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Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks

James Baldwin: This Time

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This weeklong celebration of the groundbreaking writer and his work marks the beginning of our city's "Year of James Baldwin."

  1. Various locations
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sun Apr 27
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George Saunders: Congratulations, By the Way

  • Free

The short-story writer gave a commencement speech on the virtues of kindness that went viral, and this new book is the by-product.

  1. The powerHouse Arena 37 Main St, at Water St
  2. Tue Apr 22
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Rachel Kushner

  • Critics choice

The Flamethrowers author and 2013 Guggenheim fellow talks about the craft of writing.

  1. Columbia University, Dodge Hall Broadway, at 116th St, 10027
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Thu Apr 24
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Poetry and the Creative Mind Gala

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart and others tout their favorite poems for this annual Academy of American Poets gala.

  1. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
  2. Thu Apr 24
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Recent book reviews

Book review: A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier

  • Rated as: 4/5

In this autobiography that reads like a novel, one gawky adolescent’s prose eventually turns him into a swan.

Book review: Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

  • Rated as: 3/5

Journalist, novelist and critic Kirn writes a memoir with the straight dope about enigmatic would-be aristocrat Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter.

Book review: Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

  • Rated as: 3/5

In a novel that contains two worlds—that of an abducted Ugandan student and that of an American journalist—one takes away from the other.

Book review: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

  • Rated as: 3/5

Though the prolific Oyeyemi's prose continues to intoxicate, her modern folklore about race in 1950s New England neglects its plot.

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