Notable Online: 10/18–10/24

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Monday 10/19: Claire Messud presents Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3.

Jeffrey Harrison and Owen Lewis join the Monday Night Poetry series. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Paul Legault, Claire Meuschke, and Lara Mimosa Monte join the Poetry Project series. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Cathy Marie Buchanan and M.J. Rose discuss Daughter of Black Lake. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Laila Lalami presents Confidential Citizens. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Alice Wong and W. Kamau Bell discuss Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century. City Arts, 6 p.m. PDT, $29.

Rebecca Roanhorse discusses Black Sun with Charlie Jane Anders. The Booksmith via GoPassage, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Eileen Myles presents For Now. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Christina Hammonds Reed presents The Black Kids. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Heather Clark presents Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath with Abigail Santamaria. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 10/20: Karen Scott joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Heid E. Erdrich and Molly McGlennen join the Further Notice reading series. Zoom, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Scott Nadelson presents One Of Us. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 10 p.m. EDT, free.

Jessica Abughattas discusses Strip with Jeremy Radin and Olivia Gatwood. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Diane Goettel, Megan Merchant, David Maduli, Duane L. Hermann, Claudia F. Savage, and John Guzlowski join Black Lawrence Press to celebrate Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets and discuss reclaiming artistic space. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma presents Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 10/21: Sarah Gerard, Alisson Wood, and Angbeen Saleem join host Jiordan Castle for Pigeon Pages’ October reading. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tess Taylor and Dana Levin celebrate ten years of The Common and have a conversation about poetics in the time of pandemic and the ecology of lockdown. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 8 p.m. EDT, donation suggested.

Cory Doctorow presents Attack Surface with Bethany C. Morrow and Tochi Onyebuchi. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Raven Leilani presents Luster with Adam Dalva. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

P. Djèlí Clark and Justina Ireland discuss Ring Shout. Astoria Bookshop via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Diane Wilbon Parks, Clifford Bernier, Hiram Larew, Billye Okera, Liz Reitzig, and Dinahsta “Miss Kiane” Thomas join the Write Blend Poetry Circle for Poets vs. The Pandemic. Cafe Muse via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Destiny O. Birdsong presents Negotiations with Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 10/22: Angela Chen, Athena Dixon, and Melissa Faliveno join host Brian Gresko for the Antibody Reading series. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Kamala Puligandla presents Zigzags with Hyunjee Nicole Kim. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Paul Lisicky joins the Readings by Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Jessica Abughattas, Lucia LoTempio, Dani Janae, Chelsea Bayouth, and Jeremy Radin read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kate Wyer presents Girl, Cow & Monk with Jeannie Vanasco. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Heather Clark presents Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath with Maggie Doherty. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3.

Alex Wheatle presents Cane Warriors. Solid State Books via CrowdCast, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Deesha Philyaw presents The Secret Lives of Church Ladies with Adam Smyer. Loyalty Bookstores via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Miriam Bird Greenberg and Philip Metres reads poetry. Zoom, 4 p.m. CDT, free.

K-Ming Chang presents Bestiary and a virtual craft happy hour. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 10/23: Erik Dussere presents The West House with David Keplinger. Loyal Bookstores via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Emily Mohn-Slate presents The Falls with Cassie Pruyn, Rachel Mennies, and Tiffany Melanson. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 10/24: Tiffany McDaniel presents Betty. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Douglas A. Martin and Dazié Grego-Sykes join the Segue Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Stay up late and celebrate Lit Crawl SF with The Rumpus! With readings from Tongo Eisen-Martin, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Monica Sok, and featuring comedy by Nato Green. Hosted by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. Zoom, 10 p.m. PDT, 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 →