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69 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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Faculty authors and graduating students from the four City University of New York MFA Programs in Creative Writing (City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Queens College) come together for readings of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and translation at the Graduate Center.Featured Faculty: Nicole Cooley (Breach, Milkdress) Pamela Laskin (The Bonsai Curator, Plagarist) Said Sayrafiezadeh (Brief Encounters with the Enemy, When Skateboards Will Be Free) MFA Candidates: Rob Gunther (Queens College) Samantha Regal (Hunter) Yolande Brener (City College) Kate Dakota Kremer (Brooklyn) Rachel Kowder Nalebuff (Brooklyn) Isabella Moschen (Brooklyn) Melanie Klein (City College) Chelsea Harlan (Brooklyn) Nick Earhart (Queens College) Mary Catherine Ford (Queens College)
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Mon, Apr 24
6:30 pm

Free
Readings, April 24, 2017, 04/24/2017, Writers Read: Nicole Cooley / Pamela Laskin / Said Sayrafiezadeh
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A funny and insightful new collection of essays from bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities and cults who have become surrogates along the way.
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Mon, Apr 24
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 24, 2017, 04/24/2017, Annabelle Gurwitch reads from her book Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To
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Dyson will cover some of the central themes reflected in the book, including:- the use of humiliation, shame, and terror in suppressing black communities- the importance of acknowledging black grievances as a first step towards change- how white Americans can rise up in defense of African Americans and- the new administration and what it means for race relations- further discussion about police brutality, combating injustice and inequality
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 24
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 24, 2017, 04/24/2017, Michael Eric Dyson discusses his book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
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Since the late 1970s, Sophie Calle (b. 1953) has made work that investigates provocative and often controversial methods for confronting her emotional and psychological life. She is well known for her sleuth-like explorations of human relationships, which have led her to follow a stranger in the streets of Venice and document his every move, or to find work as a hotel chambermaid in order to photograph the belongings of the hotel’s guests.Calle’s new book, And So Forth, presents many of her recent projects from the last decade, including her renowned exhibition, Take Care of Yourself, first exhibited at the 2007 Venice Biennale. In this “tour de force of feminine responses…executed in a wild range of media,” Calle orchestrated a virtual chorus of women’s interpretations and assessments of a breakup letter she received in an email.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 25
2:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Sophie Calle reads from her book And So Forth
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Tue, Apr 25
4:00 pm

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Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Her Again is a portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three—that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent. In 1975 Meryl Streep, a promising young graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was finding her place in the New York theater scene. Burning with talent and ambition, she was like dozens of aspiring actors of the time—a twenty-something beauty who rode her bike everywhere, kept a diary, napped before performances, and stayed out late “talking about acting with actors in actors’ bars.” Yet Meryl stood apart from her peers. In her first season in New York, she won attention-getting parts in back-to-back Broadway plays, a Tony Award nomination, and two roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions.
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Tue, Apr 25
5:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Michael Schulman reads from his book Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
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Singer, bestselling cookbook author, and cooking show host Patti LaBelle shares her favorite dessert recipes and kitchen memories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Apr 25
6:00 pm

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Book Signings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Patti LaBelle signs copies of her cookbook Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About
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Michael Lally's first book of poems was published in 1970; his twenty-ninth appeared in 2016. He has received two NEA fellowships, one of which was denounced on the floor of the U. S. Congress as allegedly "pornographic." He served for four years in the U. S. military and has worked as a college lecturer, night guard, limousine driver, and TV and movie actor. He writes the "Lally's Alley" blog. His books include Can't Be Wrong, It's Not Nostalgia, and Swing Theory. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 25
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Poetry Forum: Michael Lally
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Elizabeth Strout's new novel explores the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. One sister trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds a kindred spirit in the pages of a book. A janitor has his faith tested, a grown daughter longs for motherly love and the adult Lucy Barton returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.
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Tue, Apr 25
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Elizabeth Strout reads from her book Anything Is Possible
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The discovery of long-buried secrets brings three generations of women together to Cape Cod for the summer homecoming of a lifetime. In conversation with The Darlings author Cristina Alger, Jamie Brenner (The Wedding Sisters) discusses the shocking revelations, heartfelt romance and unexpected twists of fate that are guaranteed to make The Forever Summer the perfect beach read.
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Tue, Apr 25
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Jamie Brenner reads from her book The Forever Summer
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Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening.  Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Marguerite Duras, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result—a critical and popular triumph—has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation.
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Tue, Apr 25
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Édouard Louis discusses his book The End of Eddy
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Food Swings offers the perfect selection of recipes for those days when you want something light, and other times when you want to be indulgent.
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Tue, Apr 25
7:00 pm

