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's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →