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It’s finally beginning to look like spring is on its way to New York City. This week offers a ton of great opportunities to make use of the extra hour of daylight.

Cheer on debut authors like Eddie Joyce and Sarah Blake in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and then head to Manhattan to hear from NBCC finalists at The New School. Listen to brilliant women read letters at Joe’s Pub, and maybe tell your own story at The Moth.

Best of all, you’ll be able to run around the city without needing multiple pairs of mittens.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Maggie Nelson and Rebecca Reilly at The New School

66 West 12th Street, Room A510

New York, NY 10011

6:30pm

Stop by The New School this Monday for an evening of lyric memoir and poetic autobiography. Maggie Nelson’s most recent work, The Argonauts, is forthcoming in May. Rebecca Reilly is the author of Repetition. Mark Bibbins will moderate the conversation.

$5

 

Real Characters at McNally Jackson

52 Prince Street

New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

Real Characters is a monthly series that features some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, and stand-up comics. This month’s lineup includes Janet Manley, Andy Christie, and Simon Rich.

FREE

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Moth StorySLAM! at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby Street

New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

There will be ten stories, three teams of judges, and one winner. This evening’s theme is “Co-habitation.”

$8, though seating is limited. Arrive early and join the line outside.

 

Lizzie Skurnick and Kera Bolonik at Macaulay Honors College

35 West 67th Street

New York, NY 10023

7:00pm

Join Lizzie Skurnick to celebrate her new book, That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover's Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World. Kera Bolonik will join her in conversation.

FREE

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

National Book Critics Circle Reading 2015 at The New School

66 West 12th Street

New York, NY 10011

6:00pm

Hear from finalists for the 2015 NBCC Awards in the categories of Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Can’t make it? Students from The New School are interviewing all of the finalists. Check out those interviews here.

FREE

 

Eddie Joyce at Barnes and Noble Staten Island

2245 Richmond Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10314

7:00pm

Celebrate the release of Eddie Joyce’s debut novel, Small Mercies. His novel has been described as, “a love letter to Staten Island.”

FREE

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cecilia Ruiz and Marshall Arisman at WORD Brooklyn

126 Franklin Street

Brooklyn, NY 11222

7:00pm

Join artist and author Cecilia Ruiz to celebrate the release of her new collection, The Book of Memory Gaps. Marshall Arisman will join her in conversation.

FREE

 

Ron Padgett at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

58 West 10th Street

New York, NY 10011

7:00pm

Ron Padgett has written over twenty collections of poetry. Alice Quinn will join him in conversation.

FREE

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sarah Blake at BookCourt

163 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

7:00pm

Sarah Blake’s debut collection, Mr. West, covers the main events in superstar Kanye West’s life, and chronicles our obsession with celebrity.

FREE

 

Women of Letters at Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10003

Doors at 9:00pm/Show at 9:30pm

Hear letters from Kathleen Turner, Larisa Oleynik, Suki Kim, and others. This evening’s theme is “A Letter To The Night That Changed Me.”

$20 – Tickets are available here.


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Jennifer Morell

Jennifer Ray Morell is a teacher and writer from Queens, New York. Her work has appeared in Slate, Tin House, Trop, Newtown Literary, and Underwater New York. Follow her on twitter at @heyjenray or at jenraymorell.com.