Notable NYC: 11/23–11/29


Saturday 11/23: Ossian Foley, Krystal Languell and Jamie Townsend read poetry. Foley’s first collection OF: Vol 1 includes experimental styles focused on discord and the relationship of structure. Unnameable Books, 7p.m., free.

Sunday 11/24: Jonathan Ames, Jessamyn Hope, Heather Aimee O’Neill, and Justin Haythe read together at an event sponsored by Wallflower Press. Novelist Jonathan Ames might now be best known for HBO series Bored to Death, but its his novels that got him there. He will read from The Extra Man (1998). O’Neill is assistant director of Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. KGB, 7p.m., free.

Sarah Gerard reads from her new chapbook Things I told My Mother, a narrative about the author’s topless stroll through New York City in August. McNally Jackson, 7p.m., free.

Jason Friedman reads from his debut story collection Fire Year. Bluestockings, 7p.m., free.

Monday 11/25: Sheri Berman and Petter Nilsson come together with Jacobin magazine to discuss the end of the European welfare state. BookCourt, 7p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/26: Geoff Dyer has a conversation with Ben Lerner. Dyer’s Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room (2012) looks at Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker. Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) is the story of a poet setting off on a research project gone amiss. McNally Jackson, 7p.m., free.

Stephen Elliott, Susan Choi, Jennifer Gilmore, and Kenneth Calhoun read as part of the Fiction Addiction reading series. Stephen Elliott is, of course, the founding editor of The Rumpus and author of seven books including Happy Baby, currently being adapted to film. Choi’s My Education (July 2013) follows the affair of young graduate student with an older professor. Gilmore’s The Mothers (2013) looks at the role motherhood as a woman decides to adopt following failed in vitro fertilization attempts. Calhoun’s novel Black Moon is forthcoming in 2014. 2A Upstairs, 8p.m., free.

Craig Fehrman, Jason Zinoman, and Rachel Corbett join the Non-Motivational Speaker Series for a Kindle Singles Night. Each will read from their Kindle Single. The Gallery at LPR, 7:30p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/27: Reminisce in your hometown bar.

Thursday 11/28: Macy’s celebrates Thanksgiving with an annual parade. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is often referred to as the Macy’s Day Parade, a colloquialism illustrating the success of the parade as a marketing tool for the department store. The first three parades beginning in 1924 included live animals such as lions on loan from the Central Park Zoo. Central Park West and 6th Avenue, 9a.m., free.

Friday 11/29: Support your local independent bookstores.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →