Notable NYC: 8/13–8/19


Saturday 8/13: Jersey City celebrates books with the Chilltown Literary Festival. WORD Jersey City and FJB Comics, 11 a.m., free.

Sunday 8/14: K.T. Billey, Bruna Dantas Lobato, and Stephen Langlois join the Sundays At Erv’s Reading series. Erv’s, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 8/15: Bethany Chase presents Results May Vary. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/16: Abeer Hoque, Lisa Ko, Sarah Schulman, and Joan Silber read with PEN America for an evening moderated by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Elizabeth Lee celebrates the launch of Love Her Madly. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/17: Kristin Dombek and Dyna Torrici discuss The Selfishness of Others, hosted by n+1. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Cynthia Manick, Erik Stinson, Catherine Chambers, Tommy Pico, and others read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

John Strausbaugh reads City of Sedition, a history of the “Copperheads” in New York City. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Georgia Clark, Phoebe Robinson, Emily Schultz, and Autumn Whitefield-Madrano discuss writing about beauty. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Thursday 8/18: Nancy Hightower, Natalie Eilbert, and Jenny Williamson read poetry with music by Master Michael Quinn and Jeff Allyn Szwast to celebrate Williamson’s Collection of Flaws. Hell Phone, 7 p.m., free.

Jessica Winter celebrates Break in Case of Emergency and Helen Phillips presents Some Impossible Solutions. Powerhouse NEW LOCATION, 7:30 p.m., free.

Yaa Gyasi talks with Imbolo Mbue about Homecoming, Gyasi’s novel about two sisters in Ghana. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Haley Rene Thompson, Laura Willwerth, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Elise Dahan, and Kamden Hilliard read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 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 →