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Summer’s heating up, but so are the awesome literary events in New York City. This week offers the opportunity to celebrate a ton of debut novelists, with events in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as get tips on how to cope with the business side of a literary life. As always, we’ve gathered up places to eat and things to do nearby so that you can have the best bookish week in NYC. Make sure to tweet at us to tell us where you went!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Debut novelists Edan Lepucki (California) and Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing) will be discussing their books at Greenlight Bookstore this Tuesday. Both authors will be celebrating the paperback editions of their highly acclaimed first novels. The conversation will focus on the themes of family and overcoming the past, and will also touch on motherhood and the experience of launching a reading series.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
7:30pm

FREE

After the event, grab dinner and a mango lassi at Masala Grill.

501B Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This Wednesday Julia Fierro (Cutting Teeth) hosts novelists Dennis Mahoney (Bell Weather), Sophie McManus (The Unfortunates), Patty Park (Re Jane) and Erika Swyler (The Book Of Speculation) for an afternoon of spirited literary conversation at Bryant Park. Grab some food and head over to the park to make your lunch hour so much better.

The Bryant Park Reading Room
1065 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
12:30pm

FREE

While you’re in the neighborhood, visit the lions Patience and Fortitude at NYPL to check out the exhibit, Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography. There will be a free, public tour of the installation at 3:30pm. Even if you can’t make it to the exhibit, check out these cool interactive applications that you can explore online: On Broadway and Stereogranimator.

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10018

Later on Wednesday, debut novelist Angela Flournoy will discuss her novel The Turner House with Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow) as part of the Harlem Book Festival. The New York Times called The Turner House, “an engrossing and remarkably mature first novel.”

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

FREE

 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Head over to WORD this Sunday for the latest installment of “The Hustle,” a series about the business of writing and how writers pay their bills. This week hear from writers Angela Flournoy, Leigh Stein, and Jennifer Baker.

WORD Brooklyn
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
2:00pm

FREE

Afterwards, grab a cookie from Ovenly and hang out by the waterfront.

31 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

 

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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.