Notable NYC: 4/5–4/11


Saturday 4/5: T. Zachary Cotler reads from his novel Ghost at the Loom (2013), the story of a poet remembering his sister as he treks across Europe. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/6: Paige Taggart celebrates the release of Want for Lion, her first full length poetry collection. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Maud Casey and Timothy Schaffert join the Sunday Night Fiction series. Schaffert’s The Swan Gondola (February 2014) is a romantic fable set in the 1898 World’s Fair. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 4/7: Bernadine Evaristo launches Mr. Loverman, the story of a gay West Indian man coming out of the closet in London. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kelly Braffet, Richard Fulco, Ted Thompson, and Caeli Wolfson Widger read as part of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop series. Thompson’s debut novel The Land of Steady Habits (March 2014) follows protagonist Anders Hill as he seeks the reconciliation of his past and present in a stuffy Connecticut hamlet. In Widger’s Real Happy Family (March 2014), a part-time actress enjoys the trappings of bourgeois celebrity life until her pill-popping mother ruins everything. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Jami Attenberg, D. Foy, Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon, Sasha Fletcher, and Kiese Laymon join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Foy’s novel Made to Break (March 2014) is about five friends confronting their past mistakes while trapped in a remote cabin. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/8:
Britt Melewski and Nancy Esposito ready poetry. Esposito’s Lamentation with June Bug (2013) explores personal loss. Pete’s Candy Store, 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Hadas, Nicole Cooley, Sophie Cabot Black, Grace Schulman, D. Nurkse, and Tom Sleigh read poetry from the Plume Anthology of Poetry. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Timothy Schaffert and Jami Attenberg discuss The Swan Gondola (February 2014). WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Anthony De Sa reads from his debut novel Kicking the Sky (January 2014), a coming of age story narrated by twelve-year-old Antonio. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julia Glass reads from her newest novel, And the Dark Sacred Night (April 2014), following Kit Noonan’s quest search for his father across suburban New Jersey and New England. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Fiona Maazel and Leslie Jamison talk about their novels. Maazel’s Woke Up Lonely (2013) is now in paperback. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Teddy Wayne will talk with Alena Graedon about her debut novel, The Word Exchange, about a not-so-distant dystopian without printed media, bookstores, or libraries. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/9: E. L. Doctorow reads from his new novel, Andrew’s Brain (January 2014). NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Sasha Fletcher, Gabby Bess, Mark Leidner, Julia Guez, and Eric Amling join the Atlas Review reading series. Local 61, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/10: Lynne Tillman reads from What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (April 2014). 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Peter O’Leary and Brian Teare read poetry. O’Lear is literary executor of poet Ronald Johnson. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Douglas Watson launches his new novel, A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies (March 2014), an odd fable about love and death. WORD Brooklyn 7:30 p.m., free.

Susan Minot reads her novel Thirty Girls (February 2014) about kidnapped Ugandan teenagers. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Phil Klay and Jennifer Vanderbes read from their new books. Klay’s collection of stories, Redeployment, reflects on his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 4/11: Jen Currin, Rachel Levitsky, Ekoko Omadeke, and Steven Karl read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Jess Grover, Spencer Everett, Alexis Pope, and Wendy Xu read poetry. Mellow Pages Library 7:30 p.m., free.

Opening reception for the Downtown Literary Festival. Housing Works, 6 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 →