The Lit List: January 19–25

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We’ll be at Housing Works on 1/23 talking about giving away art for free! Scroll down for more info.

Saturday, Jan 19

Fireside Follies, Bushwick’s finest (and only?) reading series. Hosted by Eric Nelson and Michael Lala. Tonight’s readers are Rebecca Wolff (The Beginners), Scott McClanahan (Stories V!), Kathleen Alcott (The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets), and Jacob Kaplan.

The First Novelization: A Reading Series based on the Original Motion Picture. Dramatic readings of literary masterpieces such as Pretty in Pink, Grease AND Grease 2, Rambo IV, Saturday Night Fever, and much more.

Sunday, Jan 20

Asymptote’s second anniversary reading/party at The Living Theatre.

Wednesday, Jan 23

Open Source: A guide to free culture with Electric Literature, Man Bartlett, and Jeff Rosenstock at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Join a panel of experts in free culture for a frank discussion on the future of art and how to survive when you’re giving it away for free. Moderated by Maria Popova of

Kate Zambreno and Lisa Cohen at Park Slope’s Community Bookstore on writing, women and modernism. Zambreno’s book HEROINES weaves together memoir and feminist literary scholarship, examining the minor roles to which women have been relegated in literary culture and criticism. In ALL WE KNOW, Lisa Cohen illuminates the lives of three forgotten women of the Modernist era, all part of a lesbian subculture and highly connected to the world of fashion, art, literature and culture in the 1920s and 30s.

New Directions’ Publisher Barbara Epler will be joined by translators Johnny Lorenz and Idra Novey to discuss the work and legacy of Brazilian author Clarice Lispector at The Center for Fiction.

Join n+1 and Occupy the Boardroom for one last reading and discussion of The Trouble is the Banks at St. Mark’s Bookshop.

The Vica Miller Winter Poetry Salon, featuring Tina Barry, Peter Marcus, Leah Umansky and Laura Cronk.

Thursday, Jan 24

The Museum of Emotions: A night with Bill Hayward and The Coffin Factory at Housing Works Cafe & Bookstore.

Join Barbara Browning, Kate Zambreno and Matias Viegener at McNally Jackson for a reading of their uncategorizable works and a discussion on critical fiction, experimental biography and autobiography, and the role of the Internet in the writing of their books.

Jerry Stahl, editor of The Heroin Chronicles (Akashic), will appear with contributors Nathan Larson, Sophia Langdon, and L.Z. Hansen at St Mark’s Bookshop.

An evening with Counterpoint Press at Greenlight Bookstore, featuring Karen Bender (A Town of Empty Rooms), Annapurna Potluri (The Grammarian), and Lynne Sharon-Schwartz (Two-Part Inventions).

Kick Assonance at KBG: Award-winning storyteller and Huffington Post blogger Leslie Goshko hosts tonight’s curated evening of original poetic works that’s sure to Kick Assonance! With Jeff Simpson, Mary Cool, and Andrew Schep.

Friday, Jan 25

Writers Reading to Writers Listening to Writers Reading to Writer (whew!) returns to Unnameable Books. Starring Lauren Hunter, Mike Decapite, Patrick Gaughan, and Lauren Wallach.

Paragraph Reading at KBG: with Robert Moulthrop, Tanya Rey, and Margot Berwin.


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

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