Notable NYC: 9/19–9/25


Saturday 9/19: Jami Attenberg, Lauren Groff, Alice Sola Kim, Sara Novic, Chinelo Okparanta, and Julia Pierpont join Mellow Pages Library Summer Vacation for a blowout bookend event. Silent Barn, 2 p.m., Free.

Marie Buck, Laura Elrick, Luke McMullan, and Rachel Warriner are hosted by Sophie Seita for reading of assorted poetry. Unnameable Books, 7 p.m., free.

Diana Hamilton and Monica de la Torre join David Buuck to launch his new book Site City City! from Futurepoem. Pierogi Gallery, 7 p.m., free.

Joy Williams talks with Rebecca Bengal about Williams’s new collection of stories The Visiting Privilege. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/20: Brooklyn Book Festival! Visit The Rumpus at booth 516 and check out one of the many panels beginning at 10 a.m. Brooklyn Borough Hall, free.

Syreeta McFadden, Edward Mullany, Vu Tran, and Kristin Valdez Quade join the Sunday Salon series. Jimmy’s No. 43, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 9/21: Valeria Luiselli, Helen Phillips, T. Geronimo Johnson, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Aatish Taseer, and Margaret Eby join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Eby’s latest book is a journey through the South’s literary traditions. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Steve Toltz presents his second novel Quicksand along with a conversation with Stefan Merrill Block. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/22: Austin Bunn discusses The Brink with Leslie Jamison. The Brink is a collection of stories with characters on the brink, including one set in an online world ready to shut down. Book Culture, 7 p.m., free.

Tom Piazza and Jon Michaud discuss A Free State, Piazza’s new novel. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Andrés Neuman talks with Heather Cleary about The Things We Don’t Do, translated stories. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/23: Sam Chanse and Ed Lin discuss Lydia’s Funeral Video. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Patrick deWitt presents Undermajordomo Minor with Andy Hunter, in conjunction with Electric Literature. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Chinelo Okparanta launches Under the Udala Trees. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Ron Rash talks with Richard Price about Above the Waterfall, Rash’s new novel about drugs in Appalachia. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

William Boyd discusses Sweet Caress, his latest novel. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Lauren Groff, recently long listed for the National Book Awards, will read from Fates and Furies. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Joan Kane, Orlando White, Danielle Vogel, and Robin Beth Schaer read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/24: BOMB Magazine and George Braziller host Juan Villoro, Valeria Luiselli, and Naief Yehya for a discussion of The Guilty, Villoro’s translated story collection. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Georgi Gospodinov talks with Alberto Manguel about The Physics of Sorrow. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Tom Roston presents I Lost it at The Video Store, a look back at a vanished era. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

D. Watkins presents The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America. NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Jesse Eisenberg talks with Teddy Wayne about Bream Gives Me Hiccups. B&N Union Square, 7 p.m., Book Purchase Required.

Jonathan Franzen reads from Purity with Mark Grief. 92Y, 8 p.m., $35.

R. Erica Doyle, Corina Copp, Sara Joy Marquez, and Chase Berggrun join the Earshot series. Over the Eight, 8 p.m., free.

Lauren Holmes and Tanwi Nandini Islam join the Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Shop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 9/25: David Mura, Myung Mi Kim, Wo Chan, and Tibetan writer Jamyang Norbu, with emcee Kelly Tsai, celebrate Apogee Journal with a fundraiser benefit. The 8th Floor, 7 p.m., $25 to $75.

Rebecca Dinerstein and Lev Grossman talk with Darin Strauss. NYU Creative Writing House, 5 p.m., free.

Howard Axelrod discusses his memoir The Point of Vanishing with Charles Bock. BookCourt, 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 →