Notable Online: 11/15–11/21

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Sunday 11/15: Ben Tanzer and Lori Hettler discuss Upstate. Instagram Live, 4 p.m. EST, free.

Monday 11/16: Emily Nemens and Charles Yu discuss their new novels, The Cactus League and Interior Chinatown. Moderated by Jon Raymond. Online via Portland Book Festival, 3:30 p.m. PST, free.

Ron Nyren presents The Book of Lost Light. The Booksmith and The Bindery via Go Passage, 8:30 p.m. EST, free.

Alecia McKenzie presents A Million Aunties with Kwame Dawes. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Laura Marks presents Daphne Byrne and Carmen Maria Machado presents The Low, Low Woods. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Spend an evening with MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jericho Brown and as they discuss Just Us, Rankine’s brilliant new collection. Online via Portland Book Festival, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Tuesday 11/17: Liz Gonzalez joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PST, free.

Jason Reynolds presents Long Way Down with Danica Novgorodoff. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Roxane Gay, Rebecca Kirby, and Tracy Lynne Oliver present The Sacrifice of Darkness. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 8 p.m. EST, $30.

Elizabeth Atwood presents The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison: America’s First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EST, free.

Craig Santos Perez and Rajiv Mohabir join the Further Notice reading series. Zoom, 9 p.m. EST, free.

David Yoon presents Super Fake Love Song with Adam Silvera. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PST, free.

Raven Leilani and Rebecca Dinerstein Knight discuss their new novels, Luster and Hex. Moderated by John Freeman. Online via Portland Book Festival, 12 p.m. PST, free.

Shonna Milliken Humphrey, Hunter Dukes, Hanne Blank, and Sheila Liming present their books from the Object Lessons series. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PST, free.

David Leavitt and David Salle discuss Shelter in Place. The Center for Fiction, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Kiese Laymon and Maurice Carlos Ruffin discuss How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Loyalty Bookstores via CrowdCast, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Wednesday 11/18: Bryan Washington presents Memorial and Simon Han presents Nights When Nothing Happened. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EST, $3.

A nourishing discussion about food and storytelling with bestselling novelist Megha Majumdar (A Burning) and cookbook author Liz Crain (Dumplings Equal Love). Online via Portland Book Festival, 1:30 p.m. PST, free.

Daye Phillippo, Susan Okie and Anne Harding Woodworth join Poets vs The Pandemic. Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free with sign-up.

Susie Yang presents White Ivy with Lucy Tan. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Evette Dionne, Jenny Lee, and Kristen Felicetti join host Jiordan Castle for the Pigeon Pages reading series. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 8:30 p.m. EST, free.

Phillip Lopate presents The Glorious American Essay with Rivka Galchen. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

David Livingstone Smith and Mark Moffett discuss On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Jessica Lanay, Jihyun Yun, and Hanif Abdurraqib join the Brooklyn Poets series. BPL via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Jena Osman and Alli Warren join the Poetry Project series. Eventbrite, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Dinty W. Moore, Zoë Bossiere, Daisy Hernández, Nicole Walker, and Ira Sukrungruang celebrate The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PST, free.

Thursday 11/19: Shayla Lawson discusses This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope with Tiffany Camhi of OPB Radio. Online via Portland Book Festival, 11 a.m. PST, free.

Ayad Akhtar, Nicole Krauss, and Jonathan Lethem join The Antibody Reading series. YouTube, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Jill McCorkle presents Hieroglyphics with Amy Hempel. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Rachel Bloom presents I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are with Gilli Nissim, Mano Agapion, and David Hull. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 5 p.m. PST, free.

André Gregory presents This Is Not My Memoir. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. EST, $3.

Darryl Pinckney presents Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy and talks with Zack Graham. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free

Zoë Bossiere and Dinty W. Moore celebrate The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Aliza Eliazarov discusses On the Farm with Kirsten Lie-Nielsen. WORD via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. EST, $5.

Kelli Jo Ford joins the Readings By Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Friday 11/20: Lauren Russell, Emily Mohn-Slate, Sharon Fagan McDermott, and Bob Walicki read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Heather Bourbeau, Aileen Cassinetto, Tongo Eisen-Martin and Chris Stroffolino join the Wall + Response series. The Booksmith and The Bindery via Go Passage, 10 p.m. EST, free.

Megan Alpert presents The Animal at Your Side at a virtual craft Happy Hour. The Writing Center via Zoom, 5 p.m. EST, free.

Saturday 11/21: Daniel Riley discusses Barcelona Days with Caity Weaver. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Yanyi and Richard Loranger join the Segue Series. Zoom 5 p.m. EST, 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 →