Notable NYC: 9/8–9/14

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Saturday 9/8: Christine H. Lee, Dennis Norris II, and Ivelisse Rodriguez join SLICE Literary for a live exquisite corpse reading. Powerhouse Arena, 6:30 p.m., free.

Uche Nduka presents Living in Public. Unnameable Books, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/9: Atticus presents The Dark Between Stars. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 9/10: Chelsea Hodson, Tracy O’Neill, and Lisa Marie Basile join The Rumpus, Narratively, Catapult, Tin House, Granta, Guernica, and Longreads for Memoir Monday. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Atticus presents The Dark Between Stars. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Anand Giridharadas talks with Lydia Polgreen. St Joseph’s College, 7:30 p.m., $30.

Denise Jarrott, Anum Sattar, Rax King, Robert Kaplan, Dana Frayne, Erin Taylor and host JC Hopkins joins Poetry 99. Spoonbill & Sugartown – Montrose Ave, 7 p.m., free.

Andrea Lang Chu, Elizabeth Schambelan, Charlotte Shane, and Michael Miller discuss Blacklash: The Legacy of 1968. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Baker presents Everyday People with contributors Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and Glendaliz Camacho. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/11: Sebastian J. Plata presents Freak ‘n’ Gorgeous. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Sarah Weinman talks with David Grann about The Real Lolita. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

Nancy Agabian, Trace Howard Depass, Meera Nair, and Alexa Segura join the LIC reading series and celebrate Queens. LIC Bar, 8 p.m., free.

Beatriz Bracher presents I Didn’t Talk and discusses it with translator Adam Morris with Eric Becker moderating. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Rebecca Serle talks with Nicola Kraus about The Dinner List. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Pierre Joris, Sandra Smith, and Tess Lewis discuss translated literature with PEN America. WORD Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $5.

Michaela Morton, Nathan Goodroe, E. James Ford, Heather Lee Rogers, and Cassidy McCants join the Liars League series. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Jessica Bruder talks with Kerri Arsenault about Nomadland. Greenlight – Lefferts Gardens, 7:30 p..m, free.

Sampson Starkweather and Carly Dashiell read poetry. Codex, 6:30 p.m., free.

Susan Shapiro celebrates The Byline Bible with Allison Yarrow, Lexie Bean, Maria Andreu, Kenan Trebincevic, Judy Batalion, Aspen Matis, Seth Kugel, and Sharissa Tracey. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Wednesday 9/12: Eileen Myles presents Evolution. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Patrick deWitt presents French Exit along with Emma Straub. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

John Freeman, Heather Cleary, Allison Markin Powell, and Jeremy Tiang celebrate works in translation. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Krian Bath, Joy Baglio, Bonnie Chau, Tara Isabella Burton, Eric Sasson, and Tracy O’Neill join the H.I.P. Lit final reading of the summer. Nowadays (indoors), 7 p.m., free.

Blair Hurley discusses The Devoted with Darin Strauss. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Robert Rorke talks with Phillip Lopate about Car Trouble. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Wayétu Moore presents She Would Be King and talks with Yahdon Israel. Housing Works, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/13: VOTE TODAY! Cynthia Nixon challenges Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary. Vote between 6 a.m.–9 p.m.—if you are in line at 9 p.m., you cannot be turned away. Locate your polling information online before you go.

Héctor Abad discusses The Farm with Michael Greenberg. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Walter Mosley presents John Woman and talks with W. Paul Coates. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jeremiah Moss talks with Cheryl Pearl Sucher about Vanishing New York. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Lang Leav presents Sea of Strangers. 82nd & Broadway, 7 p.m., free.

Cynthia Cruz, Blas Falconer, Jennifer Franklin, Tom Thompson, and Michelle Whittaker celebrate Four Way Books. BookCulture – Columbus Ave, 7 p.m., free.

Lydia Kiesling talks with Vinson Cunningham about The Golden State. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 9/14: Cameron Lawrence, Tina Cane, Devon Walker-Figueroa, Donna Masini, Sandra Simonds, and Terrance Hayes celebrate the 7th Anniversary of COUPLET reading series. Red Room, 6 p.m., 2 drinks.

A Public Space, Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, Augury Books, BOMB Magazine, Brooklyn Arts Press, Enchanted Lion, Ig Publishing, Melville House, Nightboat, One Story, Operating System, powerHouse Books, Song Cave, Tin House Books, and Ugly Duckling Presse celebrate the Brooklyn Book Festival. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Anne Waldman presents Trickster Feminism along with readings and jazz music with Devin Brahja Waldman, Adrienne Herr, Bentley Anderson, Nkosi Nkululeko, Zoe Brezsny, and host JC Hopkins. Spoonbill & Sugartown – Montrose Ave, 7 p.m., $10.

Wren Hanks, Cyrée Jarrelle Johnson, Hannah Rego, and Raquel Salas River celebrate the rise of genderqueer. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free.

Cynthia Cruz, Catherine Barnett, and Monica Ferrell join the Franklin Electric reading series. Work Heights, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →