When we first got wind of the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival, our immediate was response was, “How did such an awesome festival not already exist?” Hosted by McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore Café, the event will be a daylong celebration of New York’s literary culture. But it’s not just readings. On the bill are a puppet show, a virtual literary walking tour, and a history of NYC street food, including live tales from the vendors themselves. The festival will be held at both bookstores, with events occurring simultaneously throughout the day. Guests include Luc Sante, Katie Roiphe, Thurston Moore, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Colm Tóibín, Rachel Dratch, Hari Kunzru, and Jennifer Gilmore. Everything wraps with a happy hour at Housing Works Bookstore followed by an after-party at Pravda featuring Russian-literature–themed cocktails.

Sun., April 14, 10:30 a.m., 2013