Notable NYC: 7/26–8/1


Saturday 7/26: Fourth Annual New York City Poetry Festival. Governor’s Island, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/27: Diana Hamilton, Leopoldine Core, R. Erica Dolye, Betsy Fagin, Brenda Lijima, and Krystal Languell join the Poets in the Garden series. Elizabeth Street Garden, 5:30 p.m., free.

Fourth Annual New York City Poetry Festival. Governor’s Island, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free.

Kelly Forsythe, Jay Deshpande, Stacey Balkun, and Robert Balun read with Bodega (NY Poetry Festival). Governor’s Island, 1:10 p.m., free.

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Katy Didden, and Danniel Schoonebeek join the Brooklyn Poets series (NY Poetry Festival). Governor’s Island, 2:30 p.m., free.

Monday 7/28: Megan Abbott reads The Fever (June 2014), a novel about the close-knit Nash family and a mysterious contagion. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Cecily Iddings, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Amy Lawless, John Beer, and Zachary Schomburg read some wonderful things as part of the There Are Things in This Life That Are Wonderful event. Mellow Pages Library, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wendy Chin-Tanner and Valerie Wetlaufer read poetry. Chin-Tanner’s Turn (March 2014) grapples with forgiveness and evolution of self. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/29: Andrew Lewis Conn and Ed Park discuss Conn’s O, Africa! (June 2014), a story about two filmmakers traveling through 1920s Africa. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Joshua Ferris, Zachary Lazar, and Catherine Lacey join the Fiction Addiction series. Ferris’s To Rise Again at A Decent Hour is the story of a dentist and was recently long-listed for a Booker prize. 2A Upstairs, 8 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/30: Paul Rome and Catherine Lacey talk about their novels. Rome’s We All Sleep in the Same Room (2013) adeptly navigates the emotional complexities of a family sharing a one bedroom apartment in New York City. Lacey’s Nobody is Ever Missing (July 2014) explores the dangers of leaving New York City on quest of self-discovery. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Julia Fierro, David Burr Gerrard, Simona Blat, Ester Bloomer, Rebecca Mills, and Erika Anderson join the Buzzard’s Banquet. Soda Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Mark Chiusano reads from Marine Park (July 2014), a collection of stories. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Brando Skyhorse, Karen Heuler, and Tajas Desai join the Guerilla Lit series. Jimmy’s No. 43, 7:30 p.m., free.

Adam Sternbergh, Tom Bouman, and Jay Caspian Kang talk about crime fiction. Sternbergh’s Shovel Ready (2014) tells the tale of a garbage man in New York City after a dirty bomb wipes out Times Square. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 8/1: Natalie Eilbert reads from Conversation with the Stone Wife along with Morgan Parker, Monica McClure, and May-Lan Tan. Mellow Pages Library, 7:30 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 →