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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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Former Zen Buddhist monk Clark Strand shows how the most dynamic and empowering Buddhist movement in ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, July 24, 2014, 07/24/2014, Clark Strand reads from his book Waking the Buddha
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The artist discusses her exhibition Transmutations. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Signings, July 25, 2014, 07/25/2014, Artist Talk: Benigna Chilla
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Fraser is the artist of the comic book adventure starring Doctor Who. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, July 26, 2014, 07/26/2014, Simon Fraser discusses Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Comic Book
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The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, July 28, 2014, 07/28/2014, Megan Abbott reads from her book The Fever
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Dancer/choreographer Stephen Petronio discusses his memoir. Aterward, there will be a brief performance ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, July 28, 2014, 07/28/2014, Stephen Petronio reads from his book Confessions of a Motion Addict
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Most people assume that others will live on after they themselves have died. In this lecture, the author ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, July 29, 2014, 07/29/2014, Samuel Scheffler discusses his book Death and the Afterlife
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Douglas Brinkley is one of the most popular historians writing today. His books on Theodore Roosevelt ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, July 29, 2014, 07/29/2014, Douglas Brinkley reads from his book The Nixon Tapes, 1971-72
Poetry Reading |
Featuring: Saeed Jones Rickey Laurentiis Darrel Alejandro Holnes Wendy Chin-Tanner Valerie ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, July 29, 2014, 07/29/2014, The Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press
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Join us as Amy Bloom discusses her poignant and funny new novel in which two teenage half-sisters seek ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, July 29, 2014, 07/29/2014, Amy Bloom reads from her book Lucky Us
Book Signing |
Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, July 29, 2014, 07/29/2014, Malcolm Gladwell signs copies of his book David and Goliath
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The Dynamic duo from Clerks make a rare appearance in honor of their new book, an illustrated collection ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, July 30, 2014, 07/30/2014, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith signs copies of their book Jay and Silent Bob's Blueprints for Destroying Everything
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Using previously untapped court-martial records from the National Archives, as well as manuscript collections ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, July 30, 2014, 07/30/2014, Jonathan W. White reads from his book Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln
Poetry Reading |
With: Jeffrey Harrison (Into Daylight, Tupelo Press), Joan Larkin (Blue Hanuman, Hanging Loose Press), ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, July 30, 2014, 07/30/2014, 4 poets read their work
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This talk offers an informed history of the Obama administration’s policies and maps out a progressive ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, July 31, 2014, 07/31/2014, Josh Ruebner discusses his book Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Book Reading |
There is an imbalance in the universe. And, since his latest return from oblivion, Thanos himself feels... ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 02, 2014, 08/02/2014, Jim Starlin reads from his book Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
Poetry Reading |
Free monthly Poetry Open Mike and Program. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 02, 2014, 08/02/2014, Poets Workshop
Book Reading |
Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy -- love, death, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 04, 2014, 08/04/2014, Paul W. Kahn discusses his book Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation
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The acclaimed author of The Emperor of Ocean Park discusses his latest novel, a suspenseful retelling ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 04, 2014, 08/04/2014, Stephen Carter reads from his book Back Channel
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Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling 'Scott Pilgrim' graphic novel series, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 04, 2014, 08/04/2014, Bryan Lee O'Malley reads from his book Seconds
Poetry Reading |
With LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Justin Marks and Bianca Stone The poets will read poems from the Henry ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Summer Poetry Reading
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Author and Professor of English and Writing at Barnard College Mary Gordon reads from her latest work, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Mary Gordon reads from her book The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas
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If you're not fascinated by Korea yet, you will be after this book. One of the most innovative countries ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Euny Hong reads from her book The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture
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Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, The Dog explodes the country’s cultural ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 05, 2014, 08/05/2014, Jack Livings reads from his book The Dog
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Journalist and historian Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Rick Perlstein reads from his book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall Of Nixon and The Rise Of Reagan
Poetry Reading |
Also reading: Cathy Linh Che, Harmony Holiday and Mark Wunderlich. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet
Book Reading |
Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman reads from the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 06, 2014, 08/06/2014, Lev Grossman reads from his book The Magician's Land
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From Jezebel.com, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, Anna Holmes reads from her book The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things
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The editors of the online magazine The Weeklings—your source for "rogue commentary for now people"—are ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, The Weeklings Live
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Director of Holistic Wellness Programs for the City College of New York Jeanne Ricks discusses how to ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, Jeanne Ricks reads from her book The Biology of Beating Stress
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Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this debut epic fantasy novel for fans of George ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 07, 2014, 08/07/2014, Mark Smylie reads from his book The Barrow
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A searing, human portrayal of Krishna, the god of all gods, awaits you in this book. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 08, 2014, 08/08/2014, Abhishek Singh discusses his book Krishna: A Journey Within
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Weekends are the perfect time to get away from it all, and this book is the ticket to puzzle paradise. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 11, 2014, 08/11/2014, Leslie Billig discusses the book Sunday Hammock Crosswords
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 11, 2014, 08/11/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Translator Edward Strauss brings Corporal Louis Bartha's wartime writing to English-speaking readers ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 11, 2014, 08/11/2014, Edward Strauss reads from the book Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas
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Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature—whether making posters for school, deciding ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Chip Kidd discusses his book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
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My Drunk Kitchen includes recipes, stories, full color photos, and drawings to inspire your own ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Book Launch: My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
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Longtime NPR correspondent Margot Adler explores issues like power, politics, morality and identity and ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 13, 2014, 08/13/2014, Margot Adler reads from her book Vampires Are Us
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Weekends are the perfect time to get away from it all, and this book is the ticket to puzzle paradise. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, August 14, 2014, 08/14/2014, Leslie Billig discusses the book Sunday Hammock Crosswords
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Readings, music, and drinks. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 14, 2014, 08/14/2014, An Evening with The Pitchfork Review
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During its run in the mid-'90s, Minimum Wage racked up critical accolades and a devoted following, numbering ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 14, 2014, 08/14/2014, Bob Fingerman reads from his book Maximum Minimum Wage
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Lawyer, writer and psychic medium Susan Lander talks about her unique journey with 22 famous and infamous ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 18, 2014, 08/18/2014, Susan Lander reads from her book Conversations with History: Inspiration, Reflections, and Advice from History-Makers and Celebrities on the Other Side
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Marni Fechter reads from her debut novel, an "un-put-downable romp through the extravagant, dream-making ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 19, 2014, 08/19/2014, Marni Fechter reads from her book Royal Entertainment
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The Spotted Pig-founder, renowned chef and cookbook author comes to the park for a special lunchtime ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, April Bloomfield discuss her book A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Model agent and etiquette specialist Wynne Dalley discusses tips for helping teens reach their maximum ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, Wynne Dalley reads from her book Be Cool & Confident
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Please read the book first. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 20, 2014, 08/20/2014, Book Group: Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Readings, August 25, 2014, 08/25/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Jess Row, author of the new novel Your Face in Mine, and Justin Taylor, author of the new story collection ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 26, 2014, 08/26/2014, Authors Jess Row and Justin Taylor in Conversation
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In Louise Penny's 10th installment of the Armand Gamache series, the undaunted inspector once again joins ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 26, 2014, 08/26/2014, Louise Penny reads from her book Long Way Home
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PETER MENDELSUND is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and a recovering classical pianist. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, August 27, 2014, 08/27/2014, Peter Mendelsund reads from his book What We See When We Read
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