The Lit List: February 11–22

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Monday, February 11

Franklin Park Reading Series: Lars Iyer, Karolina Waclawiak, Tim Horvath, Dylan Nice, Margarita Korol. #Wanderers, each and every one.

James Lasdun discusses his new memoir, Give Me Everything You Have with Michael Greenberg at McNally Jackson. (Didn’t we just review that? Yes, yes we did.)

Tuesday, February 12

Genre-bending? Yes. Ron Currie? Yes. Intro by Jami Attenberg? Yes. Currie reads from his novel Little Flimsy Plastic Miracles at WORD.

We can’t get enough of Philip Lopate. He discusses his latest craft book, To Show and To Tell at BookCourt.

The Literarian hosts a (literary) party at the Center for Fiction with Sigrid Nunez, Terese Svoboda and Rumaan Alam.

First. Ever. Big Umbrella Nonfiction reading at 2A with host Emily Wunderlich and readers Rosie Schaap, Christopher Bollen & Jason Diamond.

Wednesday, February 13

Renegade Reading Series relaunch in Crown Heights

Bollywood + myths = Manil Suri’s latest novel, The City of Devi. Suri talks shop with Rajesh Parameswaran at McNally J.

Tina Chang, Eileen Myles, Michael Klein & Owen King read chez NYU

Mixer Reading & Music Series at Cake Shop on Ludlow

Thursday, February 14

Lars Iyer & McKenzie Wark promise to be your Valentines. At least while you’re all at BookCourt.

More Valentines! Ugly Duckling Presse Presents Vanessa Place, Jacqueline Waters, and Sara Wintz. Hosted by editors Anna Moschovakis and Matvei Yankelevich.

Friday, February 15

A.S. Byatt & Tracy K. Smith in Conversation with Leonard Lopate: Pulitzer winning poet Tracy K. Smith (Life on Mars) joins Man Booker winner A.S. Byatt (Possession, The Children’s Book) at PowerHouse Arena. Moderated by WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate.

Manuel Gonzales (The Miniature Wife and Other Stories) and A. M. Homes (May We Be Forgiven) read from their books, as writers do.

Saturday, February 16

“Couplet” Poetry & Music Series in the LES

Monday, February 18

Akashaic Books + Black History Month = book launch times two. Bernice L. McFadden, author of Nowhere Is a Place talks to Courttia Newland, author of Gospel According to Cane.

Tuesday, February 19

Karen Russell, Stuart Nadler, & Dina Nayeri get “Behind the Book” at KGB

Belladonna Collective with poets Mia Bruner Karl Leone, and Christine Hou

Wednesday, February 20

Narratively Launch Party at PowerHouse Arena, with some burlesque on top.

Dina Nayeri talks about her novel A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea to Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop founder Julia Fierro

Thursday, February 21

How long has it been since you’ve seen James Frey? Too long! Frey, Kathryn Harrison and editor Meredith Maran take on the age-old “Why We Write?”

The New Salon: Writers in Conversation, featuring Nell Freudenberger and Dinaw Mengestu (with Darin Strauss).

A library opens in Bushwick: Mellow Pages Library & Reading Room at 56 Bogart St at 7pm. Beer and readings prevail.

Friday, February 22

Pink Thunder Reading and Performance: Michael Zapruder performs from his album “Pink Thunder” (Black Ocean Books, The Kora Records, 2012), a collection of free-verse indie rock songs made from poems by two dozen American poets. With special guest reader Matthew Rohrer.

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

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