Reading Series Census: The Eagle and the Wren

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Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 4,605 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Our name is The Eagle and the Wren. It takes its name in part from Wren’s Day, which takes place in Ireland on Saint Stephen’s Day (December 26th). The history is complex, but apocryphally a wren is supposed to have betrayed Saint Stephen’s hiding place by singing, leading to his martyrdom. Thus, on Wren’s, or “Wran’s”, day, folk go out to “hunt the wren.” This involves “Mumming,” or dressing up to hide your identity, and visiting neighbors. There is also the Irish folktale of the wren that hitched a ride on the Eagle’s tail feather during the birds’ contest to see who could fly the highest. Once the eagle had done its best, the wren hopped off and flew higher, thus the wren is known as “the king of all birds.”

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Reading Series Census: FREE WATER

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Friday, October 9th, 2015 | 4,882 views

Free Water 9

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Well, it’s in all caps. FREE WATER. The name itself is loud. Like a RITE-AID sign whose bulbs are shot. RI E- ID. That’s good. FREE WATER is tongue and cheek and FREE WATER is a lazy political statement. I also love the way it sounds.

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Reading Series Census: Soul Sister Revue

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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | 4,584 views

Soul Sister Revue

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The series is called Soul Sister Revue, a reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling. The series is meant to honor the African tradition of stories passing on through generations.

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Bill Clegg Discusses His Debut Novel Did You Ever Have a Family

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 | 3,410 views

Darin Strauss talks with Bill Clegg about Clegg's debut novel at Greenlight Bookstore

Bill Clegg has written two memoirs about addiction. He is also a literary agent. That means there are plenty of expectations about his debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family. He was at Greenlight Bookstore to talk about the book with Darin Strauss.

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Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck Discuss Fiction

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 | 2,883 views

Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck discuss Autofiction at Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction hosted Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck for a brief reading and conversation about their novels. Walbert’s The Sunken Cathedral follows the story of close friends who survived World War II and emigrate from Europe. Tuck’s latest The Double Life of Liliane examines the life of a Liliane splitting her time between parents on different continents, but draws on personal autobiographical elements of Tuck’s life.

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Reading Series Census: Pete’s Reading Series

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Monday, October 5th, 2015 | 4,628 views

Katie Kitamura reading at Pete's Reading Series in 2012

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The series is called Pete’s Reading Series because it takes place at Pete’s Candy Store at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Reading Series Cenus: The Greetings Readings Series

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | 4,581 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The name of the series is, The Greetings Readings Series at Unnameable Bokes; the series is named after the literary journal, Greetings: a Journal of the Sound Arts.

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Reading Series Census: HiFi Reading Series

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 | 4,442 views

HiFi Reading Series

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The HiFi Reading Series is named after the HiFi Bar, where it is held once a month.

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