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35 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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By Instant Shakespeare Company
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 25
1:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 25, 2016, 06/25/2016, Shakespeare's Othello
Poetry Reading |
With: Konstantin Bokov, Kevin Wendall and Shalom Neuman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jun 26
2:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 26, 2016, 06/26/2016, Poetry Reading and Art Performance
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Karen Firestone is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Aureus Asset Management.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Jun 27
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Karen Firestone discusses her book Even the Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing, and Life
Book Reading |
Siv's story is one of hope and the American Dream. Siv recounts his harrowing escape from Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.  When he fled to America, he made his life in politics beginning as deputy assistant to George H.W. Bush and later being appointed as UN ambassador by George W. Bush.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Former UN Ambassador Sichan Siv discusses his memoir Golden Bones
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A lonely teenage girl, her last summer before boarding school, a louche gang of older girls in a local park. It's Northern California at the end of the '60s, and these girls are coming of age at the edge of unspeakable violence. Written in seductive, luminous prose, Emma Cline's debut captures the crossing between adolescence and adulthood, questioning what we're willing to do to belong, to be seen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Emma Cline discusses her book The Girls
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Speaking with her co-author Tom Santopietro, American theater icon Barbara Cook looks back on her magical and turbulent life from the golden age of the Broadway musical to the present day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jun 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 27, 2016, 06/27/2016, Barbara Cook reads from her book Then and Now
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This fiction debut is a deeply moving and powerful story of Moses, a nine-year-old survivor of the harsh streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 28
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Mark Thornton reads from his book Kid Moses
Poetry Reading |
Renowned translators Hiroaki Sato, Richard Sieburth, Matvei Yankelevich, and Jason Weiss read from their NYRB Poets translations of Sakutara Hagiwara (Japanese), Louise Labé (French), Alexander Vvedensky (Russian), and Silvina Ocampo (Spanish), respectively, and share their insight and experiences on the process of translation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 28
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Poetry with the Poetry Society of America
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Lewis M. Steel explores why he, a privileged white man, devoted his life to racial progress. He exposes the conflicts which arose from working and living in two different worlds - that of the Warner Brothers family and that of a civil rights lawyer. An insider's look into some of the most important civil rights cases by a man still working to advance the rights which should be available to all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Lewis M. Steel discusses her book The Butler's Child
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Producer, director and playwright Avram Noble Ludwig presents his debut political thriller. An American filmmaker is sent to Egypt to film the Sphinx for a big budget movie and ends up becoming involved with an Egyptian professor whose students are seeking to overthrow the military government.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 28, 2016, 06/28/2016, Avram Noble Ludwig reads from his book Shooting the Sphinx
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- Hansel and Gretel- A Delicate Architecture by Catherynne M. Valente- Little Red Riding Hood - The False Grandmother by Italo Calvino - Orpheus and Eurydice - The White Stone Canoe as told to Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 29
1:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Story Time for Grown-Ups: Fairy Tales & Mythology
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In the illuminating language of memory, McDowell tells the story of her family, living in segregation in the Pipe Shop neighborhood of Bessemer, Alabama. Through intimate details of their daily lives, she shows us how civil rights affected a working-class town among three generations. Followed by a wine and cheese reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 29
6:30 pm

$5
Book Readings, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Deborah E. McDowell reads from her memoir Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin
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Pizza. What's not to love? Perhaps you're fond of a particular topping; maybe you're a devotee of a well-made Sicilian pie. It's one of the most flexible foods out there, and one of the most reliably delicious. So we're happy to announce that the next installment of our 3-Minute Story series will focus on this perennial favorite, and will feature an array of fantastic writers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 29
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, The Greatest 3-Minute Pizza Stories
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After years as a book editor in New York, Ann Patty moved to the country. She hoped to challenge her restless brain by beginning a serious study of Latin. Her studies open unexpected windows into her own life. Along the way, she meets an impassioned cast of characters: professors, students and classicists outside of academia who keep Latin very much alive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 29
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 29, 2016, 06/29/2016, Ann Patty discusses her book Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin
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Readings by Robert Coover, Elizabeth Gaffney and Stephen O’Connor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 30
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, June 30, 2016, 06/30/2016, Contributors read from Conjunctions
Poetry Reading |
Share a piece of prose or a poem (750 words or less). Theme for this session will be: Fear
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 5
1:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 05, 2016, 07/05/2016, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Writers Group
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Featuring:Michael WatersAracelis GirmayCraig Morgan TeicherJeanne Marie BeaumontErika Meitner
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 5
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 05, 2016, 07/05/2016, The Poets of BOA Editions Press
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With:Cara Black, Murder on the Quai (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)Lisa Brackmann, Go-Between (Author of Ellie McEnroe Novels)Ed Lin, Ghost Month (A Taipei Night Market Novel)Detectives, police, espionage, revenge, assassins…celebrate 25-years of murder and intrigue with Soho Crime Press.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 6
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 06, 2016, 07/06/2016, The Authors of Soho Crime Press
