A list of book-related events in New York City.
Heads-ups should be sent to Sean Flannagan.
· Booker-winning storyteller Peter Carey discusses My Life as a Fake, his new novel about a literary hoax in Australia, land of great hoaxes. At the Union Square B&N. 7pm.
· John Fricke reads from Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art and Anecdote to a smattering of nostalgic gay males at the Sixth Ave B&N at 22nd Street. 7pm.
· Susanna Moore reads from her novel about a group of enlightened Brits in 19th-century India, One Last Look, at the Astor Place B&N. 7:30pm.
· And speaking of enlightened Brits, novelist Jim Crace is reading from his new book Genesis at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. It's about an actor so cursed with fertility that "every woman he dares to sleep with bears his child." 128 Crosby in Soho. 7pm.
· Poets Malcolm Farley, Timothy Donnelly, Sally Dawidoff and Lynn Melnick savor jagged words at Junno's, 64 Downing Street in the West Village between Bedford & Varick. 7:30pm. Opening line from Melnick's "These Pretty Years": "All night I am ugly, wryneck whore, fantastic misshape."
· Globalized Chilean writer Alberto Fuguet hates the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and all the "overfolkloric" writing of old-school Latin American authors, so he writes about movies, weird TV shows and Taco Bell. Hear him discuss his novel The Movies of My Life at the Sixth Ave B&N at 22nd Street. 7pm.
· Author Barry Sanders reads from his self-explanatory tome, Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man's Land, 1619-2000 at the Park Slope B&N. 7:30pm.
· Pulitzer Prize-winning interviewer Studs Terkel discusses his latest oral history, Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times, at the Union Square B&N. 7pm.
· Christian Parenti freaks EZ-Pass users out when he reads from his book The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror, at Coliseum Books, 42nd Street across from Bryant Park. 6pm.
· Open City magazine celebrates the work of Spanish poet Frederico Garcia Lorca at Housing Works Used Book Cafe. Participants include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell, prize-worthy poet Edward Hirsch and flamenco singer Enrique Morentes. 128 Crosby in Soho, 7pm.
· Influential writer Erica Jong, influential actress Sarah Jessica Parker, influential playwright Wendy Wasserstein and influential former magazine editor Tina Brown discuss "Sex: Then and Now" for your edification at the 92nd Street Y, 92nd & Lex. 8pm. 25 bucks.
· Entertaining historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews and How the Irish Saved Civilization (among others), gets to the Greeks in his latest installment in his "Hinges of History" series. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter is the book. Meet the man at the Union Square B&N. 7pm.
· The Guardian calls Edward St. Aubyn "our greatest living prose stylist." Hear him discuss his novel about life among the unpleasantly rich and drug-addicted, Some Hope, at the Astor Place B&N. 7:30pm.
· Emotional vegetarian Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson -- author of When Elephants Weep, The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats and Dogs Never Lie About Love -- reads from his latest effort, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals, at the UWS B&N. 7:30pm.
· New York Times staffer David Kocieniewski reads from his undercover cop drama, The Brass Wall, at Coliseum Books, 42nd Street across from Bryant Park. 6pm.
· Best-selling, movie-deal-signing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Newsweek columnist Anna Quindlen discusses her new book Blessings at the lower level of Barnard's Millicent McIntosh Center. 7pm.
· Tom Bissell discusses his Robert Kaplan-like (God, he must be sick of that comparison) Uzbekistan travelogue, Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia, at the Park Slope B&N. 7:30pm.
· The infamous Dale Peck has written a coming-of-age story with zero sentimentality based on his father's horrific upbringing in 1950s Long Island. It's called What We Lost. Check him out at the Sixth Ave B&N at 22nd Street. 7pm.
· Mayor Mel Rosenberg wants to be the first Jewish president of the United States, but before he can do that he has to contend with a string of municipal crises, including thousands of dead ducks found in the park. Novelist Anne Roiphe discusses her new novel Secrets of the City at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm.
· Oprah Book Clubber Ann-Marie Macdonald reads from her new novel The Way the Crow Flies at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm.
· The venerable Nuyorican Poets Cafe celebrates its 30th anniversary with big stars and pricey tickets. Stars include much-sampled conga drummer Ray Barretto and actors John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez. Ticket prices include $25, $50, $100 and $250. Def poetry, too. At Town Hall, 123 West 43rd.
· Jonathan Lethem reads from his sprawling, luminous Brooklyn novel, The Fortress of Solitude, at Three Lives & Company, 154 East 10th. Chocolate chip cookies will be served, so bring your own milk. 3-4pm.
· Chemist/poet Roald Hoffmannn and author Diane Middlebrook discuss poetry and the wellsprings of creativity, with particular reference to the work of Ted Hughes and Carl Jung, at Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street in the Village. 8pm.
· So what the hell is Tactical Cyberfeminism? And can we stop using the word "cyber" yet? The future was over in the '80s. In any event, artist Faith Wilding will attempt to enlighten us through words and video when she promotes her new book project Domain Errors at Bluestockings, 172 Allen between Stanton & Rivington. 7-9pm.
· Senator Tom Daschle signs copies of his contribution to the Democratic book-publishing offensive, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress & the Two Years That Changed America Forever, at the B&N at Fifth Ave & 48th. 1pm.
· In 1838, a fleet of U.S. ships logged 87,000 miles in the Pacific and discovered 2,000 new species, a couple islands and the continent of Antartica. Did you know this? I didn't. Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story when he discusses his book Sea of Glory at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm.
· Jane Jeong Trenka reads from her Korean adoptee memoir, The Language of Blood, at Housing Works Used Book Cafe, 128 Crosby in Soho. 7pm.
· Lutz Kleveman tells us why it's all about the oil in his new book, The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia. Check him out at the Borders at 57th & Park. 6:30pm.
· Former Republican presidential candidate Sparrow, athletic poet Todd Colby and Mind Honey maven Wanda Phipps spread verbiage at the 11th Street Bar as part of the Reading Between A & B series. 510 East 11th, 8pm. Drink up.
· "Suppose, for the sake of argument, that every orgasm is at least 3 orgasms. Call them #1, #2 and #3. The visible, the invisible and the super orgasm. Sort of like the id, the ego and the super-ego." Preoccupied poet Nin Andrews and poetic blogger Gabe Gudding share words at KGB, 85 East 4th. 7pm.
· Julie Otsuka reads from her novel about a Japanese-American family's experiences in a WWII internment camp in Utah, When the Emperor Was Divine, at the Sixth Ave B&N at 22nd Street. 7pm.
· Essayist and essay collector Philip Lopate is Getting Personal at the Park Slope B&N. 7:30pm.
· Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath's marriage began with passionate kisses and biting and ended with Plath's suicide six years later. Diane Middlebrook tells the whole story in voyeuristic detail in her new book, Her Husband. Hear her angle at the Lincoln Square B&N. 7pm.
· In her novel Hottentot Venus, Barbara Chase-Riboud retells the true story of Sarah Baartman, a South African woman who was exhibited as a "scientific curiousity" in 19th-century London because of her unusually large buttocks. Learn more at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm.
· Nathaniel Philbrick gives a lunch-hour reading of Sea of Glory at the Wall Street Borders, 100 Broadway. 12:30pm.
· 81-year-old Lyle
Stuart -- publisher of The
Anarchist Cookbook (inspiration behind countless adolescent hijinks),
The Turner Diaries (inspiration behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing)
and Dead Pool (inspiration behind the site Fucked
Company) -- used to ghostwrite columns for the godfather of gossip,
· Novelist Jonathan Ames, ardent Smiths fan Marc Spitz and McSweeneyite Dan Kennedy -- curator of the engaging Really Small Talk site -- comprise the Dead Hookers Social Reading Club at CB's Lounge tonight, 313 Bowery. 7pm. With musical guests courtesy of Productshop NYC and giveaways courtesy of SuicideGirls.
· The artist known as Sting signs copies of his new memoir Broken Music for the masses at the Lincoln Center B&N. Noon.
· Frederic Tuten reads from his absinthe-fueled Parisian love story, The Green Hour, at the Astor Place B&N. 7:30pm.
· Nelly Reifler and her father Samuel Reifler read well-crafted short stories for admirers for JCC Rough Cut night at KGB, 85 East 4th. 8pm.
· Female Beat Anne Waldman -- co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics -- and former Seamus Heaney student Thomas Sayers Ellis read pomes at St. Marks Poetry Project, Second Ave & East 10th. 8pm.
