Pages with Patel: Summer Literary Events

By Nishtha Patel

via The New Daily

New York is never short of any excitement. The city is bustling with numerous literary events this summer, from author signings to poetry slams. Because NYU is located in the perfect area — popular destinations such as The Strand and Barnes & Noble in Union Square — this means that all the best literary events are right at your fingertips.

May 26th at Barnes & Noble (Union Square): “Parks and Recreation” star and comedian, Nick Offerman, stops by to celebrate the release of his latest book, “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers.” This new book focuses on the historic figures that inspire him, combining history with comedy. Meet him and get your book signed!

May 29th at The Strand: Join actor/director Zach Braff and his brother, Joshua Braff, as they promote Joshua’s latest novel, “The Daddy Diaries.” This book is a hilarious tale about modern family life and you can count on the Braff brothers sharing great anecdotes from their own lives.

June 16th at Barnes & Noble (Union Square): Another “Parks and Rec” star, comedian, AND NYU alum, Aziz Ansari, is going to be here to launch his first book, “Modern Romance.” In this book, Aziz teams up with NYU sociologist, Eric Klinenberg, to explore romance in the modern age, combining sociology with cheeky humor.

June 23rd at The Strand: Abbi Jacobson from “Broad City” is here to talk about her book, “Color This Book: New York City!” This is a unique coloring book that captures the spirit and personality of New York City with illustrations done by Abbi herself.

July 7th at The Strand: British broadcaster and author, Caitlin Moran, is stopping by to promote the paperback release of her book, “How to Build a Woman.” Known for her passionate feminism and hilarious but blunt personality, this is sure to be an event and discussion you won’t want to miss.

These are only some of the events that are happening all over the city. There are numerous other authors doing signings and discussions so check the events pages of The Strand and Barnes & Noble’s website for updates. Not to mention, the Nuyorican Poets Café holds a special summer stage with well-known poets, as well as poetry slams during the week. The KGB bar also hosts fantastic readings so keep checking for these events.

New York is never short of exciting literary events, especially during this summer so go out and enjoy yourself.

Nishtha Patel is a contributing writer. Email her at


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