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25 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Wed, 04/08/2020 - and on...

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!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!!! Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America


Welcome reporter Sarah Kendzior on her new book, an exploration of the calculated rise to power of Donald Trump since the 1980s and how the erosion of our liberties made an American demagogue possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Apr 8
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 08, 2020, 04/08/2020, CANCELLED!!!  Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America

Author Reading | CANCELLED!!! Familiar Face: Coping with No Control


In Familiar Face, people's bodies and the infrastructure surrounding them are constantly updating. People can't recognize themselves in old pictures, and they wake up in apartments of completely different sizes and shapes. Michael DeForge offers a masterful and deeply funny exploration of how we define our sense of self, and how we cope when so much of life is out of our control.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 8
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 08, 2020, 04/08/2020, CANCELLED!!! Familiar Face: Coping with No Control

Author Reading | CANCELLED!!! Vladimir Sorokin's Discourses: A Companion


Vladimir Sorokin is the most prominent and the most controversial contemporary Russian writer. Having emerged as a prose writer in Moscow's artistic underground in the late 1970s and early 80s, he became visible to a broader Russian audience only in the mid-1990s, with texts shocking the moralistic expectations of traditionally-minded readers by violating not only Soviet ideological taboos, but also injecting vulgar language, sex, and violence into plots that the postmodernist Sorokin borrowed from 19th-century literature and Socialist Realism. Dirk Uffelman's book is the first English-language monograph about Vladimir Sorokin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 9
12:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 09, 2020, 04/09/2020, CANCELLED!!!  Vladimir Sorokin's Discourses: A Companion

Author Reading | CANCELLED!!! Avant-Garde Art in Ukraine, 1910-1930: Contested Memory


Many of the greatest avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century were Ukrainians or came from Ukraine. Whether living in Paris, St. Petersburg or Kyiv, they made major contributions to painting, sculpture, theatre, and film-making. Because their connection to Ukraine has seldom been explored, English-language readers are often unaware that figures such as Archipenko, Burliuk, Malevich, and Exter were inspired both by their country of origin and their links to compatriots. Myroslav Shkandrij's book traces the avant-garde development from its pre-war years in Paris to the end of the 1920s in Kyiv. It includes chapters on the political dilemmas faced by this generation, the contribution of Jewish artists, and the work of several emblematic figures: Mykhailo Boichuk, David Burliuk, Kazimir Malevich, Vadym Meller, Ivan Kavaleridze, and Dziga Vertov.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 9
4:15 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 09, 2020, 04/09/2020, CANCELLED!!!  Avant-Garde Art in Ukraine, 1910-1930: Contested Memory

Author Reading | CANCELLED!!! A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in Gilded Age New York


The year is 1872 and the issues of the day still resonate: rigged elections, attacks on the press, reproductive rights, the chasm between rich and poor. Author Bill Greer chaired the New Netherland Institute's program to establish the New Netherland Research Center, has received the Institute's Howard Hageman award and holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 9
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 09, 2020, 04/09/2020, CANCELLED!!!  A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in Gilded Age New York

Poetry Reading | CANCELLED!!! A Life Replaced: New Poems


Olga Livshin's new book of poetry is a collection of original poems and translations of Anna Akhmatova and Vladimir Gandelsman. Livshin will be joined by poet Vladimir Gandelsman and Val Vinokur, poet and founding editor of Poets and Traitors Press.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 9
6:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, April 09, 2020, 04/09/2020, CANCELLED!!!  A Life Replaced: New Poems

Author Reading | CANCELLED!!! People I've Met from the Internet: A Queer Reimagining of the Coming-of-Age Story


Stephen van Dyck reads from his new book, a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age story set at the dawn of the internet era, taking the form of a very long annotated list.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 9
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 09, 2020, 04/09/2020, CANCELLED!!!  People I've Met from the Internet: A Queer Reimagining of the Coming-of-Age Story

Poetry Reading | CANCELLED!!! The Cafe Review: An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Poetry in Translation


Anna Halberstadt will introduce a two-volume anthology of contemporary Russian poetry in translation, which she edited as special issues of the magazine Cafe Review (published by Steve Luttrell). The first volume appeared in summer 2019 and the second is forthcoming in the summer of 2020. Poets and translators contributing the project will read their works in Russian and English. PARTICIPANTS: Anna Halberstadt Polina Barskova Vladimir Gandelsman Philip Nikolayev Alexander Stessin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 10
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 10, 2020, 04/10/2020, CANCELLED!!!  The Cafe Review: An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Poetry in Translation

Author Reading | !!!CANCELLED!!! How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet


Sophie Egan, author and expert in health, nutrition, and sustainability, on her new book, an informative guide with access and insight on eating better for yourself and for the planet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 13
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 13, 2020, 04/13/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!!  How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet

Author Reading | Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators


Susanne Tedrick's book will help you overcome the obstacles that often prevent women of color from pursuing and staying in tech careers. Contrary to popular belief, tech careers are diverse and fun—and they go far beyond just coding. This book will show you that today’s tech careers are incredibly dynamic, and you’ll learn how your soft skills—communication, public speaking, networking—can help you succeed in tech.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 14
6:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 14, 2020, 04/14/2020, Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators

Author Reading | !!!CANCELLED!!! Mayhem: Unanswered Questions about the Tsarnaev Brothers, the US Government and the Boston Marathon Bombing


Michele McPhee's Mayhem goes a long way toward answering questions that still linger about the notorious Boston Marathon bombing, such as: Where were the bombs made? And what had been Tamerlan Tsarnaev's relationship to the FBI? This page-turning narrative casts a spotlight on the US Government's relationship with the older Tsarnaev brother as his younger brother, Dzhokhar, continues his efforts to have his death sentence commuted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 14
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, April 14, 2020, 04/14/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Mayhem: Unanswered Questions about the Tsarnaev Brothers, the US Government and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Author Reading | !!!CANCELLED!!! Axis of Hope: Iranian Women's Rights Activism Across Borders


Axis of Hope recounts feminist activists' struggles in Iran and the diaspora, and examines how Iranian women's rights activists have cultivated ways of thinking of and being with each other that rupture the relentless difference-making and violence of coloniality through local and transnational networks along axes of feminist solidarity, friendship, and love. With author Catherine Z. Sameh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 15
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 15, 2020, 04/15/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!!  Axis of Hope: Iranian Women's Rights Activism Across Borders

Author Reading | !!! CANCELLED!!! Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State


Challenging incarceration and policing was central to the postwar Black Freedom Movement. In this bold new political and intellectual history of the Nation of Islam, Garrett Felber centers the Nation in the Civil Rights Era and the making of the modern carceral state.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 16
5:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 16, 2020, 04/16/2020,  !!! CANCELLED!!!  Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State

Poetry Reading | !!! CANCELLED!!! 3 Award-Winning Poets


Traditional but not traditionalist, innovative but not inchoate, the poetries of Jee Leong Koh, Thomas March, and Katherine Barrett Swett believe in speaking to the general reader about our common concerns. And what is more common than the experience and enigma of love and loss? Join three award-winning authors for an evening of delectable poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 17
5:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 17, 2020, 04/17/2020,  !!! CANCELLED!!!  3 Award-Winning Poets

Poetry Reading | !!! CANCELLED !!! Poetry: Love and Fuck Poems /Just Give Me The Pills


Cypriot-Australian writer and actor Koraly Dimitriadis leads this intimate performance of her poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 20
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 20, 2020, 04/20/2020, !!! CANCELLED !!! Poetry: Love and Fuck Poems /Just Give Me The Pills

Author Reading | !!! CANCELLED !!! 2 Writers Read


Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015). From 2014-2017, they organized interdisciplinary readings at The Poetry Project. Goldberg has taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, The New School, and Rutgers. Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. Her novels are Haunted Houses; Motion Sickness; Cast in Doubt; No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and American Genius, A Comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 20
8:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 20, 2020, 04/20/2020, !!! CANCELLED !!! 2 Writers Read

