Notable NYC: 5/30–6/5

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Saturday 5/30: Roxane Gay reads and takes questions. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., tickets required.

Tisa Bryant and Divya Victor join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Jerry Stahl talks with Lydia Black about Old Guy Dad, a collection his Rumpus columns along with new material and never-before-told tales. Powerhouse Arena, 6 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/31: T. Geronimo Johnson and Roxane Gay discuss Welcome to Braggsville. BookCourt, 4 p.m., free.

Morgan Parker, John Paul O’Connor, Jakki Kerubo, Lee Thomas, and KC Trommer join the Eagle and the Wren reading series. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 6/1: Marie Buck and Erika Staiti join the Poetry Project series. Poetry Project, 8 p.m., $8.

Emma Straub celebrates the paperback edition of The Vacationers, a family drama that unfolds during a summer holiday, along with Kerry Diamond. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ken Kalfus discusses Coup de Foudre with Lorin Stein. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Michael Friedman reads Martian Dawn. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/2: Rebecca Dinerstein launches her debut novel, The Sunlit Night, about the search for solitude on a desolate island. She is joined in conversation by Darin Strauss. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Anne Heltzel discusses Charlie, Presumed Dead with Marie Rukoski. McNally Jackson, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jonathan Galassi discusses his novel Muse with Robin Dresser. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

John Keene discusses Counternarratives, a collection of stories and novellas, with Jeffery Renard Allen. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/3: Jane Smiley reads Early Warning, the second novel of a trilogy. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Neil Smith talks with his editor Lexy Bloom about the novel Boo. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

David Gates reads his story collection A Hand Reached Down. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Vivian Gornick reads The Odd Woman and the City, a memoir. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 6/4: Ben Fama, Corina Copp, Vikas K. Menon, Jon Sands, Andrew Durbin, Gracie Leavitt, Sara Jane Stoner, Stephanie Gray, Monica McClure, and Niina Pollari Face Out with [CLMP]. St. Marks, 7 p.m., free.

Jim Shepard reads The Book of Aron and discusses it with Gary Fisketjon. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Mary-Beth Hughes reads The Loved Ones. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Sandra Newman and Carola Dibbell close out the season of Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Emma Hooper and Laura Isaacman discuss Hooper’s novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite celebrate the launch of War of the Encyclopaedists with a conversation with Phil Klay, author of Redeployment. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Sophie McManus reads her debut novel The Unfortunates, about a wealthy family afflicted with disease. Community Bookstore hosts at Cabinet, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 6/5: Courtney Zoffness, Sarah Perry, and Julia Fierro read as part of the Brooklyn Writers Space series. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.


Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →