Notable NYC: 9/23–9/29

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Saturday 9/23: Dana Schwartz (that guy from your MFA program) discusses And We’re Off, her debut YA novel. B&N 82nd Street, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/24: D. Foy, Sarah Gerard, and Sean Doyle read from their latest works for the Sunday Night Fiction series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Nick Flynn, Paul Lisicky, Hannah Beresford, Jodi Savage, and Alisson Wood join the Pigeon Pages reading series. Powerhouse Archway, 5 p.m., free.

Jennifer Firestone reads with Cole Swensen in a night presented by Belladonna Press. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Katie Willingham launches Unlikely Designs with readings from Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Ryan Dzelzkalns, Ananda Lima, Yuxi Lin, and K.R. Miller. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 9/25: Elizabeth Alexander and Maria Popova join the Academy of American Poets conversation series. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

James Kimbrell and Timothy Liu join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Ben Loory talks with Bud Smith about Tales of Falling and Flying. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sigrid Rausing, editor of Granta, presents the memoir Mayhem and talks with Andrew Solomon. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

David Levithan, Coe Booth, and Ariel Schrag join PEN America for a night of discussing censorship and banned books. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Tuesday 9/26: Jessica Bruder presents Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-First Century with Dale Maharidge. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Aisha Mirza, Chanel, Wren Hanks, Kaila Philo, Ruby Brunton, and hosts Roshan Abraham and Jeremiah join the Final Fantasy series. Friends and Lovers, 8 p.m., free.

Tress Congo, Miller Oberman, Hiola Jones, Marwa Helal, Hannah Ingran, and Ricardo Maldonado confront structures of dissent. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Chabon talks with Emma Straub about Moonglow. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lawrence Joseph and John Freeman present a night of poetry. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Ausiello presents Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, a memoir. Powerhouse Archaway, 7 p.m., free.

Jorge Armenteros, t thilleman, and Rich Blevins celebrate the launch of Armenteros’s The Roar of the River. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/27: Mark Bray discusses ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, with Kim Kelly, editor at Noisey. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Sarah Perry talks with Melissa Febos about After the Eclipse. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Zadie Smith presents Swing Time and talks with Isaac Fitzgerald. The Berkeley Carroll School’s Marlene Clary Performance Space, 7:30 p.m., $21.69.

Stephanie Perkins celebrates There’s Someone Inside Your House. McNally Jackson, 6:30 p.m., free.

A.J. Lees and Ira Silverberg celebrate the launch of Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment, a look at research into Parkinson’s disease and the impact on William Burroughs. Howl! Happening, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/28: Nelson George presents To Funk and Die in LA. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kathleen Alcott, Sarah Bridgins, Kyla Marshell, Aparna Nacherla, and Karen Rinaldi, join the Freya Project for a night of reading in support of North Dakota WIN Fund. Ramona, 7 p.m., $20

Nicole Cooley, Miranda Field, and Matthew Thorburn read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/29: Erica Wright launches All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, along with readings from Ricardo Maldonado. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Lucinda Rosenfeld and Eddie Joyce discuss Class. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ed Hamilton reads Lords of the Schoolyard, a novel. Bluestockings, 7 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, Fiction Advocate, 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 →