Notable NYC: 3/15–3/21

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Saturday 3/15: Josef Kaplan and Ann Hirsch read poetry. Kaplan’s latest book, All Nightmare: Introductions 2011-2012 collects the prefatory remarks written while curating the Segue Series. Hirsch’s Twelve, censored as “crude and objectionable,” is a collection of instant messenger chat room scenes. Macie Gransion, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lorrie Moore reads from Bark (February 2014), her most recent collection of short stories. 192 Books, 5 p.m., free.

Michael Klein, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Joseph Riippi, Christopher Salerno and Nicole Santalucia read as part of the Couplet series. The Delancey, 7 p.m., free.

Virginia McLure, Toby Altman, Dolan Morgan, and Lucy Ives and Monica McClure launch Parallax Issue 2. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/16: Rachel Cantor, Jacinda Townsend, and James Scott join the Sunday Night Fiction series. Cantor’s A Highly Unlikely Scenario (January 2014) is the story of a customer care representative for a pizza chain saves the world three times, in a dystopian future. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 3/17: Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Lynn Xu read poetry. Wilkinson’s Swamp Isthmus (2013) examines the sadness of a body that will soon turn to dust. The Poetry Project, 8 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/18: Siri Hustvedt reads The Blazing World (March 2014), a novel about a critically unsuccessful artist’s attempt to reinvent herself. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

D. Foy launches a debut novel, Made to Break, about five friends confronting their past mistakes while trapped in a remote cabin. Foy has a conversation with Anthony Swofford, author of the memoir Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails (2012). McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/19: Aryn Kyle, Ariel Schrag, and Adelle Waldman celebrate the 5th anniversary of the blog Slaughterhouse 90210. In Kyle’s The God of Animals (2007), a young girl struggles with life on her family farm after her older sister runs off to marry a rodeo star. Schrag’s forthcoming Adam (June 2014) follows a young man as he embraces his wild new life in New York City’s LGBT community. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Adrian Matejka and Aaron Smith read poetry as part of the Poetry Society of America series. Smith’s collection, Appetite (2012), explores American mythologies surrounding masculinity. Matejka’s The Big Smoke (2013) follows a narrative around the boxing Legend Jack Johnson. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Susanna Kaysen reads from her new autobiographical novel Cambridge (March 2014) with n+1 founding editor Marco Roth. McNally Jackson, 8 p.m., free.

Matt Taibbi, Keith Gessen, Alex Gilvarry, Anya Ulinich, Alex Halberstadt and Katya Dovlatov discuss the English language edition of Pushkin Hills (March 2014) by Sergei Dovlatov. Powerhouse Books, 7 p.m., free.

Susan Rieger reads from her debut novel The Divorce Papers (March 2014) about a young criminal lawyer dealing with a wealthy soon-to-be divorced client. Maggie Pouncey, author of the Perfect Reader (2010) is in conversation. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Dinaw Mengestu reads from his new novel All Our Names (March 2014) with Lucas Wittmann, books editor of the Daily Beast. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Elif Batuman, Eric Bennett, Alexander Chee, and Chad Harbach discuss the ever present issue of NYC vs. MFA in a panel hosted by Luis Jaramillo. New School, 6:30 p.m., $5.

Thursday 3/20: Anne Shaw, Sarah V. Schweig and Joseph Fasano read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Adam Wilson and Victoria Redel join Pete’s Reading Series. Wilson’s new collection of short stories, What’s Important Is Feeling (February 2014) includes humorous tales of laid off bankers roaming Williamsburg in search of hipster girls and using lobsters as sex toys. Redel’s story collection Make Me Do Things (February 2014) features dark stories exploring marriage and divorce. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/21: Paul Rome, Emma Cline, Ann DeWitt, and Catherine Lacey read fiction for a new series curated by Paul Rome. Rome’s We All Sleep in the Same Room (2013) follows two parents growing distant while sharing a one bedroom apartment. Lacey’s debut novel, Nobody is Ever Missing is forthcoming from FSG. Mellow Pages, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich, Brian Droitcour, and David B. Goldstein launch a new readings series, Lighght Reading. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Steffani Jemison, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Steven Seidenberg read as part of the Multifarious Array series. Pete’s Candy Story, 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 →