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Panel: 'The Hustle'

Whether you’re harboring literary ambitions or are just curious, “The Hustle” should be an entertaining glimpse into what its like to be a successful professional writer. The discussion includes authors Angela Flournoy, Leigh Stein and Jennifer Baker, who will delve right into the personal stuff like how they pay bills and how they get work done, and these guys know how to do it right; Flournoy’s book The Turner House was a Times Sunday book review editor’s choice, Baker does everything from writing restaurant reviews to hosting the new podcast “Minorities in Publishing,” and Stein’s recent collection of poetry was described by Publishers Weekly as “a mix both giddy and anguished that incorporates elements from fairy tale, pop-culture, ancient myth, and choose-your-own-adventure books.”

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Talks and Readings: Dissecting Warhol, a LES Eat Pray Love, and More

Overcoming the past is a key theme in young authors’ Edan Lepucki and Mira Jacobs debut novels, both published last year to great acclaim, so it seems natural that they would celebrate their paperback release with a discussion on the topic. Lepucki’s California tells the story of a couple living in the ruins of a dystopian America who must choose between freedom and security when they discover they are expecting a child. “Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future,” said Jennifer Egan (Welcome to the Goon Squad). Jacob’s The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is about a daughter who returns to her childhood home to help with her unwell father, only to find herself confronted with strange looks from the hospital staff and a series of puzzling items buried in her mother’s garden. “When her plot springs surprises, she lets them happen just as they do in life: blindsidingly right in the middle of things,” said the Boston Globe.

Tuesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street (Fort Greene).

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