Notable Online: 9/27–10/3

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Monday 9/28: Melissa Fischer, Marilyn N. Robertson, and Maile Page present The Advocacy, Noir Librarian, and The Infinite Now: Where Freedom, Clarity, and Peace Await You. Vromans Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Dan Chiasson presents The Math Campers with Jana Prikryl. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Rachel Howzell Hall, Alyssa Cole, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Tracy Deonn join the Black Girl Mystery panel. Books Are Magic, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 9/29: Jonathan Penton joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Bill Clegg presents The End of the Day with David Ebershoff. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Ben Lerner presents The Topeka School with Valeria Luiselli. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Marilynne Robinson presents Jack with Esmé Weijun Wang. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $29.34.

Diane Goettel, Thom Tammaro, Natalie Homer, C. Kubasta, and Daniel Bosch hold a craft talk to celebrate Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets with Black Lawrence Press. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Lili Reinhart presents Swimming Lessons. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PDT, $29.

Joshua Bennett presents his two newest books, Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man and Owed, in conversation with Imani Perry. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Willy Smart, Marream Krollos and Kate Wyer celebrate their new books out from Meekling Press. Pilsen Community Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Amy Shearn presents Unseen City with Siobhan Adcock. Powerhouse Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Ayad Akhtar, Aasif Mandvi, and Jennifer Egan join the Story/Teller series. The Center for Fiction, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $5.

Sulaiman Addonia and Kapka Kassabova discuss Silence Is My Mother Tongue and To The Lake. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 9/30: A.H. Kim and Karen Dietrich celebrate A Good Family and Girl at the Edge. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lili Reinhart presents Swimming Lessons with Cleo Wade. Murmrr Lit via Dice, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $28.50.

Karen Russell presents Sleep Donation with Carmen Maria Machado. Powerhouse Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $22.

Yona Harvey (You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love), Ricardo Alberto Maldonado (The Life Assignment), Jeffrey Harrison (Between Lakes), Aaron Shurin (The Blue Absolute), Aditi Machado (Some Beheadings and Emporium), and Carlos Lara (Like Bismuth When I Enter) celebrate books from Four Way Books and Nightboat Books. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Claudia Rankine and Lauren Michele Jackson discuss Just Us: An American Conversation. The Strand via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, $15.

Lara Ehrlich presents Animal Wife and Amber Sparks presents And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Scholastique Mukasonga and Maaza Mengiste discuss Igifu. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Eileen Myles reads For Now. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kathleen Rooney presents Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey and Miles Harvey presents The King of Confidence. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jody Chan, Golden, Marlin M. Jenkins, Raven Leilani, Monica Prince, and Erika T. Wurth join The Offing, The Rumpus, and [PANK] for IGNITE, an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 10/1: Jan Beatty presents The Body Wars with Judith Vollmer. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Farzana Doctor presents Seven from Dundurn Press. Bluestockings via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Francina Simone presents Smash It! with Olivia Cole. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Nic Stone presents Dear Justyce. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 7:30 p.m. CDT, free.

Jessica O’Dwyer presents Mother Mother with Katey Schultz. Annie Bloom Books via Zoom, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Lee Gutkind and Vivian Gornick discuss My Last Eight Thousand Days: An American Male in His Seventies. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $15.

Claudia Rankine talks with Stephen M. Best about Just Us: An American Conversation. City Arts via Livestream, 5 p.m. PDT, $29.

Friday 10/2: makalani bandele, T. J. McLemore, M. Randal O’Wain, Cherene Sherrard, and Michael X. Wang celebrate Autumn House Press. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum presents Likes in conversation with Danzy Senna. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

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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 →