Notable NYC: 5/2–5/8

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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 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 →