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3 buzzy authors you can meet in person next week

Your New Year’s resolution was to read more, right?

From meeting comedian Michael Ian Black to seeing the renowned organizational queen Marie Kondo, there’s a little bit of something for everyone happening next week at NYC bookstores. Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know.

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What: Master Class on the art of tidying up with Marie Kondo
When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Where: Barnes and Noble Union Square (33 E. 17th St.)

Organization guru Marie Kondo is making a special New York City appearance to celebrate the release of her new book, “Spark Joy.” At the event, she will share (through a translator) her words of wisdom on now tidying up your apartment can completely transform your life. You must buy a copy of the book to attend this event. Seats are sure to fill up, so get there early.

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What: Book release for “The Invitation-Only Zone” by Robert Boynton
When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Where: BookCourt (163 Court St., Brooklyn)

Journalist Robert Boynton’s new book recounts the gripping true story of one of North Korea’s most infamous kidnapping plots. In 2002, Kim Jong-il admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens, attempting to brainwash them and turn them into spies. When the scheme fell apart, the abductees were forced to pose as North Korean civilians, living in guarded communities known as “Invitation-Only Zones.” You’ll walk away from this event wide-eyed.

What: Book release for “Navel Gazing” by Michael Ian Black and Julia Turner
When: Jan. 21, 8 p.m.
Where: The Strand (828 Broadway)

Comedian Michael Ian Black may be known for his comedy, but his latest book “Navel Gazing,” is a poignant read. After Black’s mom receives some devastating medical news, it caused him to think about getting older and, well, death, in a way he’s never thought of before. He’ll be talking all about middle age in a conversation led by Slate editor Julia Turner. To attend the event, you must buy a copy of the event or a $15 gift Strand card.

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