Jen Beagin: Pretend I'm Dead

06/14/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Jen Beagin’s funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Mona—almost 24, cleaning houses to get by, emotionally adrift. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. She decamps to Taos, New Mexico, for a fresh start, where she finds a community of seekers and cast-offs. The story of her journey toward a comfortable place in the world and a measure of self-acceptance is psychologically acute, often surprising, and entirely human.

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Community Bookstore
143 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Amanda Stern with A.M. Homes

06/19/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Author and host of the Happy Ending Reading series Amanda Stern presents hotly anticipated, widely praised new memoir about living life on the razor’s edge of panic, in the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey MindLittle Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life charts Stern’s childhood in 1970s and 80s New York – from her mother’s barefoot bohemian world in Greenwich Village to the sanitized, stricter sphere of her uptown father -- where Amanda experiences

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Nell Painter with Clay Risen

06/25/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Nell Painter, artist and professor emerita of history at Princeton University, and author of The History of White People, presents a vivid and incisive memoir about changing one’s life . Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school--in her sixties--to earn a BFA and MFA.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Nick Arvin, Mad Boy

06/21/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Henry Phipps is the eponymous Mad Boy in Nick Arvin’s rollicking, picaresque novel about family and perseverance set during America’s “forgotten war” of 1812. Henry’s stubborn determination to fulfill the dying wish of his mother - to be buried at sea surrounded by her family - knows no bounds.

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Community Bookstore
143 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jon Pineda with Bonnie Chau and Arhm Choi Wild

06/19/2018 - 7:30pm
Poetry/Fiction
Reading

Poet, memoirist, and novelist Jon Pineda presents his new book Let’s No One Get Hurt, with a night of readings and conversation. With the cinematic and terrifying beauty of the American South humming behind each line, Let's No One Get Hurtis a coming-of-age story set equally between real-world issues of race and socioeconomics, and a magical, Huck Finn-esque universe of community and exploration.

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Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Voices of Lefferts: Issue One Launch

06/18/2018 - 7:30pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Voices of Lefferts is a community writing journal and documentary project that celebrates, engages, and preserves the historic Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Combining writing, photography and art, Voices of Lefferts documents the working-class, multiracial, predominantly immigrant West Indian community in a time of rapid change, development and displacement, and ultimately aims to contribute to political and cultural discussion and debate in PLG-Flatbush.

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Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Michael Kupperman with Gabrielle Bell and Lauren Weinstein

06/14/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Michael Kupperman presents All the Answers, his new graphic memoir – selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the most anticipated books of the season – with readings by friends and fellow graphic novelists! All the Answers traces the life of Kupperman’s father -- the once-world-famous Joel Kupperman, Quiz Kid -- from a World War II-era childhood spent in the public eye to a post-war adulthood in recluse.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Berkeley Arts & Letters presents Porochista Khakpour / Sick

06/26/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily pain and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery.

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Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709

Rachel Cusk with Alexandra Schwartz

06/18/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Rachel Cusk, author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed novels Outline and Transit, presents Kudos, the stunning conclusion to her transcendent literary trilogy, in her only US appearance for her new novel. A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal.

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Weirdd Poetry Reading

06/29/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Get WEIRDD with us! This month we're honored to feature readings by Joey De Jesus, Jerome Murphy, Jen Levitt and Lynne DeSilva-Johnson. 
 

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Peter Coviello: Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs

06/25/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Have you ever fallen in love—exalting, wracking, hilarious love—with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness—and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. We follow Peter Coviello through his happy marriage, his blindsiding divorce, and his fumbling post marital forays into sex and romance. Above all we travel with him as he calibrates, mix by mix and song by song, his place in the lives of two little girls, his suddenly ex-stepdaughters.

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach paperback

06/18/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Join us for the paperback release of New York Times Bestseller Manhattan Beach by beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan. 

"Immensely satisfying…an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…Egan is masterly at displaying mastery…she works a formidable kind of magic.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Debra Jo Immergut: The Captives

06/20/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

The riveting story of a woman convicted of a brutal crime, the prison psychologist who recognizes her as his high-school crush—and the charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both.

Propulsive and psychologically astute, The Captives is an intimate and gripping meditation on freedom and risk, male and female power, and the urges toward both corruption and redemption that dwell in us all.

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Lillian Li: Number One Chinese Restaurant

06/21/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of the people working in everyone's favorite Chinese restaurant. Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series

06/15/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Books Are Magic is proud to host the Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series, celebrating emerging writers from Brooklyn and sharing their recent work. This month we welcome....

Diantha Parker is a multimedia journalist based in New York. She's worked at The New York Times, NPR, the BBC, and other outlets as well as produced and hosted podcasts for entities ranging from The Poetry Foundation to Stanford University.

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Broken Bells Reading Series

06/10/2018 - 4:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Broken Bells presents a very special pride edition of our reading series as we wrap up the reading season at Berl’s Poetry! There will be wine and funfetti! Our readers are: Mason Bolton, Ana Božičević, Jasmine Reid, and sam sax!

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Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Meghan MacLean Weir: The Book of Essie

06/27/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

The Book of Essie is a debut novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Porochista Khakpour: Sick: A Memoir

06/07/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily anguish, pain, and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. 

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Roxane Gay: Not That Bad with Ally Sheedy

06/12/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

This event will be at First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn.

Books Are Magic is very excited to host Roxane Gay, deeply beloved author of the books Hunger, Bad Feminist and Difficult Women, as she presents the new book Not That Bad in conversation with actor and book contributor Ally Sheedy.

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Andrew McCarthy and Adele Griffin

06/14/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director. 

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Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Futurepoem presents Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman

06/28/2018 - 7:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Aby Kaupang is the author of NOS, disorder not otherwise specified(w. Matthew Cooperman, Futurepoem, 2018),  Disorder 299.00 ,  Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me, Absence is Such a Transparent House, and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable. She holds master’s degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. 

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Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cloudburst: a writing workshop with Cindy Bousquet Harris

06/09/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

A terrifying storm, dodging hail, a commuter’s nightmare, soaked to the skin because you forgot your umbrella (again)? Or freedom, a wild energy, a pouring-out of good? Explore the many sides of cloudburst, what it means to you: you might even experience your own outpouring of creativity.

Free. For adults and for children age 10 and older. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday June 9, 2018 1 - 3 pm

Riverside Community Arts Association 
3860 Lemon St., Riverside, CA 92501

Call: 951-682-6737 to reserve your spot.

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Riverside Community Arts Association
3860 Lemon Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Paragraph MFA Resident KGB Reading

06/12/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

To welcome our summer MFA residents, we're giving them our June KGB reading, which will also serve as our first MFA mixer. 

Kiley Bense is an MFA student in nonfiction at Columbia University. Her essays have appeared online for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Saveur, and Narratively. In 2017, she was the inaugural winner of the Irene Adler Prize, a scholarship for women writers. Follow her on Twitter at @kileybense.

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KGB Bar
85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

Liars' League NYC presents: Questions & Answers

06/06/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Liars' League NYC is excited to return to KGB once again with a night of Questions & Answers - four stories featuring war, wine, wolves, and one ominous walk!

With fiction by Jeanette Topar, Manuel Martinez, Mary Crosbie, and Susan Buttenwieser, performed by Kristen Calgaro, E. James Ford, Michaela Morton, and David Rudi Utter.

Don't forget we have cheap drinks, free entry, and literary swag to give away at the intermission in exchange for answering obscure literary trivia questions! Join us as we celebrate our return to KGB - it's going to be a great show!

 

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KGB Bar
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

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