Every year the New Yorker Festival comes to town and every year all the events I want to see sell out before I think to get tickets. Well, not this year, or at least not entirely. George Saunders with Jonathan Safran Foer and Miranda July with A. M. Homes were sold out right after tickets went on sale, but we snagged seats to see Jonathan Lethem and Karen Russell at The Anthology Film Archives. I'm looking forward to hearing Lethem speak as Lethem gave me two of my best reading experiences this year with 1995's Gun with Occasional Music and 2003's The Fortress of Solitude. The festival runs Oct 5-7 and though I can't guarantee ticket availability, with such names as Jeffrey Eugenides, David Byrne, Errol Morris, Neil LaBute, Steve Martin, Jeff Koons, Oliver Sacks and exciting people being added still, like Judd Apatow and Werner Herzog, any self respecting, slightly snobby, educated reader can find themselves something to get excited about. Don't let this cornucopia of brilliant minds pass you by.