Notable NYC: 3/29–4/4

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Saturday 3/29: Courtney Zoffness, Marin Gazzaniga, Lisa Dierbeck, Marian Fontana read as part of the Brooklyn Writers Space series. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Joe Meno, Carl Phillips, and Simone White read at the Washington Square issue launch party. Meno’s Office Girl (2012) follows two young people enduring together millennial angst. NYU Creative Writing House, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/30: Paul Rome, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Dina Nayer read as part of an evening with PEN American Center. Rome’s We All Sleep in One Room (2013) follows two parents growing distant while sharing a one bedroom apartment. Nayer’s novel A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, the story of an Iranian family in the 1980s. Bertino’s debut novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas is forthcoming. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 3/31: Phil Klay talks with his editor Scott Moyers about his new collection of stories, Redeployment (February 2014), war stories based on Klay’s deployment. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Tova Mirvis and Lara Vapnyar read from their new novels. Mirvis’s Visible City (March 2014) examines the intersecting lives of several Upper West Siders. Vapnyar’s The Scent of Pine (January 2014) follows thirty-eight year old Lena as she struggles with middle-age. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Meg Wolitzer celebrates the release of the paperback edition of her book, The Interestings (2013) with Susan Choi, author of My Education (2013). Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Gary Shteyngart discusses his memoir Little Failure (February 2014) with Suketu Mehta. Tenement Museum, 6:30 p.m., free.

Edmund White reads Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, a memoir about leaving New York City during the AIDS crisis. The Halfking Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/1: Leigh Stein, Margo Jefferson and Rosebud Ben-Oni join the Shelf Life Reading series. Stein’s The Fallback Plan (2012) follows protagonist Eshter on her post-college, Millennial misadventure in her hometown. Jefferson’s On Michael Jackson (2006) examines the rise and fall of the king of pop. Hullabaloo Books, 8 p.m., free.

Cara Hoffman launches her new novel, Be Safe I love You about a returning war veteran, Lauren Clay. Bluestockings, 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Urquhart discusses her new novel, The Visionist, with Elissa Schappell. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/2: Willie Perdomo and Jessica Hagedorn discuss Perdomo’s new collection of poems, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (March 2014). Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Eric Nelson and Mike Lala host The Price on Your Head is Right, a fundraiser event for Mellow Pages LIbrary with prizes including experiences with Dan Magers, Dorothea Lasky, Beach Sloth, Sean H. Doyle, and Dolan Morgan. Silent Barn, 8 p.m., $5.

Sara Barron reads from her essay collection The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters With the Human Race (March 2014) with Ophira Eisenberg and Diana Spechler. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Lydia Davis and Jonathan Franzen discuss their novels. Symphony Space, 7:30 p.m., $28.

Thursday 4/3: Teju Cole discusses his new novel Every Day is for the Thief (March 2014) with his editor David Ebershoff. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Gary Shteyngart and Jenny Offill join Pete’s Reading Series. Shteyngart’s memoir Little Failure (February 2014) begins with his parents’ lives in Russia. Offill’s Dept. of Speculation (January 2014) follows a married couple as they struggle with mundane tasks like raising a child. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings (2013) joins Marisa Silver, author of Mary Coin (2013) to read from their novels, now in paperback. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

John Ashbery and Mark Ford read poetry. 92Y, 8 p.m., $7.50.

Friday 4/4: Dustin Long reads from his new novel Bad Teeth (March 2014) follows four narratives in four cities of young literary people. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Ben Pease, Britt Melewski, Christopher Cheney, Evan Smith, and Matthew L Rohrer read from a new chapbook anthology, Recreation League, poetry revolving around basketball. Mellow Pages Library, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kamilah Aisha Moon, Roger Reeves, and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang read poetry. Dumbo Sky, 7 p.m., free.

Joseph Mosconi, Ara Shirinyan, Betsy Fagin join the Multifarious Array series. Shirinyan’s collection of poems, Your Country is Great (2008) drew inspiration from Google results for an alphabetical list of countries. Pete’s Candy Store, 7 p.m., free.


Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →