Downtown Literary Festival, Sunday April 13

Two of New York City’s best and most cherished independent bookstores, Housing Works Bookstore and McNally Jackson join forces this Sunday to celebrate the literary culture of downtown New York City. Events are scheduled throughout the day at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, McNally Jackson, and Bowery Poetry Club. Here are our festival picks:

McNally Jackson, Throughout the Day

Photo booth: pose with your favorite book
Literary advice from Fiona Maazel, Katie Roiphe, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson
Alice Notley book club with Rachel Zucker and Cassandra Gillig
Rosie Schaap recommends drinks to pair with your favorite books and characters
No Regrets with n+1
Live tweeting from festival authors
Signings from festival authors will occur half an hour after their event ends; for example, readers from an event at 1PM will be signing at 2:30PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 12PM
The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories

Bad roommates, bed bugs, broker fees, slum lords, and more: life in a New York City apartment. With stories from Maggie Serota, Sari Botton, Bob Powers, Jen Doll and Tyler Coates. Hosted by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Tobias Carroll.

Bowery Poetry Club, 12PM
Fast Talking: Downtown Writing From the Archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review

Nicholas Elliott and Andrew Durbin read from a BOMB piece about John Waters and Dennis Cooper; “How to Be the Black Person Reading How to Be Black” from Guernica; Jesse Barron introduces Francine Prose for Harper’s, and a performance of a James Thurber interview from The Paris Review.

Bowery Poetry Club, 1PM
Vice and Virtue: Stories of Sin and Salvation

Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 2PM
Slaughterhouse 90210: Downtown Movies Edition

Maris Kreizman, creator of the mega-popular blog and book-to-be Slaughterhouse 90210, on the intersection of New York City movies and literature, with storytelling by Katie Heaney, Teddy Wayne, and Adam Wilson.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 3PM
Closing Time: Stories of Shuttered New York City Venues

It seems for every new music venue in this city, two close or are shut down. Writers and musicians Stacey D’Erasmo, Mike Doughty, Nelson George, Porochista Khakpour, Nathan Larson, Alan Light, Marc Spitz and more tell stories of the empty pools, DIY spaces, concert halls, and arenas that have closed their doors but live on in the hearts of bands and fans.

Bowery Poetry Club, 3PM
The Tale of Two Cities: Richard Price and Francine Prose in Conversation

The growing wealth gap has meant that contemporary downtown New York City no longer resembles the affordable, inclusive, and diverse enclave it used to be. Two born-and-bred New Yorkers, authors Richard Price and Francine Prose, discuss the city’s shifting economic landscape.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 4PM
NYC Through the Decades: The 1950s

David Gilbert will discuss Hitchcock’s Rear Window; Amor Towles on Robert Franks’ The Americans photographs; David Goodwillie on Delmore Schwartz and Melissa Febos on Lorraine Hansberry.

A full list of events is available on the festival’s website.

Downtown Literary Festival 2014