Notable Online: 5/17–5/23

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Monday 5/18: Ariana Reines and Matthew Yeager joins the Monday Night Poetry Series. KGB via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kristen Millares Young presents Subduction with Maggie Messitt. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Dinah Lenney, Erik Anderson, and Steve Mentz present books from the Object Lessons series. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Amy Long, Sejal Shah, Porochista Khakpour, and Alia Volz join the Memoir Monday reading series. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 5/19: Laura van den Berg, Melissa Febos, and Tracy O’Neill join host Brian Gresko for The Antibody Series. Zoom and YouTube, 8 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Joy Priest and Kristen Renee Miller join the Further Notice reading series. Zoom, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Maggie Doherty presents The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free, $3 suggested.

Christopher Locke reads from 25 Trumbulls Road as part of the Black Lawrence Press Virtual Reading Series. Black Lawrence Press via Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Keayva Mitchell joins the Cobalt Poets series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Susanna Moore presents her memoir, Miss Aluminum, with Kurt Andersen. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Kate Zambreno presents her novel, Drifts, with Rachel Syme. The Center for Fiction via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $10.

Booksmith and The Bindery host Clare Beams (The Illness Lesson) and Rachel Vorona Cote (Too Much) for the first in a series of virtual events with Lockdown Lit. Facebook, 11 a.m. PDT, free.

Wednesday 5/20: Amy Meyerson (The Imperfects), Kerry Kletter (East Coast Girls), and Kelly Rimmer (Truths I Never Told You) discuss their latest novels and the challenges of releasing new books during a global pandemic, with moderator Sabrina McMillin. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Stephen Haff presents Kid Quixotes: A Group of Students, Their Teacher, and the One-Room School Where Everything Is Possible. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Mary Karr and Kaveh Akbar discuss and read from their works. YouTube, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Nikita Stewart presents Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World with Giselle Burgess. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Ivy Pochoda presents These Women with Megan Abbott. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 5/21: Carolyn Forché joins the Readings By Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Amitava Kumar talks with Hua Hsu about Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Mario Livio presents Galileo: And the Science Deniers. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free, $3 suggested.

Gary Indiana and Edwin Frank discuss Curzio Malaparte’s Diary of a Foreigner in Paris. Community Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, donation suggested.

Stephanie Danler presents Stray: A Memoir. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 5/22: Nina Boutsikaris presents I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry and Sabrina Imbler presents Dyke (Geology). Black Lawrence Press via Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP.

Elisabeth Thomas presents Catherine House along with Rebecca Fitting. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Edward A. Farmer presents Pale. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Stephanie Danler presents Stray: A Memoir with Dani Shapiro. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Susan Choi talks with Michael Cunningham about Trust Exercise. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 5/23: Nancy Star, Ivy Pochoda, Sopan Deb, Nina Renata Aron, and Rebecca White join Les Bleus literary salon. Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free with RSVP to [email protected]

Betsy Fagan and Alan Felensthal join the Segue Series. Zoom, 4:30 p.m. EDT, free.

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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 →