Notable NYC: 9/17-9/22


TUESDAY 09.17:
Every month The Poetry Society of America presents two poets at McNally Jackson as a part of their reading series and it’s usually a knock-out pairing. This month abides the rule with readings from C.K. Williams and Angelo Nikolopoulos. McNally Jackson, 6pm, free.

RingShout does their fourth annual Brooklyn Book Fest (which is just getting underway) reading featuring Sheri Booker (Nine Years Under), Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah (reading from a work-in-progress), and Kiese Laymon (Long Division). Franklin Park / (Facebook Event Page), 7pm, free.

Claire Donato, Jeff T. Johnson, Paul Hlava and Ben Bush will read for an event called Negotiations and Burials. Mental Marginalia’s Alex Crowley and Mark Gurarie will host. CultureFix / (Facebook Event Page), 7:30pm, free.

Art Spiegelman needs no introduction. As an artist and author his accomplishments go on and on. (Those accomplishments include being the only cartoonist to win a Pulitzer.) Seeing him speak is a treat and you’re in for one. He celebrates the release of his new book Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps tonight at a Brooklyn Book Festival Book End event. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30pm, free.

Lynne Tillman and Paul Maliszewski read with the Poetry Project. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm, free.

Melville House and The Baffler come together for another of the Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events. They’re celebrating the release of Issue 23 of The Baffler and James Agee’s Cotton Tenants. The event will feature The Baffler editors John Summers, Chris Lehmann, and David Graeber. Melville House, 7pm, free.

Tonight is the Best American Poetry Reading with a great line-up featuring Kim Addonizio, John Hennessy, Anna Maria Hong, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Noelle Kocot, Dorothea Lasky, Dorianne Laux, Amy Lawless, Amy Lemmon, Anthony Madrid, Sally Wen Mao, Vijay Seshadri, Mitch Sisskind, Stephanie Strickland, Jean Valentine, and Wendy Xu, as well as series editor David Lehman and 2013 guest editor Denise Duhamel. The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 7pm, free.

The Strand Bookstore opens a pop-up shop on the Upper East Side in The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop. The pop-up shop will remain open through September 22. A portion of proceeds will benefit cancer patient care, education and research programs. The Society of Memoiral Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop, 10am-4pm daily.

Dan Chelotti, Cathy Park Hong, Kathleen Ossip, and Jasmine Dreame Wagner read for a night of poetry. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

FRIDAY 09.20:
Paul Harding will read from his new novel Enon, which follows the grandson of the protagonist in his Pulitzer-winning novel Tinkers. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Thessaly La Force, culture editor of McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

The PEN Obesessions series heads to the Brooklyn Book Festival as Téa Obreht discusses her obsession with Bruce Springsteen. The event will be moderated by comedian Katie Halper. Vertical Player Repertory, 9pm, $15.

Poets Claire Donato, Danniel Schoonebeek, Genya Turovskaya, and Anthony Madrid read together at Peanut Underground, 7pm, free.

McNally Jackson is celebrating the release of a new critical edition of Chris Kraus’ Aliens & Anorexia with a new foreward by Palle Yourgrau. The night will featuring readings from the book and a discussion of new feminism with Chris Kraus, Kylie Gilchrist, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Emily Gould, Ariana Reines, Masha Tupitsyn, and Kate Zamberno. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

SUNDAY 09.22:
The New York Review of Books Classics and McNally Jackson are joining forces for a new series where contemporary authors, writers, and editors get together to discuss their favorite authors from NYRB Classics. The series kick-off will feature a celebration of Kingsley Amis with Edwin Frank, NYRB Classics editor; Katie Roiphe, author of In Priase of Messy Lives; Lucas Wittman, literary editor of The Daily Beast; and Christian Lorentzen, editor at the London Review of Books. McNally Jackson, 6pm, free.

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 More from this author →