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The NYU Bookstore Event Series is free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Seating is limited and no reservations are required. For additional event information view our Event Calendar. If you are interested in scheduling an event please contact us.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 7, 6pm - 7:30pm
The Secrets of Book Publishing Talk

Learn about how to publish humor,  poetry collections, short stories, novels,  nonfiction, articles, essays, get an agent and the benefits of crossing genres in this candid,  illuminating talk with two New York luminaries: 

New Yorker staff writer, teacher & bestselling humorist Ian Frazier - author of Great Plains, Travels in Siberia, Dating  Your Mom,
the comic novel The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, and the new collection Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces.

Literary agent Betsy Lerner, a poetry MFA, former book editor and award winning  author of the  acclaimed writing book The Forrest for the Trees and the new The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir.

Rob Spillman editor of Tin House Literary Magazine, Tin House Books and author of the debut memoir All Tomorrow's Parties.

Join moderator and New School professor Susan Shapiro, bestselling author of Five Men
Who Broke My Heart, Only As Good  As Your Word, The Bosnia List, Unhooked & the new novel What's Never Said.

Thursday, June 9, 6pm - 7:30pm
D. Watkins author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir

The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir is a riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade and an incredible story of redemption. 

D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon. His work has been published in the "New York Times," "Guardian," "Rolling Stone," and other publications. He holds a master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford's Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. His previous book is  The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. Welcome back, D.!

Monday, June 13, 6pm - 7:30pm
Tracy Barone author of Happy Family: A Novel

In Tracy Barone's  debut, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away, and the one she desperately wants.

Tracy Barone earned her MFA in dramatic writing at NYU and has worked as a screenwriter and playwright. She has worked in Hollywood, where she was the Executive Producer on "Wild, Wild, West, Rosewood, My Fellow Americans," and "Money Train" and was instrumental in the acquisition and development of "Men in Black" and "Ali." 

Tuesday, June 14, 6pm - 7:30pm
Isaac Oliver author of Intimacy Idiot

In this uproariously funny debut collection, Isaac Oliver serves up a comedic cornucopia of sketches, vignettes, lists, and diaries from his life as a young, fanciful, and "extremely" single gay man in New York City. 

Isaac Oliver is an award-winning writer and performer. He has read stories in the How I Learned Series, "Dead Darlings", The Soundtrack Series, "Real Characters", "Naked Radio", and "On This Island". "Intimacy Idiot" is his first book, and this will be the launch of the paperback edition

Thursday, June 16, 6pm - 7:30pm
Cara Bradley author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine

In this exact moment there's a split second of time when you're not quite in the past and not quite in the future. In this moment, you are on the verge where you feel vividly awake and fully alive. In this inspiring evening, author Cara Bradley will offer practical advice for living life from this place of clarity and vitality so you meet your potential and shine in all aspects of your life.

Cara Bradley is the author of On the Verge. She is a passionate teacher of yoga, meditation, and fitness who has been in the trenches of personal transformation as a "mental strength coach" for over three decades at her Verge Yoga Center, retreats, corporate training sessions, and with teams such as Villanova University football and Penn State men's basketball. Visit her online at

Tuesday, June 21, 6pm - 7:30pm
Writing Workshop with Nancy Davidoff Kelton

Whether your impulse to write comes from a longtime yearning, recent itch, or a desire to get down your experiences, this workshop conducted by Nancy Davidoff Kelton, writing instructor and author of the memoir, Finding Mr. Rightstein, will help you capture your memories, childhood incidents, and truths in your own voice while offering pointers on how to: open up, express yourself authentically, get rid of internal critics, establish disciplined work habits, and avoid procrastination. In-store writing exercises and marketing advice are given. 

Nancy Davidoff Kelton is an author and writing instructor at the New School and New York University. 

Tuesday, June 28, 6pm - 7:30pm
Mark Thornton author of Kid Moses

This fiction debut is a deeply moving and powerful story of Moses, a nine-year-old survivor of the harsh streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Moses longs for something outside the grim existence he has known. Honest, brutal, and lyrical, this hypnotically written book provides insight into the issues that affect modern Africa: the relationship between human beings and the wilderness, the needs of the displaced and the dispossessed, and the ties that bind us together. Mark Thornton uses the experiences of one unfortunate but resourceful child to juxtapose urban homelessness with societies found in the wild, showing that even in places of violence and indifference, human compassion can be found. 

Thursday, June 30, 6pm - 7:30pm
A Conjunctions: 66 Affinity reading by Robert Coover, Elizabeth Gaffney and Stephen O'Connor

The literary journal Conjunctions, edited by novelist Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College, has been a living notebook for provocative, risk-taking, immaculately crafted fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction since 1981. As PEN American Center has it: “Conjunctions is one of our most distinctive and valuable literary magazines: innovative, daring, indispensable, and beautiful.” In addition to work by Gaffney and O’Connor, the Affinity issue includes contributions by Robert Coover, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Lisicky, Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke, John Ashbery, and many others. Also featured is the first publication of a poem by Robert Duncan.

Robert Coover is the author of The Origin of the Brunists, Pricksongs & Descants, The Public Burning, Gerald’s Party, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre, Noir, and The Brunist Day of Wrath.

Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels When the World Was Young and Metropolis (both Random House). She lives in Brooklyn.

Stephen O'Connor is the author of five books, including the brand-new novel Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemmings (Viking) and the fiction collection Here Comes Another Lesson (Free Press).