Reading Room


Phat Family Records returns to “Word/Life Lounge: Emcees and Poets in the Life,” with another dose of underground hip-hop and spoken word. Featuring poetry by Shante Smalls and Maurice Jamal, live performances by JenRO, B.Q.E. and other special guests, plus Dutchboy mixing up a rainbow of flavas from Phat Family’s groundbreaking LGBT hip-hop compilations. 8 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore


“Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote” spans the entertainer’s five decade career – from vaudeville to television and everything in between. Historian John Fricke signs copies. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Chelsea


Chilean author Alberto Fuguet—one of the leaders of the new literary movement that is abandoning magical realism to depict the grittier Americanized reality of Latin America – discusses and signs copies of his book “The Movies of My Life.” 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Chelsea

Jim Fusilli discusses and reads from his thriller, “Tribeca Blues,” a stunning crime drama of obsession, violence and betrayal set in New York City. 12:30 p.m. at Borders Wall Street

Melvin Konner discusses “Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews,” taking the reader from the pastoral tribes of the Bronze Age to enslavement in the Roman Empire, from the darkness of the Holocaust to the creation of Israel 6:30 p.m. at Borders Park Avenue


Elana Dykewomon will appear in New York to celebrate the new edition of her award-winning novel “Beyond the Pale Set” about Russian immigrant women and their lives of work, activism and love in New York City. 5:30 p.m. at Ruby Fruit Bar and Grill, $15.

New York Magazine’s award-winning and notorious columnist, Michael Wolff, discusses his timely look at the media business, “Autumn of the Moguls,” a devastating and comic portrait of the media industry. 6:30 p.m. at Borders Park Avenue


Harlyn Aizley reads from “Buying Dad:  One Women’s Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor,” an edgy tale of a year in the life of a woman engaged in a very alternative family-planning experience. 5 p.m. Creative Visions



Jim Gladstone reads from “Big Book of Misunderstanding” where Joshua Royalton, the irresistibly eccentric 22-year-old narrator leads readers on a funny jaunt through the collective adolescence of his whole family. 5 p.m. Creative Visions



Wall Street, 100 Broadway, 212 964 1988; Park Avenue, 461 Park Avenue at 57th St., 212 980 6785

Barnes and Noble:

Union Square, 33 E. 17th St.,

212 253 0810,

Chelsea, 6th Ave. at 22nd St.,

212 727 1227 ,

Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St.

212 777 6028;

Creative Visions Books, 548 Hudson St., two blocks above Christopher St.,

212 645 7573,

Housing Works Used Books Café,

126 Crosby St., 212 334 3324,

Dance Theatre Workshop,

219 West 19th St.

212 924 0077,

The Corner Bookstore,

1313 Madison Ave. (at 93rd Street),

212 831 3554

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