Notable NYC: 5/31–6/6

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Saturday 5/31: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Ethan Hauser, and Paul Rome have a conversation with publishing insiders Katie Raissian, Erin Harris, and Brittney Inman Canty. Bittersweet (May 2014), Beverly-Whittmore’s new novel, is about a girl and her roommate at a prestigious East Coast college. Rome’s We All Sleep In the Same Room (2013) follows a family spiraling apart in a tiny apartment. Kávé Espresso Bar and Event Space, 8 p.m., free.

Monday 6/2: Andrea Di Robilant and Susan Minot discuss discuss Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside (May 2014), a journey seeking the origins of an ancient rose. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Rebecca Mead, Jill Lepore, Ruth Franklin, and Salamishah Tillet discuss literary biography in a VIDA roundtable. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Smith Henderson and Bill Cheng discuss Fourth of July Creek (May 2014), Henderson’s novel about a feral eleven-year old living in Montana. Southern Cross the Dog (2013), Cheng’s literary epic, follows three childhood friends uprooted after a 1927 flood. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/3: David Sedaris launches the paperback edition of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013), a collection of essays. Housing Works, 7 p.m., $17.

J. Mae Barizo, Stephen Boyer, Amanda Calderon, Wo Chan, EC Crandall , Justine Kessler El-Khazen, Vincent Toro, Jeannie Vanasco, Lara Weibgen, and Tishon Woolcock read in celebration of the Emerging Poets Fellowship. Poets House, 7 p.m., $10.

Alysia Abbott and Alison Bechdel celebrate the launch of Abbott’s memoir Fairyland. Powerhouse, 7 p.m., free.

Emma Straub launches The Vacationers, her new novel about a two-week trip with family and friends. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Smith Henderson again reads Fourth of July Creek with Nathan Rostron. B&N 86th, 7 p.m., free.

Adelle Waldman, Claire Wilcox, and Sam Ashford join the Rat Court reading series. Waldman recently release a prequel to The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. (2013), New Year’s: Nathaniel P. As Seen Through the Eyes of His Friend Aurit as a digital novella. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/4: Tom Rob Smith and Michael Koryta read from books you can’t buy on Amazon. The Farm (June 2014) features a Swedish man who receives a disturbing phone call. Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead begins with a fourteen-year old witnessing a brutal murder. Both books have been banned by Amazon. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Karl Ove Knausgaard talks with Nicole Krauss about My Struggle: Book Three (May 2014). Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Jill Magi, Paolo Javier, and Jen Hofer read poetry. Magis’s LABOR (March 2014) mixes genre and explores relations workplace and class. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m. free.

Thursday 6/5: Marc Spitz launches Twee, an examination of a rising aesthetic movement across multiple mediums. Powerhouse, 7 p.m., free.

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Zadie Smith, and James Wood discuss My Struggle: Book Three (May 2014). McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

David Sedaris again reads Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Hadas, Colette Inez, and Charlotte Mandel read poems in honor of the 50th anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems. Bryant Park, 12:30 p.m., free..

Friday 6/6: Dana Jaye Cadman, Mark Bibbins, Marni Ludwig, and Brenda Shaughnessy launch Free Water, a new series hosted by Britt Melewski. Shaughnessy’s collection Our Andromeda (2012) explores dark traumas. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Joanna Rakoff reads from her memoir My Salinger Year (June 2014) about her time working at an outmoded literary agency. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Thomas Devaney, Brenda Coultas, and Christophe Casamassima read poetry. The Tatters (March 2014), Coultas’s latest collection, meditates on contemporary life through documentary style exploring landfills and detritus. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Bianca Stone, Nick Twemlow, and Matthea Harvey join the Brooklyn Poets series. 10 Jay Street, #903, 7 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 →