Notable NYC: 5/20–5/26

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Saturday 5/20: Mohammad Rabie and Mona Kareem discuss Otared: Arabic Dystopian Fiction. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Vivien Goldman and Sarada Rauch join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/21: Tobias Carroll, Julia Strayer, Bruna Dantas Lobato, M’Bilia Meekers, and Piper Weiss join the Pigeon Pages reading series. POWERHOUSE Archway, 5 p.m., free.

China Miéville presents October, a look at two months in 1917 before the Russian revolution. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Allison Amend, Charles Bock, Scott Cheshire, and Hannah Tinti celebrate Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 5/22: Christina Baker Kline and Pam Jenoff discuss A Piece of the World and The Orphan’s Tale. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Francesca Segal talks with Jami Attenberg about The Awkward Age. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/23: Weike Wang and Jennifer Kurdyla discuss Chemistry. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lisa Marie Basile, Paige Taggart, Andrew Wessels, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, and Trace Peterson read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m, free.

Anne Posten and Alexandra Kleeman discuss Walks with Walser. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tom O’Neill and John Freeman Gill discuss The Gargoyle Hunters. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Airea D. Matthews, Nathan McClain, and Jenny Xie celebrate the Spring/Summer issue of American Poets. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Susan Rieger presents The Heirs. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Hafizah Geter, Precious Okoyomon, Colette Arrand, Mehreen Kasana, and Victoria Edwards join the Final Fantasy reading series. Friends and Lovers, 8 p.m., $5 suggested.

Wednesday 5/24: Valeria Luiselli presents Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Miriam Atkin, Rami Karim, Suzanne Goldenberg, and Stacy Skolnik celebrate the launch of chapbook Smile & Nod. Wendy’s Subway, 7 p.m., free.

Farrah Field, Lynn Melnick, Purvi Shah, Chris Slaughter, Leigh Stein, Mervyn Taylor, Charles Theonia, and Jared White read from Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Edan Lepucki presents her new book, Woman No. 17, with Rachel Fershleisher. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Vijay Sheshadri and Michael Reynolds will be honored at The Epiphany Spring Fête, a fundraiser for the magazine in conjunction with H.I.P. Lit, followed by an after party. William Vale, 7 p.m., $125; after party, 10 p.m., $20.

Thursday 5/25: Barbara Browning discusses The Gift with Emily Gould. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lauren Duca, Swati Khurana, Angela Ledgerwood, Katherine Schafler, and Aurvi Sharma read for the Freya Project in support of the Arkansas Abortion Support Network. Elsa, 7 p.m., $20 supports the cause.

Adam Sternbergh, Claire Cameron, Katrina Onstad, and host Jonny Diamond celebrate Canadian writing. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ashley P. Taylor, Holly Mitchell, Kyle Lucia Wu, and Liz Axelrod join the Renegade Reading Series. Mayday Space, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/26: Daisy Johnson and Dalia Rosenfeld read Fen and The Worlds We Know. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →