A WILD Night with Sugar and the Rumpus

Sugar is none other than Portland-based author Cheryl Strayed, and she will be reading at her big coming-out bash from her new memoir, WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf), on shelves March 20. Come meet Cheryl/Sugar, and to celebrate her work with a fantastic lineup of special guests, including authors Pam Houston, Paul Lisicky, Mary Beth Williams, Stephen Elliott, Elyssa East, Max Fenton, Emily St. John Mandel, Alexander Chee, Gabrielle Hamilton, Aryn Kyle, David Gutowski, and your hostess for the evening, Miss Rachel Syme.

housing works bookstore
7 pm
126 crosby street
$10

 

We are living on an Island of Vice

In Island of Vice, Richard Zacks paints a vivid portrait of the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York, and of Theodore Roosevelt, the puritanical, cocksure police commissioner resolved to clean it up. Writing with great wit and zest, Zacks explores how young Roosevelt goes head to head with Tammany Hall, takes midnight rambles with muckraker Jacob Riis, and tries to convince two million New Yorkers to enjoy wholesome family fun. When Roosevelt’s crackdown succeeds too well, even his supporters turn on him, and TR discovers that New York loves its sin more than its salvation.

The Half King
505 west 23rd
7 pm
free

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