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Second Annual Downtown Literary Festival with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and McNally Jackson Books

McNally Jackson Books and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe are again collaborating on the second annual Downtown Literary Festival, a daylong celebration of the literary culture of New York City.

The weekend will begin with an opening party at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Friday, April 11, at 6PM. The DLF will take place throughout the day on Sunday, April 13, 2014 followed by an after-party at nearby Von bar, downstairs. The goal of the Downtown Literary Festival is to showcase the literature and writers of New York City. We aim to reflect the diversity and creativity which characterizes downtown NYC. This year’s festival will include:

  • Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home
  • The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories with Vol. 1 Brooklyn
  • Downtown writing from the archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review
  • A visual presentation on NYC as character in comics and graphic novels from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz
  • Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell
  • Slaughterhouse 90210 on the intersection of New York City movies and literature
  • A celebration of the poetry of Alice Notley
  • Stories of shuttered NYC venues with writers and musicians
  • Richard Price and Francine Prose in conversation about our modern “tale of two cities”
  • A look at NYC through the decades; this year: the 1950s
  • a literary cabaret celebrating the after-hours culture of downtown NYC
  • baby and kids storytime and singalong
  • a puppet show for all ages and an interactive singalong
  • storytime with author Greg Foley

Plus one-on-one events at McNally Jackson throughout the day, including literary advice from festival authors, book signings, a photobooth, and more. The day will conclude with an official after party at nearby Von bar. Full schedule at downtownliteraryfestival.org.

We’d like to thank festival sponsor HarperCollins for their support of the Downtown Literary Festival from its inception. Thanks also to our media partners: The American Reader, The American Poetry Society, Electric Literature, Flavorwire, BOMB, Guernica, Tumblr, Lit Crawl, McSweeney’s. Design and illustration by Bianca Stone.

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