Notable NYC: 7/18–7/24

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Saturday 7/18: Harlem Book Fair, multiple locations, 11 a.m., free.

Shannon Holmes launches Caught Up. Harlem Book Fair / Countee Cullen Library, 4 p.m., free.

Sunday 7/19: Angela Flournoy, Leigh Stein, and Jennifer Baker discuss the business of writing. Flournoy’s The Turner House is about a family dealing with the family home in Detroit. Stein’s The Fallback Plan examines life post-college for a young woman. WORD Brooklyn, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 7/20: Liz Clark Wessel, Lynn Strong, Ben Purkert, and Jacklyn Corley have a disagreement on the theme of “The bank closed so they moved on.” HiFi Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Will Chancellor and Mark Doten have a conversation. Doten’s The Infernal is a darkly comic look at a power hungry cabal during the Iraq war. BookCourt,, 7 p.m., free.

Wayne Hoffman reads An Older Man and talks about the book with Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life. An Older Man takes the twenty-something protagonist of Hoffman’s Hard an ages him. A Replacement Life follows a father and son as they attempt to defraud the German government. Book Culture Columbus Ave, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/21: Charlotte Silver discusses her new novel Bennington Girls Are Easy, a novel about female friendship, with Alida Nugent. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Lidia Yuknavitch talks with Kate Zambreno about The Small Backs of Children. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/22: Meg Wolitzer and Yusef Komunyakaa read work inspired by contemporary art of the Guggenheim. Guggenheim Museum, 6:30 p.m., $18.

Sarai Walker and Sara Benincasa discuss Dietland, a new novel about a woman trying to get weight loss surgery. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Hilary Liftin discusses her new novel Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper with Susan Choi. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Lidia Yuknavitch talks with Porochista Khakpour about The Small Backs of Children. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 7/23: Rory Scholl, Kyle Erickson, and Athalie Paynting join Leslie Goshko for the latest Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Calvin Baker reads Grace, presented in conjunction with One Story. Hannah Tinti will talk with Baker about the novel. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Amy Berkowitz, Emily Brandt, Marie Buck, Camille Rankine, and Marina Weiss celebrate the launch of Amy Berkowitz’s Tender Points. 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →