Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some Literary Events/ December 3 - 11

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

December 3 (7 - 9 pm) Javier Marías at the New York Public Library. The reknown Spanish author will discuss with host Paul Holdengräber the third instalment of his three-part novel Your Face Tomorrow -- Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (New Directions, 2009). Tickets: General admission, $25; library donors, students, and seniors with valid identification, $15. At the South Court Auditorium, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street. For directions and to buy tickets, click here. For further information, call 212-930-0855.

December 3 (7 - 9 pm) Sabrina Lastman at the Juan Carlos. The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center's Poetry Series presents vocalist and educator Sabrina Lastman in a performance based on poems by the recently deceased Uruguayan author Idea Vilariño. In Spanish. Reception to follow. At the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New York University, 53 Washington Square South. For more information, call 212-998-3650.

December 6 (12 pm - 5 pm) Meet the Authors at La Casa Azul's Holiday Book Sale. At 3 pm, buyers will have the opportunity to meet authors Sergio Troncoso, Daniel Serrano, and Iván Sánchez. At East Harlem Café, 1651 Lexington Avenue (at 104th Street) For more information, call 212-831-7272.

December 7 (8 pm) Book Presentation: Excesos del Cuerpo: Ficciones de contagio y enfermedad en América Latina (Eterna Cadencia Editora, 2009). Texts by Mario Bellatin, Sergio Chejfec, Victoria de Stefano, Roberto Echavarren, Diamela Eltit, Margo Glantz, Lina Meruane, Sylvia Molloy, Alan Pauls, Edmundo Paz Soldán and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. Edited by Javier Guerrero and Nathalie Bouzaglo. In Spanish, with the participation of writers Diamela Eltit, Alan Pauls, Sylvia Molloy, Edmundo Paz Soldán, Sergio Chejfec, and Lina Meruane, and Leonora Djament, director of Eterna Cadencia Editora. Hosted by New York University's Creative Writing in Spanish Program, The Center for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and The Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities. At Room 102, 13-19 University Place. Reception to follow.

December 7 (8 pm - 9 pm) Above the Bridge Writer’s Café. Monthly gathering for poets of the Washington Heigths-Inwood Area. Admission: $5. At the Red Room Lounge, 1 Bennett Avenue (at 181st. Street). RSVP at, or by phone to 917-747-7210. For further information, contact Cynthia K. Paulino at 917-975-2690.

December 9 (7 pm - 10 pm) Lemon Anderson: Book Presentation. The author of  County of Kings will read excerpts from the book and sign copies. $25 open bar from 7-9 pm. At 310 Lounge, 310 Bowery. Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 8th, to For more information, call 212-477-1979.

December 10 and 11. Ricardo León Peña-Villa: Book Presentations. The author of Nacho: La Risa del Immigrante will talk with his readers and sign copies of his book. In Spanish. On December 10 (from 6:30 pm) at Librería Donatina, 84-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 25, Jackson Heights (phone 718-478-4764) and on December 11 (7- 10 pm) at La Boina Restaurant, 77-05 37 Avenue (phone 718-429-2500). For further information and book purchase, call 646-571-7405.

December 11 (Starts 10 pm) Nuyorican Friday Night Poetry Slam. Since 1989, an ever growing New York City's tradition. Please arrive early (suggested arrival is 9:15 pm). Admission: 10$. Hosted by Mahogany Browne. At the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street (Reverend Pedro Pietri Way) between Avenue B and C. For more information, click here or call 212-780-9386.

December 11 (6 pm) Tertulia at el Cervantes. Juan García de Oteyza,  Executive director of Aperture Foundation, will talk with the audience about his career as publisher in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. At Instituto Cervantes's La Galería, 211 East 49th Street (between 3rd and Second Avenues). For more information, call 212-308-7720.

December 11 (6:30 pm - 11 pm) "Pa'l Pueblo" Charity Holiday Drive. Capicu Poetry and Cultural Showcase and Notice Lounge present their 3rd Annual Benefit for Bushwick United Head Start "Toys For Head Start" program. Toy donations and door proceeds will go to the children. Hosted by Papo Swiggity and featuring Parranda style music, a delicious Latino holiday buffet, and Nuyorican/Urban poetry. Tickets: $10 reserved admission, $15 at door. To reserve tickets or make a donation, click here. At Notice Lounge, 198 Union Avenue (between Broadway & Montrose), Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-954-1066.

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