1. Peter Brooks and Linda Asher read and discuss Balzac's shorter works at Labyrinth Princeton →

    Tonight, Labyrinth Books Princeton will host a celebration of Balzac, particularly his shorter fiction, and the publication of The Human Comedy: The Selected Stories with a reading and discussion by the book’s editor, esteemed scholar and writer Peter Brooks, and one of its (award-winning) translators, Linda Asher. The event starts at 6 pm at 122 Nassau St., Princeton

  2. Read Russia + Krzhizhanovsky: Tonight, 6:30PM

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    Tonight! NYRB and Read Russia are teaming up to celebrate the publication of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s Autobiography of a Corpse. NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank and translator and critic Liesl Schillinger will discuss Krzhizhanovsky’s life and dazzling body of work.

    The event will take place at 2nd Floor on Clinton and begins at 6:30PM. We promise you, New Yorkers, that this will be worth braving the snow/rain/slishy-sloshy mix.

    RSVP and find more information here.

  3. Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern: In person!

    Everyone! We have some great events planned around No Ordinary Men by Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern. The authors themselves will be discussing the heroic legacies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi at each event, which is a pretty big deal. Here’s a quick rundown for you lucky DCers and NYC residents:

    September 23, 7PM @ Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC. Visit the event page here for more info.

    September 24, 6:30PM @ The Goethe Institut in Washington, DC. Event page here.

    October 24, 6PM @ The Leo Baeck Institute in NYC. Event page here.

    The story these two are telling is remarkable. You won’t regret going to any of these.

  4. Damion Searls and Mina Pam Dick at 192 Books TONIGHT

    Tonight, 7PM at 192 Books: To celebrate the publication of Robert Walser’s A Schoolboy’s Diary, translator Damion Searls and poet Mina Pam Dick (whose ‘I Am The Robert Walser’ was excerpted in The Brooklyn Rail last year) will read their favorite stories from the collection and discuss the unusual but influential life of Walser.

    This is going to be great. Come on by.


    Learn more and RSVP at the event Facebook page here.

  5. Greenlight - Damion Searls and Joseph O’Neill on Nescio

    Damion Searls and Joseph O’Neill will be talking about the Dutch short story master Nescio (1882-1961) this evening at 7:30 pm at Greenlight Books. Almost unheard of in his lifetime, Nescio (pen name of J.H.F Grönloh) only wrote a handful of short stories, all of which deal with idealistic and artistic young men struggling to make their mark and change the world in a profound way. As Nescio and his characters age, their ambitions adapt to an acceptance of the compromises needed to live in the world, and while some characters can succeed in this, others cannot. Nescio wrote in a lyrical prose style that gives the modern English reader a beautiful portrait of a rapidly changing Netherlands, both Amsterdam and its more rural provinces, in the first half of the 20th century. Damion Searls, who edited our Thoreau’s Journal: 1837-1861, has translated Nescio into English for the first time, and Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland, wrote the introduction to our edition, Amsterdam Stories. It promises to be a fun event and great introduction to a wonderful writer.