October 18, 1pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Ghost tour at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
Come with us on an excursion to The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage where Poe spent his last days. Sean H. Doyle, D. Foy, and Dolan Morgan will read their ghost stories first in the Poe Park Visitor Center, and then we will take a tour of Poe’s penultimate resting place.
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October 18, 7pm
KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street New York, NY
We love it when so many of our favorite poets get together, for two reasons: 1) It’s the classiest excuse for a drink we can think of, and 2) it reminds us of why we moved to New York in the first place. That might sound sappy and nostalgic for the long, long bygone, but there’s still nothing like gathering in the village for some original, irreverent, and unafraid stanzas. Tonight at InVerse: A Poetry Reading, Michael Robbins (Alien vs. Predator) will share from his new collection, The Second Sex, already receiving wide acclaim for bringing a pop readership to poetry. Also appearing is Aaron Belz, whose Glitter Bomb is a delightfully down-to-earth series, half art, half jokes (because you’ve got to have a sense of humor when writing poems about going to Starbucks), as well as Bianca Stone with her graphic-poetry hybrids. Vanessa Gabb, co-founder of Five Quarterly, and Jason Koo, founder of Brooklyn Poets, will also share from their newest books.
This event is free.
Oct. 19, 1pm-2pm
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York 10025
Reading and conversation with the treasured author of Number the Stars, The Giver, and many other favorite works for kids and teens. Number the Stars, the Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Occupation of Denmark in the Second World War, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Also appearing will be Sean and Christine Astin, who have purchased the film rights and are proud to be adaptingNumber the Stars for the screen. Ages 9 and up.
Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers
October 20, 7pm
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Timesbestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”
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October 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY
Christopher Ricks gives three lectures hosted by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. The series is inspired by T. S. Eliot’s vision of the literary critic, as one who aims “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.” On October 22, Ricks will lecture on “Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny.”
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