Notable NYC: 5/20–5/26


Saturday 5/20: Mohammad Rabie and Mona Kareem discuss Otared: Arabic Dystopian Fiction. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Vivien Goldman and Sarada Rauch join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/21: Tobias Carroll, Julia Strayer, Bruna Dantas Lobato, M’Bilia Meekers, and Piper Weiss join the Pigeon Pages reading series. POWERHOUSE Archway, 5 p.m., free.

China Miéville presents October, a look at two months in 1917 before the Russian revolution. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Allison Amend, Charles Bock, Scott Cheshire, and Hannah Tinti celebrate Tinti’s The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 5/22: Christina Baker Kline and Pam Jenoff discuss A Piece of the World and The Orphan’s Tale. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

Francesca Segal talks with Jami Attenberg about The Awkward Age. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/23: Weike Wang and Jennifer Kurdyla discuss Chemistry. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lisa Marie Basile, Paige Taggart, Andrew Wessels, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, and Trace Peterson read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m, free.

Anne Posten and Alexandra Kleeman discuss Walks with Walser. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tom O’Neill and John Freeman Gill discuss The Gargoyle Hunters. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Airea D. Matthews, Nathan McClain, and Jenny Xie celebrate the Spring/Summer issue of American Poets. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Susan Rieger presents The Heirs. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Hafizah Geter, Precious Okoyomon, Colette Arrand, Mehreen Kasana, and Victoria Edwards join the Final Fantasy reading series. Friends and Lovers, 8 p.m., $5 suggested.

Wednesday 5/24: Valeria Luiselli presents Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Miriam Atkin, Rami Karim, Suzanne Goldenberg, and Stacy Skolnik celebrate the launch of chapbook Smile & Nod. Wendy’s Subway, 7 p.m., free.

Farrah Field, Lynn Melnick, Purvi Shah, Chris Slaughter, Leigh Stein, Mervyn Taylor, Charles Theonia, and Jared White read from Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Edan Lepucki presents her new book, Woman No. 17, with Rachel Fershleisher. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Vijay Sheshadri and Michael Reynolds will be honored at The Epiphany Spring Fête, a fundraiser for the magazine in conjunction with H.I.P. Lit, followed by an after party. William Vale, 7 p.m., $125; after party, 10 p.m., $20.

Thursday 5/25: Barbara Browning discusses The Gift with Emily Gould. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lauren Duca, Swati Khurana, Angela Ledgerwood, Katherine Schafler, and Aurvi Sharma read for the Freya Project in support of the Arkansas Abortion Support Network. Elsa, 7 p.m., $20 supports the cause.

Adam Sternbergh, Claire Cameron, Katrina Onstad, and host Jonny Diamond celebrate Canadian writing. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ashley P. Taylor, Holly Mitchell, Kyle Lucia Wu, and Liz Axelrod join the Renegade Reading Series. Mayday Space, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/26: Daisy Johnson and Dalia Rosenfeld read Fen and The Worlds We Know. Books Are Magic, 7:30 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 →