Notable NYC: 4/26–5/2


Saturday 4/26: Andrew Durbin and Rod Smith join the Segue Series. Durbin’s Mature Themes is forthcoming from Nightboat Books. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Brooklyn Zine Fest. Brooklyn Historical Society, 11 a.m., free.

Sunday 4/27: Emily Brandt, editor of No Dear, hosts Walking Distance, a reading series featuring nearby writers including co-editor Alex Cuff, Natalie Eilbert, Simone Kearney, Virginia McLure, Britt Melewski, Marina Weiss, and more. Ba’sik, 2:30 p.m., free.

Brooklyn Zine Fest. Brooklyn Historical Society, 11 a.m., free.

Richard Littauer, Daniel Adler, Kate Quintard, Genna Rivieccio, and Nicole Benson launch, a satirical news website based in Bushwick. Mellow Pages, 5 p.m., free.

Gregory Pardlo, Virginia McClure, Peter Longofono, Uzodinma Oheki, and Kevin Dugan read at the eighth volume of the Eagle and the Wren reading series. Two Moon Art House, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 4/28: Jennifer Egan and James Hannaham celebrate the 100th issue of Electric Literature with a discussion of Hannaham’s text-based installation “Card Tricks.” James Cohan Gallery, 6:30 p.m., $10.

Jaime Clarke reads from his latest novel, Vernon Downs (2014), the story of an orphaned man’s journey to find the woman who abandoned him. He is joined by Mark Wunderlich, Hayden Saunier, and Tanya Jarrett. Cornelia Street Cafe, 6 p.m., $8.

Mona Simpson reads from her new novel, Casebook (April 2014), along with Norman Rush, author of the story collection Whites (2011). McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Jill Sobule, David Hajdu, Sara Marcus, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, Luc Sante, and Nina Mehta discuss musical performances, hosted by Harper’s Magazine. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Ayelet Waldman and Elissa Schappell discuss Love and Treasure (April 2014), Waldman’s new novel set in post-war Salzburg featuring art looted by the Nazi occupying forces. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Tuesday 4/29: Nikil Saval and Chad Harbach launch Cubed, an examination of the white-collar workplace. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Jaime Clarke has a conversation with Ben Schrank. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Ed Kearns, Theresa Varela, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Raquel Penzo, and more read from the New Voices Anthology. La Casa Azul, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/30: Tarfia Faizulla, Jammal May, Thomas Fucaloro, and Bianca Stone read poetry. Faizulla’s Seam (March 2014) explores the experiences of rape victims during the 1971 Pakistani liberation war. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jaime Clarke reads again, this time with Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, (2008). Center for Fiction, 7 p.m, free.

Jacqui Power, Christine Gans, Tony Iantosca, Lucas Hunt Loren Kleinman, and Todd Colby read at Buzzard’s Banquet series. Soda Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/1: D. Foy and Ben Dolnick join Pete’s Reading Series. Foy’s Made to Break (March 2014) follows five friends confronting their past mistakes while trapped in a remote cabin. Donick’s At the Bottom of Everything (2013) explores the relationship of two friends torn apart by horrific secret. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Dan Chiasson and Lydia Davis read and have a conversation. NYU Creative Writers House, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/2: Jen Doll relives the horrors of other people’s weddings that she’s attended in a new collection of essays, Save the Date (May 2014). 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 →