Notable NYC: 11/2–11/8

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Saturday 11/2: Jim Tolan, Cecilia Woloch and Sean Thomas Dougherty read as part of Poetry Night, hosted by Tolan. BookCourt, 7pm, free.

Juliet Escoria, Sean H. Dolye, Andrew Worthington, Kendra Grant Malone, Stephen Tully Dierks. Worthington has a forthcoming novel, WALLS, due in 2014; Grant Malone has two collections of poetry, Everything is Quiet and Morocco; Dierks is editor of Pop Serial. Mellow Pages Library (Facebook), 7pm, free.

Sunday 11/3: Trinie Dalton, Ariana Reines, and Michael du Plessis read from assorted mediums. Mellow Pages Library, 8pm, free.

Monday 11/ 4: Eleanor Catton, the 2013 Man Booker Prize winner will read from her novel The Luminaries. The New Zealand born 28-year old is the youngest winner of the prize. Community Bookstore, 7pm, free.

Ivan Vladislavic reads from his new novel Double Negative, with Teju Cole, author of Open City (August 2011). 192 Books, 7pm, free.

Alli Warren and Stephanie Young read poetry. St. Marks Church, 8pm, free.

Răzvan Țupa reads poetry. The poet and journalist has been anthologized in two collections of Romanian poetry, and his own collections include Fetish and Romanian Bodies. Bowery Poetry, 9pm, free.

Tuesday 11/5: Jaime Iredell launches I Was Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac with John Dermot Woods and Hugh Sheehy, presented by Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Book Thug Nation, 7pm, free.

Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club (1989) will read from her new novel The Valley of the Amazement. (92Y is hosting a ticketed event on Wednesday, $27) Union Square Barnes and Noble, 7pm, free.

Jonathan Miles celebrates the release of his novel, Want Not. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30pm, free.

Daniel Alarcon reads from his novel At Night We Walk In Circles (October 2013). His debut novel, Lost City Radio (2007) has been translated into six languages with four more on the way. BookCourt, 7pm, free.

Wednesday 11/6: Jayne Anne Phillips has a conversation with her editor Nan Graham. Phillips is the director MFA creative writing program at Rutgers-Newark. Her new novel, Quiet Dell, is based on a real-life con man and murderer from her hometown. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free.

Laura van den Berg launches a collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, and will be joined by Jason Diamond, founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn and editor at Flavorwire. Community Bookstore, 7pm, free.

David Lehman reads from his new collection of poems. NYU Bookstore, 6pm, free.

Thursday 11/7: Julie Fierro and poet Rebecca Dinerstein read at the Brooklyn Quarterly, issue 1, release party. Dinerstein’s collection of poetry, Lofoten, was written above the arctic circle in Norway. Brooklyn Quarterly is a new publication featuring essays, fiction, poetry and interviews. Huckleberry Bar (Facebook), 8pm, free.

John Freeman has a conversation with Jennifer Egan as they discuss Freeman’s How to Read a Novel. Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) won the Pulitzer that year. McNally Jackson Books, 7pm, free.

Sherman Alexie reads from his latest short story collection, Blasphemy (October 2012), and poet Robert Hershon reads from his collection Hanging Loose (February 2013). Introduced by Chuck Wachtel. Alexie was once a standup comedian and the legacy remains in his always entertaining stage presence. NYU’s Lillian Vernon Writing House, 7pm, free.

Aubrey Hirsch and Dina Nayeri join Pete’s Reading Series. Hirsch’s debut Why We Never Talk About Sugar (March 2013) is a collection of sixteen stories. Nayeri’s novel, A Teaspoon of Earth and Seat (January 2013), is her first. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30pm, free.

Friday 11/8: Matt Kish launches the illustrated edition of Heart of Darkness withTin House editor Rob Spillman. Kish previously illustrated a version of Moby Dick. Powerhouse Arena, 7pm, free.

Rachel Levitsky, Mathias Svalina, and Phil Cordelli read poetry. Levitsky and Cordelli both have collections published by from Ugly Duckling Presse. Pete’s Candy Store, 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 →