Notable Online: 8/23–8/29


Sunday 8/23: Jessica J. Lee presents Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts with Esmé Weijun Wang. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 8/24: Emily Anthes presents The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness with Carl Zimmer. Harvard Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $3.

Greg Mania presents Born to Be Public with Samantha Irby. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 8/25: Jason Diamond presents The Sprawl, his critical look at suburban America, with Angelica Jade Bastién. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Nancy Agabian joins the Cobalt Poets series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Ruth Baumann and Eleanor Boudreau join the Further Notice Reading Series. Zoom, 7 p.m. MDT, free.

Margaret Kimberley presents Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents. Harvard Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $3.

Sebene Selassie presents You Belong: A Call for Connection and talks with with Mike Albo. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free,

Darcie Little Badger presents Elatsoe with Traci Sorell. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Christina Baker Kline presents The Exiles with Amor Towles. The Center for Fiction via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $30.

Finola Austin discusses Bronte’s Mistress and talks to Susan Wand of the NYC Chapter of HNS about writing historical fiction. Shakespeare & Co. via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Michael Gorra and Alice Kaplan discuss The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War. Online, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Diannely Antigua, Kevin McLellan, Kat Read, Tanya Larkin, Justin Danzy, and Ron MacLean celebrate the latest issue of Pangyrus LitMag. Online, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tracy O’Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb Olin Unferth present Best Debut Short Stories 2020. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 8/26: Philip Terman presents This Crazy Devotion with Nancy Krygowski, Richard St. John, and Jane McCafferty. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Michael Salcman presents Shades and Graces. The Ivy via Zoom,

Michael Warr and Chun Yu read poetry. Facebook, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Odie Lindsey presents Some Go Home with Katy Simpson Smith. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jill Filipovic presents OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind with Anand Giridharadas. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $15.

Alisson Wood presents Being Lolita with Lynn Steger Strong and moderator Michele Filgate. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 8/27: Becky Mandelbaum joins the Reading By Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Mike Birbiglia presents The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad with J. Hope Stein. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Vanessa Veselka presents The Great Offshore Grounds with Emma Donoghue. Facebook, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Friday 8/28: George Abraham and Luther Hughes host an LGBTQ open mic. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Tara Campbell hosts a virtual craft happy hour. Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 8/29: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with White Whale Bookstore, City Lit Books Chicago, Greenlight Bookstore, WORD Bookstore, or your favorite local bookstore.


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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 →