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There are a lot of amazing literary events scheduled this week, and hopefully the harrowing blizzard being forecasted will not interfere. There are celebrations for debut novelists, discussions of craft and process, and wise words from some literary “doctors” at stake. If the weather gets you down and traps you inside, there’s always the amazing bookish podcast, The Catapult, to get you through the storm.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sarah Gerard in Conversation with Valeria Luiselli at McNally Jackson [Update: Canceled due to snow]
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

Celebrate the Manhattan launch of Sarah Gerard’s new novel, Binary Star. She will be joined in conversation by Valeria Luiselli, author of Sidewalks and Faces in the Crowd.

FREE

Colm Tóibín at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

7:30 pm

Colm Tóibín will be joined in conversation with Siri Hustvedt about his newest novel, Nora Webster. Clare Higgins will read from the novel. Tickets are available here.

$25; Member $21; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gayle Forman at Barnes and Noble in Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

6:00pm

Gayle Forman will be interviewed by Maria Russo for the launch event of her new novel I Was Here. YA authors E. Lockhart and Libba Brey will also be on deck.

FREE

Vivian Apple at the End of the World Launch Party with Katie Coyle and Friends at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe [Update: Canceled due to snow]
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

Trust me, you don’t want to miss an event sponsored by Tumblr. Katie Coyle will be joined by Julie Buntin and Ashley C. Ford for a night of road trip themed readings, snacks, and an overall great time.

FREE

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cynthia Weil at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

6:00pm

Join Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, Cynthia Weil, in celebration of her debut novel, I'm Glad I Did. Her novel combines Mad Men and Nashville with a 1960s noir twist

FREE

Jess Row at The New School
66 West 12th Street, Room A510 
New York, NY 10011

6:30pm

Jess Row will be joined in conversation with New School Writing professor, Jeffery Renard Allen. Row’s first novel, Your Face in Mine, was published last August, and his short stories have appeared in two collections and many journals.

$5

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Launch event for ZYZZYVA at McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

The night will feature readings from Kathleen Alcott, Dani Shapiro, Ben Greenman, Daniel Tovrov, John Freeman, and Paul Beatty. Buzzfeed Books' Isaac Fitzgerald will act as host.

FREE

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

7:00pm

Jorie Graham will read from her new collection of poems, From the New World: Poems 1976-2014. She will be joined by Deborah Landau.

FREE

Friday, January 30, 2015

Will Boast, Edie Meidav, & Laura Esther Wolfson at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

7:00pm

This event is hosted by editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon and co-sponsored with ZYZZYVA. There will be readings by Will Boast, Edie Meidav, and Laura Esther Wolfson.

FREE

drDoctor at Mellow Pages Library & Reading Room
56 Bogart St 
Brooklyn, NY 11206 

8:00pm

The evening will feature readings from three “doctors” of literature: Dr. Darcey Steinke, Porochista Khakpour, MD, and Mila Jaroniec, DO. If you can’t make it, the readings are recorded as podcasts.

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.