Notable NYC: 5/16–5/22


Saturday 5/16: Joseph Bradshaw presents The New York School with Thom Donovan, Monica McClure, Iris Cushing, and others. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free.

Philip Glass reads Words Without Music: A Memoir. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Kristen Gleason and Icy Spicy Leoncie join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/17: Sharma Shields reads The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Hoa Nguyen and Shanna Compton read poetry. Dynaco, 3:30 p.m., free.

Chris Tarry, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, Charles Blackstone, and Crissa-Jean Chappell join the Lit at Lark Series. LARK Cafe, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 5/18: Jim Shepard, Diane Cook, Sharma Shields, and Anu Jindal join the Franklin Park Readings Series in a night co-sponsored by Electric Literature. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Austin Bunn launches his debut story collection The Brink. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Sara Nović and Jonathan Papernick discusses Girl at War, the story of a 10-year-old in Zagreb. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tracey K. Smith discusses her memoir Ordinary Light with Nathalie Handal. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

André Aciman hosts Ajay Arora, Emily B. Campbell, Khristina Narizhnaya, Holly Woodward, Kathleen Seltzer, Karen De Luca Stephens, Thomas Patrick Wisniewski, and Chris Wolf for the Writers Institute reading. BookCourt, 6:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/19: Nell Zink reads her new novel Mislaid along with Jeffrey Eugindes. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Jaime Clarke, Catherine Lacey, J. Robert Lennon, Ariel Lown Lewiton, Robert Lopez, Courtney Maum, Rick Moody, Dawn Raffel, Joseph Salvatore, Benjamin Samuel, and others launch A Book of Uncommon Prayer. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

David Crabb reads Bad Kid: A Memoir. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Laura Acampora talks with Lily King about The Wonder Garden, Acampora’s debut novel. B&N 82nd St, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/20: Julia Fierro hosts Nicole Haroutunian, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Robert Levy, and Cecily Wong for the latest Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop reading. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

David Crabb again reads his memoir Bad Kid: A Memoir. WORD Jersey City, 7:30p.m., free.

Patricia Park discusses her novel Re Jayne with Lisa Lutz. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

DW Gibson and Joseph O’Neill discuss Gibson’s The Edge Become the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30p.m., free.

Aleksander Hemon reads The Making of the Zombie Wars, his latest novel. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/21: Emily Schultz and Robert James Russell join Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Liz Alexrod, Martine Bellen, Jillian Brall, Nicole Callihan, Christine Hamm, Karen Hildebrand, Gina Inzunza, Bon Joi, Vincent Katz, Adeena Karsick, Ronna Lebo, Susan Lewis, Kate Lutzner, Bob Kerr, Sheila Maldonado, Shelley Marlow, Sharon Mesmer, Suzanne Osborne, Joe Pan, Jean-Paul Pecqueur, Diana Rickard, Sarah Sarai, David Shapiro, Toni Simon, Cat Tyc, and Leah Umansky celebrate Year Of poems and the release of The Year of Yellow Butterflies, new poems by Joanna Fuhrman. FLAG Art Foundation, 6:30 p.m., free.

Karim Dimechkie presents his debut novel Lifted by the Great Nothing, a coming of age story featuring a Lebanese-American man. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

James Wood talks with Norwegian authors Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, Carl Frode Tiller, Gunnhild Øyehaug, and Lars Petter Sveen. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Deborah Landau and Peter Nickowitz launch Landau’s Uses of the Body. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Jim Shephard again reads The Book of Aron and discusses it with Joshua Ferris. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Anna North discusses The Life and Death of Sophie Stark with Isaac Fitzgerald. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Lisa Armstrong, Cedrick Mendoza-Tolentino, Stephanie Miki Arndt, Dwyer Murphy, Zeeva Bukai, Belal Rafiq, Elysha Chang, Wil Weitzel, and Su-Yee Lin are the latest emerging writers from the Center for Fiction who have been awarded fellowships. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/22: Natalie Eilbert hosts Debbie Kaun, Hilary Leichter, Serena Solin, Rita Billwinkel, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Roberto Montes, Andrew Cothren, Sarah Sala, Maya Weeks, Nicole Miller, and Laura Kochman to celebrate the latest issue of the Atlas Review. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Ted Powers and Wendy Xu launch Powers’s new book Please Light up. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free.

Chelsea Hodson, Porochista Khakpour, Katherine Faw Morris, Sarah Jean Alexander, and Juliet Escoria join Vol. 1 Brooklyn for Search and Destroy. KGB, 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 →