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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →