Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

March 19,2013

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis, an Oprah’s Book Club Author, will be promoting her new book The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, at McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, Manhattan.) This event is free and open to the public, starting at 7:00 pm.

Richard Hell

Rock and roll legend Richard Hell (from the band Television) has recently penned a memoir about his life in the Punk scene in late 70’s New York City. He will be at Bookmarc (400 Bleeker St., Manhattan) promoting his new book at 6 pm. This event is free.

March 20, 2013

Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn

New York authors Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn will talk about their new works at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (1 University Plaza at Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.) This event begins at 7:30 and is free to the public.

March 21, 2013

Conversation Among Critics- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At 1:15 at the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St, Manhattan,) author of the book Estimating Emerson, David LaRocca, will be speaking about his life’s study of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The talk will focus on how critics have perceived Emerson over time. This event is free & open to the public on a first come first serve basis.

March 22, 2013

He Said, She Said

At the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St, Manhattan,) the 2013 NYC Teen Author Festival is kicking off with an event featuring four female and four male authors: Ted Goeglein, Gordon Korman, Lucas Klauss, Michael Northrop, Susane Colasanti, E. Lockhart, Carolyn Mackler, and Sarah Mlynowski. The panel will be moderated by David Levithan, is free and open to the public, and begins at 2pm. Following this, there is another free panel on YA characters dealing with poor choices.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC


As students in New York City we have access to hundreds of great events every day. It is at these events that we can network, learn more about our favorite topics, and gain exposure to a wider industry. These readings, lectures, and parties will enrich our education beyond what we learn in class. If you have any recommendations for event listings, please send them to us at the office. If you attend any of these events, we’d love to have you blog about it here! Send us an email and let us know!



A.S. Byatt, Tracy Smith, and Leonard Lopate

At Powerhouse Books (37 Main Street, Brooklyn) novelist Byatt and poet Smith read from their work and then talk with Lopate about the craft of writing. This event is free and begins at 6pm.



Karen Russell: Vampires in the Lemon Grove

At the Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, BrooklynSwamplandia! Author launces her new collection of short-stories: Vampires in the Lemon Grove. This event starts at 7:30 and is free.


Vera Wang

Designer, entrepreneur, and it-woman Vera Wang will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan.) Her talk will focus on her career, and the change from designer bridal wear to a less formal ready-to-wear line. Tickets are $29.00, and the event begins at 8 pm.



Michael Clinton

At the Rizzoli Bookstore (31 W 57th Street, Manhattan) author and publishing veteran of the Hearst company, Michael Clinton, will be reading from his new travel memoir, The Globetrotter Diaries. This event is free and starts at 5:30


Selected Shorts: Lorrie Moore & Sherman Alexie

This live radio program features actors interpreting stories. This week Cynthia Nixon, Amber Tamblyn, and Jill Eikenberry will be performing works by Lorrie Moore and Sherman Alexie. Tickets start at $15.00, and the event begins at 7:30. The event is held at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, Manhattan.)

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

February 10, 2013

KGB Bar Fiction Reading Series

This event has lured famous writers Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, and Mary Gaitskill to read. This event is free and reoccurs every Sunday at 7 pm. The KBG Bar is at 85 East 4th St, in Manhattan.

February 11, 2013

The Half King Reading Series

Every Monday at 7pm at the Half King (505 W. 23rd St., Manhattan) readers gather to enjoy poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Such literary heroes as Bret Easton Ellis, and Sebastian Junger are known to frequent these events. Best part- No cover charge!

Jesse Eisenberg

Star of movies The Social Network and Adventureland, actor Jesse Eisenberg is stepping out of the spotlight and writing. His latest play The Revisionist is getting attention from critics. This event features a dialogue between Eisenberg and novelist Thane Rosenbaum. Check it out at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan) at 8:15.

February 12, 2013

Strange Bedfellows

BookForum at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (235 Bowery St., Manhattan) is hosting a reading with George Saunders, Chris Hayes, Rachel Kushner, and other authors. This event begins at 7 pm and costs $14.00.

February 13, 2013

Intercultural Poetry: Love

Love is in the air this week as couples everywhere take the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Honor the holiday at the Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia St., Manhattan.) A night of love poetry, hosted by journalist and poet Carmen Firan, is a great way to get in the mood. Tickets are at the door for $7.00, the event begins at 6 pm.

Around Town November Events List, Courtesy of the WNBA

  • Nancy Pearl, author of the popular “Book Lust” series will appear at NYPL’s Midtown Branch on Monday, November 15th @ 6:30pm.  Visit Nancy’s website for more information.
  • Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore will appear at The 92nd Street Y on Monday, November 15th @ 8:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • Zadie Smith will appear at the New York Public Library’s Live@NYPL on Monday, November 22nd @ 7:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • Salman Rushdie will appear at The 92nd Street Y on Monday, November 22nd @ 8:00pm.  Click here for more information.
  • And, lastly, I hope you’ll Eat, Drink & Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the new year.  See the line-up for 2011 @