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34 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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These readings draw on a community of elected affinities responding to the exhibition Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York--A Botany of Colonization, as they look to the future it promises in the spring of 2018 when the plants are re-sited in ballast flora gardens around New York, including the forthcoming installation at The High Line.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 21
12:30 pm

Free
Readings, November 21, 2017, 11/21/2017, Lunchtime Readings: Alex Smith / M. Téllez
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When facing life’s questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us. To find his own, four-time #1 best-selling author Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him, and you, navigate life. Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, meaning, and more. No matter the challenge or opportunity, something in these pages can help.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 21
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 21, 2017, 11/21/2017, Timothy Ferriss discusses his book Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
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Celebrating the release of the new film Call Me By Your Name, a melancholic tale of first love and youthful exploration, director Luca Guadagnino and novelist André Aciman take to the NYPL stage. The two will discuss the making of the story, first in the form of the original acclaimed novel by Aciman, and now as a major feature film by Guadagnino. Vulture's associate editor Hunter Harris moderates the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 21
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 21, 2017, 11/21/2017, André Aciman discusses his book Call Me By Your Name
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A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Nov 21
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 21, 2017, 11/21/2017, Jake Bernstein discusses his book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite
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Composed of migrations, uprooting, symbolic and very real violence – in debt to the Second World War – this fable registers diverse solitudes that will converge in an evanescent intimacy, mobilized by a desire and a nostalgia anchored in the fierce present of the narrative voice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 24
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 24, 2017, 11/24/2017, Raquel Abend reads from her book Blue Room
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Playwright, actor and director Charles Ludlam (1943–1987) helped to galvanize the Ridiculous style of theater in New York City starting in the 1960s.  Decades after his death, his place in the chronicle of American theater has remained constant, but his influence has changed.  Although his Ridiculous Theatrical Company shut its doors, the Ludlamesque Ridiculous has continued to thrive and remain a groundbreaking genre, maintaining its relevance and potency by metamorphosing along with changes in the LGBTQ community. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 27
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 27, 2017, 11/27/2017, Sean Edgecomb discusses his book Charles Ludlam Lives!
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To celebrate the publication of the Bellevue Literary Review’s latest issue, editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri hosts an evening of readings by contributing authors, editors, and actors from stage and screen. Reception to follow. Readers: Perri Klass Daniel Pearce Krysta Rodriguez Jason Schneiderman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 27
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, November 27, 2017, 11/27/2017, Finding Home: Family & Connections: A Bellevue Literary Review Reading
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What is fascism and what is populism? What are their connections in history and theory, and how should we address their significant differences? What does it mean when pundits call Donald Trump a fascist, or label as populist politicians who span left and right such as Hugo Chávez, Juan Perón, Rodrigo Duterte, and Marine Le Pen? Federico Finchelstein, one of the leading scholars of fascist and populist ideologies, synthesizes their history in order to answer these questions and offer a thoughtful perspective on how we might apply the concepts today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 27, 2017, 11/27/2017, Federico Finchelstein discusses his book From Fascism to Populism in History
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Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies. - A breathtaking tour through thousands of years of urban life and its attendant technologies, rewriting the history of our cities. Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer (Fordham University Press, 2017) by Lana Lin, Associate Professor of Film Theory and Digital Cinema - What does it mean to live with life-threatening illness? How does one respond to loss?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 27, 2017, 11/27/2017, New Publications by Faculty Members Shannon Mattern and Lana Lin
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Twitter's favorite poet-astrologers discuss the connections between poetry, pop culture, and stargazing. Scorpio season, moon signs, Drake—for the Astro Poets, it's all fair game. With humor and pop culture savvy, Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky share a unique mix of poetry and astrological advice with followers around the world.  The social media stars offer an evening of verse and conversation. Reading from recent work, Dimitrov and Lasky will discuss poetry and their personal connections to the practice of astrology. Dimitrov will read from his new book Together and by Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press) and Lasky will read from Milk, forthcoming from Wave Books. A Q&A will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 27
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, November 27, 2017, 11/27/2017, Astro-Poets: Dorothea Lasky / Alex Dimitrov
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Jennifer Firestone's Civic Liberal Arts course, Feminist Avant-garde Poetics, in partnership with Belladonna* Collaborative, will be hosting a poetry reading. The reading will consist of featured poet and scholar Celina Su, Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York, who will be reading from her upcoming Belladonna* book, Landia. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 28
4:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, November 28, 2017, 11/28/2017, Feminist Avant-Garde Poetics
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced, a fast-paced economic thriller that exposes the financial deal making behind the mergers and acquisitions boom of the 1980s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 28
4:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 28, 2017, 11/28/2017, Pulitzer-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar discusses his book Junk
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Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the City University of New York and director of the Marvin Carlson Theatre Center at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  His many influential books have been translated into fifteen languages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 28
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 28, 2017, 11/28/2017, Marvin Carlson discusses his book 10,000 Nights: Highlights from 50 Years of Theatre-Goin
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“An intimate family portrait.” — The New York Times
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 28
6:15 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 28, 2017, 11/28/2017, Eddie Joyce discusses his book Small Mercies
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This is Mandy Harvey's powerful memoir--about how she became deaf at age 19 while pursuing a degree in music. Full of inspiring wisdom and honest advice, Sensing the Rhythm is a deeply moving story about Mandy's journey through profound loss, how she found hope and meaning in the face of adversity, and how she discovered a new sense of passion and joy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 28
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 28, 2017, 11/28/2017, Mandy Harvey discusses his book Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound
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A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 29
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 29, 2017, 11/29/2017, Maya Jasanoff discusses her book The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World
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The founder of the New York Times books website charts the intersecting lives of Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, and E. M. Forster in 1922, the year that modernism was born.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 29
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 29, 2017, 11/29/2017, Bill Goldstein reads from his book The World Broke in Two
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Emergency Index (published by Ugly Duckling Presse) began in 2012 as an annual print publication to document performances of every kind, from any genre, and for any purpose, providing a "state of the field" view of performance as represented by actual works made in the preceding year. This is the launch of Volume 6 and witness adaptations, elaborations, and improvisations based on performance works from near and far documented in the newest issue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 29
8:00 pm

