Notable NYC: 1/25–1/31


Saturday 1/25: Tan Lin and Syzygy read poetry at the Segue Poetry Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 1/26: Melissa Broder, R. Erica Doyle, Jay Deshpande, and Loie Hollowell read poetry as part of La Perruque 3, an interdisciplinary series. Broder’s collection, Meat Heart (2013) explores personal suffering through discomfort causing narrative arcs. Doyle’s proxy (2013) includes prose poems narrating unrequited love. Berl’s Poetry, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 1/27: Kim Fu reads from her debut novel For Today I Am a Boy (2014) with blogger Ron Hogan of For Today I Am a Boy tells the story of Peter Huang and his sisters growing up with family secrets. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julia Fierro, Nichole LeFebvre, Peter Knapp, Monika Verma, Lucy Carson, and William Boggess discuss literary agency representation, presented by the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/28: Alan Light and Rob Sheffield explore pop culture. Light’s The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012) explores how an obscure song became the theme of every touching television drama moment of the last decade. Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke (2013) is Sheffield’s memoir. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Adrian Bonenberger reads from his memoir Afghan Post (2014), with James Dao of the New York Times. Powerhouse Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jan-Philipp Sendker celebrates the launch of his novel A Well-Tempered Heart, the story of a Manhattan lawyer, unhappy with her life despite her wealth and professional success. Rizzoli Bookstore, 5:30 p.m., free.

Jenny Offill reads at the release party for Dept. Of Speculation, a marriage plot novel. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Ben Marcus, Kelly Link, and Alexander Maksik join Tin House magazine for the Fiction Addition reading series. 2A Upstairs, 8 p.m., free.

Adam Sternbergh reads debut novel Shovel Ready. Mysterious Bookshop, 6:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/29: Rabih Alameddine reads from his new novel, An Unnecessary Woman with Colm Tóibín. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Homa Zaryouni, Sam Munson, and Joseph Riippi join the Guerrilla Lit series. Munson’s novel The November Criminals (2011) follows four high school students as they investigate a classmate’s murder. Jimmy’s No. 43, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wayne Koestenbaum and Khadijah Queen read poetry. The Poetry Project, 8 p.m., free.

Charles Finch celebrates the launch of his novel The Last Enchantments, the story of an American’s affair in Oxford. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 1/30: Teddy Wayne celebrates the launch of the paperback edition of The Love Song of Johnny Valentine with Simon Rich and Dan Kennedy. Love Song follows namesake Johnny Valentine, a Justin Bieber–like teen idol as he tries to placate his demanding, tour-managing mother, and find his estranged father. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Ariel Beth Sloss, Leanne Shapton, and Katie Kitamura discuss narrative truthiness. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Joshua Kleinberg, Gabby Bess, Jordan Castro, Alex Mussawir, Andrew James Weatherhead, and Richard Wehrenberg read poetry. Mellow Pages, 8 p.m., free.

E.L. Doctorow and Darin Strauss launch the spring semester readings at NYU with a reading from Doctorow’s new novel Andrew’s Brain (2014). NY School of Law, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 1/31: Allison Amend, Dell Lemmon, and Rosie Misdary join the Paragraph reading series. Amend’s A Nearly Perfect Copy (January 2014) sets a talented artist and an art auctioneer on course for disaster. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Khadijah Queen, Marina Blitshteyn, Melody Nixon, Belal Rafiq, Alexandra Watson, Chris Prioleau, and Sarah Thomas join Apogee for a night of readings centered around intercultural love, dating, and relationships. Local 61, 7:30 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 →