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'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 More from this author →