Cheap things to do: Best reading series
Thu Feb 26 2009
FSG Reading Series
Held upstairs at the fabled Russian Samovar (Susan Sontag’s old haunt, blah blah blah), this series introduces you to writers established, up-and-coming and simply good. Since each event functions as sort of a party, a lot of people hang around afterward, scratching their chins, getting hammered on grappa—you know, literary stuff. Russian Samovar, 256 W 52nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-757-0168). FREE
Series Curated by author Amanda Stern, this series recently moved from Chinatown’s Happy Ending bar to the larger Joe’s Pub. And no wonder: According to Stern’s dictate, authors must read and “take a chance” (i.e., humiliate themselves). The icebreaking antics somehow make all those bookish people in the audience talk to one another. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-539-8778). First Wednesday of the month, $15.
Housing Works Bookstore
The events here—often curated by writers—are consistently high quality (regulars include George Saunders and Jonathan Lethem). And judging by a recent reading and fete for writer-musician Drew Daniel, sometimes people even whip off their cardigans and dance. 126 Crosby St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-334-3324). Free admission with a book donation.
NEXT Reading series where audience members actually acknowledge each other’s existence (possibly because alcohol floweth)
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