Tomorrow’s the New York premiere of the State by State film, the third in Powell’s Out of the Book film series. State by State, which just went on sale yesterday, features insightful essays on each of the 50 states. After the premiere, there’ll be a panel discussion with editors Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey and the producer of the film as well as some of the featured authors, including Will Blythe, Charles Bock, Joshua Ferris, Myla Goldberg, Rick Moody, David Rakoff, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Ellery Washington, and others. Best of all, it’s free! And if you don’t live in New York, go here to find out when it’s coming to your town.
Tuesday, September 23
Kiran Desai, Siri Hustvedt, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, and other esteemed writers will participate in Reading Burma: A Benefit for Cyclone Relief and Freedom of Expression in Burma/Myanmar at Cooper Union. We were tipped off to this one by none other than Francine Prose, so it’s sure to be worthwhile.
Thursday, September 25
Michael Chabon has said “There are some people—and I’m one of them—for whom life consists only of passing time between novels by John Crowley.” Crowley will read from his new novel, Four Freedoms, out next spring from William Morrow, at the 92nd Street Y. Get your tickets here. They’re only $10 if you’re under 35!