· Henry Wiencek's new biography of George Washington focuses on his humanity and on his relationship with his slaves, whom he freed upon his death. It's called An Imperfect God: Washington, His Slaves and the Creation of America. Get the details at the New York Historical Society, 77th & Central Park West. 7 bucks, 6:30pm. For reservations: 212-485-9269.
· British porn philosopher Martin Amis discusses his sparkly, controversial new novel, Yellow Dog -- which deals with the "obscenifcation of everyday life," among many other things -- at the Union Square B&N. 7pm. New York Times Book Review: "Look out, Flaubert! Look out, Joyce!" Fellow Brit author Tibor Fischer: "[It's like] finding your favorite uncle... in a schoolyard, masturbating."
· Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan discuss their tribute to Queens, Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America, at the 8th Street B&N. 7:30pm.
· Jamaica-born Nalo Hopkinson's new novel The Salt Roads concerns three women and their encounter with Elizi, the Afro-Carribean goddess of sexual desire and love. Check her out at the Astor Place B&N. 7:30pm.
· The Nation magazine hosts an evening at Cooper Union's Great Hall with Sherman Alexie, Maureen Howard, Walter Kirn, Annie Proulx and Luc Sante. It's for The Nation's new book, These United States-- part of a series of essays that has in the past included contributions from H.L. Mencken, W.E.B. DuBois, Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis. 7 East 7th Street, 7pm. For a free ticket: 212-209-5442.
· Sly Malachy McCourt traces the history of the Claddagh Ring at Coliseum Books, 42nd Street across from Bryant Park. 6pm.
· Kathryn Harrison reads from her travelogue The Road to Santiago, about her experiences walking a centuries-old, 400-mile pilgrim route in Spain. Hear her meandertale at the Borders at 57th & Park. 6:30pm.
· Harper's editor Lewis Lapham discusses 30 Satires, a collection of his essays from the last decade or so, at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm.
· New York mag media critic and former wannabe mogul Michael Wolff discusses his new tome, Autumn of the Moguls: My Misadventures With the Titans, Poseurs and Money Guys Who Mastered and Messed Up Big Media, at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. The subtitle gives you a good idea of the feel of the book. 7:30pm.
· Fellow New York mag writer Mark Jacobson didn't want his kids to get any stupider sitting in front of the TV, so he picked them up and took them to Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Jordan, Israel, France and England. His book's called 12,000 in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe, and he'll be at his neighborhood B&N in Park Slope discussing it. 7:30pm.
· British culture critic Edward Docx has written a novel about a womanizing calligrapher who meets his match while transcribing the sonnets of John Donne. It's called The Calligrapher. Worth checking out at the Chelsea B&N, Sixth Ave & 22nd. 7pm.
· Dr. Sheri Fink -- author of War Hospital, about her experiences as a physician in the Balkans -- and Lutz Kleveman, author of the The New Great Game: Blood and Oil in Central Asia, combine forces at Junno's, 64 Downing Street between Bedford & Varick in the West Village. 7:30pm.
· Sierra Leone is a country so anarchic and ravaged by war that its people long to be recolonized. Reporter Daniel Bergner has spent some time there and he's compiled his observations into a book, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, which he will discuss at the Astor Place B&N. 7:30pm.
· Celebrated Brooklyn Dodger Sandy Koufax refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. Jane Leavy chronicles the life and times of one of baseball's greatest pitchers and probably its only "Great Jewish Hope" in other people's words in her new biography, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy. Soak in the social history at the UES B&N, 86th & Second Ave.
· In The Meaning of Everything, Simon Winchester chronicles the massive, 71-year project that was the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. He'll summarize it for us at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm. Bling bling.
· National Book Award nominees shake hands and smile at the Astor Place B&N in nervous preparation for the awards ceremony tomorrow night. 12:30pm.
Kris Millegan, whose father is a CIA official, has written an exposé of the Yalie secret society Skull & Bones. It's called Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations Into America's Most Powerful Secret Society. Experience group paranoia at Bluestockings, 172 Allen between Stanton & Rivington. 7pm.
· Famed writing teacher Pat Schneider discusses her latest primer, Writing Alone and With Others, at the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square West, 7th Floor. 7pm.
· Pulitzer-winning historian Garry Wills goes beyond the usual revisionism in his study, Negro President: Jefferson and Slave Power, which focuses on the fact that Jefferson was elected because of the "slave vote." Learn more at the UWS B&N, 82nd & Broadway. 7:30pm.
