Not to be confused with the Simpsons character of the same name, the novelist Mona Simpson (Anywhere but Here) reads from her latest, My Hollywood, at Bryant Park Reading Room on Wednesday (12:30 p.m., free). The book, about two women navigating L.A., has drawn superlative blurbs from the likes of Joseph O’Neill and Michael Chabon-but if you’re one of those people who only attends book events in Brooklyn, you can check out Gary Shteyngart’s reading from Super Sad True Love Story at BookCourt instead (Thursday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., free). We think Mr. Shteyngart can officially be crowned this summer’s literary crown prince: His novel has received a barrage of great reviews, and has almost reached Stieg Larsson levels of F-train ubiquity. Mr. Shteyngart’s title is deceiving, though, and if you’d rather hear a story that’s actually true, head to The Half King, on 23rd Street, where Tom Grimes will read from Mentor, a memoir about his time as a student of Frank Conroy’s at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (Monday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., free). Those who’d prefer to do a little learning of their own can hear all about Sex: Our Bodies Our Junk, hosted by the very official-sounding “Association for the Betterment of Sex,” at McNally Jackson (Tuesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., free). Go at your own risk: Conan O’Brien called the satirical book “possibly the most irresponsible book written on the subject of sexuality since The Berenstain Bears Host a Key Party.” Consider us sold.
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