McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe are collaborating on the inaugural Downtown Literary Festival, a daylong celebration of the literary culture of New York City. The festival will take place at both bookstores simultaneously, on Sunday, April 14, followed by a happy-hour mingle at Housing Work Bookstore and an after-party at Pravda, featuring Russian literature–themed cocktails.

Why a Downtown Literary Festival? The goal is to showcase the literature and writers of New York City. It will aim to reflect the diversity and creativity that characterizes downtown NYC with a day of the nontraditional events for which McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore have become known.

This panel-less festival will include live interviews and readings from the archive of The Paris Review.

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