Around Town: Oct. 24th – Oct. 30th

CFA Master Class: Colin Harrison

When: October 25, 2017 @ 7–8:30pm

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Critically acclaimed author Colin Harrison will give a Crime Fiction Master Class, discussing his latest novel You Belong to Me, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and the influence of New York on his work with his editor Sarah Crichton of Sarah Crichton Books. Harrison is the author of other novels like Break and Enter, Bodies Electric, Manhattan Nocturne, Afterburn, The Havana Room, The Finder, and Risk. He also serves as the editor in chief at Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Dubbed “the bard of Gotham mayhem” by Kirkus, Harrison’s novels are characterized by violence, sex, and suspense that explore the underside of city life, focusing on Manhattan and expanding to the outer boroughs.

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WNBA: National Reading Group Month 10th Anniversary Signature Event

When: October 27th, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Where: Penguin Random House HQ, Cafe Auditorium, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) was founded in 1917 and is a non-profit organization made up of women and men who work with and value books. They strive to promote reading and support the role of women in the book community.

The WNBA launched National Reading Group Month in October 2007 as the premier event of its 90th anniversary. National Reading Group Month salutes reading groups, fosters their growth, and promotes the love of literature. It is an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future — the perfect time to join or start a group. This year is the National Reading Group Month’s 10th anniversary and will feature debut authors Laurel Davis Huber, Julia Franks, Susan Henderson, and Margaret Wrinkle. They will read selections from their novels, moderated by author and past WNBA-New Orleans president Susan Larson.

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PoetNY Open Mic ft. Danez Smith

When: October 29, 2017 @ 8pm

Where: Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Do you write poetry and would like a chance to recite it live? Bowery Poetry is holding a Poetry Open Mic night, hosted by Mason Granger. Sign ups are at 8pm right as the doors open. There will be 20 slots open, first come, first serve. Plus, the first ten performances will be recorded and streamed live on Bowery Poetry’s Youtube channel. The event will begin at 8:30pm.

In attendance will be Danez Smith, “a black, queer, poz writer and performer.” His books include Don’t Call Us Dead[insert] boy, and Black Movie. Smith has won many awards for his poetry, including the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.

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