Notable NYC: 9/9–9/15


Saturday 9/9: Jessie Chaffee, Julia Fierro, Lev Grossman, Luis Jamarillo, Lisa Ko, Rob Spillman, Justin Taylor, Rakesh Satyal, Tracy O’Neill, Elissa Schappell, and Porochista Khakpour join SLICE Literary and the Authors Guild for a live Exquisite Corpse Reading. Powerhouse Archway, 6:30 p.m., free.

Rumaan Alam celebrates the launch of 826NYC Review Issue 8. McNally Jackson, 2 p.m., free.

Anne Cecelia Holmes and Leila Ortiz read poetry. Wendy’s Subway, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/10: Ewan Turner, Brendan Schweda, and Rocio Christensen join Sunday Night Fiction series for Chap Books, Chat Book. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Brandon Judell, George Michelsen Foy, Michelle Yasmine Valladares, and Carlietta Joy Walker join the Sundays At Erv’s Reading series. Erv’s, 6 p.m., free.

Noy Holland, T Kira Madden, NJ Campbell, Brionne Janae, Kyle Lucia Wu, and Robert Balun join the Dead Rabbits reading series. DTUT, 8 p.m., free.

Monday 9/11: Jenny Zhang, Melissa Febos, Chelsea Martin, Dina Nayeri, and Elizabeth Ellen join the Franklin Park Reading Series for an official BKBF Bookend Event. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Maureen N. McLane presents Some Say, her fifth poetry collection. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Arthur Nersesian, Cornelia Barber, Chris Slaughter, Anaïs Duplan, Lucas Hunt, Omotara James, and Coree Spencer with JC Hopkins join Poetry 99, a monthly poetry reading series. Spoonbill and Sugartown Montrose Ave, 7 p.m., free.

Daniel José Older talks with Ashley C. Ford about Shadowhouse Fall. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Fred Hersch with David Hajdu discuss Good Things Happen Slowly. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Sylvia Brownrigg and Ann Packer discuss Pages for Her. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/12: Devorah Baum presents Feeling Jewish with Zadie Smith. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Olivia Kate Cerrone, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and Natalie Eilbert join the First Person Plural Reading Series. Silvana Harlem, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Baker, Jessie Chaffee, and David Burr Gerrard join the LIC Reading Series. LIC Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Robin Sloan talks with Sean McDonald about her new novel Sourdough. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Eleanor Henderson and Brendan Mathews discuss The Twelve-Mile Straight and The World of Tomorrow. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Nicole Krauss talks with Rivka Galchen about Forest Dark. Community Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/13: Nancy Hightower, Alex Gilvarry, and Jessie Chaffee join the Guerilla Lit Reading Series. Dixon Place, 7:30 p.m., free.

Celeste Ng and Mira Jacob discuss Little Fires Everywhere, Ng’s latest novel. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Rachel K. Zall, Jeanne Thornton, and Nat Buchbinder celebrate the release of Meanwhile, Elsewhere. Blustockings, 7 p.m., free.

Daniel Handler and Emma Straub discuss All the Dirty Parts. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Josephine Rowe and Ariel Lewiton discuss A Loving, Faithful Animal. McNally Jackson, 7:00 p.m., free.

Helen Phillips and Kristin Valdez Quade celebrate women writers with the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Book Culture Columbus Ave, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/14: Daniel Handler presents All the Dirty Parts and talks with E. Lockhart, author of Genuine Fraud. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Boundless Tales reading series has a final farewell. The Local NYC LIC, 7:30 p.m., free.

Charles Simic reads poetry. NYU Creative Writing House, 7 p.m., free.

Carolyn Murnick and Adam Sternbergh present The Hot One and The Blinds. The Strand, 7:30 p.m., $26.

Katrina Dodson, Idra Novey, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, and Elisa Wouk Almino read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Dina Nayeria, Lara Vapnyar, and Angela Ledgerwood are an immigrant nation panel. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Matthew Newton launches Shopping Mall with Jason Diamond. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Rumaan Alam, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Garnette Cadogan, Rigoberto González, and Porochista Khakpour discuss writing, immigration, and belonging. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Alice Anderson, Julia Fierro, Pascale Kramer, Megan Stielstra, and Carmen Maria Machado join host Michele Filgate for the Red Ink series. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Karl Ove Knausgaard presents his latest in the My Struggle series with Katie Kitamura. St Joseph’s College, 7:30 p.m., $30.

Amy Bloom is joined by Roxana Robinson and Jane Ciabattari for New Haven Noir. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/15: Hala Alyan, Alana Massey, Alissa Nutting, Tea Obréht, and Camille Rankine join The Rumpus, H.I.P. Lit, and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts for a night of readings and aerial performances. Emceed by writer and Rumpus Funny Women Editor Elissa Bassist. The Muse, 7:30 p.m., pay what you can/$8-15 suggested ticket price.

Celebrate indies with A Public Space, Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, Belladonna, BOMB Magazine, Brooklyn Arts Press, Enchanted Lion, Ig Publishing, Kicks Books, Melville House, One Story, powerHouse Books, The Song Cave, Stonecutter, Tin House Books, and Ugly Duckling Presse. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jan Clausen reads Apples & Orange: My Journey through Sexual Identity. Bluestockings, 7 p.m., free.

Liz Bowen, Madeleine Maillet, Monica McClure, and Precious Okoyomon join the Franklin Electric reading series. Work Heights, 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 →