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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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In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the story of two giants of American ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Jonathan Darman discusses his book Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America
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Lit, the school's's MFA literary journal, and the School of Writing hosts past editors for an ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5
Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Lit Editors' Reading
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Novelist Brian Morton (Starting Out in the Evening) introduces his latest fiction, about an independent ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Brian Morton reads from his book Florence Gordon
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Vanessa Manko's first novel is a sweeping story of accusations, misunderstandings and exile that is based ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Vanessa Manko reads from her book The Invention of Exile
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An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad — a road map to becoming ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-winning Times columnist, signs copies of his book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets of Poetry Society of America: Timothy Liu, Catherine Barnett, Mark Doty, and Jack ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, 4 poets read their work
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Drawing on her grandfather’s intimate correspondence with Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others, Sinclair ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 23, 2014, 09/23/2014, Anne Sinclair discusses her book My Grandfather’s Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featured author: Gabriel Garcia ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Deborah Feingold has been behind the lens for many of the iconic photos you know and love. She'll be ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Photographer Deborah Feingold discusses her book Music
Book Signing |
This comprehensive catalogue was published on the occasion of New York–based artist Kelley Walker's ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, September 24, 2014, 09/24/2014, Artist Kelley Walker signs copies of his exhibition catalogue
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Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) invites ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Show
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This event will be both a reading and concert to celebrate the publication of 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, September 25, 2014, 09/25/2014, Marie-Helene Bertino reads from her book 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas
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Michael Broder’s debut collection is "This Life Now" (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). Alden Jones’s ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 26, 2014, 09/26/2014, Alumni Reading: Michael Broder / Alden Jones / R. A. Villanueva
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Towell, a veteran conflict reporter, presents a moving and in-depth look at the country, whose citizens ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5; students free
Book Signings, September 27, 2014, 09/27/2014, Photographer Larry Towell discusses his book Afghanistan
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A reading by contributors to the Creative Writing Program’s literary journal. Anselm Berrigan is the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 27, 2014, 09/27/2014, Washington Square Launch Party
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Aqil Shah earned his PhD at Columbia and is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Dartmouth. He ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Aqil Shah reads from his book The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan
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Professor Varon and a panel of experts will reflect on the book, which tells the story of the cohort ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Jeremy Varon discusses his book The New Life: The Jewish Students of Postwar Germany
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In recent years, contemporary architectural theory and practice have shifted from a focus on how a building ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Scott Johnson discusses his book Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now
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Over the past ten years, Liao has crafted exhilarating panoramas of New York City with painstaking care ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5; students free
Book Signings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao discusses his book New York
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featured author: Gabriel Garcia ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Douglas Brunt, the critically acclaimed author of Ghosts of Manhattan, reads and discusses his new novel, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Douglas Brunt reads from his book The Means
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Doyin Richards, father, husband, blogger, author and person you'll want to meet. His upbeat and loving ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Doyin Richards reads from his book Daddy Doin' Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood
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A one-of-a-kind celebration of the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 29, 2014, 09/29/2014, Stephin Merritt reads from his book 101 Two-Letter Words
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JOHN LAHR is the author of seventeen previous books on the theater and two novels, among other publications. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, John Lahr discusses his book Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
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Comedian, actor and writer B.J. Novak reads from his new children's book. It will tickle the funny bone ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, The Office star B.J. Novak reads from his children's book The Book with No Pictures
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This talk portrays the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America’s struggle with ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Greg Grandin discusses his book The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
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An intriguing journey through Berlin by a longtime interested observer. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP requested
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Peter Schneider reads from his book Berlin Now
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New Yorker staffer Lawrence Wright, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower: Al Quaeda ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright reads from his book Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
Book Signing |
For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Lena Dunham, Emmy-nominated star of Girls, signs copies of her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets of Poets Wear Prada: Joel Alleghretti, Erik La Prade, Hilary Sideris, John J. Trause, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, 5 poets read their work
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Featuring authors Lacy M. Johnson, Kiese Laymon, and Tiphanie Yanique and includes special DJ sets by ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, The First Person Plural Reading Series
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Anita Shreve (Stella Bain) and debut novelist Katy Simpson Smith (The Story of Land and Sea) will read ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, September 30, 2014, 09/30/2014, Authors Anita Shreve and Katy Simpson Smith in Conversation
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Great chefs are neither self-effacing nor meek. There’s no room for manners in the professional kitchen, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 01, 2014, 10/01/2014, Contributors discuss The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom
