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

6:00pm
Hayley Campbell With Neil Gaiman
Barnes & Noble, 
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

6:00pm
Voices of Poetry – In the Village


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

6:30pm
TM Rives discusses his book Secret New York — Curious Activities

7:00pm
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

6:00pm
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

8:00pm
Poetry reading, Lisa Jarnot & Claudia Rankine
The Poetry Project,131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, December 17

3:00pm
Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

6:30pm
Christian Rudder discusses his book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

7:00pm
Chefs Brooks Headley and Gabrielle Hamilton discuss their new cookbooks

8:15pm
Can We Be Silent?: Artists on Prejudice and Persecution
92nd Street Y, 
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Thursday, December 18

6:00pm
Richard and Valerie Tucker read from their book Step Right Up! Classic American Arcade and Target Forms

6:30pm
Joseph R. Blasi discusses his book The Citizen’s Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century

8:15pm
From Genesis to Kings: Jewish Punk and its Aftermath
92nd Street Y, 
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Saturday, December 20

12:00
What the Dickens?: The Fifth Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading

1:00pm
The Instant Shakespeare Company

4:30pm
Segue Reading Series: Kieran Daly & Mónica de la Torre
Zinc Bar, 
82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

Sunday, December 21

3:30pm
‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’: A Reading

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