The Lit List: May 20–23

The Lit List is a sometimes-weekly compendium of New York’s finest literary events and readings. All events are 100% free unless stated otherwise. Something you think we should know about? Email

She’s drawn for the NYT, McSweeneys, Vanity Fair and now you? Lisa Hanawalt launches My Dirty Dumb Eyes at PowerHouse Arena from 7.

Rad ladies celebrate a rad lady: Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman and Katha Pollit gather round Muriel Rukeyeser’s previously unpublished book Savage Coast. McNally J from 7.

What does it mean to be “intersex”? Find out when Abigail Tarttelin reads from her novel Golden Boy at PowerHouse Arena from 7.

Have you not caught the Claire Vaye Watkins & Ramona Ausubel show? Now is the time: Book Court from 7.

Mixer Reading Series gets mixy with readers Melissa Febos, Ioanna Opidee, Jessica Lillien, Leah Schnelbach, Joshua Lazarus and John Fenlon Hogan chez Cakeshop from 8.

Your debut was like wow: Ayana Mathis, whose book The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was lauded by Oprah, and Paul Harding, who won the Pulitzer for Tinkers, chat it up at The Strand from 7. (Must purchase Mathis’ book or a $15 Strand gift card to attend.)

The Common celebrates its first year with a benefit/reading/auction/band. Who’s the in the band? Oh, you know, David Gates, James Wood, Wyatt Mason, Sven Birkerts and such. Where o where? 20 Cooper Square from 6:30. ($50 tix)

Debut novelist Bennett Sims reads from A Questionable Shape and talks things out with our own Halimah Marcus at WORD from 7.

Films based on short stories about writers (plus poetry)? Go down this literary rabbit hole with The Brooklyn Rail at McNally J from 7.


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

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