Will Self Reads Umbrella, with Martin Amis

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 | 3,187 views

Martin Amis and Will Self read at McNally Jackson books

Two giants of modern British literature came together to discuss their differences and read from their recent novels. Will Self, who is also a literal giant, read from his latest novel, Umbrella and Martin Amis read from Lionel Asbo.

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Gabriel Roth reads from The Unknowns with Kristopher Jansma, author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 | 1,946 views

Gabriel Roth reads at the Center for Fiction from his novel The Unknowns

The Center for Fiction brought Gabriel Roth and Kristopher Jansma together for a discussion of coming of age stories. Both Jansma’s The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards and Roth’s The Unknowns feature protagonists in their twenties coming to terms with adulthood. Roth qualifies this point by saying of his protagonist that “he completely fails to come of age,” and in a way, his novel is about the failure to mature.

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Reflections on the Silent, Insidious Writer Shortage of the 21st Century

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Monday, October 28th, 2013 | 1,836 views

Everywhere one travels in literary circles—book launches, cocktail parties, the adjunct lounges at third-tier academic institutions—one hears the same lament: We have too many writers. Whether the cause is the invention of the word processor and the availability of self-publishing on demand, or the explosion of new MFA programs, or merely a culture steeped in […]

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Dani Shapiro reads Still Writing, joined by Darin Strauss and Adam Wilson

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Friday, October 25th, 2013 | 1,815 views

Noreen Tomassi leads the panel discussion with Darin Strauss, Adam Wilson, and Dani Shapiro at the Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction hosted a panel discussion focusing on process and craft inspired by Dani Shapiro’s new memoir, Still Writing. Along with Shapiro, the panel included Darin Strauss, author of the memoir Half a Life (September 2010) and novel More Than it Hurts (June 2008) and Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen (February 2012) and a forthcoming collection of stories.

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Mircea Cărtărescu reads from Blinding, with Joshua Cohen

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | 2,166 views

Mircea Cărtărescu reads from his novel, Blinding, recently translated from Romanian into English

McNally Jackson Books served as the last stop on the American book tour for Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu as he celebrated the release of the English translation of Blinding, a novel described as dream-memoir. He was joined by Joshua Cohen, author of Witz (2010) and Four New Messages (2012).

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WORD hosts Jacob Appel, Robert Antoni, Paul Kwiatkowski, and Bruce McEver for Small Press Night

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Friday, October 18th, 2013 | 2,770 views

Paul Kwaitkowski reads from And Every Day Was Overcast from Black Balloon publishing

WORD brought together four authors from four different small presses for a sampling of independent literature. Each author was allotted ten minutes to read from their respective books covering poetry, fiction and experimental prose.

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Jayne Anne Phillips Reads Quiet Dell

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | 2,140 views

Jayne Anne Phillips reads from her new novel, Quiet Dell, at the Strand, with Amy Hempel

Jayne Anne Phillips read from her new novel, Quiet Dell at The Strand on Tuesday. She was joined in conversation by Amy Hempel.

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Sari Botton, Melissa Febos, Meghan Daum and Emily Gould read from Goodbye to All That

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | 2,430 views

Powerhouse Books hosted the launch party for essay anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. The anthology collects twenty-eight essays from women authors on the subject of leaving New York, although not all of them remain outside the city. The collection is edited by Sari Botton, who read part of […]

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