New York Public Library; 9/20 at 7 p.m.; Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., Williamsburg
Rushdie talks with Paul Holdengräber about Joseph Anton, his memoir about spending nine years living under a fatwa.Literary mash-up:The name of the book refers to Rushdie’s alias, which he chose by combining the first names of two of his favorite authors, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.
Cooper Union , Rose Hall; 9/21 at 6:30 p.m.; 7 E. 7th St., at Third Ave.; 212-353-4100
The author of Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York will discuss debauchery in 1890s New York, including the brothels once located right in Cooper Union. History comes alive!
The Emma Straub Hollywood Variety Hour
Public Assembly; 9/22 at 8 p.m.; 70 N. 6th St., nr. WytheAve., Williamsburg; 718-384-4586
A variety night of singing, dancing (in seats), and a former Brat Packer when author Straub hosts musician Stephin Merritt, actor and travel author Andrew McCarthy, blogger Maris Kreizman, and the inimitable Ira Glass. Note: The price of admission includes a copy of Straub’s novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures.
Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum
BookCourt; 9/25 at 7 p.m.; 163 Court St., nr. Pacific St., Boerum Hill; 718-875-3677
The authors of I Want My MTV, a testament to the myriad ways the channel has influenced popular culture, read from their book and answer questions from the audience.
Pacific Standard; 9/26 at 7 p.m.; 82 Fourth Ave., nr. St. Marks Pl., Park Slope; 718-858-1951
For its September reading, the father-focused website DadWagon presents Theodore Ross, who reads from his new book Am I a Jew?: Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man’s Search for Himself, about the author’s childhood as a closeted Jew in southern Mississippi in the eighties.