Notable New York: 08/05-08/11

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MONDAY 08.05
Akashic Books takes over Books Beneath the Bridge for a night of noir from the 5 boroughs. On top of a chance to win their 5-Borough Noir Set there will be readings from Colson Whitehead, Kevin Baker, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor Lavalle, and Alina Simone. The Brooklyn Bridge Park, Granite Prospect, Pier 1, 7pm, free.

Kathleen Ossip (The Cold War) and Thomas Heise (Moth; or how I came to be with you again) will read Monday night. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

The Saturn Poetry Series welcomes Marc Vincenz, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Susan Lewis, and Jonathan Penton. Revival Bar, 8pm, $3 suggested donation.

TUESDAY 08.06
Rob Sheffield writes about music with a personal angle that can appeal to anyone, even if you don’t consider yourself an aficionado. Tuesday he is celebrating the launch of his new book Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, in which he talks about how karaoke helped him move on after the loss of his wife. powerHouse Arena, 7pm, free.

THURSDAY 08.08
Brats @ Babeland presents poets Rebecca Wolff, Monica McClure, and Alex Morris reading at the sex-positive sex toy shop Babeland. Free beer will be provided by Babeland. Babeland – LES location, 8pm, free.

Greenlight presents an Evening with IG Publishing. The Fort Greene-based press will present readings from authors Ryan Bartelmay (Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward) and Sarah Strong (The Fainting Room). The evening will be hosted by publisher Robert Lasner. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30pm, free.

FRIDAY 08.09
H_NGM_N Books celebrates the launch of their two latest titles, We Lack in Equipment and Control by Jennifer H. Fortin and How We Light by Nick Sturm, with a reading featuring Fortin and Sturm, as well as Nate Pritts, Mark Cugini, and Danniel Schoonebeek. Unnameable Books, 7pm, free.

Here’s a weird one: James Franco and Frank Bidart. The esteemed poet will host a conversation with the actor-cum-poet/artist/teacher/etc, all circulating around Franco’s new book A California Childhood. Strand Books, 7pm, sold out.


Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest and the host of the InDigest Reading Series. He is a 2012 National Poetry Series finalist and has recently had work published in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Opium, METRO Twin Cities, Scud, 3:AM, and elsewhere. He has been a writer and producer on Radio Happy Hour and Geocachers. He lives in Astoria, tweets at @dlukenelson, and blogs at blogsareaboutego.blogspot.com. More from this author →