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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. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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Unlimited Partnerships: The Perils and Pleasures of Artistic Collaboration

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For her latest album, Jill Sobule asked writers including Sam Lipsyte to write song lyrics. Hear a chat with her about collaborating and performances of these new songs.

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Mon Apr 28
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Phil Klay: Redeployment

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This Iraq War vet, whose first story was published in the summer 2011 issue of Granta, copes with battle and its aftermath in his new collection. In spare (and unsparing) prose, Klay relates

  1. New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 W 10th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Books at Noon

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The NYPL's series invites bibliophiles and casual librarygoers to sit with local names and distinguished out-of-towners and hear about their new titles.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Wed Apr 30 - Wed May 7
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  • Rated as: 4/5

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  • Rated as: 3/5

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  • Rated as: 3/5

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