Notable NYC: 5/12–5/18


Saturday 5/12: Ed Sanders and Stacy Szymaszek join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/13: Mary-Kim Arnold, Sarah Bridgins, Ben Fama, Michelle Junot, Nabila Lovelace, and Caitlin Scarano join the Dead Rabbits reading series. DTUT, 8 p.m., free.

Monday 5/14: Alexander Chee, Gregory Pardlo, Hanif Abdurraqib, Mike Scalise, and Sandy Allen join the Franklin Park Reading series. Tip your bartenders. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

John Deming and Fred Marchant join the Monday Night Poetry series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Ondaatje talks with Paul Auster about Warlight. Berkeley Carroll’s Marlene Clary Performance Space, 7:30 p.m., $30.

Michael Sorkin presents What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Mary Karr talks with Meghan O’Rourke. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/15: Tori Telfer and Silvia Killingsworth discuss Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Amy Lawless, Damien Tillman, Diana Sue Hamilton, Sarah Vandervennet, Phoebe Glick, Hawa Allan, and Allyson Paty read poetry. Spoonbill & Sugartown – Montrose Ave., 7 p.m., free.

David Lehman presents Next Line, Please. BookCulture Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Jamel Brinkley discuss A Lucky Man with Angela Flournoy. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Jessica Knoll talks with Lisa Lucas about The Favorite Sister. Warby Parker (Brooklyn, NY), 7 p.m., free.

Madisen Kuhn presents poetry collection Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Richard Russo talks with Eddie Joyce about his essay collection. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Carley Moore, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Stephanie K. Hopkins read from the essay collection 16 Pills. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Justin Phillip Reed presents Indecency with Angel Nafis and Jayson P. Smith. Greenlight Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/16: Amna Ahmad, Charlotte Crowe, Dana Czapnik, Erik Hoel, Andrew Mangan, Crystal Powell, Maud Streep, Alexandra Tanner, and Hubert Vigilla close out their 2017 Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction with a final reading. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

Lawrence Detlor, Zefyr Lisowski, Kyle McCarthy, and Bob Raymonda join the Ditmas Lit reading series. Hinterlands, 8 p.m., free.

Marcella Durand and Eugene Lim join the Poetry Project series. Poetry Project, 8 p.m., $8.

Scott Hess, Ethan Shafran Moltz, Joel Remland, Amy Remland, and Andres Cerpa join the Lyrics, Lit & Liquor series. 2A, 7:30 p.m., free.

Florence Gonsalves presents Love & Other Carnivorous Plants. WORD – Brooklyn, 7 p.m., $5.

Anna Hecker presents When the Beat Drops. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Sean Santiago, Mitchell Kuga, Max Steele, and Robyn Kanner celebrate Cakeboy Magazine. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/17: Lore Segal, Yesenia Montilla, Collin Frazier, and Yuxi Lin celebrate the latest issue of Epiphany magazine. The Strand, 7 p.m., $10.

Blanche McCrary talks with Hannah Tinti about The Tomb of the Unknown Racist. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Rumaan Alam, Alexander Chee, and Naima Coster join Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Carly Joy Miller, Victor Elan Vazquez, and Grady Chambers celebrate the release of poetry collection, Ceremonial. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Vi Khi Nao, Moina Pam Dick, Liz Bowen, and Katy Mongeau read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 9:30 p.m., free.

Andrea Jarrell and Melissa Scholes discuss their books I’m the One Who Got Away and Flood. WORD – Brooklyn, 7 p.m., $5.

Friday 5/18: Jamel Brinkley talks with Tomi Obaro about A Lucky Man. WORD – Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $5.

Cleo Wade presents Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Corey Mead, Julia Specht, and Iris Martin Cohen join the Brooklyn Writers Space reading series. 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 →