Notable NYC: 3/8–3/14


Saturday 3/8: Ben Marcus talks about his new story collection, Leaving the Sea (January 2014), Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House. Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free.

Craig Morgan Teicher, Wendy Lotterman, Nicole Steinberg, Sarah V. Schweig, Ted Dodson, Krystal Languell, Joanna C. Valente, Jesse Kohn, Jonathan Aprea, Joe DeLuca, and M. Callen celebrate issue 3 of The Atlas Review. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/9: Melissa Monroe celebrates the release of On Trepanation and Human Nature, an essay in verse. Bowery Poetry Club, 1 p.m., $8.

Kenneth Calhoun, Jeffery Renard Allen, and M.M. De Voe read fiction from the journal, St. Petersburg Review. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 3/10: Dinaw Mengestu launches his new novel All Our Names (March 2014) about two men safe in University while an African revolution blossoms around them. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Phil Klay and Patrick McGrath discuss Klay’s collection of short stories, Redeployment (March 2014), featuring the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Dani Shapiro, Adam Wilson, Kyle Minor, Tom Williams and Leah Umansky join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Wilson’s new collection of short stories, What’s Important Is Feeling includes funny tales of laid off bankers roaming Williamsburg in search of hipster girls and using lobsters as sex toys. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Paul Auster and Siri Hustveldt have a conversation. 92Y, 8 p.m., $27.

Tuesday 3/11: Kyle Minor discusses his new collection of stories, Praying Drunk (January 2014), with Jason Diamond of Volume 1 Brooklyn. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Kevin Young presents his latest collection of poems, Book of Hours (March 2014), with Tracey K. Smith. Smith’s collection Life on Mars (2011) explores the oddities and failures of human existence. Greenlight Bookstore 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/12: Lizzie Harris, Cat Richardson and Michael Keenan read poetry and Hannah Sloane and Lily O’Donnell read non-fiction on the theme of “Shithoused” as part of The Disagreement series. Harris’s collection of poetry, Stop Wanting is forthcoming in April. Richardson is the managing editor of Bodega. CultureFix, 7 p.m., free.

Stefan Merrill Block, Meehan Crist, Timothy Donnelly, Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee, Elissa Schappell, and Lynn Schmeidler blend science and literature for Brain Awareness week. Jamison’s novel The Gin Closet (2010) explores the relationship between a gin drinking alcoholic and her niece. Klee’s debut novel Ivyland (2012) looks at a nefarious pharmaceutical corporation preying on the bungling, drug addled citizens of a post post-urban landscape. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Melissa Gira Grant, Benjamin Kunkel and Micah Uetricht launch the Jacobin Reading Series, curated by Jacobin, a journal of progressive politics. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Joanna Hershon reads from her latest novel The Dual Inheritance (2013) about rich Ivy Leaguers in the 1960s. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 3/13: Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Safran Foer talk about Carthage, (January 2014), Oates’s latest novel. NYU Creative Writer’s House, 7 p.m., free.

Brian Kimberling and Tim O’Connell discuss Snapper (2013), Kimberling’s debut novel about ornithologist Nathan Lochmueller. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Mark Statman reads his translated work Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of Jose Maria Hinojosa with memoirist Katherine Koch. NYU Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Steve Zimmer leads the Split Personality reading series. Over The Eight, 7 p.m., free.

Siri Hustveldt reads from her new novel The Blazing World (March 2014). Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

April Naoko Heck and Matthew J. Burgess read from their poetry collections from UpSet Press. Heck’s debut collection A Nuclear Family (March 2014) explores creation and annihilation. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 8 p.m., free.

Friday 3/14: Maud Casey and Melissa Pritchard have a conversation about their Euro-centric novels. Casey’s The Man Who Walked Away (March 2014) follows Albert as he walks across the continent. Pritchard’s Palmerino (2013) centers around the British enclave in rural Italy. BookCourt, 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 →