One of the nicest holiday traditions in town, What the Dickens? A Christmas Carol Marathon brings together a talented group of writers, editors, and performers for a day-long reading of the Charles Dickens classic at Housing Works Bookstore Café. The event begins at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale; the reading goes from 1 to 4:30. Grab a hot chocolate or a glass of wine from the café and enjoy the tale as told by readers including Adam Gopnik, Lev Grossman, Téa Obreht, Fiona Maazel, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Lorin Stein, Emma Straub, Lynne Tillman, and surprise guests. Not done with your Christmas shopping? All books in the store will be 10 percent off.

Sat., Dec. 14, 1 p.m., 2013