Notable Online: 11/1–11/7


Sunday 11/1: Ed Lin and Chris L. Terry discuss David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 2:30 p.m. PST, free.

Monday 11/2: Michael Davis and Beth Konkoski join Cafe Muse to present their work. Cafe Muse via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Patrick Donnelly and Charlie Clark join the Monday Night Poetry series. Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Tuesday 11/3: Tara Elliott joins the Cobalt Poets series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PST, free.

Vote today like your life depends on it (because it does). Locate your polling place at Times vary by location, free!

Wednesday 11/4: Protect the vote protests. RSVP for local information, various times, free.

Thursday 11/5: Stephen Greenblatt, Martha Minow, Timothy Snyder, Mariama White-Hammond, and moderator James Carroll discuss the election. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 4:30 p.m. EST, $3.

Carolyn Forché, Todd Gitlin, Patricia Spears Jones, Darryl Pinckney, and moderator Siri Hustvedt also discuss the election. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 5 p.m. EST, free.

Susannah R. Drissi presents Until We’re Fish. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EST, $3.

Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby present The Sacrifice of Darkness. Solid State Books via CrowdCast, 8:30 p.m. EST, free.

Christopher Paul Curtis and Nic Stone discuss The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963. Loyalty Bookstores via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Linda Kass presents A Ritchie Boy with Kristin Harmel. City Lit Books via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. CST, free.

Ashley Sweeney and Ellen Notbohm discuss Answer Creek. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 10 p.m. EST, free.

Elizabeth Topp presents Perfectly Impossible. Shakespeare & Co via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EST, free.

This year’s Portland Book Festival will take place online: November 5–21, 2020. Featuring Chelsea Bieker, Nate Marshall, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Hafizah Geter, Danielle Evans, and many more. Online via Portland Book Festival, most events free.

Jess Walter presents The Cold Millions and talks with Andrew Proctor. Online via Portland Book Festival, 6 p.m. PST, book purchase required.

The Portland Book Festival kicks off with a conversation centered on two highly acclaimed new story collections: Souvankham Thammavongsa’s debut, How to Pronounce Knife, and a new collection from best-selling Oregon Book Award winner Lidia Yuknavitch, Verge. Moderated by Rumpus editor-in-chief Marisa Siegel. Online via Portland Book Festival, 6 p.m. PST, free.

Friday 11/6: Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang discuss their debut novels, How Much of These Hills are Gold and Boys of Alabama. Online via Portland Book Festival, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Jubi Arriola-Headley presents Original Kink. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EST, $3.

Claudia Rankine reads and talks with Terrance Hayes and Deborah Landau. Zoom, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Ed Lin and Naomi Hirahara discuss David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PST, free.

Toi Derricotte, Anastacia Renee, Steven Leyva, Safia Jama, and Natalie Wee join the Soul Sister Revue. Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Sheila Squillante, author of Mostly Human and Lauren Shapiro, author of Arena!, celebrate their new books. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Saturday 11/7: Joyelle McSweeney and Kimberly Alidio join the Segue Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EST, free.


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Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →