Notable NYC: 4/29–5/5

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Saturday 4/29: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Celebrations are happening at Greenlight Bookstore, Community Bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, and BookCulture.

Queens Literary Festival. LIC Landing, 2 p.m., free.

Juliet Escoria, Precious Okoyomon, David Eye, and Cecilia Pavon with Jacob Steinberg read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 3 p.m., free.

Brandon Brown and Cat Tyc join Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Lawrence Block, Bradley Spinelli, and Jim Freed join the Enclave reading series. Lovecraft, 5 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/30: Darin Strauss, D. Foy, Diannely Antigua, Lisa Marie Basile, and Adam Dalva join the Pigeon Pages reading series. Powerhouse Archway, 5 p.m., free.

Translators Frances Pritchett and Owen Cornwall celebrate the release of Ghalib: Selected Poems and Letters, with Krupa Shandilya. BookCulture 112th, 6 p.m., free.

Queens Literary Festival. LIC Landing, 2 p.m., free.

Alli Warren and Marc Matchak join Poetry Time at the Chateau. Torn Page, 6:30 p.m., free.

Monday 5/1: Dr. Nathaniel Frank, author of Awakening, Leslie Gable-Brett, and Bryan Lowder discuss marriage equality. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kate Moore discusses Radium Girls. McNally Jackson Books, 8 p.m., free.

Jenny Han presents Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

John Manuel Aria celebrates the launch of ¡I’d Rather Sink! with Paul Tran and Taylor Johnson, hosted by Yahdon Israel. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/2: Barry Lopez, Kerri Arsenault, Lawrence Joseph, and Emily Raboteau celebrate Freemans Issue 3. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lisa Ko presents The Leavers and discusses it with Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman. B&N 86th Street, 7 p.m., free.

Emma Horowitz, Brady Huggett, and James Capozzi join The Disagreement reading series for the them “emotions.” HiFi Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Oddny Eir, Josh Emmons, and Emma Smith-Stevens read books from Restless Books and Daznc Books. NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

B.G. Firmani presents the debut novel Time’s a Thief, with Gerry Howard in conversation. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Thomas Page McBee, Eileen Myles, Saeed Jones, and Jennifer Pozner join the PEN World Voices festival for Queer Representation and the Media. Housing Works, 6 p.m., free.

Joy Ladin, Amy Butler, Garrard Conley, Binyavanga Wainaina, and moderator Jennifer Boylan join the PEN World Voices festival for Gender, Power, and Faith. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/3: Pamela Paul talks with Emma Straub about My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, a journal examining every book Paul has read. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Hala Alyan and Lauren Wein discuss Salt Houses, Alyan’s debut novel. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Rakesh Satyal discusses No One Can Pronounce My Name with Paul Rudnick, author It’s All Your Fault and Gorgeous. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Sarah Barmak, Jill Filipovic, Mona Eltahawy, and Sabrina Jones join PEN World Voices festival for Forbidden: Too Liberated. Housing Works, 6 p.m., free.

Yewande Omotoso, Abukakar Adam Ibrahim, Malin Persson Giolito, and Minae Mizumura join the PEN World Voices festival for Forbidden: Too Desirous. Housing Works, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/4: Hala Alyan discusses Salt Houses with Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

JM Francheteau, Ellie Parker, Mary Boo Anderson, and Lily Trotta have A Bad Nudes reading. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

David Larsen, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and Ariana Reines celebrate the launch of Larsen’s Names of Lions and Brolaski’s Of Mongrelitude. Wendy’s Subway, 7 p.m., free.

Nahid Siamdoust presents Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran. NYU Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Eiko Otake, Dagmawai Woubshet, Amy Sara Carroll, and moderator Madhu Kaza join the PEN World Voices festival for the Kitchen Table Translation panel. McNally Jackson Books, 6 :30 p.m., free.

Lina Mounzer, Jonathan Blitzer, Sehand Keshavarz Rahbar, and Allison Markin Powell join the PEN World Voices Festival for the Crisis of Empathy panel. McNally Jackson Books, 8 p.m., free.

Kanishk Tharoor and Hari Kunzru join Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/5: Athena Farrokhzad, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Paula Cisewski read poetry, along with others. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

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Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Fiction Advocate, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →