John Darnielle

We’re excited to announce John Darnielle’s tour dates to support his highly anticipated second novel, Universal Harvester, which hits shelves February 7, 2017. The Mountain Goats’ front man and author of Wolf in White Van (a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award nominee) will be reading and signing books in cities across the United States. See the full listing below.

A heartfelt introduction by Björk is a hard act to follow. But when Sjón and Hari Kunzru took the stage at Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America, they pulled out all the stops…

Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America, 2013 Dear friends, I’d like to introduce a dear friend of mine, Sjón. I met him first when I was sixteen. With others he had started the first and only surrealist movement in Iceland, a group of six or so members called Medúsa. I was in a punk […]

Attention English majors and desultory graduate students: your time has come. Our infrequent literary trivia night returns to McNally Jackson for a night of wine, revelry, and rhetoric.  

Warm up with wine and the humiliation of your literary peers at the first “Nerd Jeopardy!” of 2012. As always, three teams of three will compete for glory and prizes in a very familiar game show setting. Therein we’ll test everyone’s knowledge of literature and pop culture; even audience members will have the chance to […]

John Jeremiah Sullivan’s essay collection Pulphead ranges across America, from Christian rock festivals to Axl Rose, from unheralded blues musicians to the WB show “One Tree Hill.” (TIME‘s Lev Grossman calls Sullivan the next Tom Wolfe: “JJS, as I have come to think of him, may be the best essayist of his generation.”) Sullivan’s book […]

Nerd Jeopardy returns to the McNally Jackson basement to test your bookish acumen and ability to phrase answers in the form of a question. Wine will be served. This may help or hinder your chances. Q. What is Nerd Jeopardy? A. Glad you asked. Much like a certain game show, there will be a series […]

The last Nerd Jeopardy went so well, we decided to bring it back for the annual Lit Crawl. It’s essentially a bar crawl with literary events added on top. As such, there will be a few key changes. Firstly, this will be a condensed and very quick version of “Jeopardy!”, with only one round before […]

We’d like to invite our New York friends to the third round of our semi-frequent literary trivia night. If you’ve ever wanted to scrap the “Jeopardy!” game show’s categories and replace them with questions about Proust, the New Yorker, and Jennifer Egan, this is the event for you. (You can also expect some pop culture […]

At BookExpo America, the annual conference for booksellers, librarians and publishers, novelist Jeffrey Eugenides previewed The Marriage Plot, his much anticipated follow-up to Middlesex. (Astute Work in Progress readers may remember his conversation with editor Jonathan Galassi from our debut issue.) The author shared the stage with Mindy Kaling, Diane Keaton, and Charlaine Harris.  

The last week of April means two things in New York: inclement weather and the wonderful PEN World Voices Festival. There’s an entire week of diverse programming with celebrated authors from all corners of the globe, but the audience favorite would have to be the Moth storytelling night. This year Jonathan Franzen shared an autobiographical […]

We invite you to join our second national teleforum, this time with John D. Kasarda, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. The live event takes place Friday, April 15th, at 2:00PM EST / 11:00AM PST; participation is free. As you may remember from our Justice teleforum in November, this is a new format […]

Mark your calendars: Nerd Jeopardy is back for round two. If you’ve ever sought public validation for your deep knowledge of obscure literature*, your time has come. Since we had an overflow crowd at Lolita Bar, this time we’re taking over the great Housing Works Bookstore in Soho. We’ll provide wine and beer until it runs […]

On February 8th, over a thousand people turned out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the poet Elizabeth Bishop at the Cooper Union in New York. Paul Muldoon and Alice Quinn read selections from the New Yorker correspondence, and twenty poets shared their favorite Bishop poems.  

To coincide with David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary, he’s asking readers to create their own entries in the style of the book. Here’s a preview of what we mean:  

I took a quick trip to Boston last weekend to produce our teleforum event with Harvard’s Michael Sandel and his book Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? By our accounts, the experiment was successful. If you’ve seen his TV series, you know about Sandel’s interactions with his audiences – he solicits audience members’ opinions […]

I met with Richard Howard on a bright October morning in his apartment near Washington Square Park. He welcomed me as he always does, standing on the threshold, one foot in, one foot out, watching me walk down the corridor with a smile on his face. We kissed hello à la française. On that Saturday […]

Would you sacrifice one life to save five? Is it okay to steal a drug your child needs to survive? These are the questions Professor Michael J. Sandel poses in his legendary course and New York Times-bestseller Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Sandel’s class on moral philosophy is consistently the most popular at […]