Notable NYC: 9/15–9/21


Saturday 9/15: Claudia Dey presents Heartbreaker with Leslie Feist. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

Charlotte Seley, Sandra Simonds, Laura Marie Marciano, and others read poetry. Unnameable Books, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/16: Brooklyn Book Festival begins at 10 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Visit the Rumpus at booth #615 along Joralemon Street and say hi! Brooklyn Borough Hall, 10 a.m., free.

Carmen Maria Machado, Rebecca Makkai, Sarah Wisby, and Maria Reva celebrate McSweeney’s 53. Invisible Dog Art Center, 7 p.m., free.

Sarah Simonds, Kiely Sweatt, and Lisa Marie Basile join the Razor Blade Readings in support of RAICES. Tannat Wine & Cheese, 4 p.m., free.

F. Douglas Brown, Patrick E. Horrigan, Julayne Lee, Jenny Molberg, and Soham Patel join Sunday Salon series in support of RAICES. VON, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 9/17: Lynne Tillman, Laura van den Berg, Ling Ma, Lydia Kiesling, Tara Isabella Burton, and Michael Seidlinger join the Franklin Park Reading series. Franklin Park, 8 p.m., free.

Sharon Rose-Calhoun, Brenda Edwards, Allyson Hightower, Rich Lubell, Gayle Pilgrim, and Sue Yellin read from Voices of Lefferts: Volume 1, No. 2. Greenlight – Lefferts, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jen Doll, Pilot Viruet, Ryan Chapman, Talia Lavin, Will Hermes, Cory Nakasue, and Britney Wilson join hosts Sari Botton and Jason Diamond for Should I Stay or Should I Go, stories about leaving and not leaving. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Lynn Melnick, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nadra Mabrouk, and Sean Frederick Forbes join the Small Orange Journal for a reading supporting RAICES. BookCulture – LIC, 7 p.m., free.

Eileen Myles presents Evolution and Olivia Laing presents Crudo. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Elaine Mokhtefi and Amara Lakhous discuss Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Léonora Miano and Gila Walker discuss Season of the Shadow. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 6 p.m., free.

Sarah Ruhl presents Letters from Max and talks with Timothy Donnelly. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/18: Wayétu Moore presents She Would Be King. Greenlight – Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ibi Zoboi and Elizabeth Acevedo discuss Pride. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Crystal Fleming discusses How to Be Less Stupid about Race. WORD – Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $5.

Gary Indiana presents two recently reissued books, Gone Tomorrow and Horse Crazy. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Tamara Shopsin talks with John Hodgman about Arbitrary Stupid Goal. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/19: Esi Edugyan discusses Washington Black with Diana Miller. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wren Hanks, Andrew Badr, Whitney Porter, and Uzodima Okehi join the Ditmas Lit reading series. Hinterlands, 8 p.m., free.

Jose Antonio Vargas talks with Joy Reid about Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Carla Guelfenbein and translator John Cullen present In the Distance with You. WORD – Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $5.

Thursday 9/20: Chelsea Hodson, Leslie Jamison, Lucas Mann, and Anca Szilágyi join the Pete’s Reading Series. Pete’s Candy Store, 7:30 p.m., free.

Liana Finck presents Passing for Human along with Roz Chast. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jen Doll presents Unclaimed Baggage with MJ Franklin. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Timothy Aubry and Jon Baskin celebrate the launch of Guilty Aesthetic Pleasures. Codex, 7:30 p.m., free.

Stephanie Buhmann discusses Artcritical. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Kenneth Gross talks with Rikki Ducornet about On Dolls. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Tracy K. Smith and Catherine Barnett talk with Deborah Landau and the Poetry Society of America. NYU Law School, 7 p.m., free.

Alice Mattison and Rebecca Chace discuss Conscience. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/21: Scott Adkins, Courtney Zoffiness, and Greg Gerke join the Brooklyn Writers Space reading series. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Lisa Hanawalt presents Coyote Doggirl. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Susan Shapiro unlocks the secrets of publishing and discusses The Byline Bible. B&N – Union Square, 6 p.m., free.

Nuar Alsadir and Sarah Wang join the Poetry Project. 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 →