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Second Verse Same as the First

Does it count as daily blogging if today looks a lot like yesterday? Been running around in circles since the morning and find myself, once again, using my first chance to sit down to reach out to you all, with the get-to-the-event-clock ticking down. This one is at my local neighborhood bookstore, Greenlight Bookstore, where I'll be in conversation with wide-hearted author Colum McCann, who you may just know from reading your beloved copy of Let the Great World Spin or any of his 96 other books (or maybe it's 97, I may have miscounted). (Also, if you've already read Let the Great World Spin, it's time for you to pick up Dancer. And if Dancer's the one you've read, then maybe try Songdogs... and if you've read them all, then I like your taste.)

The Local, our Fort Greene/Clinton Hill blog for the New York Times ran a piece today announcing the event, which is mighty nice of them. Also, The Local has a new regular column of great interest called "Dog of the Day," and I thought you might want to see the most recent entry. As for sharing pictures, I don't have video from last night yet, but I do have a couple of photos. Sarah Jones (my partner in crime) was, of course, magnificent and magnificently generous. It was the craziest idea for an event that I've ever had, and one of the absolutely most rewarding. Here's the very kindly audience at the New York Public Library.

And here's one of me and Lorraine Levine (and I try not to pick favorites from Sarah's characters, but Lorraine and I have a special bond).

And here I am with Sarah Jones, finally, being Sarah Jones.

Also, for those of you who still aren't familiar with what she does, here's her TED Talk, which is, of course, worth watching.

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Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. His latest book is the story collection What We Talk About When We Talk about Anne Frank.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. Dancer
    Used Trade Paper $9.50
  2. Let the Great World Spin
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  3. What We Talk About When We Talk...
    Used Hardcover $11.95
  4. Songdogs Used Trade Paper $4.95


Nathan Englander is the author of What We Talk About When We Talk about Anne Frank: Stories

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