The Lit List: March 11–17

The Lit List is a sometimes-weekly compendium of New York’s finest literary events and readings. Everything is 100% *free* unless stated otherwise. Got an event? Do tell:

Monday, March 11

Franklin Park Reading Series: Joshua Mohr, T. Geronimo Johnson, Adam Tobin, Eric Nelson and Erika Anderson celebrate the series’ fourth anniversary.

Electric Literature goes bow-wow over the release of its first novel, Sam Pink’s Rontel. Pink will be joined by readers Scott McClanahan, Cameron Pierce , J. David Osborne, Spencer Madsen, and Kirsten Alene at Housing Works Bookstore.

Author, meet Blogger: Jessica Francis Kane & Alex Shephard discuss Kane’s short story collection This Close at Greenlight

Tuesday, March 12

Second. Ever. Big Umbrella Nonfiction reading at 2A with host Emily Wunderlich and PEN readers Andre Aciman, Siddhartha Deb, Kathryn Harrison and Reif Larsen.

Badass writers pair up and get strange: Elizabeth Kendall & Margo Jefferson, Jess Row & Martha Southgate, and Frederic Tuten & Iris Smyles talk Spike Lee, the Bachelor and more at Apexart in Tribeca.

Crapalachia book launch at KGB with Scott McClanahan, Sam Pink, Mira Gonzales, Mallory Whitten, Jordan Castro, Megan Boyle, Steve Roggenbuck, and Mike Bushnell.

Wednesday, March 13

The Story Prize: Finalists Dan Chaon, Junot Díaz and Claire Vaye Watkins gather at the New School for a night of mystery. Who will go home with the engraved silver bowl? Tix are $14.

Jamie Quatro (I Want To Show You More) and Jill McCorkle (Life After Life) write about different shades of the South, which is, incidentally, their hot topic at the Center for Fiction

Renegade Reading Series: have cookies, will read. Miah Arnold, author of Sweet Land of Bigamy, will headline the Crown Heights series for emerging writers.

Will Nathan Englander and Darin Strauss find anything to talk about at McNally Jackson? How about Raymond Carver, postwar Jewishness, constructions of cultural identity in and out of fiction, and the art of the short story?

Thursday, March 14

Vintage, punk, hardcore, new wave, and indie rock show flyers get Swissted: Book launch of genius posters at PowerHouse Arena

Mad, manic and drug-and-sex fueled lives of the writers and artists are what’s on tap in Mania at the Strand. Book purchase or $15 Strand Gift card necessary for entry.


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

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