Notable NYC: 8/17–8/23


Saturday 8/17: Camille Perri and Megan Frampton celebrate Bookstore Romance Day. Books Are Magic, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 8/19: Guernica hosts a literary salon with its editors. KGB Red Room, 7 p.m., free.

Harriet Levin and Olga Livshin are poet companions. McNally Jacson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Marina Blitshteyn and Leyna Marika Papach join the Mama Tried Salon. Mama Tried, 7 p.m., free.

Olivia Gatwood presents Life of the Party. The Bell House, 7:30 p.m., $23.

Tuesday 8/20: Ryan Chapman, Bonnie Harris, Kira Marie McCullough, Mark Sadler, Holly Woodward, Steve Young, and Jessica Richardson join the Liars League. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Rick Moody presents his new memoir, The Long Accomplishment, and talks with Darcey Steinke. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Stephanie Jimenez presents They Could Have Named her Anything and talks with Angie Cruz. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Olivia Gatwood presents The Life of the Party with Mahogany L. Browne. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Susan Straight presents In the Country of Women and Emily Bernard presents Black Is the Body. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/21: James Gregor talks with Grant Ginder about Going Dutch. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Astoria Bookshop celebrates its 6th birthday! They grow up so fast. Astoria Bookshop, all day, free.

Desirée Alvarez and Stefania Heim join hosts Jasmine Respess and Dany Mangrove for a poetry reading. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Bassey Ikpi presents I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying and talks with Melissa Febos. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/22: Sevinç Türkkan, Ann Goldstein, Jenny McPhee, and Inea Bushnaq celebrate women in translation. McNally Jackon – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Cooper Wilhelm and Janelle Greco join the Secret Loft reading series. Secret Loft, 7:30 p.m., $7.

Stephen Kearse presents In the Heat of the Light with Sheldon Pearce. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Mariama J. Lockington presents For Black Girls Like Me. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Amanda Goldblatt presents Hard Mouth and talks with Halle Butler. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 8/23: Karen Abbott talks with Susannah Cahalan and Ada Calhoun about The Ghosts of Eden Park. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.


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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 →