Notable NYC: 11/30–12/6


Saturday 12/7: Natalie Eilbert, Mike Bushnell, Rob Ostrom, and Christie Ann Reynolds inaugurate the Banquet reading series with an evening of poetry. Eilbert is the founder and editor of The Atlas Review. The Banquet series was launched intending to highlight the intersection of poetry performance and audience experience; it is the product of curators Joshua Kleinberg, Alexis Pope, and Dana Jaye Cadman. Pine Box Rock Shop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Edward Kearns, Jesse Katz, Helen Phillips, Sean H. Doyle, and Anna Deforest read in celebration of Kearns’ imminent fatherhood. Kearns is the curator of the The Buzzard’s Banquet reading series. Mellow Pages, 8 p.m., free.

Sunday 12/8: Wayne Koestenbaum reads poetry with Filip Noterdaeme. Koestenbaum is the author of the poetry collections Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (2012), Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (2006), The Milk of Inquiry (1999) and the essay collection My 1980s & Other Essays (August 2013). KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 12/9: The Rumpus and Guernica present a Holiday Spectacular! Geoff Dyer, author of Zona (2012), and BuzzFeed editor Saeed Jones will read. Gigantic Magazine editors Lincoln Michel and James Yeh and Ryan Chapman, editor of The Atavist, will serve as literary DJs. But wait! There’s more! Comedy from Janine Brito and music from Alina Simone! Join all your favorite literary nerds for a boozy night of talking books in the single most important literary-themed cocktail party of the holiday season. Advance ticket sales through Brown Paper Tickets. The Bell House, 7 p.m., $7.

Tom Drury, Okey Ndibe, Heiko Julien, Sean H. Doyle, and Lauren Belski join the Franklin Park Reading Series for the final event of the year. Drury’s Pacific (May 2013) was longlisted for the National Book Award; the novel follows characters from his debut novel The End of Vandalism (1994). Ndibe’s forthcoming novel Foreign Gods, Inc (2014) tells the story of a New York–based Nigerian cab driver on a quest to steal and sell an ancient tribal statue. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Caitlin Bebb pairs Shakespearean Sonnets with Craigslist missed connections. Brooklyn Fire Proof East, 8 p.m., free.

Victoria Wilson, author of the biography A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 (November 2013), is in conversation with Foster Hirsch, a film professor at NYU. B&N 82nd Street., 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/10: Daniel R. Schwarz and Mike Wallace explore the end of the New York Times. Schwarz’s Endtimes? Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009 (2012) looks at the near death of the iconic newspaper. CUNY Graduate Center, 7 p.m., free, RSVP required.

Wednesday 12/11: Brandon Stanton presents his blog-to-book photography project Humans of New York. B&N 86th Street, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 12/12: McSweeney’s commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the magazine with a best of reading. Buttenwieser Hall, 8:15 p.m., $22 and up.

Jason Fagone launches his book Ingenious where he follows four teams vying for the 2007 X Prize Foundation prize offering $10 million to the first team to build a mass-producible hyper-efficient car. Powerhouse DUMBO, 7 p.m., free.

Samuel Ace headlines an evening of poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Ilya Kaminsky reads poetry with Jean Valentine. Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 12/13: Lisa Border, Ron MacLean, and Courtney Elizabeth Mauk read from their novels. Two half-siblings deal with the death of their parents in The Fifty-First State (September 2013), Border’s second novel. MacLean’s Headlong (October 2013) follows a washed-up journalist caring for his dying father. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

DJ Dolack, Cate Peebles, and Monica McClure close out the fall season for the Multifarious Array Reading 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 →