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It’s another jam-packed week for bookish events in New York City. Some monthly readings are on this week, including the Franklin Park Monthly Reading Series, The Moth StorySLAM!, and Women of Letters. There’s also the opportunity to celebrate a few debut authors, as well as hear from a Pulitzer Prize winning veteran. Wednesday offers the chance to party at Housing Works in honor of the PEN Literary Awards. Choose wisely, and make sure to tweet at us to let us know where you go!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Franklin Park Monthly Reading Series at Franklin Park
618 St. John’s Place
Brooklyn, New York 11238

8:00pm

Join the literary fun as the Franklin Park Monthly Reading Series launches its seventh season. Colson Whitehead, Amelia Gray, Wendy C. Ortiz, Natalie Eilbert, and Tobias Carroll will read.

FREE

 

Waywiser Press Presents at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

Join Waywiser Press for a reading with poets Joseph Harrison, Penelope Pelizzon, and Mary Jo Salter.

FREE

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Moth StorySLAM! at Housing Works Bookstore Café
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 “Confusion.”

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

 

James Grissom at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

James Grissom will be at McNally Jackson to discuss his new book, The Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog.  Molly Haskell will join him in conversation.

FREE

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PEN Literary Awards Showcase & Party at Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

Join PEN in celebrating the judges and longlist authors on the eve of the shortlist announcement for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. There will be short readings by Katie Kitamura and Victor LaValle, and music by Michael Hearst.

FREE

 

Ryan Chapman at Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

7:30pm

Celebrate the release of Ryan Chapman’s new collection, Conversation Sparks: Trivia Worth Talking About, which offers over 350 fascinating, little-known facts.

FREE

 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Women of Letters at Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

Doors at 6:00pm/Show at 7:00pm

Hear letters from Adelle Waldman, Jean Grae, Summer Brennan, Jena Friedman, Elissa Schappell, and Akilah Hughes. This evening’s theme is “A letter to my boiling point.”

$20 – Tickets are available here.

 

Cecily Wong at BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7:00pm

Cecily Wong will discuss her debut novel, Diamond Head. Julia Fierro will join her in conversation.

FREE

 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dale Peck at BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7:00pm

Dale Peck will visit BookCourt to discuss his latest work, Visions and Revision.

FREE

 

Michael Cunningham at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

5:00pm

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham will discuss his latest novel, The Snow Queen. Darin Strauss will join him in conversation.

FREE


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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.