Notable NYC: 4/28–5/4


Saturday 4/28: Independent Bookstore Day! Events at Greenlight – Fort Greene, Greenlight – Lefferts Gardens, WORD – Brooklyn, WORD – Jersey City, Book Culture, Books Are Magic, and Astoria Bookshop celebrate Independent Bookstore day. Or join Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl for a self-guided tour.

Tuck Darling and Mirene Arsanios join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/29: Suzanne Parker, Madeleine Barnes, and Michael T. Young discuss publishing. WORD Jersey City, 1 p.m., free.

Leila Sales presents If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 4/30: Quraysh Ali Lansana and Tom Sleigh join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Baker, Cynthia Manick, Dennis Norris II, and Sarah Perry join the First Person Plural reading series. Silvana, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/1: Dav Aujla and Sam Utne discuss 50 Ways to Get a Job: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Work on Your Terms, now in paperback. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Douglas Piccinnini join the One Bleecker reading series. CODEX, 6:30 p.m., free.

Gregory Pardlo, Tyler Wetherall, Alison Kinney, and Myles Johnson join Hacking Finance and H.I.P. Lit for Working It: The Labor Force in Literature & Beyond. Brooklyn Art Library, 7 p.m., Free with RSVP.

Colson Whitehead presents The Underground Railroad with Vinson Cunningham. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jess Kidd presents Mr. Flood’s Last Resort. Book Culture – LIC, 7 p.m., free.

Sheila Heti talks with Adelle Waldman about Motherhood. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss launch Hey Ladies!, the book based on the column on the now defunct website, The Toast. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Kirby and Jonathan Garfinkel read poetry. Spoonbill & Sugartown – Montrose Avenue, 7 p.m., free.

Chibundu Onuzo presents Welcome to Lagos in conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn. WORD – Broooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $5.

Wednesday 5/2: Sam Pink launches two novels in one with The Garbage Times/White Ibis and talks with Lit Hub Editor-in-Chief Jonny Diamond. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Aimee Molloy and Kimberley McCreight discuss The Perfect Mother. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, Katrine Øgaard Jensen, and Gerard Coletta read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Arundhati Roy presents The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. BPL Central Branch, 7:30 p.m., $19.

Carol Muske-Dukes and Jane Mead join the Poetry Society of America for an evening of readings. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Heather Abel and Lisa Ko discuss their novels with moderator Mira Jacob and Algonquin Books. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Geoff Dyer and Michael Almereyda have a conversation. Murmrr, 6:30 p.m., $20.

Marcia Gay Harden presents The Season of My Mother, a memoir. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Thursday 5/3: Kendra Fortmeyer, Chelsey Johnson, and Cheston Knapp join One Story for the One Story Debutante Reading. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Eileen Pollack and Cheryl Pearl Sucher discuss The Bible of Dirty Jokes. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Omotara James, Laura Buccieri, and Katie Longofono join the Rally Reading series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7 p.m., free.

Julie Buntin, Vanessa Martir, Piper Weiss, Jessie Chaffee, and DéLana R.A. Dameron join host Michele Filgate for the Red Ink Series. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Hanne Ørstavik and Kerri Arsenault discuss Love. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/4: Curtis Sittenfeld discusses You Think It, I’ll Say It with Emma Straub. Books Are Magic, 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 →