One amazing thing about living in New York City is the ability to rub elbows with some of the most accomplished writers in the world. This week there are three buzzy events happening that literary lovers won't want to miss. Get the lowdown here.

What: Book launch for "American Housewife" by Helen Ellis
When: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.
Where: The Powerhouse Arena (37 Main St., Brooklyn)

Here in New York, people tend to look down on the idea of being a housewife, but Helen Ellis' book "American Housewife" really draws you into the lives of 12 vastly different women. Her tales about the mundane suddenly seem fascinating and even the most staunchly career-oriented person will be able to relate — or at the very least be amused. Join the author for a reading and conversation about feminism, murderous ladies who lunch and more.

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What: Book launch for "The Confidence Game" by Maria Konnikova
When: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.
Where: BookCourt (163 Court St., Brooklyn)

Fans of "Making a Murderer" will love journalist Maria Konnikova's new book investigating how con artists' minds work. "The Confidence Game" digs deep, looking at their motives and methods. Konnikova studied big-time Ponzi schemers as well as people who thrive on pulling off smaller con games. Get ready for some interesting conversation.

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What: Series of short talks with Lauren Redniss, Elif Batuman, Sam Lipsyte, William Finnegan and Corinne Fitzpatrick
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: McNally Jackson Booksellers (52 Prince St.)

When five literary greats get together, you know you're in for some good conversation. The panel consists of New York Times writer Lauren Redniss and author of "Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future"; New Yorker staffer Elif Batuman and author of "The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them"; short story writer and Columbia professor Sam Lipsyte; journalist and New Yorker contributor William Finnegan; and art critic Corinne Fitzpatrick. Seats are sure to fill up, so get there early.

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