Notable NYC: 5/19–5/25


Saturday 5/19: Arpine Konyalian Grenier and Mina Zohal join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/20: Rakesh Satyal, Corey Mead, Alexa Brahme, Katie Rejsek, and Cody Ross Romero join the Pigeon Pages reading series. Powerhouse – Arena, 5 p.m., free.

Noy Holland and Hilary Plum join the Sunday Night Fiction series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 5/21: Sandra Allen, Nuar Alsadir, Minda Honey, and Tom McAllister join Memoir Monday, a reading series from The Rumpus, Narratively, Granta, Guernica, Longreads, and Tin House. Come for the nonfiction, stay for the raffle. No really, we’ve got swag to give away. Powerhouse – Arena, 7 p.m., free.

John Griswold Pena, Zoe Van Tieghem, Pred Cisterna, Jonas Kyle, and JC Hopkins join In Cold Read #7. Spoonbill & Sugartown – Montrose Ave, 7 p.m., free.

Aja Gabel presents The Ensemble with Alexander Chee. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Mark Noonan, Benjamin H. Shepard, Kelly Anderson, Neil DeMause, Erik McGregor, Robin Michals, and Robin Laverne Wilson aka Dragonfly discuss Brooklyn, a borough in transition. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Halifu Osumare presents Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir with Jawole Zollar. Greenlight – Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/22: Mary Gaitskill presents Somebody with a Little Hammer. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Julia Fine presents What Should Be Wild with Julie Buntin, author of Marlena. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Brittany Ackerman, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Laura Cresté, Jess Feldman, Polly Duff Kertis, Joan Larkin, Laura Marris, Echo Pane, Nicole Sealey, Dizz Tate, and Hubert Vigilla celebrate No Tokens Issue #7. Powerhouse – Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Riccardo Manzotti talks with Peter Catapano discuss The Spread Mind: Why Consciousness and the World Are One. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Patrick Rosal, Marie Howe, and Nick Flynn join the Academy of American Poets for the launch of the Spring/Summer issue. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Franchesca Ramsey and Frencheska Medina discuss Well, That Escalated Quickly. 64 Dobbin Street, 7:30 p.m., $33.

Lara Elena Donnelly launches Armistice. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Liz Bowen, Rax King, Meiko Ko, and Michael Whalen join the Cool as F*** series. Pete’s Candy Store, 6:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/23: Michael Chabon discusses Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces with Julie Orringer. Chabon is the author of fourteen books, and earlier this week he pondered whether he might have written eighteen, had he not had four children. St. Joseph’s College, 7:30 p.m., $22.

Mary Boo Anderson, Alibi Jones, Ron Kolm, Keegan Lester, Melissa Mesku, and Shy Watson celebrate Flapperhouse #22. Pacific Standard, 7 p.m., free.

Antonio Monda presents Unworthy. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Haupt presents In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills. Book Culture – Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Donna Masini discusses 4:30 Movie with Marie Howe and Victoria Redel. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Idra Novey, Sara Lippmann, and Angelica Baker join the Guerrilla Lit reading series. Dixon Place, 7:03 p.m., free.

Tayari Jones joins Words @ Weeksville reading series. Weeksville Heritage Center, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/24: Michelle Tea discusses Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms with Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me: Memoirs. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m. free.

Luke McMullan launches Ruin with Gnaomi Siemens and Miller Oberman. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Randall Klein presents Little Disasters and talks about it with Eddie Joyce, about two couples living in New York City and their intersecting lives. This novel is great. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p..m, free.

Sarah Gailey talks with Max Gladstone about American Hippo. WORD – Brooklyn, 7 p.m., $5.

Friday 5/25: Wren Hanks, Amy Meng, and Julia Guez join the WEIRDD reading series. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

Toni Jensen and Daisy Atterbury join the Poetry Project series. Poetry Project, 8 p.m., $8.


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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 →