Free
Readings, November 29, 2017, 11/29/2017, Emergency Index Volume 6 Reading
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This collective biography recounts the hopes, experiences, and grave disappointments of US women who campaigned for “Russian freedom”; who saved sickly, starving children from the Russian famine; who worked on rural communes in Siberia or wrote for Moscow newspapers; and who performed on Soviet stages. It recalls US women who survived the Great Terror and who celebrated their Soviet counterparts during the war. And, in light of both the Cold War and our current moment, it demands we come to terms with their legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
12:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Julia Mickenberg discusses her book American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream
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Borrowing its title from this summer's probing popular NPR series, "There Goes the Neighborhood," this presentation will illuminate the human, socioeconomic, political, and cultural effects of the process of gentrification.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
4:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Emily Raboteau discusses her book Endurance: A Novel: Gentrification and its Effects in Washington Heights
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In her new book, Joanna Dee Das argues that Dunham was more than a dancer - she was a feminist intellectual and activist who used dance to fight for racial justice. Dunham saw dance as a tool of liberation, as a way for people of African descent to reclaim their history and forge a new future. Through her performances, through the schools she established in St Louis, Chicago, and New York, and through her diverse network of admirers, including George Balanchine, Eartha Kitt, Marlon Brando, and Alvin Ailey, Dunham changed America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Joanna Dee Das discusses her book Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora
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Drawing from his book, Jordan T. Camp will trace the roots of the carceral crisis through a series of turning points in U.S. history, beginning with the urban uprisings of 1967 and terminating with the current policing crisis. Through an examination of these dramatic events, he will suggest that alternative outcomes have been and continue to be possible. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Jordan T. Camp discusses his book Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State
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Hailed by Vanity Fair as "essential reading," Vanishing New York is an unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century and a love letter to lost New York. This book talk will illuminate Jeremiah Moss's studies and draw lines from the past to the present, addressing how we got here, how this history manifests in our present day, and what we can do about it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Jeremiah Moss discusses his book Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul
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In conjunction with Adam Putnam's exhibition Portholes.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Poet Genya Turovskaya reads from her work
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Ben Blum is the author of the forthcoming book, Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime (Doubleday, September 2017). Ann Hood is the author of several books, most recently The Book that Matters Most: A Novel and Morningstar: Growing Up with Books (W. W. Norton, August 2017); she has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 30
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, Writers Read: Ben Blum / Ann Hood
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Vanda Krefft's groundbreaking biography tells the story of a visionary entrepreneur on the order of a Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, though one whose achievements have been underappreciated or lost to time until now. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, compelling look at William Fox, a complex man emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 1
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 01, 2017, 12/01/2017, Vanda Krefft discusses her new biography The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
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Descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees confront the aftermath of war and, in verse and prose, deliver another kind of war story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 4
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Laren McClung discusses his book Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees
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If you think of networking as schmoozing at boring cocktail parties or scrolling through LinkedIn for new contacts to add, think again. In the social media age, you need a modern roadmap for creating and cultivating meaningful connections to stand out from the crowd and achieve any of your goals, no matter how big or small.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 5
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 05, 2017, 12/05/2017, J. Kelly Hoey discusses her book Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World
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Renowned poet, editor, and director of Women Poets Saskia Hamilton and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return Hisham Matar participat in an intimate reading of some of their best works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 5
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, December 05, 2017, 12/05/2017, Writers Read: Saskia Hamilton / Hisham Matar
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Join fashion designer Catherine Malandrino and Director Valerie Steele as they discuss Malandrino’s new book, Une Femme Française, in which this Frenchwoman who has lived and worked in the United States for twenty years reveals to an American audience secrets of the nonchalant style and grace of French women. A book signing will follow the presentation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 6
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 06, 2017, 12/06/2017, Catherine Malandrino discusses her book Une Femme Française
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A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of the “deliciously wicked” (Slate) Bad Marie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 7
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 07, 2017, 12/07/2017, Marcy Dermansky reads from her book The Red Car
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Cullen Murphy, Vanity Fair editor-at-large, reconstructs the poignant history of the cartoonists and illustrators from the Connecticut School. For a period of about fifty years, right in the middle of the American Century, many of the the nation’s top comic-strip cartoonists, gag cartoonists, and magazine illustrators lived within a stone’s throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut—a bit of bohemia in the middle of those men in their gray flannel suits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 13
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, Cullen Murphy discusses his book Cartoon County
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Arguably the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century, Mitchell became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Dec 13
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 13, 2017, 12/13/2017, David Yaffe discusses his book Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
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Omaha-born Robyn O’Neil lives and works in Los Angeles. O’Neil has been honored with major solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; Winston-Salem, as well as numerous group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and “Dargerism” at The American Folk Art Museum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 14
4:00 pm

Free
Book Signings, January 13, 2018, 01/13/2018, Artist Robyn O'Neil signs copies of her book 20 Years of Drawing
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