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Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks

Indies First Day

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the second year, one of the city’s finest bookstores celebrates…itself! Stop by to show this darling indie shop how much you like it. Authors like Jami Attenberg and Anya Ulinich take over as

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Sat Nov 29
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The Moth GrandSLAM XXXIV

  • Critics choice

Literary organization the Moth pits 10 winners of its weekly StorySLAM series against one another to duke it out for the title of GrandSLAM Story Champion. Like the Highlander, there can only be one!

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Daphne Merkin

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the essay lovers out there, Merkin's new book is one of the year’s highlights. The Fame Lunches collects the New Yorker columnist and critic's pieces on faded icons and famous writers, and

  1. BookCourt 163 Court St, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11201
  2. Mon Dec 1
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The Moth StorySLAM!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously popular spontaneous storytelling series pits local raconteurs against one another, challenging them to come up with an impressive tale

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Mon Dec 1
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