Notable NYC: 8/1–8/7


Saturday 8/1: Nicole Haroutunian, Maggie Serota, Allison Devers, and others read at the Chilltown Literary Festival. WORD Jersey City, 11 a.m., free.

Diana Hamilton, Ben Fama, Rob Fitterman, Monica McClure, Purvi Shah, Christina Olivares, Julia Tolo, Chia-Lun Chang, Krystal Languell, and others read at the Small Press Flea. Brooklyn Public Library, 11 a.m., free.

Sunday 8/2: Elissa Bassist, Maris Kreizman, Celeste Ballard, and Ryan Ballard discuss Jennifer’s Body with Diablo Cody via Skype. Videology, 9 p.m., free.

Monday 8/3: Christina McDowell reads After Perfect, a memoir of a family’s destruction. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/4: Kathleen Alcott launches Infinite Home with Valeria Luiselli. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Sarah McCarry and Cristina Moracho are literary BFFs. Moracho’s debut novel Althea & Oliver is about narcoleptic teenage love. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Lauren Holmes discusses Barbara the Slut and Other People with Nathan Englander. B&N 86th Street, 7 p.m., free.

Susan Shapiro, Katie Walter, Royal Young, Kenan Trebincevic, and Neesha Arter read because the Shrinks Are Away. St. Mark’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Christina Galante, John Dorcic, Adam Wade, and Lynn Weingarten interrogate each other at Hot Seat!, an evening of improv and storytelling. Littlefield, 8 p.m., $8.

Wednesday 8/5: Rebecca Dinerstein and Julia Pierpont discuss their remarkable debut novels. Dinerstein’s The Sunlit Night follows a young artist and a baker as they fall in love above the Arctic Circle. Pierpont’s Among the Ten Thousand Things is about an artist and dancer falling out of love after their children discover the sexy missives of a mistress. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Jim Shepard, Katherine J. Lee, Sandra Leong, and Bill O’Brien join the HiFi Reading Series. HiFi Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/6: Paul Downs discusses Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business with Loren Feldman. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 8/7: Eillen G’Sell, Jess Feldman, JoAnna Novak, Tina Cane, and others read as part of the BOAAT PRESS chapbook competition. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free.


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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 →