Author Reading | !!! CANCELLED !!! Dreaming of Desire: Cambodian American Women Writers in Conversation


A reading and conversation between Monica Sok and Kimarlee Nguyen, who will explore desire as a form of defiance. What does it mean to make room for desire within narratives of survival? How do dreams inhabit our characters and personas? Who is allowed the privilege of dreaming? These writers will discuss the possibilities of writing toward wholeness. Sok will read from her debut poetry collection, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, and Nguyen will read from her novel-in-progress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 21
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 21, 2020, 04/21/2020, !!! CANCELLED !!! Dreaming of Desire: Cambodian American Women Writers in Conversation

Author Reading | !!! CANCELLED !!! My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Final Act of Love


An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss, and new beginnings by Jason Rosenthal, the widower of bestselling children's author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband's life without her in a column in The New York Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Apr 21
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 21, 2020, 04/21/2020, !!! CANCELLED !!! My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Final Act of Love

Author Reading | !!! CANCELLED !!! The Monster Under the Bed: Sex and Relationships in the Face of Depression


Almost everyone has had some interaction with depression. That said, many of us don't know how to handle it becoming part of our love lives and popular responses to the topic leave much to be desired. JoEllen Notte will discuss how depression (and the stigma surrounding it) can affect all of us and explain how you can have successful relationships and satisfying sex while you or your partner is coping depression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 21
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 21, 2020, 04/21/2020, !!! CANCELLED !!! The Monster Under the Bed: Sex and Relationships in the Face of Depression

Author Reading | !!! CANCELLED !!! The Book of Longings: Struggling for Passion and Potential


Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd is back with a mesmerizing new novel. Set in the first century, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time culture devised to silence her. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 22
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 22, 2020, 04/22/2020, !!! CANCELLED !!! The Book of Longings: Struggling for Passion and Potential

Author Reading | Nicolas & Adrien: A World with Two Sons


In a series of intimate photographs, Martine Fougeron tells the story of her two sons as they grow up between New York and the South of France. Divided in two parts, Teen Tribe (2005-10) and The Twenties (2010-18), this bildungsroman in pictures explores the evolution of Nicolas and Adrien as they navigate between adolescence and full adulthood. By managing to be both distanced and soft, it gives us a universal tale about the process of growing up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 23
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 23, 2020, 04/23/2020, Nicolas & Adrien: A World with Two Sons

Author Reading | Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry


Angela Jones’ new book uses an intersectional and transnational framework to capture the experiences of a wide range of people working in the erotic webcam industry. Using progressive stacking throughout the book, Camming centers the experiences of people of color, Black women, in particular, trans women, and people with disabilities. The book focuses on how these sex workers challenge overlapping systems of oppression and find community and pleasure online.  **Please be advised: this presentation includes pornographic imagery.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 24
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, April 24, 2020, 04/24/2020, Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry

Poetry Reading | The Poetry of Tiferet


Featuring Adele Kenny, Yehoshua November, Frances Richey, Donna Baier Stein, Joe Weil, and Michael T. Young.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 29
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 29, 2020, 04/29/2020, The Poetry of Tiferet

Author Reading | The Price of Democracy: How Money Shapes Politics and What to Do About It


Economist Julia Cagé takes on the huge problem of election financing. Looking at attempts to curb the influence of wealth in the U.S. and Europe, Cagé shows that it is possible to design better election systems to increase political participation and trust. She speaks about the new book and her vision for more representative and democratic governments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 30
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, April 30, 2020, 04/30/2020, The Price of Democracy: How Money Shapes Politics and What to Do About It

Author Reading | How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy


Welcome philosophers Massimo Pigliucci, Skye C. Cleary, and Anne Klaeysen to discuss their new book, a thought-provoking collection of essays by fifteen leading philosophers reflecting on what it means to live according to a philosophy of life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 30
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, April 30, 2020, 04/30/2020, How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy
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