Notable NYC: 5/17–5/23


Saturday 5/17: Lit Crawl Brooklyn with Bodega, The NewerYork, A Public Space, Chris Abani, and more. Various Locations, 5 p.m., free.

Adam Resnick reads from Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation (May 2014), a collection of memoir-essays. BookCourt, 1 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/18: Julia Fierro, Alden Jones, Mimi Lipson, Jenny Offill, and Meg Tuite. Fierro’s debut Cutting Teeth (May 2014) explores the lives of Park Slope parents. Offill’s Dept of Speculation (January 2014) ruminates on marriage. Jimmy’s No. 43, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Ruby and Susana Gardner read poetry. Ruby’s latest collection American Songbook (2013) draws inspiration from 75 musical recordings. Geraldine Page House, 3 p.m., free.

Monday 5/19: 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. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Cunningham reads from The Snow Queen. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Lexi Freiman, Patricia Park, Jane Rose Porter, Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, Bezalel Stern, Lauren Wilkinson, Brennen Wysong, and Courtney Zoffness celebrate their emergence as writers. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Jeffery Renard Allen, Deborah Baker, Kevin Barry, Matthea Harvey, Leslie Jamison, Jessica Francis Kane, Salvatore Scibona, Tracy K. Smith, and Mary Szybist celebrate the 40th anniversary of Graywolf Press. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Colum McCann and Phil Klay discuss their books. Klay’s Redeployment (March 2014) is a collection of stories about veterans dealing with the repercussions of war. McCann’s TransAtlantic (2013) spans continents and centuries beginning with an early twentieth century flight. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/20: Daniel Mendelsohn and Choire Sicha discuss Waiting for the Barbarians (2012), Mendelsohn’s essay collection critiquing everything from pop culture to high art. Sicha is the coproprietor of The Awl. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Valeria Mondijian, Jeffrey Gray, and Anna Kushner discuss Latin American crime fiction in conjunction with the launch of McSweeney’s latest issue. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Shirley Jackson and Victor LaValle discuss The Sundial (1976), now reissued as a Penguin Classic. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/21: Julia Fierro and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore talk books with Cary Barbor. Fierro’s debut Cutting Teeth (May 2014) explores middle-aged parents in Park Slope. Bittersweet (May 2014) is Beverly-Whittemore’s look at a girl and her roommate at a prestigious East Coast college. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Johanna Lane and Mike Harvkey read from their debut novels. The Course of Human Events (March 2014) is Harvkey’s look at a young man who has given up hope. Lane’s Black Lake (May 2014) is about a wealthy family losing everything. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/22:
Porochista Khakpour reads from her novel The Last Illusion (May 2014), about an Iranian woman who gives birth to a pale-skinned boy. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Francine Prose reads from Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry host Pitchapalooza, where they offer feedback to twenty writers pitching novels in one minute or less. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Vincent Toro, Grisel Y Acosta, and Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán celebrate Verónica Reyes by reading her work and their own. La Casa Azul, 6 p.m., free.

Friday 5/23: The Literary Review launches a new issue. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free.

Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, and Sophia Le Fraga join the Multifarious Array. La Fraga’s W8ING translates Sammuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot into text and emoji. Pete’s Candy Store, 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 →