Notable NYC: 11/8–11/14


Saturday 11/8: Brooklyn Comic Arts Festival. Mt. Carmel Church, 11 a.m., free.

Elizabeth Lopeman reads Trans Europe Express (November 2014) about an American au pair considering abandoning her host family. BookCourt, 4 p.m., free.

Peter Friedman, Rachel Nelson, Tommy Pico, Blythe Roberson, and Valerie Hsiung read at the What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free.

MRB Chelko, Auguste Corteau, Daniel Owen, Ahmed Shafie, Paige Taggart, and Natasha Tiniacos read their work. Mellow Pages, 8:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 11/9: Brooklyn Comic Arts Festival. Mt. Carmel Church, 11 a.m., free.

Lindsay Hunter launches her novel Ugly Girls with Laura van den Berg. Powerhouse Arena, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 11/10: Colson Whitehead, Lindsay Hunter, Shelly Oria, Mark Chiusano, and Gabby Bess join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Chiusano’s story collection Marine Park explores the lives of characters from this often overlooked Brooklyn neighborhood. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Val Wang reads Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China (October 2014), a look at Wang’s coming-of-age in modernizing China. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Bonnie Friedman reads Surrendering Oz, a memoir in essays. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Assaf Gavron talks with John Wray. The Hilltop (October 2014) is a novel about life in the West Bank. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

William Gibson reads The Peripheral. B&N Union Square, 7 p.m., in-store book purchase recommended.

Tuesday 11/11: Glen Kurtz and Sarah Wildman discuss Three Minutes in Poland (November 2014), Kurtz’s exploration of three minutes of family vacation film, the only moving images of a Polish Jewish community before its destruction. McNally Jackson, 8 p.m., free.

Thomas Hauser reads The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens (November 2014), a historically accurate novel about the author’s life. B&N 86th Street, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/12: Justin Taylor, Leopoldine Core, and Alec Niedenthal join the Hi-Fi series. The HIFI Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Gary Shteyngart reads his memoir Little Failure (2014). WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Betsy Sussler and Bronwen Hruska celebrate the release of BOMB: The Author Interviews. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

William Powers and Colin Beavan talk about city living. Powers’s book, New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City (November 2014) explores urban lifestyle. Greenlight Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Siri Hustvedt reads The Blazing World (November 2014). BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Nuruddin Farah reads Hiding In Plain Sight (October 2014). Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Lucia Stacey, Amber Atiya, Debbie Kuan, and Niina Pollari read at Atlas XXII. 61 Local, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/13: Rumpus columnist Thomas Page McBee reads from his memoir Man Alive (September 2014) along with Saeed Jones. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p..m, free.

Tyler Antoine and a surprise reader will join My Teenage Dream Ended. Over the Eight, 8 p.m., free.

Mark Leibovich reads CItizens of the Green Room (November 2014), a look at Washington’s insiders. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Atticus Lish and Daniel Long will discuss Lish’s debut novel Preparation for the Next Life (November 2014) Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Koa Beck, Alex Cuff, Julia Elizabeth Guez, Victoria Matsui, and Roberto Montes celebrate the launch of Apogee Issue 4. Babycastles, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 11/14: Scott Crawford, Jim Saah, Michael Hampton, Tom Lyle, Bert Queiroz, and Jenny Toomey screen documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980 to 1990). Sonic Cinema, 9:30 p.m., $17.

Diane Cook reads from her story collection Man V. Nature (October 2014) with Lincoln Michel. Powerhouse, 7 p.m., free.

Sandra Lim and Stefania Heim read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Jarrod Annis, Farnoosh Fathi, Jeffrey Joe Nelson, and Dorothea Lasky read at The Lights Are All Green. Mellow Pages, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kitsy Clare and Jerry Sticker share their work at the Paragraph Reading. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Jeffery Berg, Joseph Bradshaw, Charity Coleman, Mel Elberg, t’ai freedom ford, Camonghne Felix, Renee Gladman, Jen Levitt, Melody Nixon, Liz Peters, and Alexis Pope celebrate the launch of the latest issue of No, Dear, themed SPACE. LA SALA at Cantina Royal, 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 →