The Lit List: April 29-May 5

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Monday, April 29

Slice contributors play exquisite corpse at Housing Works. Theme? Obsession. What will happen? C’est mystère … More informations here.

PEN World Voices begins with just a few notables: A. Igoni Barrett, David Frakt, Darrel Vandeveld, Joy Harjo, Jamaica Kincaid, Ursula Krechel, Earl Lovelace, Vaddey Ratner, Mikhail Shishkin, Najwan Darwish and host Baratunde Thurston. Cooper Union for $20/25 (member/nonmember)

Tuesday, April 30

Fiction Addiction turns two! Come and celebrate at 2A.

An evening with McSweeney’s at the PEN World Voices festival. See you at Joe’s Pub.

Renata Adler, brought to you by Vol 1 Brooklyn and Community Bookstore

Michael Barron, Catherine Lacey, Ross Simonini get real at KGB Bar’s True Story Nonfiction series

Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine, in convo with Victor Lavalle at McNally J

Wednesday, May 1

Hey, did you just call that memoir brave? Was it by a woman? Ruh-roh! Guernica/PEN World Voices to the rescue. Speakers: Benjamin Anastas, Trisha Low, Anthony Swofford, Agata Tuszynska, moderated by Rachel Riederer.

Who talks to Caroline Leavitt about her new book Is This Tomorrow? Sarah Weinman does! McNally J, people.

Thursday, May 2

Sweet! Actors reading writers. Because let’s be honest — actors do it best. At Three of Cups.

Hey, is that Matthew Specktor again at Community Bookstore? Looks like! This time he’s talking to Chuck Klosterman.

Saturday, May 4

Mia Cuoto’s The Tuner of Silences launches at powerHouse. In case you didn’t know, Cuoto, who is from Mozambique, is sort of a big deal.

Sunday, May 5

Zie First Literary Manhattan Symposium: Beat Generation Writer Joyce Johnson, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Founder Julia Fierro, storyteller/ musician David Amram, and three time national poetry slam competitor Shane Romero get literary. In Manhattan. At a symposium. At Library Hotel.


— Erika Anderson is one-half of The Outlet’s editorial team. (The other half is here.)

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