Notable NYC: 1/18–1/24

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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.

Gary Shteyngart reads from his memoir Little Failure (January 2014). B&N Union Square, 7 p.m., free, in-store book purchase recommended for seating.

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.

Julia Fierro reads from her forthcoming novel Cutting Teeth with Gawker features editor Tom Scocca and Rahawa Haile, contributor to the Awl and Volume I Brooklyn. Over the Eight, 8 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.

Wednesday 1/22: Joyce Carol Oates reads from her new novel Carthage. Powerhouse Arena, 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.

Chang-rae Lee reads from his new novel On Such a Full Sea. B&N 82nd Street, 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.

Thursday 1/23: Okey Ndibe reads from his new novel Foreign Gods Inc. Jefferson Market Library, 7 p.m., free.

Natalie Diaz and Roger Reeves read poetry. McNally Jackson Books, 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.

Andy Christie, Kevin Allison and Tara Clancy celebrate the five year anniversary of the Sideshow Goshko storytelling series, hosted by Leslie Goshko. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 1/24: Natalie Diaz, Roger Reeves, and Brenda Shaughnessy read poetry. Shaughnessy is a faculty member at the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark. BookCourt, 7 p.m., 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 →