Notable NYC: 7/12–7/18

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Saturday 7/12: Emma Straub, Eric Smith, and others cross the river for the Chilltown Literary Festival in Jersey City. Downtown Jersey City, 11 a.m., free.

Monday 7/14: Emma Straub, Tiphanie Yanique, Courtney Maum, Boris Fishman, and Aaron Burch join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Straub’s latest novel, The Vacationers, is about a two-week trip shared between family and friends. A Replacement Life (June 2014) is Fishman’s debut novel about eastern European immigrants defrauding the German government of Nazi reparations. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Saeed Jones, Shira Erlichman, Aracelis Girmay, and Patricia Smith read poetry under the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7 p.m., free.

Jackie Sheeler, Professor ARTURO, Neil Cain, and Austin Allen celebrate New York Quarterly. Bowery Poetry Club, 6:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/15: Amy Sohn discusses her new novel, The Actress (July 2014) with Chorie Sicha. The Actress follows the story of a young new actress cast into the spotlight by an older, famous actor. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

D. Foy, Brian Gresko, Eric Nelson, Emily Schultz, and Bob Smith celebrate twelve years of the Sunday Salon series. Jimmy’s No. 43, 7:30 p.m., free.

Andrew Meredith reads his new memoir The Removers (July 2014), BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Will Chancellor discusses his new novel A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall (July 2014) with Teddy Wayne. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Riederer, Jessica Machado, J. Scott Brownlee, and Ryan Britt join the Animal Farm series. Over the Eight, 8 p.m., free.

Brenda Coultas, Geffrey Davis, and Brian Teare join the Academy of American Poets Summer Series. New York Public Library, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/16: Christina Nichol and Susan Choi discuss Nichol’s debut novel Waiting for the Electricity (June 2014). McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Sean Wilsey and editor Matt Weiland discuss his new book More Curious (July 2014) about Wilsey’s journey across the United States. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julia Fierro, Mira Jacob, Courtney Maum, Ted Thompson, and Tiphanie Yanique join Word for Word. Fierro’s Cutting Teeth (May 2014) examines thirty-somethings attempting to enjoy a beach house with their children. Jacob reads from her new novel, A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (July 2014), about a journey spanning three decades in India, New Mexico, and Seattle. Bryant Park, 12:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 7/17: Julia Fierro, Kimberley McCreight, and Nicole Kear discuss motherhood. Kear’s memoir Now I See You (June 2014) is a narrative about her degenerative vision. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Amanda Miska, R/B Mertz, Christopher Diciccio, Christina Olivares, and Bizzy Coy read in celebration of the second anniversary of 5Q. Mellow Pages, 7:30 p.m., free.

Frank Sherlock launches his new collection of poems with Jenn McCreary. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 7/18: Iain Reid and Adelle Waldman discuss The Truth About Luck (2013), an exploration of Reid’s vacation with his grandmother. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Allyson Paty, Christopher Salerno, Dustin Luke Nelson, and Ashleigh Lambert read in the Writing Off Debt event, an examination of money and debt through literature. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.


Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →