Notable Online: 10/25–10/31

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Sunday 10/25: Booksellers Lexi Beach and Nick Chase discuss independent bookstores. New York Society Library and The Astoria Bookshop via Zoom, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 10/26: Matthew Thorburn and Sarah Kain Gutowski join the Monday Night poetry series. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Chris Stedman and Kristen Arnett discuss IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives. Pilsen Community Books via YouTube, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Gayle Brandeis, Katharine Coldiron, and Jennifer Calkins celebrate local author day with Vroman’s Bookstore. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Paola Ramos presents Finding Latinx: In Search of Voices Redefining Latino Identity. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jessica J. Lee and Aimee Nezhukumatathil discuss Two Trees Make a Forest and World of Wonders. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 10/27: Chris Vannoy joins the Cobalt Poetry Series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Isabella Rotman and Luke Howard celebrate A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent. Blue Stockings via WithFriends, 7 p.m. EDT, free, $10 suggested.

Abayomi Animashaun, Stephen Page, Jose Angel Araguz, Ben White, Gillian Parrish, Kari Treese, and Kathryn Hummel discuss poetry as a way of seeing the world with Black Lawrence Press, in celebrate of Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Lynn Sharon Schwartz presents Truthtelling: Stories, Fables, Glimpses with Cheryl Pearl Sucher. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lindy West presents Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema. Left Bank Books via Facebook and YouTube, 7 p.m. CDT, book purchase required.

David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka present A Place of Exodus and The Great Offshore Ground. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Alicia Garza presents The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart. Uncle Bobbie’s via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Ibram X. Kendi and Blair Imani discuss Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action. Loyalty Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Dean Spade presents Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) with Whitney Hu. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Marlee Grace talks with Fariha Róisín about Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within the Great Unknown. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Roger Rosenblatt presents Cold Moon. Shakespeare and Co via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

C Pam Zhang presents How Much of These Hills Is Gold and Charles Yu presents Interior Chinatown with moderator Gabe Hudson. Book Culture via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 10/28: Alexis Brooks de Vita, J. D. Hellen, Justin Sanders, Jan Stinchcomb, Taylor Sykes, Abigail Teed, Laura Walker, and Scott Bryan Wilson celebrate The Horror Is Us from Mason Jar Press. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Rebecca Roanhorse and John Scalzi discuss Black Sun. The Strand via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $32.99.

Stephen Graham Jones, Phenderson Djéli Clark, Zoje Stage, and Maria Dahvana Headley join a horror showcase with moderator Danielle Trussoni. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Fiona Davis, M. J. Rose, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and Katherine J. Chen present Stories from Suffragette City. Shakespeare & Co via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Éireann Lorsung, Valzhyna Mort, and Khaled Mattawa read poetry. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lynell George talks with Dana Johnson about A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler. Vroman’s via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and Agnes Borinsky host a writing workshop—ticket sales benefit Skylight Books, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the Disability Project at the Transgender Law Center. Skylight Books via Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, $5 and up.

Lindy West presents Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema with April Wolfe. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Deesha Philyaw and Kiese Laymon discuss The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Greenlight via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 10/29: Meg Elison, Rachel Heng, Troy L. Wiggins, and Stephen Graham Jones celebrate Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Tales of Horror. CrowdCast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Anaïs Duplan, author of Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture, talks with Kelly Schirmann, author of The New World. Grenelight via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jess Walter talks with David Duchovny about The Cold Millions. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $30.

Terry Tempest Williams joins the Readings by Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Bryan Washington talks with Samantha Irby about Memorial. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Megan Rosenbloom talks with Caitlin Doughty about Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Kelli Jo Ford presents Crooked Hallelujah and hosts a craft happy hour. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Martha S. Jones presents Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All with Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Loyalty Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Nikki Giovanni talks with Bryan Stevenson about Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose. Loyalty Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Molly Spencer celebrates the launch of her second collection Hinge with Destiny O. Birdsong, Molly McCully Brown, and Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn. Moderated by Rumpus editor-in-chief Marisa Siegel. Literati Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 10/30: Carol Hay and Serena Parekh discuss Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution and No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 12 p.m. EDT, $3.

Susanna Lang, Jennifer Grant, and Christina Lovin present Delphi Series Vol IX from Blue Lyra Press. City Lit Books via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. CDT, free.

Lois Ruskai Melina discusses The Grammar of Untold Stories with Paulann Petersen. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Claire Cronin and Colin Dickey discuss Blue Light of the Screen: On Horror, Ghosts, and God. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Saturday 10/31: Justin Sanders, Taylor Sykes, and Laura Walker, and Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman celebrate The Horror Is Us from Mason Jar Press. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Derek McCormack and Sasha Banks join the Segue Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Dur-e-Maknoon Ahmed, Cressida Blake Roe, and Riley Jones join jubilat for a night of readings celebrating their new chapbooks. Zoom, 6 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 →