Monday, January 16, 2012

Literary Happenings: NYC

One of the greatest things about being a bibliophile living in New York City is the abundance of literary happenings on offer to delight in...and so many of them are free! It's cold out there, but it sure is worth bundling up to head out and partake of some of these great events. Following is just a sampling of events in New York for book lovers this week and through January....

Readings and Signings

Fantastic Fiction
Tuesday, January 17th, 6-8pm (Free!),
Books Of Wonder Bookstore, New York

Fans of  YA sci-fi and fantasy will find a lot to sink their teeth into at this year’s first installment of “Fanatastic Fiction” at Books of Wonder. Presenting their new books, taking questions and offering signings will be a group of both seasoned and debut female authors: Julie Cross, Maureen Lipinksi, Megan Miranda, Beth Revis and Carrie Ryan. Info:

The Future of Us with Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Tuesday, January 17th, 7pm (Free), Word Bookstore, Brooklyn

Jay Asher (author of Thirteen Reasons Why) and Mackler (author of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things) will give a joint presentation and reading of their recent collaboration The Future of Us , a story about two teens who glimpse themselves 15 years into the future. Info:

Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe in Harlem has some big ticket evenings coming up: 
On Tuesday, January 17th at 7pm (Free) Dr. Bill Cosby himself presents and reads from his latest book, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (but I’m glad I was) and Walter Mosley from his latest All I Did Was Shoot My Man, Tuesday, January 31st at 6pm (Free).

Why We Broke Up: Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman

Tuesday, January 17th, 7pm (Free), Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Union Square, New York
Writer Daniel Handler & artist, Maira Kalman present their new YA book tracing the birth and death of a teen romance. Info: 
OR catch them the following night in Brooklyn at Word Bookstore: 7pm
126 Franklin St (at Milton St.), Brooklyn, NY 11222

Smith Magazine Presents: The Moment

Thursday, January 26th, 6:30 pm (Free), Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn
Join Larry Smith, founder of SMITH magazine for an evening of readings from contributors to his latest book,The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure. Presenters: Julie Metz, author of Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal; Colin Nissan, author of Don’t Be That Guy; Said Sayrafiezadeh, author of When Skateboards Will Be Free; Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year Inside a Women’s Prison; Gillian Laub, author of Testimony; and Josh Axelrod, author of Repeat Until Rich.  Info:

Mark Strand, Almost Invisible

January 31st, 7pm (Free), Bookcourt Bookstore, Brooklyn
Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mark Strand, will read from his most recent collection of prose poetry, Almost Invisible. Info:

Miscellaneous Fun

Book Nerd Jeopardy
Tuesday, January 18th, 7pm (Free!), McNally Jackson Books, New York
Put your literary knowledge to the test! 

A special preview screening of The Secret World of Arrietty 
Saturday, January 21, Symphony Space, New York, NY
This animated film, based on The Borrowers, was co-written by famed Manga artist and film director, Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaa of the Valley Wind, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) and produced by Studio Ghibli. Tickets ($15 single/$12 group) will sell out FAST, and it’s next week! More Info & tickets: 

KidLit Drinks Night (KLDN): Special SCBWI--Conference Edition 
Friday, January 27th, starting @ 8pm, Public House (, New York

Join fellow lovers of "Kid Lit" and raise a glass with interesting and talented illustrators in town for the
SCBWI annual conference.
Join the KidLit Drinks Night by emailing:

*Related SCBWI tidbit:
Walter Dean Myers, a long time board member of SCBWI, was recently named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats at The Jewish Museum on view until January 29th.
Dickens at 200
On view until February 12th, The Morgan Library

Quick! If you missed our Fall meeting at the Morgan Library or wished you’d had more time to linger over this very charming exhibit of Dickensian ephemera--from original illustrations to handwritten letters, photogrpahs and manuscripts--you still have time: the exhibit runs until February 12th.


Real Characters 
Every 2nd Tuesday night of the month, 7pm (Free), McNally Jackson Bookstore

A storytelling event featuring a host of New York's wittiest comedians and writers.
New York Review of Science Fiction Readings 
1st Tues of every month, 6:30, Soho Gallery for Digital Art 

This post by Laura Bishop, Membership Coordinator (2011-2013)

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