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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


Wednesday, April 26, 6pm - 7:30pm
Melissa Febos & Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Melissa Febos is the author of Abandon Me: Memoirs (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) and Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010). The recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts fellow, an award given for her work on The Fact of a Body (Flatiron Books, 2017). She teaches at Grub Street and in the graduate public policy program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Thursday, April 27, 6pm - 7:30pm
Carlos A. Ball author of The First Amendment and LGBT Equality: A Contentious History (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Carlos A. Ball is a distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at Rutgers Law School. He is a national expert on LGBT rights and is the author of many books and articles on the subject. Ball will be joined by Scott Skinner-Thompson, who teaches at the NYU School of Law. 

The First Amendment and LGBT Equality illuminates the story of the legal and cultural history of the First Amendment's crucial yet largely forgotten role in the first few decades of the gay rights movement.

Monday, May 1, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fiction & Poetry Reading with Carol Zoref and Michael Lala (NYU Alumnus)

Carol Zoref is a New York based fiction writer and essayist. Barren Island was selected by Paul Harding as the winner of the 2015 Associated Writing Programs Novel Award and published in 2017 by New Issues Press. Zoref is the director of the Sarah Lawrence Writer Center and faculty at NYU Gallatin.

Mike Lala is the author of Exit Theater, winner of the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry (selected by Tyrone Williams) as well as several chapbooks, including Twenty-Four Exits (A Closet Drama) and In the Gun Cabinet. His poems and audio compositions appear in Boston Review, Fence, the Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, the Awl, and at He lives in New York.

Tuesday, May 2, 6pm - 7:30pm
Fiction Reading - Independent publishers Restless Books and Daznc Books (both located in Brooklyn) present:

Oddny Eir - author of Land of Love and Ruins (Restless Books, 2017)  
Josh Emmons -author of A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales (Daznc Books, 2017)
Emma Smith-Stevens - author of The Australian (Daznc Books, 2017)

Oddný Eir (1972) is an Icelandic author whose novel Land of Love and Ruins won the EU Prize for Literature and the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize. In addition to publishing four novels and several books of poetry and essays, she has worked in the art world as a lecturer and gallerist, has received a grant to study archives and museums in Iceland, has been an environmental activist, and has collaborated with the musical artist Björk in composing lyrics for her albums Biophilia and Vulnicura.

Josh Emmons has published two novels, Prescription for a Superior Existence and The Loss of Leon Meed. A regular contributor to The New York Times, People, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, he teaches at UC Riverside and lives with his daughter in Los Angeles, CA. 

Emma Smith-Stevens holds an MFA from the University of Florida and currently teaches fiction writing with the Bard Prison Initiative. She lives in New York.

Wednesday, May 3, 6pm - 7:30pm
Dovetail Literary Magazine - Senior Reading & Reception

The annual literary journal of the Paul McGhee Division, Dovetail, is celebrating the publication of its 2017 edition at NYU Bookstore.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

Thursday, May 4, 6pm - 7:30pm
Nahid Siamdoust author of Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran (Stanford University Press, 2017)

Soundtrack of the Revolution offers a striking account of Iranian culture, politics, and social change to provide an alternative history of the Islamic Republic. Drawing on over five years of research in Iran, Nahid Siamdoust examines how musicians and their music shed light on issues at the heart of debates in Iran—about its future and identity, changing notions of religious belief, and the quest for political freedom.

Nahid Siamdoust was based in Tehran, Doha and Beirut as a journalist and covered Iran and some other places in the Middle East for nearly ten years for Time Magazine, Der Spiegel and Al Jazeera English TV. She now lives in Brooklyn and teaches at New York University’s Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.

The event will be accompanied by recordings from musicians mentioned in the book.

Co-sponsored by Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies @ NYU

Wednesday, May 31, 6pm - 7:30pm
Stigma Fighters Anthology Reading hosted by CEO & Founder Sarah Fader

Stigma Fighters is a non-profit mental health organization in Brooklyn, New York that seeks to give people living with mental illness a voice.  A compilation of personal perspectives, the second volume of the Stigma Fighters Anthology features essays from real people living with mental illness from around the globe.