The Dogist
Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (NoLIta).
The Dogist himself, Elias Weiss Friedman, will be talking with Stacie Grissom of the BarkPost newsletter about the release of The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs. The event is being held in celebration of the book’s release and in recognition of October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so the ASPCA will be there, too, with a few furry friends in need of a home. Strand asks that you please keep your own pooch at home, but BarkBox will be on hand with all the materials you need to make a pup-friendly doggie bag to take home, so you don’t have to feel too bad about Fido missing out. Brews will be on hand from Radiant Pig Craft Beers, so buy a copy of The Dogist or a $15 gift card for admission and stop by Strand for a doggone good time.

October 20, 21, and 23 at 6:45 p.m. The Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd Street (East Village). Tickets $18; $15 for students with ID and seniors (at the door only).
Only three more days left to catch The Faux-Real Theatre Company’s raucous, rigorous version of Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata. It may be in poetry slam form, but Faux-Real brings the ancient battle of the sexes to life in much the same way the Greeks did it in 411 BC: with live music, a chorus, “bold theatrics,” and “colorful masks and oversized phalluses,” according to the website for the Nuyorican Poets Café. Wine will flow freely when the much-heralded venue is turned into an ancient marketplace “where Aristophanes’ bawdy classic will delight Athenians and New Yorkers alike.”

426d19a3be02e70a9c0449bac1734857Sarah Vowell
Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. BookCourt, 163 Court Street (Cobble Hill).
Riding shotgun with the swashbuckling French Aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette across the frozen Valley Forge and bloody battlefields of the Palace de Versaillles, Sarah Vowell takes readers through an unconventional account of the American Revolution; in her unique, engaging style, the bestselling author reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the war. You’ve see her as a guest on The Daily Show and heard her clever takes on history on This American Life – now see Vowell in person as she reads from Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

Chip Kidd
Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).
This year when you’re getting into the Halloween spirit with Charlie, Linus and the gang, add to your own enjoyment and impress (annoy?) your friends with the newfound Peanuts knowledge you got at Strand’s celebration of Charles Schulz. For his new book, Only What’s Necessary, author Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. He reproduced the best of the comic’s work, including rare and unpublished illustrations, shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear. You can leave politics and religion out of it, but The Great Pumpkin may very well come up in the conversation with Kidd and “Mutts” comic strip creator, Patrick McDonnell.

What’s Up Grim
Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Molasses Books, 770 Hart Street (Bushwick). 
“’I love your chest hair, feed it to me for breakfast,’ exclaimed the girl, merely ten years old, sitting on a hay bale before the embodied image of Death itself.” EWWW, WTF? This is just one line from what has to be one of the most disturbing quote books of all time, What’s Up Grim: Haunted Hayriders In Their Own Words, assembled by the Grim Reaper himself and mortal collaborator Adam Finchler. The morbid exchanges all came out of a New Jersey haunted hayride, where Death meets their customers face to face, for a fee. “Thousands attend the hayride every Halloween season to be spooked, to feel alive, and to heckle and taunt the delegates of their own demise,” according to this Brokelyn post. Meet the author and get your own signed copy at Molasses Books, if you dare.