Commentary — February 5, 2010, 8:14 pm

Love: A Rebuke, A Valentine’s Day Reading (February 10)

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Featuring Colson Whitehead, Heidi Julavits, and Sam Lipsyte.

To coincide with St. Valentine’s Day, Harper’s Magazine presents “Love: A Rebuke,” a reading featuring selections from the magazine and new work by Harper’s Magazine contributors Colson Whitehead, Heidi Julavits, and Sam Lipsyte.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, New York City

WHO: Sam Lipsyte is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, and The Ask. He teaches at Columbia University.

Heidi Julavits is the author of three novels, including, most recently, The Uses of Enchantment. She is a founding editor of The Believer and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and Sag Harbor. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Additional selections will be read by the staff of Harper’s Magazine.

HOW: Admission is free. Attendees are asked to consider bringing a book to donate to the store. One hundred percent of the bookstore’s profits go to Housing Works, Inc., an organization committed to ending AIDS and homelessness.

View the event listing on the Housing Works website

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