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Author Event

Gabrielle Douglas
In “Raising the Bar,” Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas provides an inside look into her day-to-day world, from being a normal teenage girl and hanging out with friends and family, to walking the red carpet and training for the Olympics. Douglas will be discussing the book at Barnes & Noble at the Citigroup Center on Wednesday afternoon. (Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Citigroup Center, 160 E. 54th St., 212-750-8033,


‘Cutting Loose/A Walk Through Art History’
Take a walk through art history as you stroll among life-size, freestanding painted 2-D sculptures juxtaposed in different times and histories with no regard to their actual realities. Artist Susan Sills reconstructs art history in her new exhibit at Viridian Artists, “Cutting Loose/A Walk Through Art History.” The exhibit opens Tuesday with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday evening from 6 to 8, and a closing reception on Saturday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. (Opens Tuesday through May 18, Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., FREE, Chelsea: Viridian Artists, 548 W. 28th St., sixth fl., 212- 414-4040,

Book launch party

Mystery Writers of America present “The Mystery Box”
Yearning for a night of mystery? Stop by The Mysterious Bookshop Tuesday evening to celebrate the release of “The Mystery Box,” a brand new anthology edited by bestselling author Brad Meltzer. A cornucopia of contributors, including Meltzer, R.L. Stine and S.W. Hubbard, will be at the bookstore talking about and signing copies of the book. (Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., FREE, The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St., 212-587-1011,

Author Event

Temple Grandin
Best-selling author and autism advocate Temple Grandin will be signing copies of her latest book, “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum,” at Barnes & Noble Union Square Tuesday evening. In “The Autistic Brain,” Grandin weaves in her own personal experience with autism with the latest discoveries in the field. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,

Book signing

Eve Ensler in conversation with Mark Matousek
Playwright, author and activist Eve Ensler (of “The Vagina Monologues” fame) will be discussing her newest work, “In the Body of the World” on Wednesday at B&N Union Square. In the new memoir, Ensler discusses her own separation and connection to her body, herself and the world around her through her life experiences. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,


SciCafe: Flavor Labs: Demystifying the Science of Taste
The latest installment of SciCafe is so good, you can taste it. That’s because the focus is on demystifying the science of taste, as professional flavor developer and author of “Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good” Barb Stuckey discusses the science and meaning behind taste. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE with cash bar, 21+, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769- 5100,


Bike Expo New York
Calling all biking enthusiasts! Hop on those two-wheelers and pedal over to Pier 36, located along the East River at South and Montgomery sts., for the annual Bike Expo New York, a celebration of the growing popularity of biking in the city. The expo expects to host more than 90 exhibitors representing the best brands and organizations in biking. (Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE, Pier 36, Basketball City, 299 South St., 212-233-5050,

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