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Getting the Most Out of New York Book Week

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New York City bookstores may be host to more handshaking than page-turning this week. That's because bigwigs from the publishing industry are in town this week for the BookExpo America (BEA) trade show. For bookworms further removed from the industry, BEA means free readings and events citywide. Here's a short list to New York Book Week events where you can show off your most impressive literary airs.

Meet Anthony Bourdain, author of "Medium Raw," in Gramercy Fans of Bourdain's breed of take-no-prisoners honesty and passion for food can see what's new in his latest installment, "Medium Raw." Fans interested in getting up close to the man who's tried nearly every food on the planet can purchase the book in paperback in order to guarantee premium seating. On Tuesday at 7 P.M. at Barnes & Noble at 33 East 17th St.

Author Talk: Ernesto Quiñonez, Alexi Zentner and Jared Harel, at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Pedigree isn't everything when it comes to writers, but a connection to the illustrious Cornell University M.F.A. writing program can't hurt. Zentner and Harel are up-and-comers who came through Cornell's program, while Quiñonez is a Cornell professor whose writing is deeply rooted in the East Harlem of his youth. Visitors with Ivy League aspirations can close their eyes and pretend they're in the freezing gorges of Ithaca. On Tuesday at 7 P.M. at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.

Building Bridges: Spanish and English Language Writers in Conversation "Literature in Translation," in Chelsea Literature in translation either enriches or hinders the prose. Authors like Carlos Labbé of Chile and Antonio Ortuño of Mexico were chosen as the best Latin American writers by the hippest literary journal on the block, Granta. Labbé and Ortuño will be discussing literature in translation with other authors from Granta's best and brightest. On Wednesday at 7 P.M. at 192 Books at 192 10th Ave.

Greenlight Bookstore's Summer Open Mic Launch, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn For the horn-rimmed, rhythm-loving masses of Brooklyn, a little open mic may be just the right thing for the summer. The Greenlight Bookstore is launching a weekly summer open mic night run by poet Angel Nafis. Thursday's event will feature work from café veterans like Jon Sands, whose work is known to be both hilarious and heady, and Jeanann Verlee, known for her "Unsolicited Advice to Adolescent Girls With Crooked Teeth and Pink Hair." On Thursday at 7:30 P.M. at Greenlight Bookstore at Fulton St., Brooklyn.

The Mysteries of Venice and the Magic of New York Revealed, at NYU Two of the world's most fantastic cities in their own right, Venice and New York, get their due at this interactive event hosted at N.Y.U.'s Italian house. Alberto Toso Fei of Venice and Timothy "Speed" Levitch of New York will present this interactive cityguide that invites users to explore New York and Venice by following a literary adventure on their mobile devices. On Friday at 6 P.M. at New York University's Casa Italiana at 24 W. 12th St.