Notable Online: 10/4–10/10

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Sunday 10/4: Lee Child, Salman Rushdie, Mia Couto, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Joyce Carol Oates, Adrian Tomine, Emily St. John Mandel, Claudia Rankine, Marie Lu, Colson Whitehead, and many more join the Virtual Brooklyn Book Festival. Various streaming, 10–11 a.m. EDT, free.

Nancy Naomi Carlson, Lola Haskins, Susan Sonde, and Pamela Murray Winters read poetry. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 2 p.m. EDT, free.

Four authors honored by the 2019 National Book Awards—Kwame Alexander, Jericho Brown, Marlon James, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor—talk with moderator Lisa Lucas about contemporary literature, recognition, and cross-genre Black storytelling. CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lauren Francis-Sharma, Emily Temple, and Laura van den Berg discuss violence, economics, and colonialism, framed through the persistent shadow of misogyny. Moderated by Emily Firetog, deputy editor of Literary Hub. CrowdCast, 10 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 10/5: Yaa Gyasi and Sarah Elaine Smith discusses Transcendent Kingdom. White Whale Boosktore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jonathan Lee, Anne-Marie Fyfe, and Tom Sleigh join host Matthew Yeager for Monday Night Poetry. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Abayomi Animashaun, Helen Ruggieri, Linda Simone, Katie Manning, and Nancy Reddy talk publishing and literary community. Black Lawrence Press via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Sigrid Nunez presents What Are You Going Through. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Nils Michals and Sami Miranda read poetry. Cafe Muse via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Matt Haig presents The Midnight Library. The Strand via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, $15.

Daniel Galera and Tsitsi Dangarembga discuss Twenty After Midnight and This Mournable Body with moderator Anderson Tepper. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 10/6: Armen Davoudian and Richie Hofmann join the Further Notice Reading Series. Zoom, 8 p.m. CDT, free.

Marilynne Robinson and Alexander Chee discuss Jack. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $35.

Jorie Graham presents Runaway. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Julia Fierro and Caeli Widger discuss Santa Monica. Diesel Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Ruby Hamad and Randa Jarrar presents White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color. Loyalty Books via CrowdCast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Richard Kreitner presents Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Jamie K. McCallum and Steven Greenhouse presents Worked Over and Beaten Down, Worked Up. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Rumaan Alam presents Leave the World Behind and talks with Emma Straub. Books are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 10/7: Cristina Rivera Garza with Sarah Booker and Lina Meruane discuss Grieving. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Connor Towne O’Neill presents Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy. The Center for Fiction via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Phil Klay presents Missionaries with Marlon James. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Dr. Martha Jones presents Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. City Lit Books via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. CST, free.

Jason Diamond presents The Sprawl and talks with Morgan Parker. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT., free.

Thursday 10/8: Makenna Goodman, Hari Kunzru, and Sigrid Nunez join host Brian Gresko for The Antibody reading series. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Paul Madonna presents Come to Light. Go Passage, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Joanna Rose presents A Small Crowd of Strangers with Stevan Allred. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Doralee Brooks and Susan Shaw Sailer celebrate their latest releases with Joan E. Bauer, Celeste Gainey, and Lori Wilson. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tara June Winch presents The Yield. Sold State Books via CrowdCast, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Susan Minot presents Why I Don’t Write: And Other Stories. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Suzanne Roberts joins the Readings by Writers Series. Zoom, 5:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Ruby Hamad talks with Koe Beck about White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 10/9: Alexandria Hall, Jihyun Yun, and S. Brook Corfman read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Dr. Martha Jones talks with Korey Garibaldi about Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Brain Lair Books via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Eileen Myles presents For Now. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EDT, $3 suggested.

Kazim Ali, Sumita Chakraborty, and Taylor Johnson discuss their new books with moderator Andrés Cerpa. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 10/10: Eleanor Boudreau presents Earnest, Earnest? with Joy Priest and Nancy Krygowski. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jubi Arriola-Headley and Zack Haber joins the Segue Series. Zoom, 5 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 →