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Summer is officially here, but don’t let the heat get you down. There are still plenty of cool ways for you to have the best bookish day in New York City.  Whether you check out the historic sites of Dorothy Parker’s childhood on the Upper West Side, or visit the lions at the New York Public Library, make sure to tweet at us to let us know where you went.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Erika Swyler will discuss her new novel, The Book of Speculation. Hailed by Sara Gruen as a “quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga,” The Book of Speculation focuses on a multi-generational mystery encompassed in a tattered old journal from the 18th century. Maris Kriezman, the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, will join her in conversation.

Barnes and Noble
2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
7:00pm
Free

Before you head over to the reading, why not check out some literary landmarks. The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive, is where a young Dorothy Parker used to walk her dogs. 

Afterwards, grab a drink at The Dead Poet.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Candace Bushnell, of Sex and the City fame, will be at Bryant Park to talk about her new book, Killing Monica. Though writer Pandy “PJ” Wallis is best known for her series of books about fictional Monica, she longs to change her literary direction and write a historical novel. When she receives pushback from her publishers, she knows that she’ll need to do something drastic to step out from Monica’s shadow. Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City, will join Candace in conversation.

The Bryant Park Reading Room
42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10018
12:30 pm
Free

NYC Trivia: The Reading Room at Bryant Park began in 1935 as a place for those who were struggling during the Great Depression to be able to check out books without needing an address or a library card.

While you are in the neighborhood, pay a visit to the famous lions, Patience and Fortitude, who guard the steps of the New York Public Library. Pop inside and check out some of the free exhibits, including “Outer Boroughs,” the photography collection by William Meyers.

Just steps away from Bryant Park is the Kinokuniya Bookstore. Grab a quick snack in Café Zaiya located upstairs.

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Celebrate the paperback release of Lev Grossman’s final installment in his Magicians trilogy. He will discuss The Magician’s Land, which deals with an adult Quentin Coldwater who has lost everything. Choire Sicha will join him in conversation.

BookCourt
63 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:00pm
Free

The “Rear Windows” exhibit at The Invisible Dog opens today. Go see some photography from around the five boroughs. 

Afterwards, cool off with a scoop of ice cream from Van Leeuwen.

 


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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.