Bookish Events in New York City: January 12th – 16th

Posted by Jennifer Morell

It looks like another amazing week for bookish events in New York City. Usually, I try to limit myself to recommending two options a day, but this week I just couldn’t control myself. Get your teleportation and cloning devices ready, otherwise you will have to make some difficult decisions.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lucy Knisley & Marie Anello at The Strand

828 Broadway (& 12th Street)

New York, NY 10003


Lucy Knisley, author and artist behind the acclaimed French Milk, will be at The Strand to celebrate her new book, Displacement. She will be joined in conversation with Marie Anello.

Buy a copy of Displacement or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.


Paperback Launch of Chang-rae Lee's On Such A Full Sea at Greenlight Bookstore

686 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217


Come out and grab a paperback copy of Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea. There will be a reading and conversation about the novel, with a signing to follow.



Franklin Park Reading Series

618 St. John’s Place

Brooklyn, New York 11238

It’s the sixth annual Short Fiction Night! The evening’s lineup includes 2014 National Book Award winner Phil Klay (Redeployment), Sunday Salon co-host Sara Lippmann (Doll Palace), award-winning debut author Kevin Fortuna (The Dunning Man), poetry and prose star Morgan Parker (Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce), and Electric Literature contributor Malerie Willens.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Miranda July at the Union Square Barnes and Noble

33 East 17th Street

New York, NY 10003


Celebrate the release of Miranda July's First Bad Man. Priority seating will go to those who purchase a copy of the novel. She’ll also be at BAM at the end of the month with Lena Dunham.



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 “Hair.”

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Women of Letters at Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10003

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

I got a chance to attend this event last month and it was beyond worth it. Hear letters from Melissa Auf Der Maur, Janelle James, Rayya Elias, Megan Amram, and others. This evening’s theme is “A letter to my stumbling block.”



Paul Muldoon at McNally Jackson

52 Prince Street

New York, NY 10012


Celebrate the release of Muldoon's new collection of poems, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing.


Thursday, January 15, 2015


Taxidermy of a Novel at the New York Public Library

5th Ave at 42nd St

New York, NY 10018


Rebecca Chace discusses her new novel, Something Like Happiness as well as the idea of the relationship between research and fiction.



Karen Bender at BookCourt

163 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Karen Bender’s collection of short stories, Refund, deals with the theme of money, and how it affects the lives of her characters. Come out for a reading, discussion, and book signing.


Friday, January 16, 2015


Elmaz Abinader at Bluestockings

172 Allen Street New York

New York 10002


Elmaz Abinader reads from her celebrated collection This House, My Bones.