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free (and almost free) readings in New York City (NYC)

Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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A night of poetry from three great independent presses, Sarabande Books, Sibling Rivalry Press, and Saturnalia. With readings by Kathleen Ossip, David Tomas-Martinez, Ralph Hamilton, and Debbie Kuan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, July 30, 2015, 07/30/2015, Small Press Night Readings
Poetry Reading |
Poetry: Mardonio Carballo and Juan Pablo Villa, DarkMatter—Alok and Janani, Camonghne Felix, Luis H. Francia, Magdalena Gómez, Roberta Hill, Ayisha Knight-Shaw, Aja Monet, and Roanna Shebala Music: Legacy Women led by Manuela, Los Hacheros, Nkumu Katalay and Life Long Project, Nano Stern, and Vlada Tomova’s Bulgarian Voices Trio MC: Baba Israel To honor Sonia Sanchez and Ntozake Shange, central figures in the Black Arts movement, activists and powerful voices come together and channel the streams that influenced these pioneering African American poets. Chronicling the joys and struggles of identity and history, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians from the diaspora in this thought-provoking tribute.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 01, 2015, 08/01/2015, La Casita: Poetry and Music
Book Reading |
Former New York Times reporter and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for reporting Tim Weiner discusses his new biography of the 37th President of the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 03, 2015, 08/03/2015, Tim Weiner reads from his book One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
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Naomi Novik's new book is Uprooted. Peter V. Brett is the author of The Skull Throne.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 03, 2015, 08/03/2015, Writers Read: Naomi Novik / Peter V. Brett
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The United States faces a serious retirement challenge. Many of today's workers will lack the resources to retire at traditional ages and maintain their standard of living in retirement. Solving the problem is a major challenge in today's environment in which risk and responsibility have shifted from government and employers to individuals. For this reason, Charles D. Ellis, Alicia H. Munnell, and Andrew D. Eschtruth have written this concise guide for anyone concerned about their own - and the nation's - retirement security.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, Charles D. Ellis reads from his book Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It
Book Signing |
This book is a "conversational sermon, proposing a framework for readers to discover their purpose and achieve their full potential." - Publishers Weekly
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, T.D. Jakes signs copies of his book Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose
Open Mike Reading |
No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers including Marie Faustin, Leighann Lord and Lisa Corrao. Curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo (FISH OUT OF AGUA: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, Citadel Press), the show will also include a "Magic Hat Open-Mic" where audience members can sign up for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mike Readings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, Super Storytellers
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Featuring the poets of Cave Canem: Brian Gilmore, JP Howard and Angel Nafis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, 3 poets read their work
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A story about the trials and tribulations of that most hopeful generation - Millennials. In conversation with short story writer Nathan Englander.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, Lauren Holmes reads from her book Barbara the Slut and Other People
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Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush returns in an electrifying new arctic adventure in which an apocalyptic plague threatens all of humanity .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, James Abel reads from his book Protocol Zero
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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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Readings, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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How do you stand with conviction in your world? Where does your courage come from when faced with challenges? How do you live out your faith on a daily basis despite opposition? Your stage probably isn't in Hollywood and the challenges you are facing may not be on live television, but they are no less real. Come along with Candace Cameron Bure as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Candace Cameron Bure reads from her book Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction
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With a single shot from a pistol small enough to conceal in his hand, John Wilkes Booth catapulted into history on the night of April 14, 1865. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln stunned a nation that was just emerging from the chaos and calamity of the Civil War, and the president's untimely death altered the trajectory of postwar history. But to those who knew Booth, the event was even more shocking-for no one could have imagined that this fantastically gifted actor and well-liked man could commit such an atrocity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Terry Alford reads from his book Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth
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Author Abigail Santamaria reveals the life of writer Joy Davidman in her new biography of Lewis' wife.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Abigail Santamaria reads from her book Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis
Open Mike Reading |
Founded and operated as a non-profit organization, Irish American Writers and Artists welcomes 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, IAWA's purpose is to highlight, energize and encourage Irish Americans working in the arts. IAWA 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. For the IAWA Salon, participants will have up to ten minutes to present in the medium of their choice: reading, poetry, comedy, music, etc. Works in progress are welcome. If they choose, participants can use part of their allotted 10 minutes to ask for comments or advice from the audience. Others may want to brainstorm for the whole 10 minutes, or simply present their work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mike Readings, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Irish American Writers and Artists Salon
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Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is the summer’s most hotly anticipated debut.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 06, 2015, 08/06/2015, J. Ryan Stradal reads from his book Kitchens of the Great Midwest
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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, August 09, 2015, 08/09/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Book Reading |
Riding hits like "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out," the band Alice Cooper became a popular rock act in the 1970s. They produced four platinum albums and hit number one on the U.S. with Billion Dollar Babies in 1973.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 10, 2015, 08/10/2015, Dennis Dunaway reads from his book Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group
