Notable NYC: 11/4–11/10


While I was writing this week’s column, billionaire and Trump supporter Joe Ricketts shuttered local news websites Gothamist and DNAInfo, a week after the writers unionized. This is an attack on independent media, on workers’ rights, on the free press, and the liberty of all Americans. Many of the impacted writers are a part of our local literary community, and many other writers in our larger literary community work at publications facing similar challenges. This is the slow creep of fascism.

Saturday 11/4: Roxane Gay reads and Ben Arthur performs. The Strand, 4 p.m., $25.

Sahar Romani and Jayson P. Smith join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 11/5: Lynn Freed and Phillip Lopate join the Sunday Night Fiction Series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 11/6: Christine Smallwood, Anna Summers, and David Moloney celebrate the latest issue of Assignment. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tadeusz Dabrowski, Scarlett Sabet, and Ariana Reines join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Brittany Billmeyer-Finn, Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky, and Jesse Rice-Evans celebrate the release of HOLD issue 3. Unnameable Books, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/7: Jennifer Weiss-Wolf presents Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand For Menstrual Equity. WORD Jersey City, 7:30 p.m., free.

David Lebovitz presents L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home, a look at living in Paris. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Victor Sebestyen and Rebecca Mead discuss Lenin: The Man, The Dictator, and the Master of Terror. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jessica Yatrofsky launches Pink Privacy. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Yarimar Bonilla, Keesha Gaskins-Nathan, Max S. Gordon, PJ Marshall, Matthew Olzmann, Suzanne Russell, and Carla Shedd read one year after Russia stole the election on behalf of Trump. Shrine, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/8: Malcolm Harris talks about Kids These Days with Maureen O’Connor. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Aaron Poochigian, Nuar Alsadir, Julia Knobloch, and Poupeh Missaghi join the At the Inkwell Series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Emily Wilson talks with Lorin Stein about The Odyssey. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle celebrate I, Parrot with Leigh Newman. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Garth Greenwell and Dr. Lucy L. Brown join the Syntax/ Synapse reading series. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Anne Edelstein presents her memoir Lifesaving for Beginners. BookCulture Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/9: Alexis Okeowo, Alisson Wood, Gayle Brandeis, T. Kira Madden, Rene Denfeld, and host Michele Filgate join the Red Ink series. Powerhouse Archway, 7 p.m., free.

Malu Halasa presents Mother of All Pigs. Community Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Anna Feigenbaum and Malachy Browne discuss Tear Gas. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Laren McClung, lê thi diem thúy, Nick Flynn, and Heinz Insu Fenkl discuss the new anthology Inheriting the WarCenter for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 11/10: Emily Brandt, Cathy Linh Che, Martha Collins, Brandon Courtney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gardner McFall, Josephine Rowe, Monica Sok, and Paul Tran discuss Inheriting the War. NYU Creative Writing House, 5 p.m., free.

Lisa Russ Spaar, Gabriel Fried, and Isabelle Conner 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 →