Reading Room

Thursday February 12

Poet Debra Weinstein will read from her first novel and sign copies. “Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z” is about language, writing and about the relationship of two women, an older mentor and a younger student of poetry. 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Astor Place.

Friday February 13

Celebrate Friday the 13th with Jon Rosen, illustrator and author of “The Misfits.” Rosen will sign books, answer questions, and auction off original artwork. “The Misfits” is a collection of full-color, captioned illustrations from Rosen with offbeat, hilarious and sometimes touching or twisted characters, but always odd. 7 p.m. at Housing Works Used Book Café.

Saturday February 14

Derrick Jensen, author of the award-winning books “A Language Older Than Words,” “The Culture of Make Believe” and “Listening to the Land,” is an activist fighting to preserve forests, rivers and natural habitats of all kinds. He will be discussing his new book and “How to Take Down Civilization.” 7 p.m. at Bluestocking Bookstore. $6 suggested donation.

Paul Collins of Collins Library, which re-publishes out of print books and forgotten favorites, will host a Valentine’s Day reading celebration for the upcoming re-release of the love story “Lady Into Fox” by David Garnett. Collin will encourage participating authors Tom Bissell, Rachel Cohen, Todd Pruzan, and Dan Kennedy to read from other out-of-print love stories. 8 p.m. at Housing Works Used Books Café.

Tuesday February 17

The book has arrived: “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better.” Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressly and Jai Rodriguez will sign copies of their queer guide to life. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Chelsea.

Wednesday February 18

Samina Ali will read from and sign copies of her new novel, “Madras on Rainy Days,” a story about the relationship of a woman to her family, Indian Muslim domestic life and the secrets behind an arranged marriage. 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Astor Place.

Call These Venues for Readings

Barnes and Noble Astor Place, 4 Astor Place, 212 420 1322.

Barnes and Noble Chelsea, 675 6th Ave. at 22nd St., 212 727 1227.

Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. at Stanton, 212 777 6028.

Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St., 212 334 3324.

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