Around Town: April Book Events

Spring is here and New York City is ripe with literary-related events, many of which are free of charge. From Open Mics and literary magazines, to poetry, to zombies. Don’t stay home, there is too much to do. Go out and read, hear, and talk, about books! Check out a selection of this month’s events.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Adeline: A Novel of Virginia Woolf by Norah Vincent
Barnes & Noble 86th St., 150 E. 86th St. NYC

New York Times bestselling author Norah Vincent is perhaps best known for her nonfiction works dealing with mental health and gender identity. She employs her knowledge of these fields in her spellbinding new novel.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Flavorpill presents: Clarissa Fest!
Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe, 126 Crosby St. NYC

An evening of fun and trivia with Mitchell Kriegman and Neena Beber, creator and head writer of the 90s cult classic Clarissa Explains It All. Moderated by Flavorwire editor, Pilot Viruet. Reminisce with fellow fans, win great prizes and discover what you’ve always wanted to know about all your favorite episodes! RSVP.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Life Upon The Wicked Stage: New Books in the Performing Arts – Your Self-Sabotage Survival Guide
The Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Ctr. Plaza, NYC

Learn to transcend ordinary and become extraordinary, going from “Why Me” to “Why Not”! Through this workshop program, complete with motivational toe tapping music, you will learn to re-focus your energy, get to the point, get what you want, and get ahead. Smash self- sabotage out of your life. Presented by best-selling author, motivational speaker, and producer of special events, Karen Berg. Free on a first come, first served basis. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pen Parentis Literary Salon: A Fantasy Lineup with Marly Youmans, Kelly Link, and Lev Grossman
The Andaz Hotel, 75 Wall St., NYC

Kelly Link, Lev Grossman and Marly Youmans share the stage at this Pen Parentis Literary Salon reading from their highly-regarded, highly-creative works. The night begins at 7pm with networking over wine, compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Readings and signings will be followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and its new Salons curator, novelist Christina Chiu. Come join the fun! RSVP Here.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Louis Begley, in Conversation with Susan Jacoby
192 Books, 192 10th Ave., NYC

From Louis Begley, the master observer of upper-crust New York life, comes Killer, Come Hither, a sly international thriller ranging from the suites of an elite Manhattan law firm to the rough and tumble western plains of Brazil.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Open Mic Night with the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Book Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave., NYC

The Open Mic is free and open to the public. Sign Up sheets will be set out at 6:40pm. Participants will be limited to 5 minutes each. Past participants have read poetry, short form prose, and samples from larger works, monologues, even music!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Book Launch: Leslie Allison, Filip Marinovich, and Lewis Warsh
Pierogi Gallery, 177 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Celebrating the release of: Martha by Leslie Alison, Wolfman Librarian by Filip Marinovich, and Alien Abduction by Lewis Warsh. Refreshments will be served. From Ugly Duckling Presse, a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists


Friday. April 24, 2015

Open Mike with Apogee
Book Culture on 112th St., 512 W. 112th St., NYC

Join Book Culture’s 112th St. store for a special Open Mic Night, hosted by Apogee Journal, a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. Free and open to the public. Sign-up sheets will be set out at 6:40pm. Participants will be limited to 5 minutes each. Past participants have read poetry, short form prose, and samples from larger works, monologues, even music!


Wednesday, April 29th

A Night of Zombie Fiction
WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

In honor of the publication of David Wellington’s latest novel, Positive, WORD brings together three writers of the undead for a lively panel: Wellington, Max Brallier (Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?), and John Campbell (Drifters).


Thursday, April 30, 2015

The New Salon: Poets in Conversation: Dorothea Lasky (with Deborah Landau)
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St., NYC, NY

Dorothea Lasky is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Rome (2014). This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program director Deborah Landau, and is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.


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The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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