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Jeffrey Eugenides, Seamus Heaney and more read in NYC.

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  • Jeffrey Eugenides

    Jeffrey Eugenides

  • Photograph: Jemimah Kuhfeld

    Seamus Heaney

    Seamus Heaney

Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides
Hard to believe it's been almost a decade since Calliope fell for the Obscure Object in the Pulitzer Prize--winning Middlesex, and nearly 20 since neighborhood boys helplessly watched the Lisbon sisters self-destruct in The Virgin Suicides. Eugenides's prose is as lush, unassuming and addictive as ever in his newest novel, The Marriage Plot, an Austen-esque tale of love and imminent adulthood. Eugenides reads at Barnes & Noble Union Square (bn.com) Oct 11 at 7pm; free; Greenlight Bookstore (greenlightbookstore.com) Oct 12 at 7:30pm; free; and 92nd Street Y (92y.org) Nov 14 at 8pm; $27, ages 35 and under $10. The Marriage Plot (FSG, $28) is out Oct 11.

Chad Harbach
The n+1 editor's novel The Art of Fielding follows a collegiate baseball star, and the chaos surrounding his acquaintances' lives in the days before his biggest game. McNally Jackson (mcnallyjackson.com). Sept 12 at 7pm; free. The Art of Fielding (Little, Brown, $26) is out Wed 7.

Seamus Heaney
Heaney has quite a bit to show for his years: a sizable collection of verses, a Nobel Prize and the admiration of his peers, many of whom consider him the greatest living poet. Here, he'll talk about his latest assemblage, Human Chain. 92nd Street Y (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Sept 26 at 8pm; $27, ages 35 and under $10. Human Chain (FSG, $13) is out on paperback Tue 30.

Colson Whitehead
Zone One
spins a zombie tale about infection into a tale about coping with the downfall of civilization. Greenlight Bookstore (greenlightbookstore.com). Oct 19 at 7:30pm. * McNally Jackson (mcnallyjackson.com). Oct 20 at 7pm; Free. Zone One (Doubleday, $26) is out Oct 18.

Seth and Daniel Clowes
Two preeminent graphic novelists share an evening's bill. Clowes offers The Death-Ray, while Seth unveils The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (housingworksbookstore.org). Oct 18 at 7pm; free. The Death-Ray (Drawn and Quarterly, $20) and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists (Drawn and Quarterly, $25) are out Oct 11.

Kevin Wilson
With a well-received short-story collection under his belt, Kevin Wilson tackles a novel, The Family Fang, about a clan of outr performance artists. Barnes & Noble Tribeca (bn.com). Sept 19 at 6pm; free. The Family Fang (Ecco, $24) is out now.

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