THU. JUNE 3
At the Urbana Poetry Slam watch as poets battle it out for the championship slam. $5 7 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club.
Karen Latuchie will read from her book “The Honey Wall” and Deborah Skelly will read from “The Misadventures of Maria O’Mara.” Both authors will sign and answer questions after the reading. “The Honey Wall” chronicles the love between a man and a woman from different worlds. Skelly’s book follows a 40-year-old talent agent who only has a few months to save her job, find a husband and start a family. 7 p.m. at the Housing Works Used Book Café.
SAT. JUNE 5
Alice Kahn Ladas, Ed.D will discuss her book, “The Sexual Revolution: Phase Two.” The ability to create and sustain intimate relationships that include pleasurable sex still remains out of reach for too many people. Why? Recent findings in neuroscience tell us that our capacity to connect lovingly, compassionately and with sexual pleasure to another is heavily influenced by what happens to us in the first years of life. So what do we do now? A video will be followed by a group discussion. 7 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore
SUN. JUNE 6
“Lowdown Highway: The Transportation Anthology,” is the debut publication by Junkyard Books, a queer, woman-owned publishing company from San Francisco. The authors of “Lowdown Highway” present an evening of spoken word, images and music. $6 suggested donation. 7 p.m. at Bluestockings.
MON. JUNE 7
Author Herman Schwartz will discuss and sign copies of his book “Right Wing Justice: The Conservative Campaign to Take Over the Courts.” His book raises the alarm about the creeping conservative campaign to “pack” America’s courts with judges more identified with their ideological affiliation than their skill or regard for the Constitution. 7:30 at Barnes and Noble Greenwich Village.
TUE. JUNE 8
Sarah Gray Miller discusses her book, “Budget Living’s Home Cheap Home.” Reminding readers that style is a matter of “attitude, not price,” Miller gives tips for decorating every room of the home, from living rooms to kitchens to bathrooms to home offices, integrating anecdotes from real people who decorated their own homes without going broke. 6:30 p.m. at Borders Columbus Circle.
Investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Robert Whitaker will interview Daniel Dorman about his new book, “Dante’s Cure: A Journey Out of Madness.” After the interview, both Whitaker and Dorman will answer questions from the audience. Dorman’s book chronicles the illness and recovery of a patient’s journey from severe schizophrenia to health without the use of standard medications. 7 p.m. at the Housing Works Used Book Café.
New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks, whose book “Bobos in Paradise” anatomized “the new upper class,” will discuss and sign copies of his new book “On Paradise Drive” which explores America’s middle class in all its vulgarity. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s national security advisor, will host a discussion based upon his book, “The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership.” He will discuss the importance of building international alliances and how America needs to lead and develop a global community of shared interests in these unstable times. Admission is $25. 8 p.m. at the 92nd St. Y.
WED. JUNE 9
In celebration of love and weddings in the month of June, “Novel Jews” reading series will feature Karen Schwartz author of “Clearing the Aisle” and Jeff Sharlet, co-author of “Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible” who will read his unpublished short story, “If Brooke Hurley Had Breasts, She Would Not Be Dancing With Ben Tel.” 7 p.m. at KGB Bar.
Barnes and Noble, Astor Place, 4 Astor Place, 212 420 1322.
Barnes and Noble, Greenwich Village, 396 6th Ave., 212 674 8780.
Barnes and Noble, Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway, 212 595 6859.
Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212 253 0810.
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., 212 777 6028.
Borders Wall St., 100 Broadway, 212 964 1988.
The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 212 614 0505.
Creative Visions Book Store, 548 Hudson St., 212 645 7573.
Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St. 212 334 3324.
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., 212 505 3360.
The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212 620 7310.
92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212 415 5500.
Makor, 35 W. 67th St., 212 601 1000.
The Poetry Project 131 E. 10th St., 212 674 0910.