Notable NYC: 8/29–9/4


Saturday 8/29: Ruby Brunton, Jasmine Gibson, Faith Heyliger, Stephon Lawrence, Melissa McDaniel, and Kayla Classy Morse celebrate Mellow Pages Library with Vapors Vol. 1. Silent Barn, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/30: Ugly Duckling Presse, publisher of experimental poetry, hosts a fundraiser. Paperbox, 3 p.m., $50.

Hai-Dang Phan, Camilo Roldan, Jacqueline Waters, and Lindsay Turner mark the end of summer. Unnameable Books, 4 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/1: John Darnielle discusses Wolf in White Van. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Rachel Glaser launches Paulina & Fran with Elisa Albert, Leopoldine Core, and Mark Leidner. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Laura Bennett, Ann Goldstein, Meghan O’Rourke, Willa Paskin, Michael Reynolds, Parul Sehgal, Katy Waldman, and Sasha Weiss celebrate Slate’s Ferrante Fest. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/2: Rachel Glaser reads from her novel Paulina & Fran, and talks with Adam Wilson, author of the collection What’s Important Is Feeling and novel Flatscreen. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Robin Beth Schaer, Tina Chang, Tracy K. Smith, and Paul Morris celebrate the release of Schaer’s debut collection of poetry, Shipbreaking. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

John Markoff and Steven Levy discuss the eventual demise of humanity at the hands of robots. Markoff’s new book Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots explores how we can live in peace with our new robot overlords. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Idra Novey, Jake Matkov, Timothy Ree, and Hilary Vaughn Dobel join the Hi-Fi series. HIFI Bar, 8 p.m., drink.

Thursday 9/3: Tobias Carroll, managing editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, is in conversation with authors Helen McClory and Susan Rukeyser. On the Edges of Vision is McClory’s debut story collection and her debut novel Flesh of the Peach is forthcoming in 2016. Rukeyser’s debut novel Not on Fire, Only Dying is about a kidnapping in the Hudson Valley. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Nick Holdstock launches his novel The Casualties with Danniel Schoonebeek and Antonio Aiello. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Amitav Ghosh presents Flood of Fire, a story centered around the first Opium War. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tanwi Nandini Islam and Jeff O’Neal launch Reading Lives, a series presented in conjunction with Book Riot. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Kathleen Alcott and Alexandra Kleeman discuss this novels. Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine explores artificial foods and advertising. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/4: Leopoldine Core, Doreen St. Félix, Alice Sola Kim, Anna North, and Matthew Neill Null, hosted by Jenny Zhang, discuss how alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries. Housing Works, 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 →