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It’s officially spring here in New York City. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming, and the bookish events are multiplying. This week begins and ends with events featuring both literature and live music. There are opportunities to hear personal stories, including a celebration of the bike messenger. You can also relive the glory of Clarissa Explains It All and bust out your finest 90s couture at Housing Works Bookstore Café. Make sure to tweet and tell us which events you are checking out this week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amber Tamblyn and Yo La Tengo at Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
7:00pm

Celebrate the release of Dark Sparkler, a poetry collection by Amber Tamblyn. The poems explore the lives of actresses who faced untimely deaths. Dorothea Lasky will host the event.

$15 (Event is ticketed. Get on the waitlist here.)

 

Mark Greif at the Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
6:00pm

Join Mark Greif for a discussion of his book, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973. Keith Gessen will join him in conversation.

FREE (RSVP for the event here.)

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Renata Adler at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
7:00pm

Renata Adler will discuss her career as a journalist and essayist. She will also sign copies of her latest book, After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction.

FREE

 

David Graeber at Strand
828 Broadway (&12th Street)
New York, NY 10003
7:00pm

David Graeber will discuss his latest book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. Nikil Saval will join him in conversation.

$15 (Tickets are available here.)

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Listen to Your Mother at BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:00pm

Celebrate the release of Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now, a collection of essays based on the popular reading series. Founder Ann Imig will be joined by Wendi Aarons, Natalie Cheung Hall, Taya Dunn Johnson, Zach Wahls, and Amy Wilson.

FREE

 

Kent Russell at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
7:00pm

Come out and celebrate the release of Kent Russell’s new collection of essays, I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son. Jordan Pavlin will join him in conversation.

FREE

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CLARISSA Fest! at Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
7:00pm

Though it’s not specifically a literary event, CLARISSA Fest! is being held at one of NYC’s finest bookstores, so it totally counts. Celebrate Clarissa Darling with an episode screening, your finest way cool 90s fashion, and a chance to win amazing prizes. The event is sponsored by Flavorpill.

FREE  (RSVP to the event here.)

 

Ann Packer at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
7:00pm

Ann Packer will read from her new novel, The Children’s Crusade. Meg Wolitzer will join her in conversation.

FREE

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kurt Boone at Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
6:30pm

Come out for a reading and discussion about Kurt Boone’s new book, The Skyscraper Shuffle, which is about bicycle messengers.

FREE

 

Mark Andrew Ferguson at BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:00pm

Mark Andrew Ferguson will read from his debut novel, The Lost Boys Symphony. There will also be performances from Billy Martin and Julia Weldon, and free drinks while they last.

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.