Notable Online: 4/26–5/2

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Sunday 4/26: George Abraham, Malcolm Friend, and Casandra López join Against Occupation for an evening of poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Monday 4/27: Camille Perri, Paul Lisicky, Carter Sickels, and Matt Ortile join a virtual edition of the Franklin Park Reading series with host Marae Hart. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

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

Jessica Anthony and Deb Olin Unferth discuss their new novels, Enter the Aardvark and Barn 8. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Marcela Sulak presents her memoir Mouth Full of Seeds with the Black Lawrence Press virtual reading series. Zoom, 2 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Ali Araghi presents The Immortals of Tehran and talks with Sahar Mustafah, author of The Beauty of Your Face. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Annie Finch celebrates Choice Words: Writers on Abortion along with Kristen Ghodsee and Desiree Cooper. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 4/28: Danielle Lazarin, Audrey Olivero, and Jennifer Rosner join The Antibody reading series. Zoom and YouTube, 8 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Jessica Francis Kane talks with Alexander Chee about Rules for Visiting. Books Are Magic via Zoom, free, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

George M. Johnson presents All Boys Aren’t Blue with MJ Franklin. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Ricardo Ybarra joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Sharon Salzberg celebrates the tenth anniversary of Real Happiness. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m., EDT, $5 suggested.

Samantha Irby presents Wow, No Thank You with Alison Roman. Murmrr via Livestream, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $25.

Wednesday 4/29: Mary South and Clare Beams discuss their new books, You Will Never Be Forgotten and The Illness Lesson. Pen And Brush via YouTube, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Jerry Saltz and Rebecca Dinerstein Knight test their literary knowledge with host Ryan Chapman for a night of copyright infringing game show trivia. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Rachel Lyon, Gina Marie Guadagnino, and Leila Rafei join the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Bess Kalb presents Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $5 suggested.

Lauren Sandler presents This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home and talks with Nikita Stewart. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m., EDT, free.

Tony Wood presents Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War and talks with Keith Gessen. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Ellen Bass presents Indigo with Victoria Chang, Nick Flynn, and Ben Purkert. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 4/30: Mary South, Sarah Racuh, Debra Jo Immergut, and Jennifer Rosner join the Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop spring fiction reading. Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

C Pam Zhang discusses How Much of These Hills Is Gold with Jacqueline Woodson. Instagram via the Belletrist and Midtown Scholar, 4 p.m. PDT, free

George Scialabba presents How to Be Depressed. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Regie Cabico is featured in the Decolonize Your Bookshelves event. The Ivy Bookshop via Crowdcast, 7 p.m., EDT, free.

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

Michelle Gil-Montero launches Object Permanence with Piotr Gwiazda and Garth Graeper. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Chris Barlow, Gracie Beaver-Kairis, Dan Caprera, Marisela Gonzalez, Ginny Hogan, Laura Leelun, and Sarah Vulpio present the Little Old Lady Comedy Show. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Phuc Tran presents Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/1: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Wayne Karlin discuss The Mountain Sings. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Lisa Fay Coutley joins Black Lawrence press to read from tether. Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free.

Jeffrey McDaniel, Lauren Shapiro, and Cameron Barnett read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Kristen Arnett presents Mostly Dead Things and talks with Alexander Chee. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 5/2: Darcie Dennigan and Steven Seidenberg join the Segue Series. Zoom, 4:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Ryan Chapman, Nicole Haroutunian, Rachel Khong, Morgan Jerkins, Bridgett M. Davis, Justin Taylor, Paul Lisicky, Carley Moore, Sarah Gerard, Julie Buntin, Tracy O’Neill, Megan Abbott, Amy Shearn, Jason Tougaw, Marie-Helene Bertino, and Scott Cheshire celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the LIC Reading series. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

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Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →