KGB’s Fantastic Fiction
Speculate about the mysteries of life and science over some cheap beer
while you listen to some good fiction this summer. A mix of veteran and
up-and-coming writers of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy
and horror) read excerpts and short stories once every month for this
free event. This summer, highlights include Jack Ketchum and Scott
Edelman on June 16 and, for the July 21 reading, M.K. Hobson and Lucius
Third Wednesdays, KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St. (betw. 2nd Ave. &
Bowery), 212-505-3360; 7, Free.
Word Bookstore’s Next Literary Matchmaking Mixer
of dating morons who think they’re well read because they’ve made it
through every wand-wielding, magic-making, soft-core vampire porn novel?
Ditch ’em and head to this event, where you can actually use your
fantastic taste in literature to get laid without flashing your advance
reader’s editions on the F train.
June 17, The Diamond Bar, 43 Franklin
St. (betw. Calyer & Quay Sts.), Brooklyn, 718- 383-0096; midnight,
Ending (Music and) Reading Series
Host Amanda Stern’s happy hour
readings with music on the side, a perennially popular and star-studded
series, so far include Dan Kois and Geeta Dayal for June 2, as well as
Audrey Niffenegger and The Walking Hellos. Most of the themes and
writers for the summer are still TBA, but expect an entertaining time.
First Wednesdays, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (betw. E. 4th St. and
Astor Pl.), 212-254- 1263; 7, $15.
World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and
World Cup fever hits June 11. If you’re going to pretend
like you know what you’re talking about for the only month every four
years that Americans care about soccer, you better do your research.
Join Stephen and Harrison Stark as they discuss their book World Cup
2010, which lays out the premise that soccer is the window to a nation’s
June 9, The Strand, 828 Broadway (at E. 12th St.), 212-473-1452;
With an event nearly every other day this summer, the Word
for Word series in Bryant Park has something for everyone. Highlights
include funny woman Samantha Bee (June 9), mean girl publicist Kelly
Cutrone (June 16), sex master Dr. Ruth (June 30) and bad-ass war
journalist and screenwriter Sebastian Junger (July 14). It’s the perfect
storm of speakers.
Wednesdays, Bryant Park, enter park at W. 41st St.
and 6th Ave., 212-768-4242; 12:30, Free.
Franklin Park Reading Series
Those of you in
south Brooklyn might fancy a venture to the Franklin Park Reading
Series. Happening on the second Monday of every month, it may not be as
prestigious as some other events, but with a range of fiction and
nonfiction along with standup, the up-andcoming series does offer
something different. The summer schedule isn’t set yet, but check the website for
Mondays, Franklin Park, 618 St. John’s Pl. (betw. Classon
& Franklin Aves.), Brooklyn, 718-975-0196; 8, Free.
Ongoing Writers Series at
The recently expanded Brooklyn bookstore is hosting a shoal of
solid authors from all genres. Wanna talk cocaine and sadomasochistic
sex? Bret Easton Ellis drops by June 23. What about refl ections on rich
people and their summer vacations? Supposed genius Colson Whitehead
stops by June 15 to discuss his novel Sag Harbor. There’s something for
BookCourt, 163 Court St. (betw. Dean & Pacific Sts.),
Brooklyn, 718-875-3677, www.bookcourt.org;
Works Bookstore Café
The non-profit has its once a year Open Air Street
Fair June 5, where it opens up the secret basement vault and unloads
thousands of books for a dollar each on Crosby Street. Award-winning
Netherland author Joseph O’Neill stops by June 10. For those of you
whose psychiatric needs aren’t being met (i.e. all of you), there will
be a July 21 event that’s described as “speed-dating but with shrinks”
to celebrate the paperback release of our pal Sue Shapiro’s Speed
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. (betw. E.
Houston & Prince Sts.), 212- 334-3324, www.housingworks.org; Free.
Bloomsday on Broadway
the past 28 years, Symphony Space co-founder Isaiah Sheffer has hosted a
marathon staging of scenes from James Joyce’s Ulysses, enlisting a lot
of big-name celebrities to bring the story of a day in the life of
Dublin anti-hero Leopold Bloom to life. Performances have been known to
go on for seven hours, so be prepared for a lot of Joyce.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (betw. W. 95th & W. 96th Sts.),
212-864-5400; 7 $25.