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Friday Reads

Catch up on this week's literary links.

Friday Reads

Photo: James Franco. Courtesy of Matthew Simmons / Getty Images.

Whether you’re looking for bookish events this weekend or up-to-the-minute releases, we’ve got you covered on the book front. Happy reading!


This week, presidential candidate Jeb Bush released Reply All, a selection of emails in the form of an e-book, about his time as the governor of Florida.

If you’re a comic book lover, the New Jersey Comic Expo is happening November 21-22. Meet legendary artists, writers, and cosplayers and bring the whole family—kids 10 and under are free!

Controversial funny man Josh Ostrovsky, a.k.a. The Fat Jew, released his memoir, Money, Pizza, Respect this week. Of his first book venture, the social media socialite says, “I’ve been living my life as performance artist for a long time. Way before the Internet. Which was, like, doing ridiculous things just to have stories so one day I could fill a book with them.”

Since the success of Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom has been revered for his beautiful works regarding spirituality and mentorship. Now, he brings his lifelong passion of music into the mix with The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.

Tonight, join poets Cecily Iddings, Simeon Berry, Cynthia Arrieu-King, and Frank Guan for a reading at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Dumbo.

Love coffee? Great. Love true crime? Even better. Love them both together? Perfect. Check out the Coffee and Crime Mystery Book Club, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at Seymour Library in Auburn, NY.

James Franco discusses the importance of subtlety and preparation in narrating Kurt Vonnegut’s acclaimed satirical novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

Here’s an event too good for book lovers to pass up. Join authors Margaret Atwood and Laurie Halse Anderson (among a host of others), as well as sponsors like Tumblr, Penguin Random House, and Litographs for a weekend of book club talk, colliding fandoms, and writing contests. Book Riot Live is happening this weekend in NYC—grab your tickets now!

Actor Nathan Lane says his first literary crush was The Catcher in the Rye's Holden Caulfield and that he’d love to see John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces adapted for the screen.

Though she’s been primarily focused on adult books these past few years, J.K. Rowling says the plans for a new children’s book is in the works. In other HP related news, Rowling discusses American slang, like No-Maj, for non-wizarding folk. We’ll stick with Muggle.

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Check back next week for more bookish links!

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