Another What the Dickens?, another tree of authors, performers, actors, and more! Lots of new faces/ornaments this year. Join these readers and SURPRISE special guests this Saturday, December 14 at 1PM for our annual marathon reading of A Christmas Carol.
All the info:
Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole spirited tale. All books, movies, and more are 10 percent off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!
Festivities will kick off at 10:30AM with a special show for kid’s from The Story Pirates. At noon we’ll enjoy Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end at approximately 4:15PM.
Our thanks to Penguin Classics for donating beautiful editions of Charles Dickens’s work, which will be for sale the day of the event with proceeds benefiting Housing Works.
Readers, not including surprise special guests, in the order they will read:
- Adam Gopnik
- Emma Straub
- Justin Torres
- Rosie Schaap
- Téa Obreht
- Mike Albo
- Sandra Bauleo
- Lynne Tillman
- Rob Spillman
- Adelle Waldman
- Elissa Schappell
- Dave Hill
- Anna Holmes
- Lev Grossman
- Lorin Stein
- Fiona Maazel
- Alexander Chee
- Gabriel Roth
- Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
- Jill Hennessy
- Jim Shepard
- J. Courtney Sullivan
- Saeed Jones
- Aryn Kyle
- David Goodwillie
- Parul Sehgal
- Justin Taylor
- Bennett Madison
- Jami Attenberg
- Michael Kostroff
This Saturday marks the fourth iteration of what is becoming a beloved holiday tradition: the marathon reading of A Christmas Carol at the Housing Works Bookstore. From one to four P.M., a series of readers—including Jami Attenberg, Saeed Jones, Téa Obreht, and our very own Lorin Stein—will read aloud the classic tale of Christmas redemption. Caroling starts at noon! (via Paris Review – The Ghost of Christmas Past, Sadie Stein)
Hurray! More info here, hope to see you this weekend!
The debut novel is a tricky thing. Sure, the author may have put out short story collections or written pieces for major magazines, but a novel is truly a different animal, one which some authors have likened to a first child or first love (or first heartbreak). In composing their first novel, writers must temper their excitement at being given the opportunity to present hundreds of pages to the public with the discipline to create a story memorable enough to bring readers back for their second attempt. Finding that balance isn’t always easy, but when a debut novel works, it’s a uniquely electrifying literary experience. Here are ten of 2013′s best.
Jason Diamond, The 10 Best Debut Novels of 2013
Ayana Mathis and Adelle Waldman are reading at our What the Dickens? A Christmas Carol Marathon this Saturday 12/14!
"I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual activity. If the book is rare or by your favorite author or one you didn’t know about, reward them with the most perverted sex act you can think of. Otherwise, you can just make out."
Top photo: Japanese day laborers on holiday. Reproduced hand-colored plate, from The New America and the Far East, item 5.
sadieawesome asked: I've been trying to attend book events in NYC, and it's really hard to find a list of things happening around the city without going to each individual bookstore/publisher's site. Do you have any tips to help find book or author events going on?
Oh hm! This is hard. There used to be Book Boroughing, but it looks like they’ve gone quiet. Surely though we’re forgetting something—and so we open it up to the world. World?
I like Bookstalker, but also your best bet is probably to pick a few stores you like and can easily get to and subscribe to their newsletters. I get Housing Works, McNally, Word, Greenlight, etc. Anything that seems like a maybe, just throw it on your G- or i- calendar…
The Slice Magazine Literary Calendar is a great aggregate source for NYC literary events!