April 14, 2013: Downtown Literary Festival

This free festival is a celebration of New York City writers. Held by Housing Works Bookstore and McNally Jackson, this event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00pm (126 Crosby Street, Manhattan.) There are some really well thought out programs throughout the day. Check out the link above to see the full schedule events. Two panels that stand out to this blogger are: “Lunch with Frank O’Hara” at 12:00 pm and “Is the New York Bohemian Dead” at 2:00.

Sister Spit

At the New Museum of Contemporary Art (3 pm, 235 Bowery, Manhattan) there will be a literary performance cabaret. Artists, authors, and poets will be performing songs and stories with a feminist, social justice theme. Sister Spit was founded in 1994 and continues to be an underground sensation. This event sounds both exciting and informational. Tickets cost $12.00.

April 15: Kat Von D

NYT Best-selling tattoo artist and reality star Kat Von D will be presenting her new book: Go Big or Go Home at the Barnes and Noble at 33 E. 17th Street, Manhattan. This free event will be fun and exciting, as Ms. Von D’s colorful personality and style is sure to grab one’s attention.

April 16: From Funny Books to Graphic Novels

At 7pm at the Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street, Manhattan) famed comic author Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) will be promoting his new graphic novel Marble Season. He will be presenting a slideshow of his influences and participate in a question and answer session. This event is free.

April 27, 2013: Tribecca Family Festival

Built around the Tribecca Film Festival, the Family Festival Street Fair is a fun and free way to spend a Saturday afternoon. On Greenwich Street between Chambers and Hubert from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm you will find tons of free activities and performances. Click the link above to see the list of vendors and performers. A particularly relevant event is a special program The Long and Short of Innovation at the Tribeca Film Center (375 Greenwich Street.) It will feature short documentaries that focus on new methods of storytelling.