Notable NYC: 4/22–4/28


Saturday 4/22: Mara Helal and Jeremy Sigler join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/23: Donald Nicholson-Smith and Emma Ramadan present Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat, translated from the French. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 5 p.m., free.

Rosebud Ben-Oni, Ben Pease, Cooper Wilheim, Isabella Desendi, and Marina Weiss join the Dead Rabbits series. DTUT, 8 p.m., free.

Monday 4/24: Graeme MaCrae Burnet will discuss His Bloody Project with Paul Beatty. The narrative explores a triple murder in a Scottish farming community. Beatty won the Man Booker Prize for The Sellout. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Nancy Agabian, Christopher Janigian, Nicole Haroutunian, Alan Semerdjian, and Alina Gregorian celebrate Armenian writing. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Amanda Maciel launches Lucky Girl. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Eric Dyson presents Tears We Cannot Stop and will talk with Eric Bates, editor of The New Republic. Housing Works, 7 p.m, free.

Amber Tamblyn, Jenny Zhang, and Anton Yakovlev join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/25: Sophie Calle presents Sophie Calle and So Forth. 192 Books, 4 p.m., free.

Deirdre Coyle, Matthew Binder, Alec Niedenthal, Lauren Hilger, and Tony Trilger join Cool as F*** reading series. Pete’s Candy Store, 6:30 p.m., free.

Jamie Brenner discusses The Forever Summer with Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings. B&N 86th Street, 7 p.m., free.

Elizabeth Strout presents Anything Is Possible. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Susan Barba reads poems from Fair Sun. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Liza Peterson explores mass incarceration in All Day. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Catherine Blauvelt, Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Dora Malech, Truck Darling, Sarah Anne Wallen, and Jessie Gaynor celebrate Blauvelt’s Here High Note, High Note and Garcia’s The Portable Man. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 6:30 p.m., free.

Rob Sheffield discusses Dreaming the Beatles with Amanda Petrusich, author of the Do Not Sell at Any Price, a history of obsession of rare vinyl. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Alice Ostriker and Kathy Engel read poetry to celebrate Ostriker’s new book Waiting for the Light. NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Mark Solomon, Lee Sharkey, Martha Zweig, and Marc Kaminsky read poetry. Book Culture 112th, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/26: Joe Okonkwo, Kathy Anderson, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Elizabeth M. Edman, Matthew Griffin, Alan Lessik, and Will Schwalbe are Publish Triangle Finalists. Bureau of General Services, 7 p.m., free.

Doree Shafrir launches her debut novel Startup and discusses the book with Jenna Wortham. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Melissa Febos reads from Abandon Me and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich from The Fact of a Body. NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Hannah Lillith Assadi, Stephen Langlois, and Christine Reilly join the Guerrilla List series. Dixon Place, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Layli Long Soldier, and Wendy Xu join the Reading Room Series. Bard Graduate Center, 6:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/27: Join the Trump-Bannon Impeachment Party. Times Square, 6:30 p.m., free.

Jennifer Hope Choi, Frederick McKindra, and Nancy Hightower join the inaugural Rally Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 6:30 p.m., free.

Jamie Brenner presents The Forever Summer along with Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Lauren Hilger, Scarlett Sabet, and Chris Campanioni read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Jeffrey Yang and Robyn Creswell discuss two books translated for New Directions: Open Up, City Gate, Bei Dao’s autobiography and Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Tongue of Adam. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Keegan Lester as Earnest Pettiway, Lucia Stacey as Penelope Strangelight, Alan Keegan as Finnegan Figleaf, Emi Berquist as Monah Mayhem, Allison Sylvia as Hypatia Rose Wonderland, Nicholas Oliver Moore as Commodore Benedict Bartlett, Jackie Braje as Pavlina Vera, and Rachel Boyadjis as Cosette Chapiteau, read for the Poetry Brothel. The Strand, 7 p.m., $50.

Doree Shafrir again discusses Startup, her debut novel, with Isaac Fitzgerald, co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Liza Jessie Peterson presents All Day, a look at mass incarceration. Greenlight Bookstore Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/28: Granta’s Best Young American novelists, announced April 26th, will read new works. Center for Fiction, 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 →