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Book Signings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Jerry Seinfeld's wife Jessica signs copies of her book Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue and Vice
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Kelly Osbourne may not always have been a typical role model, but no one can say that her perspective isn’t hard won after spending three decades in the spotlight: from growing up completely exposed to the heavy metal scene—replete with crazy antics most readers have only begun to hear about—to spending her teenage years as the wild middle child of an even wilder Ozzy Osbourne, to the family’s popular stint on their wacky eponymous reality show.
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Tue, Apr 25
7:30 pm

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Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Kelly Osbourne discusses her book There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters from a Badass Bitch
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Mark Schonwetter will discuss how he spent his childhood hiding in the forests and farms of Poland with his mother and sister. He will be accompanied by his daughter, Ann Arnold, whose book, Together: A Journey for Survival, will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Apr 25
7:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Holocaust Memorial Day: A Survivor’s Journey on the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
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Katie Kitamura (pictured) is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy and is a regular contributor to Frieze. Her third novel, A Separation, was published in 2017. Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods Without Men, as well as a short story collection, Noise, and a novella, Memory Palace. His novel White Tears was published in 2017. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 26
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Fiction Forum: Katie Kitamura and Hari Kunzru
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Whether we realize it or not, we carry in our mouths the legacy of our evolution. Our teeth are like living fossils that can be studied and compared to those of our ancestors to teach us how we became human. In Evolution's Bite, noted paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar brings together cutting-edge advances in understanding human evolution and climate change with new approaches to uncovering dietary clues from fossil teeth to present a remarkable investigation into the ways that teeth—their shape, chemistry, and wear—reveal how we came to be. 
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Wed, Apr 26
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Peter Ungar talks about his new book Evolution's Bite
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A ninth-grade dropout who found himself at the center of the worlds of industry, advertising, theater, and even gaming, Norman Bel Geddes designed everything from the first all-weather stadium, to Manhattan’s most exclusive nightclub, to Futurama, the prescient 1939 exhibit that envisioned how America would look in the not-too-distant sixties. In The Man Who Designed the Future, B. Alexandra Szerlip reveals precisely how central Bel Geddes was to the history of American innovation. He presided over a moment in which theater became immersive, function merged with form, and people became consumers. A polymath with humble Midwestern origins, Bel Geddes’s visionary career would launch him into social circles with the Algonquin roundtable members, stars of stage and screen, and titans of industry. 
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Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, B. Alexandra Szerlip talks about her new book The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth-Century America
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Doree Shafrir (senior culture writer, BuzzFeed) launches her anticipated, already-acclaimed debut novel with a conversation with Jenna Wortham. A signing will follow the conversation.
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Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Doree Shafrir reads from her book Startup
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The reality TV star and former Olympic athlete presents this memoir.
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Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

Free
Book Signings, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Caitlyn Jenner signs copies of her book The Secrets of My Life
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Featuring contributors from the latest issue.
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Thu, Apr 27
5:00 pm

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Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, The Minetta Review: A Reading of Poetry and Prose
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Santo Loquasto is USITT’s 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award winner in Scene Design and Technology. Loquasto has some 430 projects to his credit in his 52-year career. He has been nominated for Oscars for costumes and production design for three Woody Allen films. He has also designed for the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera and for dance at the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the National Ballet of Canada.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Apr 27
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto launches his new book The Designs of Santo Loquasto
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A discussion and signing with Faith Salie (NPR, Fox News) and Jancee Dunn for a discussion and signing.
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Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Faith Salie discusses her book Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself
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Alex Dimitrov's latest collection is Together and By Ourselves (Copper Canyon, 2017). Joanna Klink is most recently the author of Excerpts from a Secret Prophesy (Penguin Books, 2015). Mark Wunderlich’s third volume of poems is The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 27
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Poets Read: Alex Dimitrov / Joanna Klink / Mark Wunderlich
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Actress Jenna von Oy, known for her roles on Blossom and The Parkers, looked for a best-friend's guide to pregnancy, but only found clinical guides. She addressed that in her first book. Now, with two toddlers, she knows that each year of motherhood brings even more comedy and chaos! Filled with humor and reassurance, this book will guide moms through the topsy-turvy world of life with toddlers.
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Thu, Apr 27
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Jenna Von Oy reads from her book Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom
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As a player, Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel’s contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson... and he was the only person in history to wear the uniforms of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets.For more than five glorious decades, Stengel was the undisputed, quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball -- and along the way he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectacular ten pennants and seven World Series Championships.But for a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight -- an astounding fifty-five years in professional baseball -- Stengel remains an enigma. Acclaimed baseball historian and bestselling author Marty Appel digs into Casey Stengel’s quirks and foibles, unearthing a tremendous trove of baseball stories, perspective, and history. Weaving in never-before-published family
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Thu, Apr 27
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Marty Appel discusses his book Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character
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A dramatic reading with special guests including Brett Fletcher Lauer, Cathy Park Hong, and Morgan Parker. Matthew Rohrer’s first collection of poetry, A Hummock in the Malookas (1995), was selected by Mary Oliver for the National Poetry Series. His books include Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), and his latest collection, The Others (Wave Books, 2017).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 28
5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Matthew Rohrer discusses his book The Others: An Epic Poem
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An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.
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Fri, Apr 28
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Julie Buntin discusses her book Marlena
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Every ten years Granta publishes a special issue of new fiction from the most exciting American writers under the age of forty. The third list of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists will be announced on April 26th, and they will host readings from some of these esteemed writers on April 28th. 
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Fri, Apr 28
7:00 pm

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Readings, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Granta Magazine’s 2017 'Best of Young American Novelists' Readings
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Born in the West African nation of Benin, Angélique Kidjo grew up surrounded by the rich sounds, rhythms, and storytelling of traditional Beninese culture. When the Communists took over, they silenced her dynamic culture and demanded that she sing in praise of them. In Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, Kidjo reveals the details of her dangerous escape into France, and how she became a Grammy Award–winning artist and an international sensation at the top of Billboard’s World Albums chart. She also explains why it’s important to give back by sharing stories from her work as a UNICEF ambassador and as founder of the Batonga Foundation, which gives African girls access to education..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 28
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo discusses her book Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music
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Enclave, one of downtown New York's longest running reading series, presents an evening of crime fiction. In a rare appearance, legendary crime and mystery novelist Lawrence Block reads from his work. And acclaimed novelist Bradley Spinelli reads from his latest novel, The Painted Gun.
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Sat, Apr 29
5:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, An Evening of Crime Fiction
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With: Jeremy Michael Clark, Andrew Mangan, and Kamilah Aisha Moon. A reading by contributors to the Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm

