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 author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →