92Y Readings & Writing Workshops; David Mitchell, John Irving, Kay Ryan and more

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Kay Ryan
Former US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan: Erratic Facts
Introduced by John Freeman
Kay Ryan is one of America’s greatest living poets. And her barbed wit and quizzical, philosophical, often mordant verse is on full display in her dazzling new collection, Erratic Facts.

“She loves to study the fallacies of the mind,” says the Los Angeles Times, “to watch the eye make mistakes, to pay tribute to the spooky mystery of nature’s whole bestiary.”


Sun, Nov 1, 7:30 pm

David Mitchell: Slade House
Down the road from a British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find you can’t …


Spanning five decades, leaping across genres and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, David Mitchell‘s Slade House is a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house tale — and it began as a Twitter story.

“I succumbed to its creepy magic,” writes Gillian Flynn. “It’s a wildly inventive, chilling, and — for all its otherworldliness — wonderfully human haunted house story.”

Tue, Nov 3, 8 pm

John Irving: Avenue of Mysteries
Introduced and interviewed by Susan Cheever
National Book Award winner and longtime Poetry Center friend John Irving returns with his new novel, Avenue of Mysteries, about an old man journeying to the Phillipines and back in time to his childhood in Mexico.

“It’s impossible to imagine the literary landscape without John Irving,” says Time magazine. “He is as close as one gets to a contemporary Dickens.”

Have a question for John Irving? Participate in the post-reading Q&A by submitting it on our website!

Thu, Nov 5, 8 pm


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