Ink Slingers

Across Town, Words Jump off the Page


'LAS VOCES DE NUESTRAS HERMANAS'
September 28
Bluestockings Women's Bookstore, 172 Allen Street, 777-6028

Spanish-language reading, hosted by Marta Cabrera Estevez.

Jaime Manrique reads from his memoir at the Poetry Project.
photo: Star Black
Jaime Manrique reads from his memoir at the Poetry Project.


'NYC POETRY IN MOTION'
September 28
New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, 718-243-8601

Paul Muldoon, Sonia Sanchez, and Grace Shulman open the season for subway verse.


SCOTT L. MALCOLMSON (One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race)
October 2
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 229-5600

Former Voice editor Malcolmson delves into the American mania for hyping the moral and social importance of race.


WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN (The Royal Family)
October 2
Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue, 727-1227

In Vollmann's latest, a widower searches for beauty by trawling through a seedy underworld of prostitutes.


JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER (Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future)
October 4
Bluestockings Women's Bookstore, 172 Allen Street, 777-6028

Baumgardner and coauthor Amy Richards rekindle the dialogue on contemporary feminism—where it came from and where it's going.


AMY BLOOM (A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You)
October 4
Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, 362-8835

Bloom's latest story collection studies relationships complicated by sickness, cross-dressing, and questions of sexuality.


DEBRA DICKERSON (An American Story)
October 5
Three Lives, 154 West 10th Street, 741-2069

This unsparing memoir traces Dickerson's escape from her working-class roots in an all-black Midwestern town through life as an Air Force intelligence officer, a Harvard Law graduate, and now a political journalist.


HEIDI JULAVITS (The Mineral Palace)
October 5
Housing Works, 126 Crosby Street, 334-3324

This dark, secret-ridden debut novel focuses on a Depression-era family strained by its move to an oppressively arid New Mexico town.


GEORGE SAUNDERS AND LANE SMITH (The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip)
October 5
Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue, 727-1227

Saunders, one of our best contemporary satirists, reads from his new "adult book for children" (illustrated by Smith) about multi-eyed, burr-like beings that attack a family's goats.


THOMAS GLAVE (Whose Song? and Other Stories)
October 19
A Different Light, 151 West 19th Street, 989-4850

Mostly set in the Bronx, Glave's stories explore African American and gay identity, and often hinge on luridly described scenes of violence.


'HOMO TEXT'
October 19
Dixon Place, 309 East 26th Street, 532-1546

This monthly series is curated by Michael Klein and features new gay and lesbian fiction by Kenny Fries and Richard Tayson.


EDUARDO GALEANO AND SANDRA CISNEROS
October 23
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 996-1100

Galeano, best known for his trilogy Memory of Fire, a wild ride through 500 years of untold Latin American history, reads from his latest, Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking Glass World, a scathing indictment of first-world privilege. Cisneros, author of Woman Hollering Creek and The House on Mango Street, joins him.


'A CELEBRATION OF THE HARLEM WRITERS GUILD'
October 24
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 229-5600

Part one of a three-part series marking the 50th anniversary of the Harlem Writers Guild. Andrea Broadwater, Grace F. Edwards, Anne Hamilton, Walter Dean Myers, Diane Richards, and Cedra Walton read.


JOSE SARAMAGO
October 25
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 996-1100

Nobel winner Saramago's latest, All the Names, enters the bureaucratic nightmare of the Central Registry, where every file on the living and the dead resides. A bachelor becomes obsessed with the clippings on one particular anonymous woman.


HARUKI MURAKAMI
November 3
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 229-5600

The author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles reads from his recently translated Norwegian Wood, which sold millions in Japan. An interview by Jonathan Lethem follows.


FELICE PICANO (The Book of Lies)
November 3
A Different Light, 151 West 19th Street, 989-4850

Queer studies comes to lush life in this novelized portrait of the Purple Circle, a group of trailblazing New York gay writers of the '70s and '80s.


SAUL BELLOW
November 13
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 229-5600

Heavy-hitter panelists Stanley Crouch, Christopher Hitchens, and Cynthia Ozick suss out the career of the Nobel laureate and author of, most recently, Ravelstein.


KEVIN POWELL
November 14
B&N, 675 Sixth Avenue, 727-1227

Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature is Powell's valentine to the hip-hop generation.


'TED BERRIGAN'S SONNETS'
November 15
Poetry Project @ St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, 674-0910

Patron saint of the Lower East Side Berrigan joins other poetic geniuses (Jim Carroll, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Alice Notley) to celebrate the reissue of his working-class sonnets.


SAMUEL DELANY
November 16
The New School, 66 West 12th Street, 229-5600

A fabulist and habitué of sex theaters, Delany, the author of Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, at least three memoirs, and 20 works of fiction, talks about imagining the future.


JAIME MANRIQUE AND EILEEN MYLES
December 6
Poetry Project @ St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, 674-0910

Manrique's memoir Eminent Maricones recounts the lives of gay Latino writers Manuel Puig and Reinaldo Arenas. Poet-novelist Myles's whip-smart Coolfor You captures a lesbian's hilarious misadventures and dead-on observations.

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