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Readings, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, Washington Square Review Launch Reading
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Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production is a timely, multi-layered consideration of cultural boycotts as special conditions for discourse, artmaking and political engagement. The first reader of its kind, the book examines the impact of the cultural boycott of Apartheid South Africa and then moves on to contemporary culture that enacts and performs change within a politics of disengagement. The publication features 15 original contributions by artists, curators, scholars and activists such as Ariella Azoulay, Noura Erakat, Chelsea Haines, Sean Jacobs, Svetlana Mintcheva, Naeem Mohaiemen, Hlonipha A. Mokoena, Ahmet Öğüt, Radhika Subramaniam and Eyal Weizman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 1
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Book Launch: Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production
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Brandie Davis will be reading an expert from the final installment of the notorius Renee series and she'll be answering questions and autographing copies of Renee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 2
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Brandie Davis discusses her book Renne 3: Long Live the Queen
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A fevered, lyrical debut about two young women drawn into an ever-intensifying friendship set against the stark, haunted landscape of the Sonoran desert and the ecstatic frenzy of New York City.
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Tue, May 2
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Hannah Lillith Assadi discusses her book Sonora
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Wed, May 3
1:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Hala Alyan reads from her book Salt Houses
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“Hammerin’” Hank Greenberg was coming off a stellar season where he’d hit 40 home runs and 184 RBIs, becoming only the thirteenth player to ever hit 40 or more homers (and one of only four players to have 40 or more home runs and 175 or more RBIs in a season). Even with his success at the plate, neither Greenberg nor the rest of the world could have expected what was about to happen in 1938.  
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Wed, May 3
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Ron Kaplan discusses his book Hank Greenberg in 1938
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An extraordinary evening of storytelling, mentorship, and performances highlighting today's movement leaders and the next generation of engaged creators and leaders. Poets from Urban Word NYC perform alongside talks from Dante Barry (Million Hoodies for Justice), Emily May (Hollaback!), Vanessa Wruble (Women's March on Washington), and more. With MC Lizz Winstead. For students, teachers, and everyone in between.
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Thu, May 4
7:00 pm

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Readings, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, #TeachMeYouDid: Celebrating Star Wars Day, National Teacher Appreciation Week, and Movement Leaders
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Winner of the 2015 First Novel Prize and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer, The Refugees) joins Lambda Award and O. Henry Prize-winner Chinelo Okparanta (Happiness, Like Water, Under the Udala Trees) for this PEN World Voices Festival event. Interviewing them about how their work intersects with this year's theme, "Gender and Power," is Parul Sehgal, senior editor at The New York Times Book Review. 
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Thu, May 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Writers Read: Viet Thanh Nguyen / Chinelo Okparanta
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These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The collection is about lives changed forever when the reckless gives way to possibility and the ordinary cedes ground to mystery. And each one confirms Ferris's reputation as one of the most dazzlingly talented, deeply humane writers at work today.
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Fri, May 5
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Joshua Ferris discusses his new short story collection The Dinner Party
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The lecture will feature McCarthy’s presentation of his piece, “Nothing Will Have Taken Place Except the Place,” a wide ranging meditation on art that centers around American artist Ed Ruscha. This reading will be followed by a discussion between McCarthy and the art-critic Hal Foster.
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Sat, May 6
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 06, 2017, 05/06/2017, Tom McCarthy reads from his book Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish
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Fear City challenges the orthodox view of the 1975-76 fiscal crisis in New York City as the result of wasteful, profligate spending under Mayor Lindsay, and the moment when labor, business, citizens, and financial interests joined in common sacrifice to keep New York City alive. 
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Mon, May 8
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Kimberly Phillips-Fein speaks about her new book Fear City
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Seventeen-year-old Nora is eager to attend a summer fine arts program in Ireland for the amazing experience she knows she’s bound to have, but also because she’s sure that the program will help boost her resume when she applies to art schools in the fall. So, when her grandfather offers to pay for the trip — as well as a few other European stops along the way — Nora’s bags are as good as packed. But there’s a hitch: Nora’s mother, Alice, isn’t so thrilled about the plan. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter—and her opinions haven't gone unnoticed. Nora couldn't feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they've ever been. But seconds after saying goodbye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!" And…they’re off. Hilariously entertaining and full of heart, Dana Schwartz’s debut captures the deep emotional bond between mother and daughter with humor and authenticity while bringing readers along on a European adventure that will leave them breathless.
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Mon, May 8
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Dana Schwartz reads from her book And We're Off
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Tue, May 9
4:00 pm

