The Dust Jacket: The Weekly List, December 15th to December 21st

My sincerest apologies to everyone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas and wants togo to literary events… because you can’t these past few weeks…No, Neil Gaiman and Barnes & Noble have your back. (I saw him speak in the past- no matter how much you think “He’s too overrated for my taste,” you will walk away feeling all warm and fuzzy toward him. He’s that distractingly charismatic in person.) NYPL has Salman Rushdie, and some diehard poets are still going…

But you can also attend a marathon reading of the Christmas Carol- my apologies to the Melville folks, but I think this one’s a bit more reasonable- plus it has the fun historic tie-in that Charles Dickens himself made much of his money performing public readings of his works. (That’s right, next time some one hates on “the young adult craze” or one of your commercial authors, remind them that, while he was alive, Charles Dickens was considered a fad, who would be outlasted by Thackeray and others who wrote for a more educated audience. Even Mark Twain, apparently mocked Dickens for being a sell out, ironically, because Mark Twain later began raking in cash for book tours as well… Instead of doing any research to back this up, I’m just trusting that Thomas Hauser and Carlos DeVito remembered their own research into these men accurately during their “conversation” at Barnes and Noble.)

And for those with a shorter attention span, there’s also a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, followed by a commemorative wreath-laying on Clement Clarke Moore’s grave.

Hey, all those sound better than an Elf on the Shelf story time. (I’m sorry, you need to work on your marketing if you are selling a “tradition” that has been around for less than 10 years. Plus, it’s creepy)

Monday, December 15

Hayley Campbell With Neil Gaiman
Barnes & Noble, 
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

Voices of Poetry – In the Village

Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

TM Rives discusses his book Secret New York — Curious Activities

Marlon James in conversation with Salman Rushdie

The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

Tuesday, December 16

The Heart Is Not a Metaphor | Robert Gober, Ann Temkin | An Artist Dialogue Series Event
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

Poetry reading, Lisa Jarnot & Claudia Rankine
The Poetry Project,131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, December 17

Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

Christian Rudder discusses his book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Chefs Brooks Headley and Gabrielle Hamilton discuss their new cookbooks

Can We Be Silent?: Artists on Prejudice and Persecution
92nd Street Y, 
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Thursday, December 18

Richard and Valerie Tucker read from their book Step Right Up! Classic American Arcade and Target Forms

Joseph R. Blasi discusses his book The Citizen’s Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century

From Genesis to Kings: Jewish Punk and its Aftermath
92nd Street Y, 
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Saturday, December 20

What the Dickens?: The Fifth Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading

The Instant Shakespeare Company

Segue Reading Series: Kieran Daly & Mónica de la Torre
Zinc Bar, 
82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

Sunday, December 21

‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’: A Reading


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