Notable NYC: 5/3–5/9

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Saturday 5/3: Joanna Fuhrman, Dan Magers, and Debora Kuan launch the Hyperallergic Poetry reading series. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Melanie Neilson and Kate Zambreno join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/4: Kodi Scheer and Rene Steinke read prose. Scheer’s Incendiary Girls (April 2014) is a collection of stories exploring baser instincts and dark humor. Steinke’s Friendswood is forthcoming in August. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 5/5: Hideo Furukaw, Toh EnJoe, Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, Roland Kelts, and Ted Goossen celebrate the launch of Monkey Business, issue 4, a japanese journal in-translation. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Davis Carey, Esther Figueroa, and Elizabeth Nunez celebrate Caribbean literature, with an introduction by Carole Boyce Davies. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Danniel Schoonebek, Justin Marks and Natalie Eilbert read poetry to celebrate the launch of Sarah Barlett’s new chapbook. Mellow Pages, 8 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/6: Roxane Gay and Sari Botton discuss Gay’s debut novel, Untamed State (May 2014). The novel follows a wealthy Haitian girl who is kidnapped by armed men and held for ransom. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

James Fearnley reads from his memoir Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues (May 2014), a look at founder of the accordion-playing Irish folk band. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Stacey D’Erasmo, Elissa Schappell, and Rachael Yamagata celebrate the launch of D’Erasmo’s novel Wonderland, the story of an aging female rock star. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/7: Rivka Galchen reads from her new collection of stories American Innovations (May 2014). 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Roxane Gay reads again, this time with Kiese Laymon. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

James Fearnley reads again from his memoir along with Vol 1. Brooklyn. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Akhil Sharma reads from his semi-autobiographical second novel Family Life (APril 2014). Tenement Museum, 6:30 p.m., free.

Julie Buntin, Matt de la Peña, and Tara Altebrando read from their One Teen Story issues. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

George Prochnik and Rebecca Mead discuss their married life with Wayne Koestenbaum. Mead’s My Life In Middlemarch (January 2014), is a combination of personal memoir and literary history of George Eliot’s novel. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Cunningham reads from his sixth novel, The Snow Queen (May 2014). Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/8: Mitchell S. Jackson and Kiese Laymon talk about race and class. Jackon’s The Residue Years (2013) is a semi-autobiographical novel centered around Jackson’s life as person of color in predominantly white Portland. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Finney Boylan and Augusten Burroughs discuss Boylan’s memoir Stuck in the Middle with You (April 2013). The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Akhil Sharma, Laura van den Berg, and Leah Hager Cohen talk about the stories behind their books. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

E.L. Doctorow reads Andrew’s Brain (January 2014). NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Friday 5/9: Arthur Nersesian and Eric Charles May launch Nersesian’s Gladyss of the Hunt. May’s Bedrock Faith (February 2014) explores life in a middle-class Chicago neighborhood when Gerald Reeves returns home after fourteen years in prison. Bluestockings, 7 p.m., free.

Akhil Sharma again reads from his novel Family Life. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Rivka Galchen and Laura van den Berg talk about short stories. NYU Creative Writing House, 5 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →