Notable NYC: 11/9–11/15

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Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free.

Colum McCann reads from his novel Transatlantic (June 2013), presented by Community Bookstore. Brooklyn Public LIbrary, 4pm, free.

Stephen Policoff, Ifeona Fulani, and Michael Rectenwald join the Trumpet Fiction reading series with guest host Tim Tomlison. Policoff’s Beautiful Somewhere Else (2004) won the James Jones award and has a forthcoming novel, Come Away (2014). Rectenwald and Fulani both have story collections. KGB, 7pm, free.

Sunday 11/10: Pamela Erens reads from her novel The Virgins (July 2013). BookCourt, 4pm, free.

Lore Segal and Matthew Sharpe will read as part of the Sunday Night Fiction series. Segal’s latest and likely final novel, Half the Kingdom follows a mixed cast of characters in and out of a hospital. KGB, 7pm, free.

Monday 11/11: Kelsey Osgood launches her memoir How to Disappear Completely. Osgood, an essayist living in Brooklyn, has been hospitalized three times for anorexia and captures the experience in this new memoir. Powerhouse Arena, 7pm, free.

Lucy Ives, Kate Greenstreet, Idra Novey, Stephanie Strickland and Jennifer Firestone read poetry. BookCourt, 7pm, free.

Sam Wasson reads his biography of Bob Fosse, Fosse (November 2013). B&N 86th Street, 7pm, free.

Tuesday 11/12: Ranbir Singh Sidhu reads from her debut story collection Good Indian Girls, (September 2013) along with Lynne Tillman. London born, California raised Sidhu has won a Pushcart Prize and her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review. Lynne Tillman is a novelist and critic, and will read from her story collection Someday This Will Be Funny (2011). WORD Brooklyn, 7pm, free.

Artist Sara Sze celebrates the release of Sarah Sze: Triple Point, a look at her work, along with with Jennifer Egan. 192 Books, 7pm, free.

Emily Brandt, Cat Richardson, and Natalie Eilbert will discuss the future of periodicals. Brandt founded No Dear; Richardson is a poet and managing editor of Bodega Mag; Eilbert is the founder of The Atlast Review. Contributing poets Sasha Fletcher, Camille Rankine, and Julia Guez will read short selections before a panel discussion hosted by Julie Buntin of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. New York Public Library (Facebook), 6pm, free.

Lauren Grodstein, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Amelia Kahaney, and Tim Manley read as part of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Series featuring students and alumni. Sayrafiezadeh’s short stories Brief Encounters With The Enemy (August 2013) BookCourt, 7pm, free.

Wednesday 11/13: Tara Conklin and Charles Dubow read from their debut novels. Conklin’s The House Girl (November 2013) is a historical fiction novel involving an escaped slave girl in the pre-civil war south and a junior lawyer in the present day. Dubow’s Indiscretion (February 2013) follows a wealthy couple as they party in the Hamptons and Rome with a younger girl. WORD Brooklyn, 7pm, free.

Slavko Goldstein will have a conversation with Colm Tóibín about his new memoir, 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning Community Bookstore, 7pm free.

Thursday 11/14: Tao Lin, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and Darin Strauss join forces as part of the NYU Reading series. Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 7pm, free.

Poets Emanuel Xavier and Robert Siek read from their collections. Siek’s Purpose and Devil Piss is his first collection, Xavier’s Nefarious is his sixth. Bluestockings, 7pm, free.

Granta launches its latest issue with Patrick French, Hari Kunzru, and Yuka Igarashi. McNally Jackson Books, 8pm, free.

Black Clock launches its latest issue with Lynne Tillman, Henry Bean, Steve Erickson, Shelley Jackson, Jay Neugeboren, Katie Ryder, Dana Spiotta. BookCourt, 7pm, free.

Catherine Lacey, James Yeh, Jenny Zhang, and Nathan Martin read poems. Mellow Pages (facebook), 7pm, free.

Zadie Smith reads at Barnard College. Diana Center – Barnard College, 6pm, free.

Friday 11/15: Peter Madsen launches his new book Dealers along with Himanshu of Das Racist. Madsen interviews the criminal class around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Powerhouse Arena, 7pm, free.

Jessica Alexander reads from her memoir Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid. B&N 86th Street, 7pm, free.


Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →