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Annie Liebovitz

Annie Liebovitz Credit: Annie Liebovitz (Getty)

Book discussion
Annie Leibovitz
Iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz will be presenting her new collection, “Pilgrimage,” at Barnes & Noble this Wednesday. Leibovitz made her name as a photographer for Rolling Stone, starting in 1970 and becoming the mag’s chief photog in 1973. “Pilgrimage” is a collection of shots of subjects meaningful for Leibovitz, including Emily Dickinson’s home in Amherst, Mass., Freud’s abode in London and Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, among others.
(Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810,

Canstruction Exhibit and Design Competition
Help fight hunger while creating art with the Canstruction Exhibit and Design Competition this week and next week at the World Financial Center. More than 100,000 cans of food will be made into 26 sculptures throughout the complex before they are donated to help feed hungry New Yorkers during the Thanksgiving season as part of City Harvest.
(Thursday-Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 21, FREE, World Financial Center Complex, 220 Vesey St., 212-945-0505,

A Celebration of Poetry @ Tech
Get your poetry on this Thursday evening with the Poets House Celebration of Poetry @ Tech, featuring four current and former Georgia Tech McEver Visiting Chairs in Writing. Make sure your fingers are ready for doling out snaps.
(Thursday, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, 212-431-7920,

Book talk/tasting
Francine Segan
Books and food go so well together. And better yet are books and desserts. Check out this FREE talk and tasting by food historian and James Beard-nominated cookbook author Francine Segan at the National Arts Club this Thursday. The talk will be focused on Segan’s new book, “Dolci: Italy’s Sweets.”
(Thursday, 8-9 p.m., FREE, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, btwn Park and Irving Place, 212-475-3424,

Super Mario 3D Land Launch Event
It’s a-Mario! (Pretend like we just said that with a thick, fake Italian accent.) Step into a jumbo mushroom kingdom this Saturday in Times Square as Nintendo celebrates the launch of Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS. Don a Tanooki tail and ears as you make your way through Mario’s world. Bonus points (from us) if you wear the red overalls and hat.
(Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, Times Square, Broadway and Seventh Ave. btwn 43rd and 44th sts.,

If you believe in fairies, it’s time to head to the “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” A bit too far? Then venture over to Madison Ave. and 56th St. for a FREE screening of “Hook” at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab this Saturday. Call to RSVP Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 212-833-8100.
(Saturday, 2 p.m., FREE, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave., 212-833-8100,

‘77 Steps’
View a FREE screening of “77 Steps” this Sunday, part of the Fifth Annual Other Israel Film Festival. The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion of the recently published book “Israel’s Palestinians, The Conflict Within,” with co-authors Ilan Peleg and Dov Waxman, director of “77 Steps” Ibtisam Mara’ana and others. The festival runs this Thursday to Nov. 17.
(Sunday, 3 p.m., FREE, First Floor Screening Room, NYU King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square North, 646-505-5708,

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