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Your essential guide to NYC bookstores, author readings and book signings

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10 new science-fiction and fantasy reads

Exploring niche book genres can be overwhelming—where to begin, and why are so many books part of an endless series?

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Interview: Julia Cooke

The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today

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Early 2015's most anticipated books

It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions, like planning to read loads of excellent literature.

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Review: Honeydew by Edith Pearlman

The short-story master will bring out your inner voyeur.

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10 chapbooks to read now

And the answer to your question, “What’s a chapbook?”

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Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks

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The Poetry Brothel

This interactive performance series is a veritable literary cathouse, where male and female “whores” provide private poetry readings behind closed curtains. At the first event of the year, the Madame and her crew celebrate the miracle elixir—verse. Guest and extraordinarily talented poet Rachel Zucker joins, Hot Club of Flatbush provides music, and Foxx Von Tempt and Rosabelle Selavy perform their burlesque act. Come from the poetry, stay for the tarot, magic and absinthe.

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Thalia Book Club: Colm Toibin

Celebrated Irish writer Colm Tóibín is a jack-of-all-trades, having produced several novels, collections of short stories, poems, a play, criticism and essays of every stripe. His latest recounts the touching story of the titular Nora Webster, a widow in rural Ireland. Much-lauded Brooklynite Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World) joins Tóibín in conversation.

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Eat, Drink & Be Literary

This series of casual literary evenings features a buffet dinner, including wine and dessert, and a reading from a noteworthy writer, followed by a moderated Q&A about the author's creative process. The 2015 season kicks off with Dinaw Mengestu, journalist, MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient and author of, most recently, All Our Names. Editor Deborah Treisman moderates.

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Upcoming NYC book events

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Canvas of Words Poetry Tour

At this debut showcase of the Queens-based art and poetry festival, slam and spoken-word performers like Chilo Cajigas, Roya Marsh and Ngoma Hill share their...

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Sunday Night Fiction: Shelly Oria and Lee Matthew Goldberg

For more than 10 years, writer and host Suzanne Dottino has welcomed fiction writers from near and far to her weekly reading series. For a stellar night of...

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The Poetry Brothel

This interactive performance series constitutes a literary cathouse, where male and female “whores” provide poetry readings behind closed curtains. VIPs...

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The Poetry Brothel

This interactive performance series is a veritable literary cathouse, where male and female “whores” provide private poetry readings behind closed curtains....

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New York's best bookstores and readings

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Best bookstores in New York City

The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find

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Best specialty bookstores in New York City

For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel

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Best reading series in New York City

From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots

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Best storytelling shows in New York City

If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few.

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Recent book reviews

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Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

The short-story master will bring out your inner voyeur in another collection of simple, entrancingly realistic fictions

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Loitering: New & Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

A cult essayist expands his oeuvre—and leaves no doubt about his talent—in this deeply relatable nonfiction collection 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Ugly Girls: A Novel by Lindsay Hunter

Two teens face a stalker and deal with their own failings in a richly detailed debut 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

Myths, metaphors and vampires: Eula Biss’s expansive exploration of vaccination will surprise you 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

This puzzle-like book, riddled with pulpy allusions, proves Darnielle’s narrative skill 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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10:04 by Ben Lerner

One of contemporary literature’s most stylistically dexterous writers shines in this unique meta-fiction 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Top books stories

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The 10 best books of 2014

From feminist essays to a fictional apocalyptic pandemic, these are our favorite books of the year

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Interview: Jeff VanderMeer

From wild-boar chases to readers' obsessive theories, Jeff VanderMeer opens up about the Southern Reach triolgy

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The best new fiction in NYC

The city that never sleeps never stops inspiring. And here's proof: 10 original New York stories from some of our favorite local writers. 

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Interview: Eimear McBride

McBride’s radical debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, is racking up awards and deserved acclaim.

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10 New York authors to read right now

You can count on NYC to keep turning up innovative, emerging writers—and they just might live around the corner from you, too.

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