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Despite the rapidly approaching holidays, literary events in NYC show no signs of slowing down. This week brings opportunities to see legends like Neil Gaiman and Robert Gober, applaud the sartorial choices of awesome teen girls, and celebrate the power of the selfie. Rounding out the week will be the epic reading of A Christmas Carol by some of New York’s most beloved writers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Haley Campbell with Neil Gaiman at the Union Square Barnes and Noble
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Wristbands available at 9:00am
Program at 6:00pm

Pick up a wristband with purchase of The Art of Neil Gaiman early in the day, because there will only be room for 250 people with wristbands at the program. If you don’t make the cut, you can still line up to get your book signed. Find out more here.

Wristband with purchase: $39.99

Apito Press Reading at KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

7:00pm

Apito press is a community publisher based in Philadelphia and NYC. Tonight’s reading will serve as a launch for David Backer’s short story collection, The Yolk, and Carlos iro Burgos’ second book of poetry, Spanglibonics. More information about the event can be found here.

FREE

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Robert Gober and Ann Temkin at NYPL
5th Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018 

6:00pm

To celebrate the release of Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, artist Robert Gober will be joined in conversation with Ann Temkin. Gober rose in popularity with his sculptures of everyday objects that speak to the larger issues of our time. 

FREE

Jenny Williams at The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

7:00pm

Join Jenny Williams as she discusses her new book of drawings, What My Daughter Wore. Joining her will be Tara Violet Niami, one of the subjects in the book, and the all-girl punk trio, Palberta. 

FREE

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two-Book Minimum at Union Hall
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Hosts Dan Wilbur and Ross Hyzer talk books with Janeane Garofalo, Jared Logan, and Ophira Eisenberg. There will be also be some stories and stand-up. Can’t make it? Listen to their podcast here.

$7 — Purchase tickets here

Brooks Headley and Gabrielle Hamilton at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

7:00pm

Join Chefs Brooks Headley and Gabrielle Hamilton as they discuss their new cookbooks, Fancy Desserts and Prune. Headley is currently executive pastry chef at New York's Del Posto restaurant, where his recipes are exciting and unconventional. Hamilton is the owner and chef of Prune restaurant in NYC, and stories about some of the recipes in her book appeared in her memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter.

FREE

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Moth StorySLAM! at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
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 “Saved.”

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

#365FEMINISTSELFIE Project Readings and Talks at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126A Front Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

7:00pm

Host Marisa Crawford will be joined by Veronica Arreola, Kate Durbin, Morgan Parker, and Jennifer L. Pozner as they discuss the reclamation and empowerment of the selfie. The evening will also feature readings and performances.

FREE

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Erika Jo Brown at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126A Front Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

7:00pm

Celebrate the release of Erika Jo Brown’s debut poetry collection, I’m Your Huckleberry. There will also be readings from Sheila Maldonado and Geoffrey Nutter

FREE

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

What the Dickens? at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

1:00pm — 4:30pm

Join basically every writer in New York City as they read from Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Arrive at noon to be serenaded by members of the New York City Master Chorale. Check out the list of featured writers here, or drop by during the day to be surprised. Along with the marathon reading, Housing Works will have seasonal beverages (and booze!) available for purchase while you shop for books.

FREE 

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lit at Lark
1007 Church Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11218

5:00pm — 7:00pm

Authors Sara Lippman, David Gordon, and Elizabeth Kadetsky will be reading. Enjoy drinks and treats from Lark Cafe and buy books from Word.

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.