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The best fall talks and readings in NYC

Expand your horizons at this season's discussions and lectures by authors, actors, filmmakers and artists

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While it’s tempting to stay outside all season long to see the best fall foliage in New York or spend your free time chowing down at all the best food and drink festivals, why don't you instead feed your brain at these talks and book events that make being an indoor kid cool again. Maybe you’ll be inspired to pick up the perfect book to enjoy by a fireplace at the bar.

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Fall talks and readings by date

Book Launch: If the Raindrops United by Judah Frielander

Best known as the slovenly weirdo Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, comedian Judah Friedlander excels at making the absurd outrageously funny. With his book of drawings and cartoons, If the Raindrops United, the stand-up proves he’s also a talented doodler.

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21 Oct 2015

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully with Sam Kass

Celebrated chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi comes to the 92nd Street Y to discuss his newest collection of recipes from his popular London restaurant NOPI. Joining him is Ramael Scully, the head chef at NOPI, who brings Asian influences to Ottolenghi's signature brand of Middle Eastern cooking, and Sam Kass, the former senior policy advisor for nutrition policy in the Obama administration.

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21 Oct 2015

Adrian Tomine in conversation with Charles McGrath

Critically acclaimed illustrator Adrian Tomine discusses his impressive career—he was only 16 when he began his comic-book series, Optic Nerve—and latest book, Killing and Dying, with the former editor of The New York Times' Book Review Charles McGrath. Afterward, Tomine will sign copies of his books and prints.

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22 Oct 2015

Unbound: Gloria Steinem

Award-winning women's rights activist and journalist Gloria Steinem shares stories of her early days traveling the country and creating change at a grassroots level, featured in her new memoir, My Life on the Road.

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27 Oct 2015

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: A Memoir

Rock icon and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein reads from her new memoir about growing up in the Pacific Northwest and how her feminist punk-rock band Sleater-Kinney changed her life.

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28 Oct 2015

The Sartorialist

Learn how fashion photographer and blogger Scott Schuman redefined fashion's street scene with his style blog the Sartorialist. The visionary shares stories of capturing tasteful individuals in New York, Dubai, Milan and beyond at this 10th anniversary blog celebration and launch for his new book of collected photographs.

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29 Oct 2015

Books on Film: Witches of America

Alex Mar knows a thing or two about witchcraft—she's the author of the new book Witches of America—so she just might be the perfect person to curate this evening of witch-themed movie clips. She's not just napping in the back while they air, though; Mar will discuss the scenes, using them as a springboard to talk about Paganism and real-life witchcraft. There'll be plenty of opportunities for audience participation…but leave your magic wands and spell books at home.

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30 Oct 2015

Aziz Ansari: Master of None Talk and Screening

Catch a sneak peek of the first two episodes of funnyman Ansari's (Parks and Recreation) new Netflix sitcom, Master of None, before it drops on November 6. The highly energetic, always affable stand-up discusses the show and his character, a New York actor plagued by indecision.

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02 Nov 2015

David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell reads from his complex reinvention of the haunted-house story, Slade House. The book encompasses five decades of lonely souls who were trapped by the seemingly utopian home with a hidden entrance and no exit. Prepare for an absolutely bizarre story that's typical of the author's style.

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03 Nov 2015
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