Notable NYC: 9/23–9/29


Saturday 9/23: Dana Schwartz (that guy from your MFA program) discusses And We’re Off, her debut YA novel. B&N 82nd Street, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/24: D. Foy, Sarah Gerard, and Sean Doyle read from their latest works for the Sunday Night Fiction series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Nick Flynn, Paul Lisicky, Hannah Beresford, Jodi Savage, and Alisson Wood join the Pigeon Pages reading series. Powerhouse Archway, 5 p.m., free.

Jennifer Firestone reads with Cole Swensen in a night presented by Belladonna Press. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Katie Willingham launches Unlikely Designs with readings from Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Ryan Dzelzkalns, Ananda Lima, Yuxi Lin, and K.R. Miller. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 9/25: Elizabeth Alexander and Maria Popova join the Academy of American Poets conversation series. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

James Kimbrell and Timothy Liu join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Ben Loory talks with Bud Smith about Tales of Falling and Flying. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sigrid Rausing, editor of Granta, presents the memoir Mayhem and talks with Andrew Solomon. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

David Levithan, Coe Booth, and Ariel Schrag join PEN America for a night of discussing censorship and banned books. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Tuesday 9/26: Jessica Bruder presents Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-First Century with Dale Maharidge. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Aisha Mirza, Chanel, Wren Hanks, Kaila Philo, Ruby Brunton, and hosts Roshan Abraham and Jeremiah join the Final Fantasy series. Friends and Lovers, 8 p.m., free.

Tress Congo, Miller Oberman, Hiola Jones, Marwa Helal, Hannah Ingran, and Ricardo Maldonado confront structures of dissent. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Chabon talks with Emma Straub about Moonglow. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lawrence Joseph and John Freeman present a night of poetry. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Ausiello presents Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, a memoir. Powerhouse Archaway, 7 p.m., free.

Jorge Armenteros, t thilleman, and Rich Blevins celebrate the launch of Armenteros’s The Roar of the River. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/27: Mark Bray discusses ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, with Kim Kelly, editor at Noisey. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Sarah Perry talks with Melissa Febos about After the Eclipse. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Zadie Smith presents Swing Time and talks with Isaac Fitzgerald. The Berkeley Carroll School’s Marlene Clary Performance Space, 7:30 p.m., $21.69.

Stephanie Perkins celebrates There’s Someone Inside Your House. McNally Jackson, 6:30 p.m., free.

A.J. Lees and Ira Silverberg celebrate the launch of Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment, a look at research into Parkinson’s disease and the impact on William Burroughs. Howl! Happening, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/28: Nelson George presents To Funk and Die in LA. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kathleen Alcott, Sarah Bridgins, Kyla Marshell, Aparna Nacherla, and Karen Rinaldi, join the Freya Project for a night of reading in support of North Dakota WIN Fund. Ramona, 7 p.m., $20

Nicole Cooley, Miranda Field, and Matthew Thorburn read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/29: Erica Wright launches All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, along with readings from Ricardo Maldonado. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Lucinda Rosenfeld and Eddie Joyce discuss Class. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ed Hamilton reads Lords of the Schoolyard, a novel. Bluestockings, 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 →