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With Parneshia Jones, Jean Valentine, and Patrick Phillips.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 11, 2015, 08/11/2015, Summer Poetry Readings
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Featuring: Anthony Carelli, Aracelis Girmay, Jenny Johnson, Roger Reeves
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 11, 2015, 08/11/2015, The Poets of the Whiting Foundation
Book Signing |
The NBC weatherman brings the story of the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900 to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, August 12, 2015, 08/12/2015, Today Show weatherman Al Roker signs copies of his book The Storm of the Century
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The riveting true story of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washington’s family but turned by war against Washington’s crowning achievement, the Union.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 12, 2015, 08/12/2015, Jonathan Horn reads from his book The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History
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An evening featuring Tanwi Nandini Islam and Naomi Jackson, whose debut novels share a setting in Brooklyn, home to so many families who call somewhere else home. Born to immigrant parents, Islam's and Jackson’s heroines wrestle with competing cultural messages, gender norms, and a poignant sense of placelessness, all while navigating the tribulations of teenhood in America. In Islam’s Bright Lines, the Bangladeshi Saleem family raises three girls on Cambridge Place: rebellious Charu, bookish adoptee Ella, and runaway Maya, who seeks refuge from her abusive father. Home and homeland come into conflict again in Jackson’s The Star Side of Bird Hill, when the Braithwaite sisters, Dionne and Phaedra, are torn from Brooklyn and sent to Bird Hill, Barbados to live with their grandmother.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 13, 2015, 08/13/2015, Daughters of Brooklyn: Debut Novelists Read
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The remarkable tale of a childhood steeped in doomed dogma.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 17, 2015, 08/17/2015, Said Sayrafiezadeh reads from his book Brief Encounters with the Enemy
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For the socially conscious reader of Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness, and Howard Schultz’s Onward comes an inspiring handbook for success in business, life, and the all-important task of building a more compassionate world — by the visionary CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 18, 2015, 08/18/2015, Daniel Lubetzky reads from his book Do the Kind Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
Poetry Reading |
Featuring: Mark Doty, Dean Kostos, J.D. McClatchy, Celeste Gainey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 18, 2015, 08/18/2015, The Poets of the Red Hen Press
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Author David Leopold spent more than 20 years working side by side with, and documenting, the extraordinary artist Al Hirschfeld. This gorgeous book spans his 82-year career complete with 360 of his most iconic drawings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 18, 2015, 08/18/2015, David Leopold reads from his book The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age
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America’s best-loved therapist returns to the park for an afternoon discussion of her latest book, in which she shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, Ruth Westheimer signs copies of her book The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre
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Readings, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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One of the most dynamic eras in American history—the 1920s—began with this watershed year that would set the tone for the century to follow.
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Book Readings, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, Eric Burns reads from his book 1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar
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Tosha Silver, author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, discusses the hidden power of surrendering to spirituality in her latest work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 19, 2015, 08/19/2015, Tosha Silver reads from her book Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender
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This lecture with an expert on presidential transitions documents how two presidential teams—one outgoing, the other incoming—must forge trusting alliances in order to help the new president succeed in his or her first term.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 20, 2015, 08/20/2015, Martha Joynt Kumar discusses his book Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power
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Readings, August 24, 2015, 08/24/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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New York Times bestselling author and creator of the popular website PaleOMG Juli Bauer offers a new look at the "caveman diet," saying there's no need to be a caveman if you don't have to be. Come learn to cook creations you'd be proud to Instagram.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 24, 2015, 08/24/2015, Juli Bauer discusses her book Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook: Over 100 Gluten-Free Recipes to Help You Shine from Within
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Featuring: Carol Frost, Jeffrey Harrison, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Maggie Smith
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 25, 2015, 08/25/2015, The Poets of the Tupelo Press
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Anecdotes of film greats Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and others are presented by authors/producers Joan Kramer and David Heeley in their new book. There will be a video presentation featuring select film clips of Hollywood greats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, August 25, 2015, 08/25/2015, Joan Kramer reads from her book In the Company of Legends
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When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, he had broader aims than simply rallying a war-weary nation. Lincoln realized that the Civil War had taken on a wider significance—that all of Europe and Latin America was watching to see whether the United States, a beleaguered model of democracy, would indeed “perish from the earth.”
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Book Readings, August 26, 2015, 08/26/2015, Don Doyle reads from his book The Cause of All Nations
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A novel about what happens when you are totally unknown to yourself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, Poet Eileen Myles reads from her work
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Make Me One With Everything explores inclusive meditation for both new and experienced meditators.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Lama Surya Das signs copies of his book Make Me One With Everything
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