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Bar hopper? Bookstore hopper? Today is the perfect time to bounce between both. The Downtown Literary Festival is back for a second year celebrating the longtime writerly culture and bookish sensibilities of Lower Manhattan. Housing Works Bookstore and McNally Jackson host a series of nontraditional reading events like literary cabaret and “The Greatest 3-minute Bad Apartment Stories,” along with archival explorations of New York lit journals BOMB, Guernica, The Paris Review, and more. This year, genre boundaries are pushed further with presentations on the comic book, the importance of music venues to New York scribes, and television’s increasing influence on the whole scene (with Slaughterhouse 90210’s expert mash-up artist Maris Kreizman). Check out author and booze aficionado Rosie Schaap’s custom book-and-cocktail pairings before heading to the afterparty at Von Bar.

Sun., April 13, 10 a.m., 2014

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HEY, RYAN GOSLING

Before Housing Works gets mobbed by Ryan Gosling fans tonight, let’s clear up one thing: Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude by Danielle Henderson is not about Gosling. Well . . . not exactly. Henderson, a student and teacher in the gender-studies program at the University of Wisconsin, started the Tumblr site Feminist Ryan Gosling as a way to keep track of the theorists she’s been studying. Each post features a stunning picture of a hunky Gosling (are there any other kind?) speaking his steamy feminist thoughts (“Hey girl. It’s hard for me to reify Beauvoir’s theory of the lost female genius when I’m around you.”) Henderson has, of course, turned all those photos and silly quotes into a book and will be celebrating the launch tonight along with blogger Maris Kreizman of Slaughterhouse 90210.

Thu., Aug. 2, 7 p.m., 2012