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Winners of the class of 2013 Chapbook Contest read: Laura Leigh Abby selected for nonfiction by John ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 01, 2014, 10/01/2014, MFA Chapbook Reading
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Citizenship between Empire and Nation examines momentous changes in notions of citizenship, sovereignty, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 01, 2014, 10/01/2014, Frederick Cooper reads from his book Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960
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Damon Galgut and Edmund White will discuss their new books, Arctic Summer (Galgut) and Inside a Pearl ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, October 01, 2014, 10/01/2014, Authors Damon Galgut and Edmund White in Conversation
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Featuring: Greenhook Ginsmiths, Brooklyn Farmacy, and Jam Today Too ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 01, 2014, 10/01/2014, Dish: A Sumptuous Multi-Course Feast of Readings
Reading |
Featuring Margaret Eby, Ami Greko, Rahawa Haile, Mikki Halpin, Saeed Jones, Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Kevin ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 02, 2014, 10/02/2014, Vol. 1 Brooklyn Presents: The Greatest 3-Minute Suburban Stories
Book Reading |
Amy Bloom, a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, is ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 02, 2014, 10/02/2014, Fiction Reading by Amy Bloom and Brian Morton
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Celebrate Chloe Caldwell's novella with readings from Caldwell, Emily Gould, Domenica Ruta, Jenna Wortham, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 03, 2014, 10/03/2014, Chloe Caldwell reads from her book Women
Poetry Reading |
Colette Inez will read from her new book Horseplay and Priscilla Becker will read from her work. A book-signing ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; donations welcome
Poetry Readings, October 03, 2014, 10/03/2014, Poetry Reading with Colette Inez and Priscilla Becker
Poetry Reading |
With each new book, from the grand religiosity of AWE to the flat sadness and nihilism of Black Life ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 06, 2014, 10/06/2014, Dorothea Lasky reads from her book Rome
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Featuring coming-out stories by Dannielle Owens-Reid, Kristin Russo, and Broderick Greer, and Jenny Owen ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 06, 2014, 10/06/2014, National Coming Out Day: Storytelling with Tumblr and Everyone Is Gay
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Tattoo stories from Saeed Jones, Mona Eltahawy, Starlee Kine, Tao Lin and Lori Petty, plus Pen &amp; ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 07, 2014, 10/07/2014, A Night of Pen and Ink
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Jericho Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. Stacey D’Erasmo’s most recent ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5
Book Readings, October 08, 2014, 10/08/2014, An Evening with Authors Jericho Brown and Stacey D'Erasmo
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Alix Christie and Sena Jeter Naslund will read from and discuss their latest books, Gutenberg's Apprentice ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, October 08, 2014, 10/08/2014, Authors Alix Christie and Sena Jeter Naslund in Conversation
Poetry Reading |
Celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary poet Mark Strand. Readings and words of praise will be offered ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 09, 2014, 10/09/2014, A Tribute to Mark Strand, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet
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Leslie Jamison is the author of a novel, “The Gin Closet,” and most recently a bestselling collection ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 09, 2014, 10/09/2014, Fiction Reading by Leslie Jamison and Jess Row
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Featuring Haresh Sharma, Verena Tay, Cyril Wong. Reaching back before 1965, the year ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 10, 2014, 10/10/2014, The Singapore Literary Festival: Generations and Genres
Poetry Reading |
David Lehman is the author of several collections of poems and criticism, including “The Last Avant-Garde: ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 10, 2014, 10/10/2014, Poetry Reading by David Lehman and Leah Umansky
Book Reading |
A reading and a moderated conversation between the author, Daniel Kaufman, the director of the Endangered ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 10, 2014, 10/10/2014, Arno Camenisch reads from his book The Alp
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Elisa Albert is the author of a short story collection, How This Night is Different, and a novel, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 10, 2014, 10/10/2014, Elisa Albert reads from her book How This Night is Different
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The Lost Khrushchev is the result of Nina Khrushcheva’s determination to unravel accusations ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 13, 2014, 10/13/2014, Nina L. Khrushcheva, Khrushchev's granddaughter, discusses her book The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind
Poetry Reading |
A roundup of work by the much-honored poet. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 14, 2014, 10/14/2014, Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand reads from his book Collected Poems
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The Pen Parentis Literary Salon welcomes four celebrated authors whose brilliance knows no bounds. These ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 14, 2014, 10/14/2014, Pen Parentis Literary Salon
Book Reading |
Christian Jungersen and Megan Abbott will be reading from and discussing their latest books, The Exception ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, October 14, 2014, 10/14/2014, Authors Christian Jungersen and Megan Abbott in Conversation
Poetry Reading |
In celebration of Caravan, The American Poets Corner is pleased to present Come Share My Meal: Poets ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 14, 2014, 10/14/2014, Come Share My Meal: Poets from the Arabic Diaspora
Book Reading |
#Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 15, 2014, 10/15/2014, Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny discuss their book #Newsfail
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The long awaited second novel by the Italian author is an inspired story of modern war that follows a ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 15, 2014, 10/15/2014, Paolo Giordano reads from his book The Human Body
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These writers were chosen from hundreds of applicants to recieve a grant, space to work in the Writers' ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Readings, October 15, 2014, 10/15/2014, 2014 Emerging Writers Fellows Reading
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Thomas and Abby J. Hansen, the translators, will read from their Centennial Edition of the novella. Contemporary ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 16, 2014, 10/16/2014, Translators read from Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice
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Joshua Ferris is the author of “Then We Came to the End,” winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and a ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 17, 2014, 10/17/2014, Fiction Reading by Joshua Ferris and Mira Jacob
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The Yorkville-born author presents a funny, bittersweet portrait of his first 18 years - a love song ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 17, 2014, 10/17/2014, Thomas R. Pryor reads from his memoir I Hate the Dallas Cowboys
Poetry Reading |
Help close this year’s Poets Forum with a reading and reception for the new fall/winter issue of American ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 18, 2014, 10/18/2014, American Poet Reading and Publication Party
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Join YouTube’s own Grace Helbig for some real talk about adulthood and her new book. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 19, 2014, 10/19/2014, Grace Helbig reads from her book Grace's Guide

