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Bookish: This Week in Literary

Matt Petronzio, literary editor

Here’s a rundown of the free literary events happening in our area (there are quite a lot this week):

Columbus Circle Borders (Time Warner Center, 2nd Fl.)

10 Columbus Circle

New York, NY 10019

Tracy Anderson

Monday, September 20, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Tracy Anderson will be at Borders to discuss and sign her book Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible. It’s supposed to be unlike any workout program out there right now and promises fast results. So, if you’ve gained the Freshman 15 (or Junior 30, no judgment) and you’re looking to lose it, this might be the book for you.

Elizabeth Cohen

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, will be discussing and signing The Empowered Patient on Tuesday, talking about how Americans can make sure they get the best medical treatment through her own experiences and everything she’s seen through seasoned reporting.

Guillermo del Toro

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:00 p.m. (NEW TIME!)

Award-winning director of Pan’s Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro will be coming to Borders to discuss his new vampire book The Strain (because, honestly, what the hell isn’t about vampires anymore?). Whatever your feeling is about ubiquitous vampires these days (I think you can guess mine…), it’s worth it to meet the man responsible for such amazing works of art in the film industry.

Marc Cenedella & Matthew Rothenberg

Friday, September 24, 2010 7:00 p.m.

These two will be discussing and signing their book You’re Better Than Your Job Search, which they say takes the mystery out of looking for jobs. Maybe it should be called You’re Better Than the Current Economy During Your Job Search.

Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble

1972 Broadway (at 66th)

New York, NY 10023

Jimmy Carter

Monday, September 20, 2010 12:30 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter (!) will be signing (signing only) his latest memoir White House Diary, in which he talks about events during his presidency. B&N is very strict and terse on their website about this event: don’t bring memorabilia to be signed. So I’m passing along the message. Just letting you know. If you happen to be a weird 18-22 year old with Carter memorabilia… You never know.

Marianne Leone

Monday, September 20, 2010 7:30 p.m.

The author of Knowing Jesse: A Mother’s Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss will be discussing and signing her memoir. The book is how Leone was touched by her son’s life and affected by his untimely death.

Elaine Paige

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:30 p.m.

No, not Ellen Page. The theater star will be discussing her life and accomplishments and later will be signing copies of Elaine Paige: Memories. Again, no other memorabilia. Seriously, stop with the memorabilia.

Fiction Reading Group

Friday, September 24, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Friday marks the first day of the fall Fiction Reading Group at B&N. They’ll be reading Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (B&N sure loves their classics). The group will meet every Friday at 7 until November 26.

NOOK Training Session

Saturday, September 25, 2010 10:00 a.m.

Every Saturday at 10 AM, our local Barnes & Noble offers training sessions for their eBook reader the NOOK. The B&N experts can help you navigate your fully-charged reader, but you have to pre-register at the NOOK desk (oh, yes, they have a “NOOK desk”) and space is limited.

As always, be sure to check the Observatory on a regular basis to stay up-to-date on the awesome book events, signings, readings, and releases that happen in our neighborhood all the time.

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