NYC Area Alert Quad-shot:
First off, rival readings on Friday the 26th: Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Earshot!, the venerable series hosted by Nicole Steinberg. The reading will feature my buddy Jeff Johnson, Kate Greenstreet, Jennifer Firestone, Megan Williams, and Margarita Delcheva. It’s in Williamsburg, BK. Directions here. That same night, over at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Joanna Smith Rakoff will mark the paperback release of her novel, A Fortunate Age (NYT Editors’ pick; IndieNext pick; B&N First Look Club; SFChronicle best-seller–wow, not bad, right?) with a little help from the M Shanghai String Band and something called the Story Pirates. Also, JSR will be reading with yours truly at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY on March 11. Yes, that one banner thing says the 13th, but don’t believe it. All the other stuff says the 11th, which is a Thursday. But in between the 26th and the 11th is March 4th, which is the day of the 2nd annual Canteen magazine gala fundraiser, which is offering some seriously schmancy good-times. Tickets are on a sliding scale, beginning at $75 and going as high as $1000+. These guys are emphatically not screwing around. Just for showing up you get cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from a Michelin-starred chef, recognition on the Canteen donor page, a copy of the magazine, and your literary fortune told by Porochista Khakpour and, um, me. Higher-level donors can get–among other things–a cocktails class with a mixologist from Per Se, a private tour of “a major museum collection” led by Arnold Lehman, the director of The Brooklyn Museum and also, the host of the event (it’s being held at his house). So if you’re up for feeling like part of High Society (don’t click that- nsfw), you can buy a ticket here (click this- it’s totally sfw).