Notable NYC: 5/10–5/16


Saturday 5/10: Stephen Boyer and Holly Pester join the Segue Series. Boyer compiled the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Rachel Kushner and Rob Spillman discuss The Flamethrowers (2013), Kushner’s novel set in the 1970s New York City art world. Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/11: Peter Gizzi and Brenda Coultas read poetry. Gizzi’s In Defence of Nothing (February 2014) gathers selected poems from 1987 to 2011. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Sean Madigan Hoen, Alena Graedon, and Tejas Desai join the Sunday Night Fiction series. Hoen’s memoir Songs Only You Know (April 2015) examines his sister’s depression, his crack-addicted father, and his parents’s divorce. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 5/12: Sara Marcus, Brenda Shaughnessy, Pamela Sneed, and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan join an annual all-female poetry reading curated by Melissa Febos. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Lynne Tillman, Jeff Jackson, Tova Mirvis, Brandan Kiely, and Wah-ming Chang join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Tillman’s What Would Lynne Tillman Do? (April 2014) collects her essays on a variety of topics. Jackson’s Mira Corpora (2013) offers a coming-of-age story of a teen runaway. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Ken Silverstein reads from The Secret World of Oil, an exploration of the global oil industry. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/13: Julia Fierro celebrates the release of Cutting Teeth, her debut novel about Park Slope parenting. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Amy Rowland reads from her debut novel, The Transcriptionist (March 2014), about the last transcriptionist at a New York City newspaper where protagonist Lena grows obsessed with a news story involving a woman mauled by a lion. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Joshua Ferris launches his third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, about an anxious middle-aged dentist in Manhattan who discovers an online doppelgänger. McNally Jackson, 8 p.m., free.

Anthony Doerr and Rob Spillman discuss Doerr’s new novel All the Light We Cannot See (May 2014) about a blind French girl who collides with a German boy. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Leslie Jamison, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, and Casey Cep join the Big Umbrella non-fiction series. 2A, 8 p.m., free.

Adam Pelzman reads from his debut novel Troika (May 2014), the story of a Cuban-American girl and Russian boy. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/14: Joshua Ferris again reads To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore reads her new novel Bittersweet (May 2014) about a girl and her roommate at a prestigious East Coast college. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Peter Heller reads The Painter (May 2014) about an artist hoping to outrun his past. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Thursday 5/15: Saskia Hamilton, Nick Lantz, and Mark Wunderlich read from their collections poetry from Graywolf Press. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Sara Lippman, Molly O’Brien, Rebecca Mills, Kirsten Kearse, and Brittany Goss read for Wet is Better Than Greasy, Installment 9 of the Disagreement series. CultureFix, 7 p.m., free.

Zachary Lazar and Dana Spiotta read from their novels. Lazar’s I Pity the Poor Immigrant (April 2014) follows an American gangster denied Israeli citizenship. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/16: Elwin Cotman, Beth Lisick, and Jen Percy read at the End of the World, a H.I.P. Lit reading series event. The Paper Box, 7:30 p.m., $10.

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

Stephanie Gray, Laura Henrikse, Becca Klave, Amy Lawles, Matt Longabucco, Dolan Morgan, Leila Ortiz, Molly Quinn, and Jordan Scott celebrate the release of the latest issue of No, Dear. Cantina Royal, 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 →