The best book readings and things to do in New York this fall

These book readings are among the best things to do in New York this fall: Hear from acclaimed authors at five events, including the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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    The best book readings and things to do in New York this fall: Stephen King

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    The best book readings and things to do in New York this fall: Jonathan Lethem

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    The best book readings and things to do in New York this fall: Margaret Atwood

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    The best book readings and things to do in New York this fall: Brooklyn Book Festival

Photograph: Shane Leonard

The best book readings and things to do in New York this fall: Stephen King

This season sees the release of new books from heavyweight writers like Jonathan Lethem, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King. All three will stop in New York to read at locations including BAM, the New York Public Library and John Jay College. Plus, the Brooklyn Book Festival brings dozens of authors to Downtown Brooklyn.


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Best-seller: Stephen King

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In this rare public appearance, the prolific horror writer will be talking to someone who knows him well: fellow novelist (and son) Owen King.

  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Tue Sep 24
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Geek-lit Chic: Jonathan Lethem

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Brooklynites both hip and tweedy clear their calendars for a new Lethem novel. His forthcoming book, Dissident Gardens (out Sept 10), rides the zeitgeist as it follows the lives of three generations of protesters—revolt is so hot right now, guys—and Lethem’s visit to his home borough for this talk is a big deal, since he now lives on the West Coast.

  1. BAM Harvey Theater 651 Fulton St, between Ashland and Rockwell Pls
  2. Tue Sep 10
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Genre Fiction: Margaret Atwood

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Like the two previous volumes in the poet and novelist’s dystopian trilogy—Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood—Atwood’s latest, MaddAddam (out Sept 3), imagines a postapocalyptic world that she believes just might be possible. For this event, Atwood will chat with fellow novelist Carl Hiaasen.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Tue Sep 17
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Brooklyn Book Festival

Miscellany: Brooklyn Book Festival

The NYC lit world takes over Downtown Brooklyn once again to throw itself the most civilized of parties. Among those in the massive crew of participating artists: Tom Wolfe, Sharon Olds, Art Spiegelman, Albert “Prodigy” Johnson (of Mobb Deep) and Meg Wolitzer. Visit brooklynbookfestival.org for details. Free.

  1. Locations and times vary
  2. Mon Sep 22

Storytelling: The Moth

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Autobiographical performance aficionados and addicts will celebrate the publication of the new title The Moth: 50 True Stories—and this event at the NYPL should send them into the stratosphere. Founder George Dawes Green, Moth artistic director Catherine Burns and writer Andrew Solomon (Far from the Tree) perform and talk with the enthusiastic Paul Holdengräber about the evolution of the organization and the power of telling tales live.

  1. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Ave, at 42nd St, 10036
  2. Tue Oct 15
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