(Photo: Courtesy of Pete's Candy Store)

(Photo: Courtesy of Pete’s Candy Store)

TUESDAY

Cool as F••k Reading Series
July 26, 7:30pm at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street at Richardson Street, Williamsburg.
Pete’s Candy Store holds its monthly “Cool as F**k” reading series every fourth Tuesday. It’s billed as a show that combines stand-up and musical performances with a more traditional reading series format, where literary madness is accompanied by a live band and a number of surprise appearances. The series is hosted by Bill Lessard (McSweeney’s, NPR, Prelude) and Bud Smith (The Rumpus, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn), and includes a number of notable writers and musicians who appear alongside a “special guest” who will be profiled in a separate podcast.

WEDNESDAY

(Photo: Courtesy of McNally Jackson)

(Photo: Courtesy of McNally Jackson)

War Porn: An Evening With Roy Scranton
July 27, 7pm at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street between Lafayette Street and Mulberry Street.
Roy Scranton, whose writing can be found in places such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Nation, has created a nuanced exploration of the voyeuristic way in which we consume images of war, violence, and destruction. Scranton’s debut novel is set in both the United States and Iraq, and switches its perspective from a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq, to an Iraqi math professor stuck in the midst of the American invasion, to a domestic scene back in the United States. Scranton, who was himself deployed in Iraq, will be joined in conversation with author Jennifer Egan.

(Photo: Courtesy of Housing Works Bookstore)

(Photo: Courtesy of Housing Works Bookstore)

Nicole Dennis-Benn and Tiphanie Yanique in conversation
July 27, 7pm at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street.
Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes The Sun, and Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning, How to Escape From A Leper Colony, and Wife, are coming together to discuss their works and their experiences as Afro-Caribbean writers living and working in the United States (Dennis-Benn is from Jamaica, and Yanique is from the Virgin Islands). The discussion will be moderated by Glory Edim, who is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a blog that celebrates black women writers, both contemporary and classic.

SATURDAY

(Photo: Courtesy of Strand Bookstore)

(Photo: Courtesy of Strand Book Store)

July 30, doors open at 8pm at Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Obviously this doesn’t need much of an introduction. The long-anticipated continuation of the Harry Potter saga is finally here, and the Strand is celebrating with a costumed midnight release, just like the good old days. The story follows Harry as an adult with kids of his own, who are now attending Hogwarts themselves. In order to be a part of the event, you’ll have to purchase your book ahead of time, preferably online since the queue is probably going to be pretty serious. But once you’ve made it inside, trivia, prizes, costumes galore, a state-of-the-art photobooth from OM Digital, and treats from Fat Witch await. Cancel your Saturday plans, get there early and relive the Pottermania from your teenage years.