Pete's Candy Store Reading Series

FREE - Every other Thursday at 7:30pm

Curated and hosted by Jillian Capewell and Brian Gresko

Over the course of 15 years, Pete's Reading Series has earned a reputation as Brooklyn's premier reading series, where today's literary icons and tomorrow's stars take the stage regularly.

The most intimate reading space in Brooklyn. Think of a fine pre-war dining car with an endless supply of booze.
— Gary Shetyngart - author, Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story
Pete’s Candy Store Reading Series is by far the best series in Brooklyn, at the best bar. It’s the KGB of Brooklyn!
— Joanna Yas - Editor, Open City Magazine and Books
It has never been clear to me who Pete is, but there is no finer place to give - or hear - a reading in this city.
— Robert Polito - author, Savage Art


Colum McCann, Jonathan Ames, Tom Beller, Lan Samantha Chang, Jennifer Egan, Hari Kunzru, David Lehman, Sam Lipsyte, Francine Prose, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Gary Shetyngart, Colm Toibin, Justin Torres, Hannah Tinti



Jan 19 – Leland Cheuk, D. Foy and Leopoldine Core

Feb 2 – Sari Wilson and Sam Allingham

Feb 16 – Reading for The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War with Chris Wolfe, Kristen Rouse, Nate Bethea, Lauren Halloran and Colin Halloran

Mar 2 – Kashana Cauley and Jason Diamond

Mar 16 – Idra Novey and Garrard Conley

Apr 6 – Katie Kitamura, Min Jin Lee and Priscilla Becker

Apr 20 – Melissa Febos and Sarah Gerard

May 4 - Kanishk Tharoor and TBA

May 18 - Kia Corthron and Kate Daloz

Jun 1 - Hannah Tinti, Jim Shepard and Jessie Chaffee

Jun 15 - Julia Fierro, Alice Kaltman and Lisa Ko




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