Bookish Events in New York City: February 9th – 13th

Posted by Jennifer Morell

The weather is still a total bummer in New York City, but thankfully our local bookstores and bars are continuing to schedule amazing literary events. This week you can hear two-time Booker prize winner, Peter Carey, read in Brooklyn, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening talk about the beloved cartoon family in Union Square. There’s another chance to tell your stories at The Moth in honor of Valentine’s Day, or if your love life is really suffering, you can relish in post-apocalyptic doom at BookCourt.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Franklin Park Monthly Reading Series

618 St. John’s Place

Brooklyn, New York 11238


It’s novel night at the Franklin Park Monthly Reading Series. This month’s reading features Peter Carey, Laura van den Berg, Atticus Lish, Mark Doten, and Kashana Cauley.



Irvine Welsh at BookCourt

163 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Irvine Welsh will be joined in conversation with Ben Greenman to discuss Welsh’s new novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Stop by for a reading, Q&A, and book signing.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Michelle Tea at The Strand

828 Broadway

New York, NY 10003


Celebrate the release of Michelle Tea’s new memoir, How to Grow Up. She will be joined in conversation by Saeed Jones. Information and tickets are available here.



The Moth StorySLAM! at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby Street

New York, NY 10012


There will be ten stories, three teams of judges, and one winner. This evening’s theme is “Love Hurts.”

$8 — Limited tickets available. Arrive early and join the line.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kelly Link at Barnes and Noble

1972 Broadway

New York, NY 10023


Kelly Link will be joined in conversation by Emma Straub to discuss Link’s new collection of short stories, Get in Trouble.



Sandra Newman & Emily St. John Mandel at Greenlight Bookstore

686 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217


Come out for an evening of post-apocalyptic literature. Sandra Newman (The Country of Ice Cream Star) and Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) will talk about the terrifying futures that they have created.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jeffery Renard Allen and Marie-Helene Bertino at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

58 West 10th Street

New York, NY 10011


Jeffery Renard Allen (Song of the Shank) and Marie-Helene Bertino (2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas) will discuss their work as part of the Reading Series sponsored by NYU.



Pete’s Reading Series

709 Lorimer Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211


Pete’s Reading Series is one of the most beloved in New York City. This evening features Meghan Daum and Amanda Petrusich.



Friday, February 13, 2015

Matt Groening at Barnes and Noble Union Square

33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003


Matt Groening will discuss his new book, The Simpsons Family History, and shed light on the iconic cartoon family.

$35 Receive a wristband with the purchase of The Simpsons Family History


Saaed Jones at The Bellwether

98 Moore Street

Brooklyn, NY 11206


Come out for a one-night-only multi- disciplinary installation based on Saaed Jones’ book of poetry, Prelude to Bruise.

$15 – Tickets are available here