Notable Online: 8/2–8/8

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Sunday 8/2: Ingrid M. Calderón-Collins and Claire Rudy Foster present Let the Buzzards Eat Me Whole and Shine of the Ever. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 2:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 8/3: David Goodwillie presents Kings County with Jenna Blum. Brookline Booksmith via Livestream, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Laura Lippman talks with Taffy Brodesser-Akner about My Life as a Villainess. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $23.99.

Masha Gessen presents How to Survive Autocracy with Alexandra Petri. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

David Nichols presents Sweet Sorrows with Amor Towles. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Catherine Lacey presents Pew. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Raven Leilani presents Luster with Samantha Irby. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 8/4: Chibbi joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Lysley Tenorio and Sameer Pandya discuss The Son of Good Fortune and Members Only. The Booksmith via Facebook, 11 a.m. PDT, free.

Joni Murphy presents Talking Animals with Eugene Lim. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

John Waters presents Mr. Know-It-All with Jim Jarmusch. Live Stream, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $23.

Raven Leilani presents Luster. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Morgan Jerkins presents Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots with Jason Reynolds. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 8/5: Jill McCorkle presents Hieroglyphics. Brookline Booksmith via Livestream, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jessica Goodman presents They Wish They Were Us and talks with Emma Gray. Greenlight via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sarah Maslin Nir presents Horse Crazy with Musa Okwonga. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Sharon Harrigan launches HalfZoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Diana Giovinazzo presents The Woman in Red. Vroman’s via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Morgan Jerkins presents Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots with Soraya Nadia McDonald. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Susan Minot presents Why I Don’t Write and Other Stories with Jonathan Ames. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Aimee Bender presents The Butterfly Lampshade with Ploi Pirapokin. The Bindery via Passage, 5:30 p.m. PDT, $5.

Thursday 8/6: Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado, Celeste Ng, and Karen Russell join The Center for Fiction and The Antibody reading series to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, $15-$50.

Sarah Maslin Nir presents Horse Crazy with Mary Roach. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Akwaeke Emezi presents The Death of Vivek Oji and talks with Rivers Solomon. Greenlight via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Susan Briante, Cristina Rivera Garza, Anthony Cody, and Joanna Williams celebrate Defacing the Monument. YouTube, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Karolina Waclawiak talks with Roxane Gay about Life Events. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Mathangi Subramanian hosts a craft happier and presents A People’s History of Heaven. The Writer’s Center, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

July Westhal joins the Readings By Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Andrzej Tichý and Nichola Smalley discuss Wretchedness. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Andrew Martin presents Cool for America and Benjamin Nugent presents Fraternity. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kate Reed Petty presents True Story. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 8/7: Edward Ball presents Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy and talks with Kenneth W. Mack. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Lysley Tenorio presents The Son of Good Fortune and Quan Barry presents We Ride Upon Sticks. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Gabriella Burnham presents It Is Wood, It Is Stone with Rachel Khong. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Maaza Mengiste, Mahtem Shiferraw, and Teferi Nigussie present Addis Ababa Noir. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.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 →