Here's your mini-guide to the New Yorker Festival 2013

Tickets for the venerable magazine's 14th annual festival go on sale Friday, Sept 13; here's what you need to know beforehand.

Friday 11Jonathan Franzen and Jhumpa Lahiri

Friday 11Jonathan Franzen and Jhumpa Lahiri

Fans of literary culture both low- and highbrow, rejoice! The annual New Yorker Festival is almost here, and it's bringing a slew of fascinating cultural movers and shakers to town. Tickets, which go on sale at noon on Friday, September 13, are often difficult to snag (get those purchasing fingers ready early). Here, you'll find everything you need to know about the 2013 shindig, including the must-see events.

WHEN AND WHERE: This year's festival, the 14th since its inception, runs from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6. Events happen at venues all over the city; you can download the festival's iPhone and Android apps for location and neighborhood guides.

GETTING TICKETS: Tickets go on sale for the general public this Friday at noon through 4pm; there's also a presale for MasterCard members that begins at 11am on Thursday, September 12. If the fates are in your favor, you can stop by the SVA Theatre on October 4, where last-minute tickets for every event will be available from noon to 4pm. A small number of tickets will also be released for most events the day they take place, for cash purchase only.

WHAT TO SEE: The festival's three days are packed with panels, forums and presentations, featuring art/film/literary/culinary/music/media world bigwigs, including artist Marina Abramovic, filmmaker Noah Baumbach, author Jonathan Lethem, Girls creator Lena Dunham, Momofuku's David Chang and The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. You can find the full schedule on the festival's website, but we've highlighted a few events below:

On October 5, climatologist Heidi Cullen, geophyscist Klaus Jacob, global-water-management and climate-adaptation expert Piet Dircke and New York State Congressman Jerry Nadler will participate in a "One Year After Sandy" panel, exploring what lessons we've gleaned (if any) in the aftermath of last year's devastating hurricane; tickets to the 10am event, held at SVA Theatre's MasterCard Stage, are $35, and the panel will be moderated by The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert.

Also on October 5, self-proclaimed technophobe and celebrated author Jonathan Franzen will sit down with NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program professor Clay Shirky to discuss the effect of the Internet on society and culture. The event—aptly named "Is Technology Good for Culture?"—will be held at the Acura at SIR Stage37 at 4pm, and tickets are $35.

For fans of teen-girl-bible mag Rookie, on October 6 founder and It girl Tavi Gevinson will be on hand for a Rookie Yearbook Two release party, complete with music, ice cream, dancing, and a gaggle of the magazine's writers and editors. The party kicks off at 3pm at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn; admission is free, but an R.S.V.P. is required.

If imaginative novel The Phantom Tollbooth was a childhood favorite of yours (so, if "you're a human being," according to New Girl's Schmidt), there will be a special sneak preview of the Hannah Jayanti–directed documentary The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations on October 6. Postscreening, writer Adam Gopnik will interview the book's author, Norton Juster, and illustrator Jules Feiffer. The event kicks off at 5pm at the MasterCard Stage at the SVA Theater, and tickets cost $35.

And, also on October 6 at 5pm, television show creators Armando Iannucci (Veep), Michelle and Robert King (The Good Wife), Shonda Rhimes (Scandal) and Totally Biased  star W. Kamau Bell will sit down with critic Emily Nussbaum to discuss the role of politics on television shows. The 90-minute "Television and Politics" panel will be held at Florence Gould Hall, and costs $35 to attend.

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