Monday 11/18: The Porchlight Storytelling Series continues with There Will Be Blood: Stories about Family. Readers include Rumpus pal Sean Keane, Chris Caen, Marianna Cherry, Jay Beaman, Karen Duffin, Brontez Purnell, and Jesse Rimler. $15 adv, $20 door, 8 p.m. at Verdi Club.
Tuesday 11/19: City Arts & Lectures presents Cultural Studies 2013 with Mary Roach, author of five books, most recently Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, in conversation with Jon Mooallem. $27, 7:30 p.m. at the Nourse Theater.
Thursday 11/21: Join the Museum of the African Diaspora for a conversation about race, class, and geography with Keenan Norris, author of Brother and the Dancer, and Crystal Sykes. Free, 6:30 p.m.
Friday 11/22: The Emerald Tablet’s Under the Influence features Nicole Trigg channeling Jennifer Moxley, Miranda Mellis channeling Marcel Proust and Nanni Balestrini, Kevin Devaney channeling Brian S. Ellis, and Lorelei Lee (collaborator on The Rumpus’s film Happy Baby) channeling Donna de la Perriére. $5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 11/24: Once Upon a Time in Babylon: Poet Ron Johnson reads at Bird & Beckett. Free, 1:30 p.m.