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Around the Word in 90 Days

This season's readings include literati superstars Salman Rushdie and Isabel Allende along with relative newcomers such as Sam Lipsyte and Lily Burana. The hottest ticket, however, is Jonathan Franzen, whose new novel, The Corrections, a bold, searching, and deeply satisfying read, is the talk of the town this fall. Franzen, considered one of the best writers of his generation, has been crafting The Corrections for almost a decade and has already been cited as a literary descendent of Don DeLillo. Look below for your chance to catch a glimpse of the it-boy in the flesh.

STEVEN JOHNSON
September 5
Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, 420-1322

A cultural critic with a poet's heart, Johnson proves in Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software that an esoteric idea can shape the way we live.

literary it-boy Jonathan Franzen, times three
photo by Sylvia Plachy
literary it-boy Jonathan Franzen, times three


ARTHUR BRADFORD
September 6
Three Lives & Company, 154 West 10th Street, 741-2069

O. Henry Award winner Bradford reads from his debut story collection, Dogwalker.


ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN
September 11
Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, 420-1322

The author of the much lauded The Giant's House returns with a vaudeville-centric novel, Niagara Falls All Over Again.


'A CONVERSATION WITH HAROLD BLOOM AND JOSÉ SARAMAGO'
September 17
The New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 930-0855

Curmudgeon and canon maker Bloom talks with Nobel winner Saramago, chronicler of floating countries and existential blindness.


'NEW YORK IS BOOK COUNTRY'
September 19-23
Various locations around the city, 691-9707

The centerpiece of this annual event is the book fair that takes over Fifth Avenue between 48th and 57th streets on Sunday, but it also includes readings, signings, author breakfasts, and other literary happenings during the weekend.


MICHAEL CHABON INTERVIEWED BY JONATHAN LETHEM
September 20
The New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 930-0855

Flush with a Pulitzer, Chabon talks about all things comic and epic with genre-busting novelist Lethem.


SALMAN RUSHDIE
September 24
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 415-5500

A reinvigorated Rushdie spins a bitingly satiric tale of money-mad America in his new novel, Fury.


WAYNE KOESTENBAUM
October 1
Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Avenue, 727-1227

Wayne Koestenbaum discusses and signs his book, Andy Warhol, part of the Penguin Lives series.


'WORD DOWN UNDER'
October 2-31
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-4129

The literary component of BAM's Australian-flavored Next Wave festival features readings and discussion with Peter Carey and aboriginal writers Melissa Lucashenko and Alexis Wright.


KELLY LINK+KIT REED
October 8
Dixon Place, 309 East 26th Street, 532-1546

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series features Kelly Link reading from Stranger Things Happen.


ADRIENNE RICH
October 12
Three Lives & Company, 154 West 10th Street, 741-2069

Poetry legend Adrienne Rich reads from her latest collection.


JONATHAN FRANZEN
October 12
Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, 362-8835

Franzen's long-awaited third novel, The Corrections, draws deeply from the twisted American family tree in which dementia, Christmas obsession, home surveillance, and global greed all play a part.


W.G. SEBALD+SUSAN SONTAG
October 15
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 415-5500

Sebald's obsession with the bottomless pit of memory continues with his novel Austerlitz. Essayist and critic Sontag joins him.


'THE ART OF LITERARY JOURNALISM'
October 25
Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 253-0810

A celebration of the Village Voice Literary Supplement's 20th anniversary and the publication of War of the Words: 20 Years of Writing on Contemporary Literature. A panel discussion with VLS luminaries Thulani Davis, Stacey D'Erasmo, Gary Indiana, and others.


VICTOR HERNANDEZ CRUZ
October 31
Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th, 674-0910

Maraca: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2000 gathers the most dazzling of works from the twice-crowned Heavyweight Poetry Champion.


ISABEL ALLENDE
November 2
Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 253-0810

Isabel Allende discusses Retrato en Sepia, her forthcoming novel about a Chilean family.


LYDIA DAVIS+AMOS OZ
November 5
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 415-5500

A sly and exquisite writer, Davis mines the tragicomic human condition, most belovedly in Almost No Memory. Israeli writer Oz flirts with poetry and prose in The Same Sea.


JANET MALCOLM
November 6
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 229-5611

Critic extraordinaire Janet Malcolm appears at the New School's nonfiction forum on the occasion of her new book, Reading Chekhov.


TRIBUTE TO CARSON MCCULLERS
November 26
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 415-5500

Admirers of this doyenne of Southern Gothic, such as Hilton Als, Francine Prose, and Shay Youngblood, read from her work upon the publication of her Complete Novels.

 
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