Book events

Even if you don’t like books (weirdos), chances are you’ll still have a good time at the buzzy events happening this week across Manhattan and Brooklyn. This week, they feature celebrities, rock music and heartfelt stories of growing up in Mexico. Get all the details here.

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Kate Hudson for “Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body”
Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Union Sq. (33 E. 17th St.), 212-253-0810

Kate Hudson has transitioned from movie star to movie star/wellness expert with her line of workout gear, Fabletics and now her new book, “Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body.” She gives her advice about loving and accepting your body for what it is — perfection is not the goal. Hudson will sign copies of her book (you must purchase one to attend the event) and pose for photos.


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Michael Benson for “Why the Grateful Dead Matter”
Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St., Brooklyn, 718-666-3049

Deadheads, here’s your chance to connect with other people who totally get your obsession. Writer Michael Benson has penned a whole book explaining the Grateful Dead’s cultural importance. As a lifelong Deadhead himself, he’ll have plenty to stories to share. Reminisce together and rock on.

Homero Aridjis for “The Child Poet”
Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
143 7th Ave., Brooklyn

In conversation with his daughter and translator, Chloe Aridjis, Homero Aridjis will recount stories of growing up in a Mexican village and how he fell in love with poetry, which he writes about — beautifully, of course — in his new memoir, “The Child Poet.”

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