This fall is a literary superstar bonanza. While New York is also a hotbed for emerging writers and experimental events, we still get a thrill from seeing best-selling, award-winning writers read from their books and talk about their real lives—because, let’s be honest, if there were a literary gossip mag, we would read it. In the meantime, join us to revel in the presence of these great minds at some of the city’s most renowned reading series.
- Ian McEwan; 92nd Street Y, Sept 15 8pm
The immensely talented British novelist makes a rare stateside appearance to discuss his latest, The Children Act, and to kick-off the 76th season at 92Y's Unterberg Poetry Center.
- Marjane Satrapi; LIVE from the NYPL, Oct 17 7pm
You may not recognize Satrapi's name, but you've certainly heard of her graphic memoir: It's called Persepolis, and it was a phenomenon. She talks with NYPL's Paul Holdengräber about her work and previews her new film, The Voices.
- Marilynne Robinson and Colm Tóibín; 92nd Street Y, Oct 20 8pm
No big deal, just a Pulitzer Prize winner chatting with one of Ireland's most celebrated authors. Robinson will be in town to launch her much-anticipated novel, Lila.
- You can also catch Marilynne Robinson at Brooklyn By the Book Oct 22 7:30pm
- Martin Amis; NYPL Books at Noon, Nov 5 12pm
In this casual series, the library hosts popular authors for a half-hour conversation, book signing and author Q&A. Note: It's standing room only so wear your sneakers and catch one of Britain's greatest living authors this afternoon.
- Anne Rice; 192 Books, Oct 28 7pm
Yep: That Anne Rice. The New Orleans author who wrote Interview with the Vampire, among other things, comes to Manhattan to launch her latest installment of the Vampire Chronicles.
- William Gibson; LIVE from the NYPL, Nov 12 7pm
The science fiction master—whose novel Neuromancer was the first to win the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award—talks with James Gleick and celebrates the publication of The Peripheral.
- Claudia Rankine; NYU Creative Writing Reading Series, Nov 13 7pm
This Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets has written one of the best, and most relevant, books of year, Citizen. A brilliant poet and social commentator, you do not want to miss her in conversation about contemporary culture and race.
- Mary Ruefle; 92nd Street Y, Dec 11 8:15pm
Perhaps one of the lesser-known names on the list, don't underestimate Mary Ruefle. She's been publishing critically-praised poetry for over 30 years and her recent book of collected lectures is, in a word, life-changing.
- Joyce Carol Oates; LIVE from the NYPL, Dec 12
Love her or hate her, JCO is not only prolific (she's written over 100 books) but well-decorated with awards. Tonight she gives NYPL's annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, titled "Inspiration: An Anatomy."
Note: All the LIVE from the NYPL and 92nd Street Y events are ticketed; Neil Gaiman's NYPL event has already sold out so don't dally!