Free
Readings, May 09, 2017, 05/09/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Come and bring a single page of poetry by a known poet with the theme of Poetry and Theft—with copies for others, if you can.
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Tue, May 9
5:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 09, 2017, 05/09/2017, The One Page Poetry Circle
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The first account of a forgotten attempt to reform the sodomy laws in 1820s Britain. At the center of these events was a small group of men who were members of Parliament, who strongly identified with their feelings of same-sex desire, who explicitly wrote that such feelings were inborn and natural in them, and who based their political activism (ie: their lobbying of fellow parliamentarians to end the death penalty for sodomy) on this self-understanding. This book will demonstrate how these men’s identity was a product of their particular time, place, and circumstances, and will not attempt to displace the arguments for the late nineteenth century as the point of origin for what we think of as a modern gay identity.
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Tue, May 9
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 09, 2017, 05/09/2017, Charles Upchurch discusses his book Sympathetic Ink: The 1820s Attempt to Reform the British Sodomy Laws
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This is an exclusive opportunity to hear Man Booker Prize finalist Tom McCarthy (Satin Island, C, Remainder) present his essay-length piece on the experimental novelist, punk poet, postmodernist and feminist, Kathy Acker (Blood and Guts in High School). Following his reading of 'Kathy Acker’s Infidel Heteroglossia,' McCarthy will be interviewed by Lynne Tillman (What Would Lynne Tillman Do, The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories, No Lease on Life.)
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Tue, May 9
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 09, 2017, 05/09/2017, Tom McCarthy reads from his book Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish
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Hailed as “arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today” (The Irish Times), Lisa McInerney presents her hugely successful debut novel. Moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies tells the story of how an accidental murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society. Set in the Cork criminal underworld, McInerney shines a light on the darkest corners of contemporary Ireland, and has celebrated writers praising it at every turn.
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Tue, May 9
7:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, May 09, 2017, 05/09/2017, Lisa McInerney reads from her novel The Glorious Heresies
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When we think of the American Revolution, we think of brave patriots coming together to resist a tyrannical ruler in defense of noble ideals. It’s a stirring narrative, one the Founders did their best to encourage after the war. The truth, Holger Hoock argues, is far more complex: the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles; it was also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation in ways we have only begun to understand.In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story. American Patriots tortured Loyalists and imprisoned them in Connecticut mines; British troops massacred enemy soldiers, raped colonial women, and crowded half-starving prisoners on disease-ridden ships. Both sides conscripted African-Americans, who suffered disproportionately as soldiers and slaves, and Washington’s army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois nation.
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Wed, May 10
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 10, 2017, 05/10/2017, Holger Hoock discusses his book Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
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Three writers whose latest works deal with grief and mourning join to investigate the ways in which writing can capture these complex, difficult emotions. With Martha Cooley (Guesswork: A Reckoning with Loss,) Charles Bock (Alice & Oliver) and Max Winter (Exes) and moderator Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing). 
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Wed, May 10
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 10, 2017, 05/10/2017, Inscribing Grief: 3 Writers Read
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Moustafa Bayoumi, Alexandra Kleeman, Roy Scranton, Mychal Denzel Smith, Salamishah Tillet, Tony Tulathimutte, and Emily Witt will read passages by their favorite authors, past and present, that help us envision a better America.
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Thu, May 11
7:00 pm

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Readings, May 11, 2017, 05/11/2017, Let America Be America Again
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This talk is an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.
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Mon, May 15
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 15, 2017, 05/15/2017, Will Schwalbe discusses his book Books for Living
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"Three psycho bitches" discuss guilt, shame, and other hilarious topics in celebration of I Feel Bad, a new book by Orli Auslander, with Elisa Albert and Julie Holland, M.D. 
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Mon, May 15
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 15, 2017, 05/15/2017, Orli Auslander discusses her book I Feel Bad
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Anight of poetry and conversation as they reflect on the 15 years that have passed since the 2001 attacks. A special presentation of Galway Kinnell’s poem, “When the Towers Fell”, by Stuyvesant High School's Poetry Workshop, will be followed by curated readings and a conversation with Alice Quinn, the executive director of Poetry Society of America. Attendees are invited to view the Museum’s special exhibition, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11,” from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Tue, May 16
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, When the Towers Fell
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Wed, May 17
1:00 pm