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Let the People Rule tells the exhilarating story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever. In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt came out of retirement to challenge his close friend and handpicked successor, William Howard Taft, for the Republican Party nomination. To overcome the power of the incumbent, TR seized on the idea of presidential primaries, telling bosses everywhere to “Let the People Rule.” The cheers and jeers of rowdy supporters and detractors echo from Geoffrey Cowan’s pages as he explores TR’s fight-to-the-finish battle to win popular support. After sweeping nine out of thirteen primaries, he felt entitled to the nomination. But the party bosses proved too powerful, leading Roosevelt to walk out of the convention and create a new political party of his own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 06, 2016, 07/06/2016, Geoffrey Cowan reads from his book Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary
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Read and discuss classic short stories, novels and go on an incredible journey to places you have never imagined. Be entertained by unforgettable stories, meet extraordinary characters, discover different cultures, learn world history, and be introduced to brilliant authors.Instructors: Dr. Jessie Fields, Nancy Green and Vicky Wallace
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 9
3:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 09, 2016, 07/09/2016, UX Book Club: Reading the Classics Together
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What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow. Guidance on ways to find the perfect job, after college and beyond. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 11
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 11, 2016, 07/11/2016, Jeffrey J. Selingo reads from his book There Is Life After College
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Internationally recognized speaker and author Karen Kaplan will share the story of her father, Arie Kaplan, who survived the Holocaust in the forests of Eastern Europe. Her story is one of forgiveness and letting go of the legacy of bitterness and angst that has hovered over the Jewish community following centuries of anti- Semitism. The author will present her book in Germany, August 2016 at a physician’s conference titled: Refugees, Trauma and Reconciliation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 11
6:00 pm

$10
Book Readings, July 11, 2016, 07/11/2016, Karen Kaplan reads from her book Descendants of Rajgród
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An emotional and spiritual journey of love and loss that takes a woman to the mysterious world of the Ancient Greek Philosophers. Baldwin’s courageous heroine can’t move on after the death of the love of her life. She’s plagued by one burning question: Will I ever see him again?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 12
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 12, 2016, 07/12/2016, Johanna Baldwin discusses her book All (Wo)men Desire To Know
Poetry Reading |
John Paul O'Connor has won the 2015 Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry with the entry of his poetry collection, Half the Truth. The poetry collection was published by Snake Nation Press.Frank Bidart’s first books, Golden State and The Book of the Body, both published in the 1970s, gained critical attention and praise, but his reputation as a poet of uncompromising originality was made with The Sacrifice, published in 1983.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 12
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 12, 2016, 07/12/2016, Poetry: John Paul O'Connor / Frank Bidart
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It’s “Love-Love” in this dishy tell-all on a beautiful tennis prodigy who suddenly makes headlines, both on and off the courts. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 13
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 13, 2016, 07/13/2016, Lauren Weisberger reads from her book The Singles Game
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In a critical and little-known chapter of early American history, author Harlow Giles Unger tells how a fearless young Kentucky lawyer threw open the doors of Congress during the nation's formative years and prevented dissolution of the infant American republic
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 13
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 13, 2016, 07/13/2016, Harlow Giles Unger reads from his book Henry Clay: America's Greatest Statesman
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Read and discuss classic short stories, novels and go on an incredible journey to places you have never imagined. Be entertained by unforgettable stories, meet extraordinary characters, discover different cultures, learn world history, and be introduced to brilliant authors.Instructors: Dr. Jessie Fields, Nancy Green and Vicky Wallace
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 16
3:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 16, 2016, 07/16/2016, UX Book Club: Reading the Classics Together
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Featuring:Keisha-Gaye AndersonJP HowardCynthia ManickVenus Thrash
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 19
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 19, 2016, 07/19/2016, Poetry with the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon
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From Richard Avedon to Irving Penn, front-row and backstage reporters share never-before-told anecdotes and give insight into the highs and lows of fashion photography and the people behind the camera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 20
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 20, 2016, 07/20/2016, Michael Gross reads from his book Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers
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Read and discuss classic short stories, novels and go on an incredible journey to places you have never imagined. Be entertained by unforgettable stories, meet extraordinary characters, discover different cultures, learn world history, and be introduced to brilliant authors.Instructors: Dr. Jessie Fields, Nancy Green and Vicky Wallace
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 23
3:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 23, 2016, 07/23/2016, UX Book Club: Reading the Classics Together
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This lecture chronicles the life of  the first celebrity adventure journalist, who served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the 1920s and ’30s. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 25
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 25, 2016, 07/25/2016, Cathryn J. Prince discusses her book American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World’s First Celebrity Travel Writer
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This illustrated lecture gives us a rich portrait of the man from birth to death, a man driven by dreams of glory and felled by tragic, human weaknesses. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 26
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 26, 2016, 07/26/2016, Laura Auricchio discusses her book The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered
Poetry Reading |
Featuring:Casey Rocheteau C. Russell PriceEmily JaegerTina Parker
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 26
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 26, 2016, 07/26/2016, The Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press
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New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and the new comic book series Lucifer provides insight into what it’s like to be a graphic novelist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 27
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 27, 2016, 07/27/2016, Holly Black discusses her book Lucifer Vol. 1
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The Founders revealed as real people. Gifted with intelligence and foresight, they were still human; flawed and imperfect.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 27
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, July 27, 2016, 07/27/2016, Thomas Fleming discusses his book The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined America, Then and Now
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