Reading Room

Thursday April 1

The LGBT Center and the Lambda Literary Foundation present “Voices of New York: An Evening of Readings.” Local writers nominated for the prestigious Lambda Literary Foundation’s awards for achievement in LGBT writing, will read from their work including Christopher Bram (“Lives of Circus Animals”), Marijane Meaker (“Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s”), Don Weise (“Time on Two Crosses”), Elspeth Potter, Perry Brass (“The Substance of God”), Toni Amato and Mary Davies (“Pinned Down by Pronouns”), Ben Hodges (“Forbidden Acts”), Jameson Currier (“Best Gay Erotica 2004”), Lucy Jane Bledsoe (“This Wild Science”), Kathi Kosmider (“Necrologue”) and Kevin Bentley (“Boyfriends from Hell”). 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. reading at the Center, Free.

Friday April 2

Tom Perrotta will read and sign copies of his book, “Little Children,” the story of yuppy suburban parents of young children. There’s Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad who catches the eyes of the moms at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a filmmaker envious of the strong connection Todd has with their son. And there’s Sarah, a feminist who finds herself in a typical marriage with her husband, Richard, who is increasingly dedicated to his Internet fantasy. And then there’s Mary Ann, who has life all figured out. Soccer moms and Dads raise their kids in the peace and quiet of suburbia until a convicted child molester moves to town, and two parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could ever have imagined. 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center.

Paul Collins will read from his book, “Not Even Wrong,” the true story of his son Morgan who when he was two years old, he could read, spell, and perform multiplication tables in his head…but not answer to his own name. Morgan lives in the world of autism. In the book, Collins blends memoir with research and investigation, examining forgotten geniuses and obscure medical archives. He travels to an English churchyard, the Seattle labs of Microsoft, and from a Wisconsin prison cellblock to the streets of Vienna. The story stretches from a lonely clearing in the Black Forest to a London palace, from Defoe and Swift to the discovery of evolution; from the modern dawn of the computer revolution to, in the end, the Collins’s own home. 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble Chelsea.

Saturday April 3

Lewis Richmond will read from his new book, “A Whole Life’s Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually,” which explores the spiritual dimensions of all the work we do, including but not limited to our paying job. Lewis identifies eight main arenas of work: the Earner, the Parent, the Monk, the Elder, the Hobbyist, the Creator, the Helper, and the Learner—with corresponding spiritual dimensions that develop within us throughout our life. Taken together, Lewis says, these eight modes comprise the “Great

Work” of a human being. Lewis Richmond is a software entrepreneur, musician, husband and father. A Buddhist teacher ordained by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, he spent fifteen years as a Zen monk and another fifteen in corporate America before writing his first book, “Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job.” 2 p.m. at Sufi Books, $10.

Sunday April 4

Michael Groden will discusss James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as part of the series, “Critics and Brunch.” Groden is a professor of English at the University of Western Ontario, the editor of “The James Joyce Archive,” co-editor of “The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism” and co-director of the electronic project “Digital Ulysses.” A buffet brunch and an opportunity to speak informally with Groden will be available after the discussion. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 92nd St. Y, $30, includes brunch.

Tuesday April 6

Independent Publisher, W.W. Norton and Company will host a reading event for National Poetry Month featuring Charlie Smith and Jill Bialosky who will read and sign copies of their books and answer questions. Charlie Smith will read from his latest book of poetry, the critically acclaimed “Women of America,” a meditation on the mysteries of the heart. Jill Bialosky will read selected poetry from “Subterranean,” a collection of poems dealing with the contradictions and demands of womanhood. 7 p.m. at Housing Works Used Book Café.

Wednesday April 7

Tom Dolby will read from his novel, “Trouble Boy,” the story of Toby, an up and coming young gay writer in Manhattan who is hunting for a decent relationship and a screenplay deal. Breaking into Manhattan’s glittering nightlife of parties, men and B-list celebrities, things start to look up, but romance still eludes him. After a wild premier party, an accident will test his allegiance to his nightlife friends. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, Chelsea.

Thursday, April 8

Abigail Garner, author of “Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is,” and Cathy Renna, former News Media Director of GLAAD, discuss “Growing Up with Gay Parents,” an event co-sponsored with Out Professionals and LYNX. 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center $7 for Out Professionals and Publishing Triangle members, $10 for nonmembers. Book sales by Oscar Wilde Bookshop.

Thursday April 15

It’s tax day and surveys show that most Americans spend their refunds on travel vacations. Find out the sexiest gay destinations to visit when editor Michael Luongo reads from “Between the Palms,” a gay travel erotica collection from Haworth Press. Joining will be some of the New York contributors to the book — Michael Mele, Rob Stephenson, Aaron Krach, Lance Rush and others. 7 p.m., Creative Visions Bookstore.

Tuesday April 20

Authors and activists from MoveOn.org will read discuss and sign copies of the book, “50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change.” With more than 2 million members, the flourishing online activist group MoveOn is at the cutting edge of a new model for political activism with its ability to mobilize thousands of volunteers and millions of dollars. MoveOn takes its message offline in this book that provides inspiration and ideas for becoming a responsible member of our democracy. 7:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble Astor Place.

Thursday April 29

Vittoria Repetto, who calls herself the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side, will read her own poetry at “Women’s Voices in Italian-American Literature.” From a poem where she places her grandparents young and in love right in front of us, to “she’s doing the dishes” where in a tongue in cheek delivery she eroticizes a simple household chore, Vittoria casts an unapologetically direct and witty eye on life’s complexity. Her poems paint unforgettable moments within unforgettable scenes. 10:50 a.m. at Brooklyn College Student Union.

Venues

Sufi Books, 227 West Broadway, 212 334 5212.

92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212 415 5500.

The LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., 212 620 7310.

Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby St., 212 334 3324.

Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center, 1972 Broadway, 212 595 6859.

Barnes and Noble Chelsea, 675 6th Ave., 212 727 1227.

Barnes and Noble Astor Place, 4 Astor Place, 212 420 1322.

Brooklyn College, Student Union Building, Campus Road and E. 27th St., 718 951 5211.

Creative Visions Book Store, 548 Hudson St., 212 645 7573.

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