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Readings, May 17, 2017, 05/17/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Please join the 2016 Fellows and hear what they’ve been working on before they graduate the program. Reading will be Daniel DiStefano, Marie Holmes, Kay Iguh, Swati Khurana, Hafeez Lakhani, Danny Lorberbaum, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers.
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Wed, May 17
7:00 pm

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Readings, May 17, 2017, 05/17/2017, 2016 Emerging Writers Fellows Reading
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Join award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle (Pyongyang, Jerusalem) for the launch of his highly anticipated, non-fiction page-turner. He’ll be interviewed by Simon Ostrovsky, investigative reporter at CNN.Set in the Caucasus region in 1997, Hostage tells the true story of Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe Andre who was held captive for over three months. Recounting his day-to-day survival while conveying the psychological effects of solitary confinement, Delisle’s storytelling doesn’t just show André’s experiences, but brings you into the room alongside him. Hostage is a thoughtful, intense, and undeniably moving graphic novel that takes a profound look at what drives our will to survive in the darkest of moments.
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Wed, May 17
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, May 17, 2017, 05/17/2017, Guy Delisle discusses his book Hostage
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In the space of a few years, Bitcoin has gone from an idea ignored or maligned by almost everyone to an asset with a market cap of more than $12 billion. Venture capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the NYSE and entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson have invested more than $1 billion in companies built on this groundbreaking technology. Bill Gates has even declared it "better than currency."But can its early promise endure? Or will the next evolution of money be neutered as it goes mainstream? The pioneers of Bitcoin were 21st century outlaws—cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and self-taught entrepreneurs—armed with a renegade ideology and a grudge against big government and big banks. Now those same institutions are threatening to co-opt or curtail the impact of digital currency. But the pioneers, some of whom have become millionaires themselves, aren’t going down without a fight.Join an afternoon of provocative discussion with Brian Patrick Eha, journalist and author of a new book about. An exciting, behind-the-scenes narrative of the rise and fall and rise of this disruptive technology, his book has been compared to "a fiber-optic cable extending into our uncertain economic future." He will draw on his deep knowledge of Bitcoin's history to discuss how this brilliant invention is shaping the debate around competing ideas of money and liberty, and what that means for the rest of us.
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Thu, May 18
12:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 18, 2017, 05/18/2017, Brian Patrick Eha discusses his book How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance
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Tue, May 23
4:00 pm

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Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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To celebrate the release of his new monograph, photographer James Welling is joined by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, and Robert Slifkin, Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, to examine highlights from four decades of work and discuss his first survey show, currently on view at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium and traveling to Kunstforum Wien in May.
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Tue, May 23
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Photographer James Welling discusses his book Metamorphosis
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This book examines the legal culpability of the bystander told through the lens of the author s family experiences in the Holocaust.
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Tue, May 23
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Amos N. Guiora discusses his book The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust
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Marita Golden is an acclaimed, award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. In The Wide Circumference of Love, Golden explores the unsettling effects of Alzheimer’s disease on an African-American family caring for their ailing patriarch while navigating an uncertain future. Golden will join a conversation that will be followed by a book signing.
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Tue, May 23
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, Marita Golden reads from her book The Wide Circumference of Love
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Airea D. Matthews, Nathan McClain, and 2017 Walt Whitman Award winner Jenny Xie read poems from their new books, featured in the spring issue of American Poets, the journal of the Academy of American Poets.
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Tue, May 23
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, May 23, 2017, 05/23/2017, 3 American poets read from their work
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This lecture paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime.
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Tue, May 30
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, May 30, 2017, 05/30/2017, Marty Appel discusses his book Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character
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Wed, Jun 7
1:00 pm

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Readings, June 07, 2017, 06/07/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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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.
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Sat, Jun 10
12:00 pm

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Readings, June 10, 2017, 06/10/2017, AmpLit: Amplifying Fresh Voices in the Literature
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Tue, Jun 13
4:00 pm

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Readings, June 13, 2017, 06/13/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Wed, Jun 21
1:00 pm

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Readings, June 21, 2017, 06/21/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Tue, Jun 27
4:00 pm

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Readings, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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