Notable NYC: 9/16–9/22

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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 Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Fiction Advocate, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →