You Should Probably Stay, Because You Never Can Say Goodbye

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | 2,276 views

Sari Botton holds up Never Can Say Goodbye and Goodbye To All That

Last year, New York City’s literary community wondered if the city retained the magic of writerly mythology. For some, the question was never serious. For others, they had already left. The woman responsible for all of this sudden concern with place was Sari Botton, editor of the essay collection Goodbye to All That. Last December, Botton celebrated that book at Housing Works. The book had launched in October, leading to months long contemplation for many writers confronting their own debate as to whether they should stay or go.

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Thomas Page McBee Reads Man Alive Along With Saeed Jones

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Monday, November 17th, 2014 | 2,604 views

Thomas Page Mcbee and Saeed Jones read from their new books at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

Thomas Page McBee, a long time columnist at The Rumpus, read from his memoir Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man. He was joined at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn by poet and Buzzfeed editor Saeed Jones, author of the collection Prelude to Bruise.

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21st Century Narrators at the Brooklyn Book Festival

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 | 3,431 views

21st Century narrators panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival moderated by Christian Lorentzen, with Elif Batuman, Ben Lerner, Christine Smallwood, Lorin Stein

The London Review of Books hosted a panel on 21st Century Narrators at the Brooklyn Book Festival. LRB senior editor Christian Lorentzen moderated Elif Batuman, Ben Lerner, Christine Smallwood, and Lorin Stein in a discussion. Batuman is a non-fiction writer who regularly contributes to The New Yorker and author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Lerner is the author of the novels Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04. Christine Smallwood is a columnist for Harper’s Magazine and Lorin Stein is the editor of Paris Review.

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Steve Almond talks Against Football with Stephen Elliott

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | 2,417 views

Steve Almond reading from Against Football, his memoir / manifesto / examination of the sport he loved but can't watch. He read at The Strand in Manhattan alongside Stephen Elliott of the Rumpus

As concerns over the football industry’s head traumas continue to rise, author Steve Almond has released a personal, moral examination of the sport implications for himself as a fan. Spoiler: he gave up watching. Against Football, described as a manifesto, explores Almond’s evolving views on the sport from the way players are treated to the message the game sends to viewers. He was joined at The Strand by Stephen Elliott, founder of The Rumpus, to discuss the book and the sport.

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Nikil Saval reads Cubed with Chad Harbach

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 | 1,787 views

Nikil Saval reads from his new book Cubed with Chad Harbach

Over the last century, labor has shifted away from a manual as a dominant form towards clerical office work. Nikil Saval’s book, Cubed, traces the history of this evolution and explores the limits of the office as a place for work. He celebrated the launch of the book at Powerhouse Arena with Chad Harbach, editor of the journal n+1 and author of The Art of Fielding (2011).

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Gary Shteyngart and Suketu Mehta Discuss Little Failure

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 | 1,607 views

Gary Shteyngart and Suketu Mehta Discuss Little Failure

Super Sad True Love Story (2010) turned Gary Shteyngart into a superstar. He is now the kind of author that fills venues. In January, he released a memoir, Little Failure. He met up with his longtime friend and fellow author Suketu Mehta at New York City’s Tenement Museum to discuss the book.

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D. Foy Reads his debut novel, Made to Break, with Sean Madigan Hoen

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 | 2,086 views

D Foy reads at McNally Jackson Books

D. Foy’s debut novel, Made to Break was sixteen years in the making. It is the story of five friends trapped in a mountain cabin as they explore their various failures and vicious behavior. He read from the novel at McNally Jackson and was joined in conversation by Sean Madigan Hoen. Soho Press will release Hoen’s memoir, Songs Only You Know next month. It examines his crumbling family alongside his time as an indie musician.

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Biographer Blake Bailey Reads His Memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned, with Darin Strauss

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Friday, March 7th, 2014 | 3,062 views

Blake Bailey Reads his memoir

In his latest book, biographer Blake Bailey has turned his attention to his own life and the lives of his family with memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned (February 2014). McNally Jackson hosted Bailey for a reading along with Darin Strauss for a conversation.

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