It’s back! Everyone’s favorite literary trivia game returns for a booze-fueled and heckler-filled competition between authors, readers, and the occasional barfly. Based on a certain long-running game show, Nerd Jeopardy! is for anyone who’s wanted to drunkenly yell “Who is Proust?” Audience participation is duly rewarded, with glory and prizes distributed indiscriminately.
Nerd Jeopardy! at Lit Crawl NYC
Saturday, Oct. 1, 8pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., NYC (map)
I’ll be hosting, joined by special guest Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years) and friends from BOMB and the National Book Foundation. See you there.
Facebook event | Full Lit Crawl Schedule
If you’re the kind of person who likes to hobnob with artists and actors, who likes to bid on contemporary art, and who has a fair bit of discretionary income, then come out to the BOMB Gala on Friday. It’s the only place in town where you can get a Wade Guyton print and take a selfie with Wallace Shawn.
Of course not everyone can make the Gala. For the rest of us, there’s the first official After-Party. (Maybe not the first. Paul Morris may have hosted one back in the day.) We have everything a proper after-party needs:
- Free champagne
- Tiki decor
- DJs playing 100% vinyl. And what DJs! We have Damian Manire, Lanny Jordan Jackson, & Jessi Olsen.
- Confetti cannons
- Cheap drinks
- Bathroom mural of the Wu-Tang Clan
The whole thing is hosted by Cy Gavin, Lindsay Howard, Mieke Chew, & Andrew Durbin, in a secret space under Tropical 128 in the LES (map). Tickets are only $10, with the catch that you have to pay in advance. So get a ticket, put on your best outfit, and we’ll see you Friday night.
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For the true believers who make it to 4am, maybe an IHOP run?
First, watch Touching the Art.
Amazing, right? Good news! Casey Jane Ellison is hosting BOMB’s big end-of-the-year blowout. And! Magik Markers is playing. Oh man. When “Body Rot“first appeared I had it on repeat for six months.
Putting this together has been the best part of my job lately. I’m so damn excited. The full details:
BOMB’s Winter Party
Friday, December 18
Hosted by Casey Jane Ellison
Music by Magik Markers
DJs Chances with Wolves
Cocktail Hour Hosts Jem Cohen, Lynne Tillman, Ben Lerner, & David Grubbs
Videos by Kalup Linzy & Handbag Dynasty
Get a ticket! It comes with plenty of free drinks. And since the party’s a fundraiser to pay our writers and artists, the whole thing’s tax-deductible. Make your imaginary accountant proud.
Every year friends return from Austin gushing about the great bbq and great programming at the Texas Book Festival. (I imagine every panel comes with ribs and wet-naps.)
You can imagine my excitement, then, about going to TBF this weekend. If you’re around, let’s clink Shiners. Here’s my agenda:
Saturday, 11:15am-12:15pm: Born on Tumblr panel with Maris Kreizman, Mary Laura Philpott, & Rachel Fershleiser (Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004)
I’ll be talking about Conversations Sparks‘ journey from blog to bookstore and high-fiving Maris on the publication of Slaughterhouse 90210.
Saturday, 8:30-9:30pm: Nerd Jeopardy with Sloane Crosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, & Austin Grossman (North Door, 502 Brushy St.)
Literary trivia returns to LitCrawl Austin with a truly stellar lineup of authors. There will be heckling, audience prizes, and a considerable amount of beer drinking. Full details in the Facebook event.
Sunday, 12:00pm-1:00pm: Let’s Do the Genre Warp Again with Carola Dibbell & Colin Winnette (Capitol Extension Room E1.026)
I’m moderating two excellent authors from Two Dollar Radio on how they use, abuse, and redefine genre with their novels. Carola Dibbell is the author of The Only Ones, and Colin Winnette is the author of Haints Stay.
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Photo courtesy BJ Enright Photography.
It’s the NY Art Book Fair and the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend, which means no sleep for Ryan. I’ll be at the BOMB table for both, so come say hello and tell me your best Dad joke.
Need a primer on managing the many, many panels? I recommend the following.
- 10:00am “On the Job: Fiction at Work” with Otessa Moshfegh, Helen Phillips, and James Hannaham, moderated by DW Gibson
- 1:00pm “Darkness and Light” with László Krasznahorkai, Andrés Neuman, and Naja Marie Aidt
- 2:00pm “Redrawing Boundaries” with Geoff Dyer, Francine Prose, and Eduardo Halfon, moderated by me (!)
- 2:00pm “New Poetry” with Eileen Myles, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Saeed Jones, and Wendy Xu, moderated by Mary Gannon
- 4:00pm “The New Latin American Literature” with Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, Guadalupe Nettel, Yuri Herrera, and Andrés Neuman, moderated by Daniel Alarcón
- 5:00pm “Scams and Swindles” with Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Pierre Lemaître, and Kettly Mars, moderated by Tom Roberge
Wouldn’t you like to catch a rarely-screened classic of indie cinema in a beautiful performance hall, drink in hand and air conditioning blasting? Come out to Roulette on Thursday Sept. 3 for Daddy Longlegs and conversation with Josh & Benny Safdie. The film, which premiered at Cannes and won acclaim at Sundance, became the filmmakers’ launchpad for work like the recent Heaven Knows What.
Nicholas Elliott will host, and I’ll be there as fake cineaste and true enthusiast.
Oh, and it’s only $5 for advance tickets. (Free drink for subscribers!)
BOMB Film Night: Josh & Benny Safdie’s Daddy Longlegs
Thursday, September 3, 7:00pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Luis Camnitzer, from “The Book of Holes,” 1977. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.
Last year’s small get-together has ballooned into a giant literary conflagration. (2,400 Facebook RSVPs!) Come on by, grab a few books, and cadge a drink from one of the many discreet hip flasks.
THE SMALL PRESS FLEA
Presented by BOMB and The Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday, August 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm ET
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A PUBLIC SPACE
BLACK SUN LIT / VESTIGES
CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS
THE LITERARY REVIEW
THE NEW INQUIRY
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE
And a big thanks to the good folks at the National Book Foundation for acting as our media sponsor!