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'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 →