Notable NYC: 4/27–5/3


Saturday 4/27: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Greenlight, Powerhouse , Community Bookstore, Books Are Magic, BookCulture, and more. All Day. Free.

Farnoosh Faithi and Stephanie Young join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Cristina Rivera Garza discusses The Taiga Syndrome with Jonathan Lethem. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $10.

Sunday 4/28: Eileen G’Sell, Virginia Konchan, and Glenn Shaheen read poetry. Unnameable Books, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 4/29: Anne Nelson discusses Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris with Lauren Belfar. Community Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ian McEwan presents Machines Like Me with John Grisham. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Abbigail N. Rosewood discusses If I Had Two Lives with Alan Ziegler. BookCulture – 112th, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/30: Victoria Shorr presents Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning. WORD – Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $5.

John Burnham Schwartz discusses The Red Daughter with Ayad Akhtar. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $10.

Rebecca Ariel Porte presents Yanyi’s The Year of Blue Water. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Siri Hustvedt presents Memories of the Future. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Camonghne Felix, Grace Shuyi, and Kyle Dacuyan celebrate Build Yourself a Boat. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/1: Jena Osman presents Motion Studies and talks with Cathy Park Hong. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Emma Straub presents Books Are Magic’s 2nd Birthday with Alison Roman, Saeed Jones, Isaac Fitzgerald, John Hodgman, Jean Grael, Aparna Nacheria, Elizabeth Strout, and more. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

John Burnham Schwartz presents The Red Daughter. BookCulture – Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Melissa Coss Aquino and Amanda Galvan Huyn present Of Color: Poets’ Way of Making. BookCulture – 112th, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Acker, Karan Mahjan, and Suketu Mehta discuss Immigration, Identity, and Belonging. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $10.

Chen Chen and francine j harris join the Poetry Project series. Poetry Project, 8 p.m., $8.

Thursday 5/2: Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky, and Brenda Shaughnessy join the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series. Brooklyn Public Library, 7:30 p.m., free.

Erika Swyler presents Light from Other Stars, and talks with Marisa Kreizman. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Alexis Almeida, Nathaniel Farrell, Marisa Crawford, and Colby Somerville join Ugly Duckling Presse for readings. Unnameable Books, 8 p.m., free.

Joshua Furst presents Revolutionaries. BookCulture – 112th, 7 p.m., free.

Mike Herron, Mike Veve, Scott Adlerberg, Reed Farrel Coleman, Puja Guha, Charles Salzberg, and Christina Chiu celebrate Down to the River. BookCulture – Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Mitchell S. Jackson discusses Survival Math with Salman Rushdie. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $10.

Colin Asher presents Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Marisa Bardach Ramel discusses The Goodbye Diaries with Sally Bardach . Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Cassandra Rosebeetle, Bitch, Marz, Frankie Mxsgendered, Lux Aeterna, and Minx Arcana join the Poetry Brothel for a dungeon reading. House of Yes, 6:30 p.m., $50.

t’ai freedom ford presents & more black (an upcoming Rumpus Poetry Book Club pick!) with jayy dodd, francine j harris, and Donika Kelly. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/3: Jane Solomon discusses The Dictionary of Difficult Words with Kory Stamper. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Ayşegül Savaş presents Walking on the Ceiling with Helen Phillips. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Melissa Febos joins the NYU Emerging Writers Series. KGB Bar & Lit Mag, 7p.m., free.

Edwin Torres, Elena Alexander, Anselm Berrigan, Elizabeth Castagna, Douglas Dunn, Bob Holman, Joon Oluchi, Sharon Mesmer, Urayoán Noel, Kristin Prevallet, David Rothenberg, and Lila Zemborain celebrate The Body in Language: An Anthology. 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 →