Happy late January, book-lovers. After you dig yourself out from underneath that snow, you might want an excuse to leave the house and hob-nob with some literary types. This week has all kind of interesting events, from a discussion about the rise of the antihero with The New Yorker‘s Emily Nussbaum and New York Magazine‘s Adam Sternbergh to a live discussion of finances and freelance writing to a party in honor of the NYRB Classics release of Argentine poet Silvina Ocampo’s work. Dig out and then dig in, that’s our motto. (Or well, it is now.)
Antiheroes Discussion at McNally Jackson
Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm, free
New York Magazine culture editor and Shovel Ready author Adam Sternbergh celebrates the release of his follow-up novel, Near Enemy, with a discussion of the rise of the anti-hero. Panelists include New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott, and Dare Me author. Zero points for bringing up Breaking Bad.
Billfold Live! at Housing Works Cafe
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, free
The Awl sister site The Billfold takes its frank discussion of how artsy types do finances to the stage at Housing Works, with readings from Jezebel writer Jia Tolentino, Vol. 1 Brooklyn co-founder Jason Diamond, and The Hairpin editor (and our own 30 under 30 pick!) Jazmine Hughes. Go to hear a funny, probably useful breakdown of how to handle money.
Silvina Ocampo Party at Community Bookstore
Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 pm, free
NYRB Classics consistently puts out beautiful, interesting, under-the-radar translations and classics, and a party they throw is usually worth checking out. This one, at Brooklyn’s own Community Bookstore, is to celebrate the release of two new translations of the work of Argentinean poet Silvina Ocampo (the first ones into English, natch), the short story collection Thus Were Their Faces and a selected poetry collection, too. Both translators of the works will be there to discuss Ocampo’s work, as well as Argentine literature more generally.
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm launch at PowerHOUSE Arena
Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm, free
Buzzfeed‘s Hele Anne Petersen sits down for a talk with Rebecca Scherm to help launch Scherm’s gripping debut novel, a story about a botched art heist and an all-consuming love affair.