free
Book Readings, October 21, 2014, 10/21/2014, Emmanuel Carrere reads from his book Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
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The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. Tracing the ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 21, 2014, 10/21/2014, Charles Affron reads from his book Grand Opera: The Story of the Met
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This "sharp and moving biography" (Kirkus, starred review) of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Laura Auricchio discusses her book The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered
Poetry Reading |
A poetry reading and panel discussion with: Stephen Sartarelli, editor and translator; Barth David Schwartz, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Readings from The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini
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A rapturous paean to discoveries and archives, gorgeously illustrated. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Susan Howe reads from her book Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives
Poetry Reading |
Peter Gizzi is the author of six books of poetry, most recently “In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Peter Gizzi reads from his book In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011
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MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek is the author of the short story collections “Childhood and Other Neighborhoods,” ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Reading by Stuart Dybek and Fady Joudah
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Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton read from their book Women in Clothes
Poetry Reading |
Ariana Reines’s collections include “The Cow” (2006), winner of the Alberta Prize from Fence Books, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Poetry Readings, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Ariana Reines reads from her book Mercury
Book Signing |
The horror writer discusses this new volume with Andrew Sean Greer. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Anne Rice discusses her book Prince Lestat
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Tyler Coates, Jolie Kerr, Maris Kreizman, Anna Holmes, and more regale you with some of the meanest, ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Readings, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Say It to My Face 2: Confronting the Comments Section
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Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and the author of the startling Man without a Face: The ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

$5
Book Readings, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Masha Gessen discusses her book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
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To celebrate Penguin Classics' reissue of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Readings, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow': A Round Robin Reading
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Alexis Coe and Isaac Fitzgerald discuss ALICE + FREDA FOREVER in this evening of 19th-century romance ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Readings, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Alexis Coe reads from her book Alice and Freda Forever
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Author and historian Paul Collins will discuss the life of the legendary Edgar Allan Poe. ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

Free; RSVP required
Book Readings, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Paul Collins reads from his book Edgar Allen Poe: The Fever Called Living
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A collection of 123 powerful duotone photographs made by Stephen Shames from 1977-2000 that chronicles ... more

New York City, NY; NYC

free
Book Signings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Photographer Stephen Shames signs copies of his book Bronx Boys
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