Notable NYC: 9/21–9/27


Saturday 9/21: Mona Awad, Nick Mancusi, Mike Sacks, Katrina Dodson, and Brittany Allen celebrate the latest issue of McSweeney’s. Books Are Magic, 8 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/22: Don‘t miss the 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival! Be sure to visit The Rumpus at booth #222 to say hi to Rumpus editors IRL—and snag your favorite Rumpus merch!

Monday 9/23: Lauren Duca presents How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/24: Ta-Nehisi Coates presents The Water Dancer with Nikole Hannah-Jones. Kings Theatre, 8 p.m., $45.

N.K. Jemisin and Ijeoma Oluo present How Long ‘til Black Future Month? and So You Want to Talk About Race. BAM Rose Cinema, 7 p.m., $20.

Ed Morales presents Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Rainbow Rowell presents Wayward Son with Mary H.K. Choi. 119 Pierrepont Street, 7 p.m., $24.95.

S.A. Chakraborty presents The Kingdom of Copper. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Annalee Newitz presents The Future of Another Timeline with Lux Alptraum. The Strand, 7 p.m., $15.

Leslie Jamison presents Make it Scream, Make it Burn with Meghan O’Rourke. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/25: Margot H. Knight, Sarah M. Broom, and Sigrid Nunez join the Djerassi Salon. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

Eileen Myles presents Evolution. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free.

Laura Prescott presents The Secrets We Kept with Paul Lisicky. Greenlight – Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Fariha Róisín discusses How to Cure a Ghost with Jenna Wortham. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Billy Bragg presents The Three Dimensions of Freedom and talks with Amy Goodman. Brooklyn Public Library, 7:30 p.m., free with RSVP.

Ambai presents A Kitchen in the Corner of the House with Ru Freeman. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $10.

Jackson Bird presents Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir). McNally Jackson – Seaport, 7 p.m., free.

Anne Boyer presents The Undying, in conversation with Natasha Lennard. Book Culture – Columbus, 7 p.m., free.

Kate Colby and Liz Howard join the Poetry Project Series. Poetry Project, 8 p.m., $8.

Akilah Hughes presents Obviously: Stories from My Timeline. Books Are Magic, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/26: Michele Filgate hosts Kristen Arnett, Angie Cruz, Sion Dayson, Briallen Hopper, and Elisabet Velasquez for the Red Ink reading series. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m., free.

Scott Johnston presents Campusland. Q&A and book signing to follow reading. Shakespeare & Co., 6:30 p.m., free.

Sarah Weinman, Morgan Jerkins, Susan Choi, and Catherine Chung discuss Lolita. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $10.

Ann Patchett presents The Dutch House. St. Joseph’s College, 7:30 p.m., $30.

Ibtisam Azem and Molly Crabapple discuss The Book of Disappearance. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 7 p.m., free.

David Lehman presents The Best American Poetry 2019. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Sean Jacobs and Dan Magaziner discuss Media in Postapartheid South Africa. McNally Jackson – Williamsburg, 7 p.m., free.

Alex Segura and Alison Gaylin discuss Miami Midnight and Never Look Back. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Croft and Lauren Goldenberg discuss Homesick. McNally Jackson – Seaport, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/27: Timothy Donnelly celebrates The Problem of the Many and Dorothea Lasky celebrates Animal. Powerhouse Arena, 7 p.m., free.

Anne Boyer and Johanna Fateman discuss The Undying. Community Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Miriam Atkin, Olivia Divecchia, Tara Homasi, and Öykü Tekten discuss Language is My Second Language: Noise, Nonsense, & Idiolects in the Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common. Poetry Project, 7 p.m., $8.

Greg Nissan presents The City Is Lush With / Obstructed Views with Zoe Hitzi, Ricardo Maldonado, Morgan Vo, and Karen Weiser. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 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 →