Earlier this year the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center closed its doors, but unlike Borders (R.I.P.) the company still has plenty of stores open in the boroughs. And this fall they're bringing some amazing names to their "Upstairs in the Square" makeshift lit parlour. Some highlights are below—these are all held at the Union Square Barnes & Noble at 33 East 17th Street, are free of charge, and are things you can't do on your Kindle!

  • Thursday, September 22nd, 7 p.m.: Christopher Bollen, author of Lightning People, and singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces).
  • Monday, September 26th, 6 p.m.: Colin Meloy of the Decemberists and Carson Ellis, author and illustrator of the novel, Wildwood (it's suggested that this will only be a conversation)
  • Thursday, October 13th, 7 p.m.: Ann Beattie, author of The New Yorker Stories, and singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová (Anar)

Check out video from past events here. Get there extra early for the Meloy and Ellis event to grab a seat... and bring the kids! Though in a recent interview with The Atlantic, Meloy says, "mostly I wrote for the nine- and 10-year-olds, but I'm pretty certain there are a lot of adults reading it, too."