5 Events That NYC Bookworms Absolutely Cannot Miss This Fall

In a city filled with as much hustle, bustle, and partying as this one is, it's easy to forget the importance of staying informed and exercising the mind.  

Fortunately, from signings at the Strand and Housing Works, to talks and readings spanning the boroughs, there's plenty out there to do designed to cater to the city's literary set. 

Whether you're a fledgling writer on the hunt for inspiration, looking for the perfect read to pair with your pumpkin spice latte, or even just hoping to meet someone as loquacious as you to cozy up with before it gets chilly, we've gotchu covered.

Here are some LIT fall events that are sure to keep you on the right page! 


1. Brooklyn Book Festival


Billed as the "largest free literary event in New York City", this expansive celebration will culminate in a Festival Day on Sunday September 17 and feature multitudes of bookend events throughout the week. 

While a select few require tickets or a book purchase, many others are free, and featured authors include Joyce Carol Oates, Patti Smith and Sarah Dessen! You can also check out spoiled's guide to the event here

2. The New Yorker Festival


Taking place from October 6th through the 8th at various venues and theaters throughout the city, this year's festival is can't-miss.

Check out talks by Anthony Bourdain, Mary Karr, and countless other cultural and literary notables, performances by singers and comedians like Carly Rae Jepsen and Pete Holmes and Friends, and exclusive film screenings of The Meyerowitz Stories and LBJ. 

Tickets are available for each individual event- click here to check out the full lineup and nab some!

3. Events at The Strand


While a simple browse through the shelves at this classy NYC staple never goes out of style, it also has a great roster of readings and events. 

Highlights this fall include appearances by Eileen Myles, Zadie Smith, and Naomi Klein, as well as some other fun outings like Star Wars Trivia Night, and panels on censorship and game design– click here to check out the schedule yourself!

4. Housing Works

Along with hosting Books, Booze, and Board Game nights on select Fridays, this hip soho bookstore cafe is also serving up appearances by some amazing authors like Daniel Jose Older, Maria Popova, and Ellen Gallagher, as well as events like The Moth Storyslam and Greatest 3-Minute Celebrity Stories. 

Check out their lineup here!

5. Hilary Clinton's Book Tour


Still not over the 2016 electionpocalypse? If you'd like to read an interpretation of this series of oh so unfortunate events from Hilary herself, her new book about the proceedings, titled What Happened, is available for sale now.


After a Union Square kickoff, the tour will next hit NYC at the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn on September 27th– tickets are already sold out, but you can join the waitlist here


If these aren't enough to whet your appetite for the written word, there are plenty of other reading series to keep on your radar, like Dead Darlings, The Poetry Project, and Pete's Reading Series– and if you never want to miss it when your favorite author comes to town, you may also want to keep your eyes on Poets and Writers' calendar of notable literary events

The politically inclined and other intellectuals may also want to keep an eye on Thought Gallery's list of events and seminars.


So if you want your life to be as story-worthy as something by Shakespeare or Dostoevsky, there are plenty of options for you- just don't lose your place!

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