Notable NYC: 11/30–12/6


Saturday 11/30: Indies First is a nationwide celebration of independent bookstores launched by author Sherman Alexie to support small businesses. Independent bookstores around New York City invited some of their favorite authors for appearances:

John Bemelmans Marciano, Emma Straub, Tim O’Mara, Jami Attenberg, Myke Cole, Amy Shearn, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Brandan Jay Sullivan, and Sarah McCarry will be at WORD Brooklyn, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Teddy Wayne and Leigh Newman will be at Powerhouse Arena (DUMBO), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Emily Jenkins and Stefan Merrill Block will be at Powerhouse on 8th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free.

Ayana Mathis, Paul Zelinksy, Michael Buckley, and Jeffrey Rotter will be at Greenlight Bookstore, 12 noon to 8 p.m., free.

Brendan Koerner will be at Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 12/1: Erica Dawson and Eric Norris read poetry. Bowery Poetry Club, 6 p.m., $10.

Monday 12/2: Sari Botton, Elissa Bassist, Alexander Chee, Mike Albo, Emily Gould, Chloe Caldwell, Anna Holmes, Choire Sicha, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean, and Isaac Fitzgerald join the debate on staying or leaving New York City, presented along with Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Botton edited the collection Goodbye to All That (October 2013) featuring essays by writers who have abandoned New York, or in some cases temporarily vacated to later return. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Josh Lefkowitz reads from his collection of poetry, Women of New York!. Bowery Poetry Club, 7 p.m, $10

Hilton Als reads from White Girls (November 2013). The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Tuesdasy 12/3:
Beach Sloth, Thais Benoit, Chelsea Hodson, Mattie Hillock, and Gabby Bess read poetry. Mellow Pages Library (Facebook), 8 p.m., free.

Elissa Bassist, Erika Anderson, and Michelle Orange read essays as part of the Shelf Life reading series. Elissa Bassist edits the Funny Women column and her work has appeared in Guernica, Interview Magazine, and The Outlet. Orange’s This is Running for Your Life (February 2013) looks at an increasingly multimedia dependent world in a collection of personal essays. Hullabaloo Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kevin Sampsell reads from his new novel This is Between Us (November 2013). Sampsell is the author of a memoir, A Common Pornography (2012), and a story collection, Creamy Bullets (2011). BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Victoria Redel reads stories from her collection Make Me Do Things (October 2013). Faculty Dining Room at Hunter College, 7:30 p.m., free with RSVP.

Wednesday 12/4: Lily Brett reads from her novel Lola Bensky (2012). She will be joined by Liel Leibovitz in conversation. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 12/5: R. Erica Doyle, Morgan Parker, Stacy Parker Le Melle, James Yeh, and Mike Brown read as part of Apogee Journal’s winter reading. Doyle’s Proxy (2013) is published by Belladonna Books. 61 Local, 7:30 p.m., free.

Joshua Beckman reads from his ninth collection of poems The Inside of an Apple (September 2013), published by Wave Poetry, along with Deborah Landau. NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 7 p.m., free.

Elliott Holt and Kim Triedman wrap up the fall season of Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 12/6: Kevin Sampsell presents his new novel This is Between Us (November 2013) along with Julie Fierro, Chelsea Hodson, and Joseph Riippi. Tobias Carroll, managing editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn will lead a discussion. Fierro founded the Sackett Writer’s Workshop in 2002, and her novel Cutting Teeth is forthcoming in 2014. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Eduardo C. Corral, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Dixon, and Sigrid Nunez celebrate the publication of the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Chuck Stein and George Quasha present an evening of mixed media poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Dan Chiasson, Deborah Landau, and Amber Galeo read poems at the Multifarious Array series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7 p.m., free.

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 →