Bibliophiles will have even more reason than normal to love New York this week.
Today through Friday, the city hosts New York Book Week, a diverse collection of author events being held as part of the return of BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s largest annual trade fair, to Manhattan.
Everyone from Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain to best-selling author Erik Larson will appear at venues across the city, participating in talks, readings, signings and other special events.
amNewYork has parsed the schedule to offer these FREE best bets:
‘Medium Raw,’ Anthony Bourdain
Travel Channel host and noted ex-chef Anthony Bourdain doesn’t just travel the world on “No Reservations” — he’s also a popular author, and in “Medium Raw,” Bourdain offers his characteristically ribald opinions on the present-day food scene. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810)
Baseball Book Signings: Steve Steinberg, Lyle Spatz and Robert Weintraub
Steinberg and Spatz, authors of “1921: The Yankees, the Giants and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York,” and Robert Weintraub, author of “The House That Ruth Built,” discuss two seminal seasons in local baseball history. (Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Steuben Flagship Store, 667 Madison Ave., RSVP at 646-497-3753)
‘Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse Book 11),’ Charlaine Harris
If you love “True Blood,” you can’t miss this chance to hear Charlaine Harris read from the latest of her Sookie Stackhouse novels, which inspired the HBO series. (Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., Bryant Park, 42nd St. side of park, btwn NYPL and Sixth Ave., 212-768-4242)
‘In the Garden of Beasts,’ Erik Larson
From the point of view of the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, acclaimed author Erik Larson takes you inside the earliest years of the Third Reich. You can meet him at the Apple Store in SoHo. (Thursday, 5 p.m., Apple Store SoHo, 103 Prince St., 212-226-3126)
Red Lemonade Launch: Lynne Tillman and Vanessa Veselka
Authors Tillman and Veselka are feted with a joint launch party for their books “Someday This Will Be Funny” and “Zazen,” respectively. (Friday, 7:30 p.m., Word, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, 718-383-0096)