· Shashi Tharoor, a senior UN official, reads from Nehru, his shrewd biography of the man who helped topple British rule in India and became its first prime minister, at the UES B&N, 86th & Second Ave. 7pm.
· Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner and lauded illustrator Maurice Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are fame) discuss their new children's book, Brundibar -- which is based on a Czech opera that was performed by children in a Nazi concentration camp -- at the Union Square B&N. 7pm.
· Erotica writer and man-killer Lillian Ann Slugocki does her thing at Amanda Stern's Happy Ending Reading Series with Ben Gantcher and Honor Moore. 302 Broome at Forsyth, 8pm.
· Newsday reporter Thomas Maier has found a fresh angle on the Kennedy clan (fresher than Ed Klein's anyway) by focusing on their tribal roots as Irish Catholics. His book's called The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings, and he's at the Lincoln Center B&N discussing it. 7pm.
· Book party for famed fashion photographer Mark Baptiste's new erotic collection, Intimate, at the Dactyl Foundation, 64 Grand Street in Soho. 6-8pm.
· 26-year-old Anthony Doerr reads from The Shell Collector, his debut collection of realistic short stories, at the Astor Place B&N. 7:30pm.
· John Weir, author of The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket, makes an appearance for McSweeney's night at Barbès, Ninth Street & Sixth Ave in Park Slope. 8pm.
· Hear poems in Portuguese, French, German, Japanese and Latin, along with their English translations, at the launch party for Circumference magazine, which focuses on poetry translation. At the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 union Square West, 7th floor. 7pm.
· Hyper-prolific and extreme author William T. Vollman discusses his new 3,298-page treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down, at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk between Houston & Stanton. 7pm. For more info: 718-499-9884.
· British journalist Harold Evans discusses War Stories, a compact overview of war reporting based on an exhibit at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum, at Coliseum Books, 42nd Street across from Bryant Park. 6pm.
· Some of America's best new voices will be heard inside the candlelit confines of KGB tonight to promote the publication of Best New American Voices 2004, but it's impossible to find out their names. Go to 85 East 4th Street at 7pm to find out for yourself. Then report back to me.
· Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, famed songwriter Lou Reed presents his own new photography collection, Emotion in Action, at the Chelsea B&N, Sixth Ave & 22nd. 7:30pm.
· Original publishing giant William Randolph Hearst employed a very interesting Icelandic butler named Christian Benediktson. Olaf Olafsson 's new novel, Walking Into the Night, explores Christian's dark secrets. Find out what I'm talking about at the Lincoln Center B&N. 7pm.
· Author Kristin Prevallet leads a multimedia-enhanced meditation on talking to the dead, with visual art and texts courtesy of Whitman, Oppen and Mallarmé, at St. Marks Poetry Project, Second Ave & East 10th. 8pm. 8 bucks.
· Gore Vidal is at Rockefeller University's Caspary Hall, East 66th & York Ave. 8:15pm. UPDATE: sold out. Sorry, yo.
· Wildly popular and intractable NYT columnist and economist Paul Krugman, author of The Great Unraveling, speaks at the New School's Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th. 6:30pm, 25 bucks (free for New School students, or former New School students with carefully forged IDs).
· MFA poets S.K. Beringer, Tim Erickson, Michale Ptaszek and Aaron Roymond read the results of their schooling at Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street in the Village. 6pm.
· Before Brownsville, Brooklyn was known for its hip-hop, it was known for its Jewish mobsters. Ron Ross discusses his book, Bummy Davis vs. Murder Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter, at the Park Slope B&N. 7:30pm.
· Author and history professor Martin Duberman reads from his new novel, Haymarket -- centered around Chicago's "anarchist" Haymarket Riot of 1886 -- at the Chelsea B&N, Sixth Ave & 22nd. 7pm.
· Hardcore Joyceans converge at Gotham Book Mart for the Finnegans Wake Society of New York meeting. What better way to kick off Thanksgiving weekend than Kabbalah-influenced references to Irish mythological figures in Volapük? Get lost at 47th Street between Fifth & Sixth, 6pm.
· Jonathan Lethem -- author of the precise, luminous and heavily buzzed Brooklyn novel, The Fortress of Solitude -- and April Reynolds, author of Knee-Deep in Wonder, read 'n' drink at KGB, 85 East 4th. 7pm.
· Chemist, poet and Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffman hosts a night of "entertaining science" at Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street in the Village. 6pm, 10 bucks.