Notable NYC: 5/6–5/12


Saturday 5/6: Jennifer E. Smith presents Windfall. McNally Jackson Books, 6 p.m., free.

Carmen Giménez Smith and Aldrin Valdez join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Philip Schultz, Lisa Bellamy, Lesley Dormen, Therese Eiben, Rebecca Gee, Odette Heideman, Michele Herman, Joel Hinman, Lucinda Holt, Liz Kingsley, Peter Krass, Nancy Matsunaga, Mark Peterson, and Cynthia Weinercelebrate the Writers Studio at 30. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Sunday 5/7: Kiini Ibura Salaam, My Spatter, Megan Burns, Laura Goldstein, Tracey McTague, Christopher Rizzo, Kristin Sanders, Paige Taggart, Elizabeth Frost, Janiori Goldman, and Patricia Spears Jones celebrate the 4th Annual d.a. Levy-palace. Unnameable Books, Noon, $5 suggested.

Paul La Farge and Victor Lodato join the Sunday Night Fiction series with readings from their latest books. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 5/8: Dana Schwartz celebrates the release of And We’re Off, with a conversation with Erin Chack. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Ben Greenman, Sarah Gerard, Kristen Radtke, Garnette Cadogan, and Mensah Demary join Franklin Park Reading series for a night of nonfiction. Gerard’s essay collection Sunshine State is a mix of journalism and memoir about everyone’s favorite hanging chad, Florida. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Christopher Salerno and Alex Dimitrov join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Lidia Yuknavitch will discuss The Book of Joan with Amber Tamblyn. Greenlight Forte Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini present their novel Public Relations and host a dance party. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Translator Bonnie Huie and Eileen Myles discuss Qiu Miaojin‘s Notes on a Crocodile. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Lori Adelman, Helen Holmes, Alice Sola Kim, Collier Meyerson, Gabriella Paiella, Larissa Pham, and Niina Pollari offer Bad Advice from Bad Women for the third time. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Tuesday 5/9: J. Courtney Sullivan discusses her latest novel with Saints for All Occasions, along with novelist Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers. This is the first literary event at Straub’s new bookstore, which opened last week. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Alexander Chee, Terry Blackhawk, Sonya Chung, and Deborah Emin join the First Person Plural reading series. Shrine Music World, 7 p.m., free.

Megan Abbot, Julie Buntin, and Sarah Gerard join the Long Island City Reading series. LIC Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Scaachi Koul presents One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter along with a discussion with Jessica Valenti, author of Sex Object. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Susannah Meadows presents The Other Side of Impossible, a look at people facing medical challenges. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

August Kleinzahler and Bill Corbett discuss Before Dawn on Bluff Road/Hollyhocks in the Fog. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

J. Robert Lennon discusses Broken River with Dana Spiotta. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, discusses the book with Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound as part of the Immigrant Writing Series. Greenlight Lefferts, 7:30 p.m., free.

David Kushner and Koren Shadmi present Rise of the Dungeon Master, a look at D&D’s creator, along with conversation with Austin Grossman. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tom McCarthy and Kathy Acker discuss their books with Lynne Tillman. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Camille Perri presents The Assistants with conversation with Lyndsay Faye. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/10: Richard Bausch and Richard Russo celebrate their short story collections for a Tale of Two Richards. Bausch is the author of Living in the Weather of World and Russo, Trajectory. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ada Smailbegović, Chris Nealon, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, and Jackie Wang join Wendy’s Subway Reading Room series. Bard Graduate Center, 7 p.m., free.

Dan Chan presents Ill with a conversation with Peter Straub. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Charles Bock, author of Alice & Oliver, Max Winter, and Martha Cooley join moderator Mira Jacob for a discussion of grief. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Tommy Pico and Jana Prikryl join the Poetry Society of America for readings from their latest collections. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Robert Repino reads D’Arc, the latest spinoff of MORT(E) and Culdesac. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Anne Elizabeth Moore presents Body Horror, an exploration of the heinous acts perpetrated against women’s bodies, along a conversation with Amy Rose Spiegel. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Mary Gordon presents There Your Heart Lies. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/11: Sam Allingham, Angelica Baker, Clare Beams, Julie Buntin, Anne Corbitt, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Lisa Ko, Emily Ruskovich, and Melissa Yancy are One Story Debutantes, with readings hosted by Hannah Tinti. The authors all debuted books in the past year and have appeared in issues of One Story. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Amy Saul-Zerby, Kay Sorin, Liz Bowen, and others read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Moustafa Bayoumi, Alexandra Kleeman, Roy Scranton, Mychal Denzel Smith, Salamishah Tillet, Tony Tulathimutte, and Emily Witt want to Let America Be America Again. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Daniel Poppick reads from The Police and Wendy Zu from Phrasis. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Joshua Cohen, Mark Doten, Jen George, Greg Jackson, Sana Krasikov, and Dinaw Mengestu join Granta for Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Morgan Jerkins, Jami Attenberg, Esmé Weijun Wang, Elizabeth Crane, and Saachi Koul join host Michele Filgate for the Red Ink Series. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Kristen Radtke presents Imagine Wanting Only This. B&N 82n Street, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/12: Robert Repino presents D’Arc. Astoria Bookshop, 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 →