Notable NYC: 2/15–2/21


Saturday 2/15: Luna Miguel, Jacob Steinberg, and Gabby Bess read poetry. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/16: Stephen Elliott and Julia Fierro join Gina Frangello as she reads from her novel A Life in Men (February 2014). Fierro’s forthcoming Cutting Teeth (May 2014) examines thirty-somethings attempting to enjoy a beach house with their children. Elliott is the founder of this site. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Jeremy Sigler and Dan Machlin read from their poetry collections. Machlin explores the interplay between mind and body in his collection Dear Body (2007). Berl’s Poetry Shop, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 2/17: Sari Botton hosts Dani Shapiro, Melissa Febos, Emily Carter Roiphe, Chloe Caldwell, and Emily Gould as they read from the essay collection Goodbye to All That. The collection of essays, edited by Botton, explores various points of view on leaving New York City, or not. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Tina Satter releases her first anthology of plays, Seagull (Thinking of you), with Eileen Myle and Caleb Hammons. Half Straddle, a downtown theater company, will perform scenes. McNally Jackson, 6:30 p.m., free.

Molly Antopol reads from her new novel The UnAmericans (January 2014) with Justin Torres, author of the novel We the Animals (2012). Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Michael McDonough and Tony Towle join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/18: Scott Cheshire, Rachel Fershleiser, and Lizzie Harris launch GET LIT along with Bodega Magazine and Electric Literature’s Benjamin Samuel and Halimah Marcus. Part literary reading, part boozy adventure, GET LIT is a new event series from the Council of LIterary Magazines and Presses and Lit Crawl NYC. Solas Bar, 7:30 p.m., free.

Bill Cheng celebrates the paperback release of Southern Cross the Dog (2013), a literary epic following three childhood friends uprooted after a 1927 flood. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Willy Vlautin reads from his fourth novel, The Free (January 2014), a narrative following Iraq veteran Leroy Kervin. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Dani Shapiro reads from her memoir Still Writing (2013). Hunter College, 7:30 p.m., free with reservations.

Wednesday 2/19: Joyce Carol Oates reads and discusses her new novel, Carthage, with Isaac Fitzgerald. The Strand, 7 p..m., $15.

Luke Burns, Kate Hahn, Mike Lacher, Christopher Monks, Colin Nissan, Jason Roeder, Melinda Taub, Christy Vannoy, and Teddy Wayne celebrate the new collection, The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Peter Mountford is joined by Sam Lipsyte to discuss Mountford’s novel The Dismal Science, the story of a bank vice president who quits his job. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/20: Adam Wilson and Peter Mountford read from their new books. Wilson’s story collection What’s Important is Feeling engages drunk bankers and lobster as sex toys. Center for Fiction 7 p.m., free.

Jacob Appel and Okey Ndibe join Pete’s Reading Series. Nigerian born Ndibe reads from Gods, Inc., a novel following a cab driver’s attempt to sell his village’s deity figure to an art dealer. Appel’s Scouting for the Reaper is a collection of stories with characters facing quirky challenges.
Pete’s Candy Store 7:30 p.m., free.

Rachel Pasten reads from her new novel, Alena (January 2014), the story of a nameless aspiring assistant curator landing a job at a cutting-edge Cape Cod gallery. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Christopher Salerno, Ricardo Maldonado, and Simone White read poetry. Salerno’s collection ATM (March 2014) explores the poetics of finance. White’s Unrest (2013) is a response to David Walker’s 1829 Appeal. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 2/21: Dinapiera Di Donato and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado ready and discuss poetry. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free,

Susan Minot and Jenny Offill read from their novels. Offill’s Dept. of Speculation (January 2014) ruminates on marriage. Minot’s Thirty Girls (February 2014) follows a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord’s Resistance army. NYU – Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 5 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 →