My October Events: New York, Texas, & Nashville


OCTOBER 10, NEW YORK: First up, the official launch of On Bittersweet Place in New York, at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side. I worked with Ronna Wineberg on her first novel half a dozen years ago, and later matched her up with another author I worked with who was starting his own publishing house, Relegation Books. That small press is thriving, and we’re going to celebrate. Details.

OCTOBER 12, NEW YORK: Downtown, Chris Abani (The Secret History of Las Vegas, which I worked on) makes an extremely rare New York appearance, alongside Ronna, and Peyton Marshall, a friend flying in from Portland to launch her novel, Goodhouse. Hot and promising. Details.

OCTOBER 13, NEW YORK: “One night only!” It’s a Dylan Thomas Celebration, at East Village hotspot, Contrada. Details.

OCTOBER 21, NEW YORK: Lynn Lurie takes the stage as part of “Experiments and Disorders" at Dixon Place, in the gorgeous and delicious cabaret-seating cocktail bar area to share her dark muse story, glittering Quick Kills (Etruscan Press), which I’m publicizing. Brian Evenson describes it as “filled with quiet menace.” A must for fans of daring fiction. Also, my friend Filip Noterdaeme performs his “adaptation" of HOWL on the 18th.

OCTOBER 22-26, TEXAS: I’ll be in Austin for the Texas Book Festival, which features authors I’ve worked with this year, Maxwell Neely-Cohen (Echo of the Boom) and Forrest Gander, whose novel, The Trace, will be out from New Directions next month.

OCTOBER 26, NEW YORK: I’ll fly back in time for a reading at KGB by Atticus Lish, previewing his Preparation For the Next Life, which I’m publicizing, and Stillhouse Press founder Dallas Hudgens, who reads from the press’s first title, the posthumous debut from beloved writer, Wendi Kaufman. Details.

OCTOBER 27, NASHVILLE: Ronna Wineberg, former longtime resident, brings her debut to Parnassus Books. I won’t be there, alas, but you could go and tweet about it, and turn my eyes green. Details.

OCTOBER 29, NEW YORK: I’m on the host committee for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ fall gala in Chinatown. Y’all come.

ONGOING, NEW YORK: The Folio Society’s complete “Letterpress Shakespeare,” eight years in the making, is on display at The Center for Fiction through the end of the year. Check site or call for daily hours.

Tea with Limoges Deco teacups, little blackbirds from Tokyo & my dear @katelanfoisy.


Join Lemony Snicket in this new interactive youtube mystery where you decide what happens next. Watch the trailer above and click here to begin choosing your own adventure!

The Professor and the Siren: “She ate nothing that was not alive…” #trainreads

Quick Kills explores the fine line between art and exploitation, the dangerous power dynamics of an uneven relationship, and the disturbing ease with which the vulnerable can be damaged. Lurie’s tale of a teenaged girl and a much older photographer is interwoven with the story of her protagonist’s sister and father. Dark and moving, it has been described as “unsettling”, “ruthless” and “filled with quiet menace.”

You might like it if you’re interested in:
Katherine Faw Morris’s Young God, previously reviewed here, or William Faulkner’s Sanctuary.

— London-based magazine, Quadrapheme: 21st Century Literature, on Quick Kills, which I’m publicizing. Contact me for review copies. More here.

Best neighborhood discovery in years. (at Bluestone Lane)

Picking up a few Atelier Barbara Epler baubles. You’ll never guess who’s worth it.


Simon Winchester and coffee. #amreading

We Are Pirates preview #1.

“We Are Pirates will dazzle, disturb, and delight you. It might even do things to you that don’t start with the letter D, like remind you what it’s like to be young, or convince you that Daniel Handler can do anything.” ––Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

“Honest and funny, dark and painful, We Are Pirates reads like the result of a nightmarish mating experiment between Joseph Heller and Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s the strangest, most brilliant offering yet from the mind behind Lemony Snicket.” ––Neil Gaiman

"Daniel Handler turns whimsy into wisdom and the fantastic into the great. He is, of course, a genius." –– Lorrie Moore