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Shows in Westchester County, NY:

Westchester Magazine's Best Reading Series of the Decade

Tables of 8 or more may be reserved for book clubs.

Tuesday, March 11th

Philipp Meyer
Rebecca Mead

"The New Yorker" staff writer Rebecca Mead reads from her new book, My Life in Middlemarch.

(Rebecca Mead has written a singular and inventive tale about her favorite book, and how it has changed - and changed her - over many years of reading and re-reading. Anyone who has ever loved the characters in a novel as dearly as we love our own families will recognize the passion, the devotion, the intimacy and the joy of returning again and again to a revered classic. Both a memoir and a biography, both an homage and a homecoming, My Life in Middlemarch is a perfectly composed offering of literary love and self-observation. I adored it, and it will forever live on my bookshelf next to my own precious paperbacks of George Eliot."

-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)

Debbie Stier
Debbie Stier

Publishing insider and social/technology maven Debbie Stier reads from her new book, The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT

("I loved this book. Debbie Stier's story of her year-long project answers every question about the SAT-and somehow turns this information into a lively and engaging adventure. I'm inspired to follow her advice (my poor fourteen-year-old has no idea). Parents especially will find this account packed with invaluable insights, from a funny, endearing friend who gives the inside scoop on how to deal with the nightmare."

-Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project)

Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus

Critically-acclaimed, prize-winning writer Ben Marcus reads from his new book, Leaving the Sea.

("Ben Marcus is one of my favorite writers on the planet, and I am in awe of his latest collection. Marcus's fiction is unrivaled in its strangeness, beauty, and transformative power. A Marcus story is clinically proven to quadruple the vision of your inner eye, enlarge your heart ten sizes, and give you lucid dreams. In Leaving the Sea, Ben Marcus has collected fifteen wise, extraordinarily moving, funny and frightening tales. They spelunk into deep cave systems of love and treachery, dynamite new horizons of storytelling possibility. Nobody has the stylistic and imaginative range of Marcus. Anyone fortunate enough to read Leaving the Sea will feel as though she is making a leap into uncharted zones of insight and emotion." - Karen Russell)

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Wednesday, April 9th

Michael Korda
Julia Glass

Bestselling, prize-winning writerJulia Glass reads from her new novel And the Dark Sacred Night

("Praise for earlier work: "Glass continues her streak of lovely and thought-provoking novels.... Irresistible." -The Denver Post

"Glass propels her characters through a world that is sometimes dire but also sweetly normal and often joyful.... Once again, she's proved to be a master of milieu, an old French word that means 'middle place'-the place in which all her characters, young and old, continue to engage with the world and where she, a novelist in mid-career, keeps refining their stories." -The Washington Post Book World )

Jamie Brenner
John Searles

Bestselling writer & book critic for The Today Show John Searles reads from his new novel, Help for the Haunted

("Wonderful....A coming of age tale that is poignant and touching....and will scare the living hell out of you. I loved every page of this novel: I loved the sisters and the story and the page-turning mystery. I just may never go downstairs into my basement again." Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Light in the Ruins)

Jamie Brenner
Jennifer Cody Epstein

Critically-acclaimed writer Jennifer Cody Epstein reads from her new novel, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

("Showcases war's bitter ironies...as well as its romantic serendipities." -Vogue

"A page-turner thanks to its high-stakes adventure, torrid love affairs and characters so real they seem to follow you around. And in the end, this gripping novel asks us not just to consider a lost chapter of a famous war but also to explore what it means to be lucky, and what it means to be loved.")

Tuesday, May 6th

Delia Ephron
Delia Ephron

Best-selling writer & screenwriter Delia Ephron reads from her new book, Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

("Nothing is more fun or funny than Delia Ephron grappling with her marriage, with her remote control, with what the weather does to her hair, and even with the loss of the larger-than-life family of writers who shaped her. No matter your species, you will desperately want Delia for your sister, your mother, maybe even your husband (though definitely not your dog)."-Lena Dunham)

Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer

Bestselling, critically-acclaimed writer Meg Wolitzer reads from her new novel, The Interestings

("Remarkable... [The Interestings's] inclusive vision and generous sweep place it among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot. The Interestings is warm, all-American, and acutely perceptive about the feelings and motivations of its characters, male and female, young and old, gay and straight; but it's also stealthily, unassumingly, and undeniably a novel of ideas. . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself." -The New York Times Book Review)

Jason Porter
Jason Porter

Critically-acclaimed debut novelist, Jason Porter reads from his novel, Why Are You So Sad?

("Jason Porter could find a place on the shelf beside Richard Brautigan, George Saunders, and David Sedaris. This is a quick, odd, wonderful book, one that pinned me back on my heels and made me laugh." -Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin)

Monday, June 9th

André Dubus
André Dubus

Best-selling, award-winning writerAndré Dubus reads from his new book, Dirty Love.

("Dubus delivers strong insights into bad behavior." "Gorgeous." "Nobody does quiet desperation better than Dubus.")

Alexi Zentner
Alexi Zentner

Critically-acclaimed writer Alexi Zentner reads from his new novel, Lobster Kings

("One of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today."
-Tea Obrecht)

Marcie Cuff
Marcie Cuff

Nature columnist, award-winning blogger, & crafts/gardening maven, Marcie Cuff reads from her debut book, This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Discovering the Natural World

("Marcie Cuff makes nature even more fun than the way you find it. This is a book about imagination and creativity - and getting dirty. The projects in This Book Was a Tree remind us of the dozens of ways we can all connect with the natural world on a daily basis. And since Marcie writes from the heart, you can just feel the satisfaction and even joy you'll get from connecting a little bit more with the world around you. She has ideas that everyone can try alone or with friends or family. She's going to make a lot of lives simpler, happier and more plugged into the world that's all around us.' -David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society)

Event Information

At Riverview
One Warburton Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
Catered by Chutney Masala
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Supper Buffet 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Spoken Interludes 7:30 – 8:30 pm  (writers read from their work with a Q&A)
Book signing 8:30 – 9:00 pm

$25.00 at the door

Chutney Masala will take cash or checks at the door,
but the Riverview bar can only take cash. The bookseller can take cash, check, or credit card.

Books sold by The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY

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