Notable Online: 4/19–4/25

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Sunday 4/19: Yair Assulin talks with Jessica Cohen and Ruby Namdar about The Drive. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Monday 4/20: Miranda July is in conversation with Jenny Odell. City Arts via YouTube, 7:30 PDT, free.

Neil Shubin presents Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Laura Munson discusses Willa’s Grove. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Katie Peterson joins the Readings By Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free with RSVP.

Rebecca Dinerstein Knight talks with Anna Wiener about Hex. The Bindery and The Booksmith via Facebook, noon PDT, free.

Tuesday 4/21: Mary-Kim Arnold, Marie-Helene Bertino, and C Pam Zhang join host Brian Gresko for the five-week anniversary of The Antibody reading series. Zoom and YouTube, 8 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Cynthia Alessandra Briano joins the Cobalt Poets series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Deb Olin Unferth and Adrienne Raphel join Ryan Chapman for a literary version of a name-trademarked game show. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Join Steph Cha, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Rachel Monroe, and Meredith Talusan for a conversation about approaching crime stories with responsibility and care. Sign up for Emma Copley Eisenberg’s newsletter to receive the link to participate. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jessica Pearce Rotondi discusses What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers with Ryan Chapman. Instagram @JanklowNesbit, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Janelle Brown talks with Julia Phillips about Pretty Things. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Bonnie Tsui presents Why We Swim. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Stephen Hough and Cheryl Pearl Sucher discuss Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Kevin Larimer, Mary Gannon, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Jamia Wilson, and Michael Taeckens discuss Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $10.

Jennifer Finney Boylan presents Good Boy: My Life In Seven Dogs. Greenlight via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 4/22: Lilly Dancyger hosts a craft happy hour. Old Town Books via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Jonathan Santlofer, Alison Gaylin, Duane Swierczynski, Megan Abbott, and Lauren Wilkinson discuss crime fiction. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Laura Bogart celebrates Don’t You Know I Love You. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 4/23: Fenton Johnson presents At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life. Zoom, 5 p.m., PDT, free with RSVP.

Alex Halberstadt talks with Masha Gessen about Young Heroes of Soviet Union: A Memoir of Reckoning. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Joe Wilkins presents Fall Back Down When I Die with Luis Alberto Urrea and Pam Houston. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Joanna Hershon talks with Susan Choi about St. Ivo. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Emily Gould talks with Miranda Popkey about Perfect Tunes. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 4/24: Mark O’Connell presents Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back with Willy Staley. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Nick Flynn presents Stay with Guy Barash and Rachel Eliza Griffiths. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier joins Black Lawrence Press to celebrate the launch of Something Like the End, a chapbook and winner of the Fall 2017 Black River Chapbook Competition. Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Saturday 4/25: Shane McCrae and Bob Perelman join the Segue Series. Zoom, 4:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jessica Pearce Rotondi (What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers), Marjan Kamali (The Stationary Shop), Alena Dillon (Mercy House), and others join the Newbury Literary Festival, now online with multiple sessions through the day. Zoom, 9 a.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Join Sheree Renée Thomas for a reading from her forthcoming story collection, Nine Bar Blues. Facebook Live, 2 p.m. EDT, free.

Isaac Fitzgerald reads How to Be a Pirate. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 11:30 a.m. EDT, free.

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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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →