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Reading Venues

This database of venues that host readings and author events includes bookstores, bars, cafes, libraries, literary arts centers, and more. Here you'll find information about how to schedule your own reading, admission fees, audience size, parking and transit information, and more. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that you use to plan your own reading tour or simply keep track of your favorite reading venues.

  • New York City, NY

    The NYU Bookstore features an event space for in-store author readings and book signings. Events typically begin at 6:00 PM and end at 7:30 PM. Seating is limited, no reservations are needed and events are free and open to the...

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  • New York, NY

    On the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM, groups of established authors who are also parents gather in the elegant Andaz Wall Street for celebration of creative work: expect readings, signings, and discussion of the balance of a literary...

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Pete's Candy Store is a performance space, bar, and club. The venue hosts weekly poetry readings and other performances.

  • New York, NY

    Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center. Located in Battery Park City, the 11,000-square-foot space houses a 60,000-volume...

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    PowerHouse Arena—a self-proclaimed laboratory for creative thought—is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. The space is home to the art book publisher, powerHouse Books, and hosts...

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    PowerHouse on 8th is a bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived...

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  • New York, NY

    Shakespeare & Co. is an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983. The store is adjacent to the Hunter College campus and hosts book signings, readings, talks, and writing workshops.

    The Lexington Avenue store also includes a high-...

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  • Elmhurst, NY

    Terraza 7 is a live music venue and community center; the perfect hub for local art, political expressions and your favorite coffee or mixed drink. Located in the heart of Queens, New York, between Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, two locations...

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  • New York, NY

    The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. Based in concept on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of...

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  • New York, NY

    A live series featuring storytellers, writers + comedians. Created, produced + hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley. It's the best thing for you right now.

    Since 2009, the How I Learned series has featured writers, storytellers, comics, and...

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  • New York, NY

    The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit in the United States solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. It hosts literary events, including panels, lectures, and conversations between authors. The space also features workspace, grants, and...

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  • New York, NY

    The Center for the Humanities encourages collaborative and creative work in the humanities at CUNY and across the city through seminars, conferences, publications and exhibitions. Free and open to the public, our programs and exhibitions aim to...

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  • New York, NY

    The Corner Bookstore became an instant mecca for a book-hungry Carnegie Hill when it opened in 1978. Located in a landmark neighborhood in New York City, it has been satisfying the literary desires of this residential neighborhood for over three...

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  • New York, NY

    COUPLET is a quarterly poetry and music series at The Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Readings feature three poets and a DJ after party.

  • New York, NY

    We are a monthly poetry series that pairs more page-oriented, academic poets with poets who come from a more spoken-word or performative background. Both poets are on stage at the same time and read back and forth, poem for poem, sometimes...

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  • New York , NY

    The Half King hosts about 50 literary events a year. Our weekly Monday Reading Series is a Chelsea institution. Our semi-regular Magazine Night has brought in writers and editors from some of the most prominent publications on the planet. Reading...

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  • Bronx, NY

    The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum and, since its founding in 1891, has served as an oasis in this busy metropolis.

  • New York, NY

    Founded in the early 1970s, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet Miguel Algarin. Today, the cafe is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for innovative poetry, music, hip...

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  • New York, NY

    Cultural participation may be a “path of engagement” to help foster other forms of civic participation. Furthermore, cultural participation may provide a basis for strengthening community bonds. In this view, cultural participation helps people...

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  • New York, NY

    Through its live programming, workshops, publications, website and special events, The Poetry Project promotes, fosters and inspires the reading and writing of contemporary poetry by (a) presenting contemporary poetry to diverse audiences, (b)...

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  • New York, NY

    The Strand carries over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books, covering topics as far-ranging as occult to philosophy to finance. Our in-store events feature some of today’s most interesting and provocative personalities, from James Franco to...

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  • New York, NY

    A community and student center for the New School that hosts discussions and panels.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    WORD has two bookstores, one in Brooklyn and one in Jersey City. Established in 2007, the Brooklyn location is a 1,000 square-foot independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint that hosts everything from the classic author reading and Q&A...

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  • Jersey City, NJ

    WORD has two bookstores, one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and one in Jersey City. Established in 2013, the Jersey City location has an inventory of current and past favorites from all genres and categories as well as a café serving coffee and treats. ...

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  • New York, NY

    The Segue Foundation hosts the experimental reading series Segue at Zinc, a continuation of the legendary series that has run for over twenty-five years. Readings feature contemporary poets and writers and take place on Saturday afternoons at 4:...

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