Saturday 1/18: Ed Steck and Anselm Berrigan join the Segue Reading Series. Steck’s first collection, The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and SImulation (2013), is partly composed from a military intelligence technical text. Berrigan has collaborated with painter Jonathan Allen to produce LOADING and with Anna Moschovakis resulting in Anna’s Half / Anselm’s Half. Zinc Bar, 7 p.m., $5.
Sunday 1/19: Shiv Kotecha, Sophia Le Fraga, Holly Melgard, Rod Smith, and Aaron Winslow read poetry and drink scotch. Kotecha’s Outfits (2012) examines assorted clothing ensembles. Le Fraga’s I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012) and I RL, YOU RL(2013) plays with modern methods of communication. Hosted by Rob Fitterman and Bob Holman and curated by Steven Zultanski, author of the poetry collections Agony (2012) and Cop Kisser (2010). Bowery Poetry Club, 6 p.m., $25.
Rudolph Delson, Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Lori Jakiela, and Amanda Erin Miller join the Sunday Salon series. In Peña’s The Sad Passions (May 2013), four sisters deal with their mad mother. Jakiela’s memoir The Bridge To Take When Things Get Serious (April 2013) recalls the time she spent caring for her cancer-stricken mother. Miller’s memoir, One Breath, Then Another, will be released later this month. Jimmy’s No. 43, 7 p.m.,
Monday 11/20: Ishmael Beah is in conversation with Dinaw Mengestu. Beah’s novel Radiance of Tomorrow (January 2014) is his debut novel and second book after the 2007 memoir A Long Way Gone. Mengestu’s How to Read Air (2011) follows protagonist Jonas Woldemariam on a journey tracing his parents’ honeymoon in Ethiopia. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.
Tuesday 1/21: Eliot Weinberger, Robyn Creswell, Idra Novey, and Daniella Gitlin read as part of the third anniversary of literary journal Asymptote. Weinberger has translated Jorge Luis Borges, Bei Dao, and Octavio Paz. Creswell is the poetry editor of the Paris Review. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.
Richard Powers, National Book Award Winner, celebrates the release of Orfeo. The novel follows composer Peter Els after his home science lab arouses the suspicions of homeland security. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.
Sarah Wendell leads a discussion on writing history and romance with Susanna Kearsley, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.
Laurie Lowenstein launches her debut novel Unmentionables, the first book from Akashic’s new imprint, Kaylie Jones Books. Bluestockings, 7 p.m., free.
Aziza Barnes, Cynthia Lowen, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and Kamilah Asha Moon join the Greenlight Poetry Salon, curated by Angel Nafis. Greenlight Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.
Rachel Louise Snyder reads from her debut novel What We’ve Lost is Nothing along with Danielle Evans. Snyder explores the aftermath of a burglary in a Chicago area suburb. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.