As we get ready to watch Kate Bolick read from Spinster, “a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single,” tonight at 20 Cooper Square (6-8 p.m.), here’s a selection of other feminist-esque literary happenings this week. There are talks from a social critic and women’s rights advocate, an outspoken actress/poet, the folks at The Feminist Press, and of course there’s a modern take on Jane Eyre. All that and more, straight ahead.
Eat My Heart Out
The Feminist Press will present Zoe Pilger, art critic for The Independent, and Amy Scholder in a conversation about privilege, post-feminism, the pathology of romantic love, and Eat My Heart Out, Pilger’s debut novel about a “psychically bulimic narrator” who is “everyone’s anti-Bridget Jones,” according to Chris Kraus.
Monday, May 4, 8 p.m. at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street (Nolita.)
Headscarves and Hymens
Join Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, on the opening night of the 11th annual PEN World Voices Festival. Featuring events all week long throughout New York City, this year’s program takes you beyond the news, “providing a rare chance to hear voices and perspectives from contemporary Africa and its diaspora.”
Monday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street (East Village).
Jane Eyre meets Brooklyn
Patricia Park will read from Re Jane, her “cheeky, clever homage to Jane Eyre,” about a half-Korean, half-American orphan in Flushing, Queens, who’s suddenly thrown into a world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth century novels when she becomes au pair for two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter.
Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. BookCourt, 163 Court Street (Cobble Hill).
Amber Tamblyn in a talk with Ira Glass
You may recognize Amber Tamblyn from her roles in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the TV drama House, but what you probably don’t know is that she’s also an accomplished poet. Her third collection of poetry, Dark Sparkler, explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses, with artwork by Marilyn Manson and David Lynch. The Guardian calls the collection “a devastatingly haunting work”; she’ll be discussing it at the Strand with This American Life’s Ira Glass.
Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m. at Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village).
“Almost Famous” if Stillwater came up playing VFW Halls
Author Amy Fleisher Madden started Fiddler Records at age 16, and there was no stopping her from there. A decade later she founded Death + Taxes magazine, she currently she has a career in advertising, and now she’s come out with her debut novel A Million Miles, a coming of age tale about a teen who leaves college to tour with her favorite rock band.
Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m. at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street (Greenpoint).
Congressman Russo reads Knausgaard
If you’re a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s hugely popular My Struggle series, don’t miss House of Cards actor Corey Stoll’s reading of Book Four, which chronicles the Norwegian author’s move to the Arctic circle, where he finds the time and space to start his writing career. Vulture’s Boris Kachka says this newest offering in the collection of autobiographical novels is a good place for uninitiated readers to start, and for fans “it’s another beautiful jigsaw piece.”
Saturday May 9, 10:30 a.m. at Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village).