Notable NYC: 5/2–5/8


Saturday 5/2: Independent Bookstore Day: Events are being held throughout the day at your neighborhood bookstore. The following stores are hosting special events:

WORD; Housing Works; McNally Jackson; Greenlight Bookstore; BookCourt; Community Bookstore; The Strand; BookCulture; Astoria Bookshop.

Emma Straub, Jami Attenberg, and Angela Flournoy host Independent Bookstore Day Afterparty. Powerhouse Arena, 9 p.m., free.

Andy Fitch, Amaranth Borsuk, and Saretta Morgan join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/3: Robert Balun, Jackie Clark, Meghan Dunn, and Angel Eduardo join the Cross Poetry Series. WORD Jersey City, 5:30 p.m., free.

Ben Katchor, Satoshi Kitamura, and Aoko Matsuda celebrate the fifth issue of Monkey Business International. BookCourt, 4 p.m., free.

Aubrie Marrin, Edwin Frank, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Mark Weiss read poetry from Shearsman Books. McNally Jackson, 6 p.m., free.

Erika Moya, Luna Temple, Kristie Shoemaker, Gea, Lucian Angel, and Nathan Earl Rose celebrate the release of Roses’s Patience is the Opposite of Waiting. Mellow Pages, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 5/4: Tanner Ringerud, Arianna Rebolini, Katie Heaney, Kevin Nguyen, and Jack Shepherd discuss boybands, punctuation, and Buzzfeed. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Zoe Pilger and Amy Scholder discuss Pilger’s debut novel Eat My Heart Out. McNally Jackson, 8 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/5: Taylor Antrim and Gabriel Roth discuss Immunity, Antrim’s near-future dystopian novel. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Mary Morris discusses her new book The Jazz Palace with Dani Shapiro. BookCulture, 7 p.m., free.

Carola Debbel reads The Only Ones. St. Marks Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

R.O. Kwon, Clancy Martin, Mary South, Deb Olin Unferth, and Lincoln Michel celebrate the latest issue of Noon. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Atticus Lish talks with Brandon Caro. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/6: Scott Hess launches The Butcher’s Sons, a portrait of three Irish-American brothers. Hess discusses the novel with Brooklyn Rail Books Editor Joseph Salvatore. Boxers NYC, 6 p.m., free.

Kelly Link, Ben Katchor, Aoko Matsuda, and Satoshi Kitamura celebrate the latest issue of Monkey Business International. McNally Jackson, 8 p.m., free.

Cynan Jones and John Freeman discuss The Dig, Jones’s US debut. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Patricia Park reads Re Jane about a half-American, half-Korean orphan in Flushing, Queens. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Jeff Nunokawa and Rebecca Mead discuss Not Book, Nunokawa’s book of essays. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Yuko Otomo and Michael T. Fournier join P r o s e P r o s. Sidewalk Cafe, 6:30 p.m., free.

Lev Ac Rosen, Teri Clarke, Laura McGinley, and Cara Murray join the HiFi Reading Series. HiFi, 8 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/7: Amy Fleisher reads from her debut novel, A Million Miles, about a 19-year-old touring with her favorite band. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer with Grove editor Peter Blackstock. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Karl Ove Knausgaard and Ben Lerner discuss Book Four of My Struggle. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Will Chancellor and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore join Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/8: Masha Gessen reads The Brothers, an examination of the Boston bombers. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Charity Coleman, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Magnus William-Olsson read works from O’Clock Press. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 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 →