whitman scholar and NYU professor Karen Karbiener.If you’d like to read, please email songofmyselfmarathon@gmail.com with your favorite three sections of “Song of Myself” (using the 1891-‘92 edition’s breakdown of 52 sections). Karen Karbiener be in touch with you as the event draws closer, to provide the final list of readers. Original interpretations of your passage are encouraged. Last year they had several folks give dramatic or musical interpretations of their passages; others recited from memory or in different languages.Celebrate Whitman and his poem in your own way—Walt would love that!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 10
5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 10, 2017, 06/10/2017, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself Marathon
Book Reading |
When German Jewish psychoanalyst and novelist Hans Keilson, called one “of the world’s very greatest writers” (Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review), died at the age of 101, a diary was found among his papers that covers the nine months he spent in hiding with a Dutch resistance group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 12
2:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 12, 2017, 06/12/2017, Translator Damion Searls discusses the book Hans Keilson’s 1944 Diary
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 13
4:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 13, 2017, 06/13/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
This lecture features World War II history told through combat infantryman Carl Lavin, the author’s father, and offers insight into the United States (including New York City) in war time and the brutality of war in Europe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 13
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 13, 2017, 06/13/2017, Frank Lavin discusses his book Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II
Book Reading |
Rakesh Satyal, author of No One Can Pronounce My Name, and Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding, discuss their recent novels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 16
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 16, 2017, 06/16/2017, Writers in Conversation: Rakesh Satyal / Grant Ginder
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 21
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 21, 2017, 06/21/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
More than 50 years after her execution, the sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg made a last ditch appeal to President Obama before he left office to exonerate her posthumously amid new evidence. Roberts revisits his firsthand interviews with David Greenglass, whose testimony ultimately condemned his sister, Ethel, and brother-in-law, Julius, to the electric chair.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 21
3:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 21, 2017, 06/21/2017, Sam Roberts discusses his book The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case
Reading |
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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
4:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Inspired by her enormously popular New York Times “Modern Love” essay “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give," Ada Calhoun's latest book weaves intimate moments from her own married life with frank insight from experts, clergy, and friends, presenting a realistic portrait of what marriage is really like, while offering advice on how to get through the not-so-idyllic aspects of lifelong commitment. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Ada Calhoun reads from her book Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give
Poetry Reading |
Susan Lewis' most recent book, Heisenberg’s Salon, was just published by BlazeVOX Books.  Sharon Mesmer is a multi-genre writer — poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews — and professor of creative writing (poetry and fiction) in the undergraduate and MFA programs of New York University and the New School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 29
5:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 29, 2017, 06/29/2017, Poets Read: Susan Lewis / Sharon Mesmer
Book Reading |
Debut novelists Hala Alyan, Hannah Lillith Assadi, and Jimin Han discuss writing first novels and the interplay between art and identity.Hala Alyan (pictured) was born in 1986. After living in various parts of the Middle East, she completed a doctorate in psychology and is now in practice at New York University. She has been published in Guernica and other literary journals, and is the award-winning author of three poetry collections. Alyan is also a seasoned performer, and her TEDx talk and appearances can be viewed at www.halaalyan.com. She lives in New York City.Hannah Lillith Assadi received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts.  She also received her bachelor's at Columbia where she was awarded the Philolexian Prize for her fiction and poetry. She was raised in Arizona and lives in Brooklyn. Sonora is her first novel. Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found at NPR's "Weekend America," Entropy, The Rumpus, HTMLGiant, The Good Men Project, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review, KoreanAmericanStory.com, The eChook Memoir app, Bloom, and The Nuyorasian Anthology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 30
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 30, 2017, 06/30/2017, Writers in Conversation: Hala Alyan / Hannah Lillith Assadi / Jimin Han
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