Notable NYC: 9/16–9/22


Sunday 9/17: Brooklyn Book Festival. Come visit the The Rumpus at booth #611! Brooklyn Borough Hall, 10 a.m., free.

Karen Heuler, Nancy Hightower, and Matthew Lansburgh read from their latest work. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 9/18: Larry Smith celebrates Six Words Fresh off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ann Powers presents Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Chris Kraus discusses After Kathy Acker. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Nelson DeMille talks with Linda Stasi about The Cuban Affair and Book of Judas. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Andrea Kleine, Katie Longofono, and Joel Allegretti join the Guerrilla Lit reading series. Dixon Place, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/19: Contributors Kirstin Valdez Quade, Ru Freeman, Lawrence Joseph, and Jess Rulifson celebrate John Freeman‘s Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Gabriel Tallent talks with Isaac Fitzgerald about My Absolute Darling. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Frederika Randall, translator of The Communist by Guido Morselli, talks with Edwin Frank. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Rodrigo Hasbún talks with Esther Allen about Affections, a novel translated by Sophie Hughes. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/20: Ben Gantcher, Dennis Nurkse, and Matthew Rohrer read poetry. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Matthew Hittinger, Melissa Ragsly, Madhuri Pavamani, and Ashley P. Taylor join the Ditmas Lit reading series. Hunterlands, 8 p.m., free.

Meghan O’Rourke and Leslie Jamison discuss Sun in Days, O’Rourke’s new collection of poetry. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Emily Gould, Charlotte Shane, Becca Schuh, Ruby Brunton, and Larissa Pham discuss Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Rick Hamlin discusses Pray for Me. BookCulture Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/21: Chantel Acevedo, Santiago Gamboa, and host Michael Reynolds join Europa Editions for a discussion of their books. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Hala Alyan and Joshua Ferris talk with Darin Strauss. NYU Creative Writing House, 7 p.m., free.

Anelise Chen celebrates the release of So Many Olympic Exertions along with Leanne Shapton and Katie Kitamura. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Hillary Adler, Jenny Williamson, Boo Trundle, Mac Barrett, Rachel Evans, Jack Trinco, Harmon Leon, and Noam Osband join Lyrics, Lit, and Liquor reading series. HiFi Bar, 7:30 p.m., free.

David Burr Gerrard and Eugene Lim join Pete’s Reading series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 9/22: Chantel Acevedo and Santiago Gamboa read from their books from Europa Editions. The 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 →