Notable NYC: 4/15–4/31


Saturday 4/15: Protest in support of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns. Bryant Park, 1 p.m., free.

Thom Donovan and Marissa Perel join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/16: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mahogany Browne, and Jive Poetic read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 3 p.m., free.

Sophie Collins, Christian Hawkey, Uljana Wolf, Sophie Seita, Lawrence Venuti, and Karen Van Dyck celebrate the US launch of the anthology Currently & Emotion: Translations. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 5 p.m., free.

Alexander Tanner, I.S. Jones, Ben Fama, Stephen Langlois, and Halley Furlong Mitchell join the Poet’s Country Club series. Bowery Poetry Club, 6 p.m., $10.

Monday 4/17: Laura Sook Duncombe presents Pirate Women, a look at princesses, prostitutes, and privateers on the high seas. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Jehan Bseiso, Rickey Laurentiis, and Remi Kanazi have an evening of poetry confronting Palestine: convergences. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Craig Morgan Teicher and Suzanne Buffam join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Charlamagne Tha God presents Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create it and discusses the book with Angela Rye. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Kerri Arsenault, Lawrence Joseph, Greg Pardlo, and John Freeman celebrate the latest issue of Freeman’s. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Daniel Poppick presents The Police and Margaret Ross presents A Timeshare Wine, books from Omnidawn Publishing. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/18: Sarah Gerard presents Sunshine State, her new essay collection, and talks with Julie Buntin. Buntin recently released Marlena, last month’s Rumpus Book Club pick. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Andrés Barba discusses Such Small Hands, his novel recently translated by Lisa Dillman, with Idra Novey. Novey, a translator of Portuguese, is the author of Ways to Disappear, a novel about a writer who disappears. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Dani Shapiro celebrates the launch of Hourglass, a memoir about marriage and memory, and discusses the book with Maria Popova. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Jami Attenberg discuss family friction in their novels. Attenberg’s latest, All Grown Up, is about a woman learning to adult in New York City. Sweeney’s The Nest follows a dysfunctional New York family. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Tobias Carroll, D. Foy, Jane Alison, and Hannah Lillith Assadi discuss books. Carroll, editor of Vol 1 Brookly, released two books last year, the novel Reel, and story collection Transitory. D. Foy’s latest, Patricide, is about a boy dealing with a hapless father. Alison’s Nine Island is about a woman living in a glass tower in Miami. Assadi’s Sonora is a debut novel about a palestinian refugee married to an Israeli. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Roberto Echavarren and translator Donald Wellman read poetry from Cardboard House. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Elif Batuman joins Vulture Insiders Book Club for a night discussing The Idiot. The Strand, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/19: Kristen Radtke launches Imagine Wanting Only This with Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Sam Kalda, an illustrator, talks with Kate Gavino about Of Cats and Men, profiling great cat-loving artists. Gavino illustrated and wrote Last Night’s Reading, an exploration of New York City’s literary event scene. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Andrés Barba talks with Lisa Dillman and Heather Cleary about Such Small Hands. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Kate Clifford, Sara Lippmann, Rachel Sherman, and Shayne Terry join Ditmas Lit at the Hinterlands. Hinterlands Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Jennifer Baker, Amanda Clayman, and Tracy O’Neill join moderator Benjamin Samuel, the Authors Guild, and Electric Literature to discuss the importance of managing finances as an author. O’Neill’s The Hopeful was nominted for 5 under 35 in 2015. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Martha Cooley presents Guesswork. Cornelia Street Cafe, 8 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/20: César Aira and Heather Cleary discuss The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof, two novellas by Aira. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jon Baskin, Ben Fama, Chelsea Hodson, Jo Livingstone, Lauren Oyler, and Bijan Stephen join Whom Wants to Cry Again. Hifi Bar, 7:30 p.m., free.

Olivia Kate Cerrone reads her novella, The Hunger Saint. Italian American Museum, 6:30 p.m., free.

Charles Bock, AM Homes, Rivka Galchen, Rick Moody, and Sheri Fink discuss Alice & Oliver, Bock’s latest book now in paperback. Galchen’s latest book Little Labors combines a variety of small shorts about babies and literature. Moody’s Hotels of North America is a novel told through online reviews of hotels. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Deb Olin Unferth and Fiona Maazel discuss Wait Till You See Me Dance, a story collection. Maazel’s A Little More Human is a novel with paranoia and conspiracy. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Featuring Lidija Haas, Kendra James, Mehreen Kasana, Ava Kofman, Sarah Leonard, and Franceska Rouzard, join host Charlotte Shane to offer bad advice from bad women. Leonard is co-editor of The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Valerie Hsiung, Tarfia Jimenez Gabb, Ruby Brunton, and Claire Donato read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Melissa Febos, Sarah Gerard, and Chloe Caldwell join Pete’s Reading Series. Febo’s Abandon Me examines bonds of love. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/21: Hua Hsu, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Larissa Pham, and Tony Tulathimutte celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Columbia University. Islam’s Bright Lines is the best novelization of contemporary life in Brooklyn about a family from Bangladesh. Tulathimutte’s Private Citizens is a portrait of privilege and ambition and Millennials. BookCulture 112th, 7 p.m., free.

Melissa Buzzeo, CA Conrad, Jennifer Scappettone, and Sophie Robinson read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Leah Umansky, Nin Andrews, Omotara James, Keegan Lester, Jen Levitt, and Roberto Montes celebrate National Poetry Month with the latest edition of the Couplet series. The Delancey, free, 7 p.m.,


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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 →