Notable Online: 1/24–1/30


Monday 1/25: Kenneth R. Rosen discusses Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs with Sylvia A. Harvey. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EST, $3.

Elizabeth Powell and Mark Wunderlich read poetry. Brookline Booksmith via zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Mahogany L. Browne, with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, discusses Chlorine Sky. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 2 p.m. EST, free.

Madeleine Watts presents The Inland Sea with Amina Cain. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Laura Cronk and Alan Michael Parker join the Monday Night Poetry series. Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Avni Doshi presents Burnt Sugar with Diksha Basu. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Tuesday 1/26: Julie Danho joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PST, free.

Sean Desmond presents Sophomores with Tom Junod. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Gabriel Byrne presents Walking with Ghosts. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EST, $31.

Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell, and Nina MacLaughlin discuss The Dangers of Smoking in Bed. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 6 p.m. EST, free.

Eliza Jane Brazier talks with Kiersten White about If I Disappear. Vroman’s Bookstore via CrowdCast, 6 p.m. PST, free.

Lavender Suarez talks with Bibbe Hansen about Transcendent Waves: How Listening Shapes Our Creative Lives. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore talks with Madeline Ffitch about The Freezer Door. Third Place Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PST, free.

Wednesday 1/27: Simon Winchester presents Land with Linda Greenhouse. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 7 p.m. EST, $32.25.

André Aciman talks with Rachel Donadio about Homo Irrealis: Essays. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Sarah Jaffe, Kenzo Shibata, and Micah Uetricht discuss Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone. Pilsen Books via YouTube, 7 p.m. CST, free.

Charlotte Nicole Davis, Louise Callaghan, Rita Woods, and A. K. Larkwood discuss all things bookish, what it takes to be an author, and being a debut novelist during 2020. Moderated by TJ Klune. Loyalty Bookstores via CrowdCast, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Huiying B. Chan, Veasna Has, Promiti Islam, t. tran le, Christopher James Llego, Yasmin Adele Majeed, Ayesha Raees, Sarah Wang, and Wilson Wong read as part of the Kundiman mentorship program with mentors Hala Alyan, Gina Apostol, Ching-in Chen, and Mayukh Sen. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Jenny Offill discusses Weather with Diane Cook. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Thursday 1/28: Rachel Swearingen joins the Readings by Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Martín Espada and Carlos Andrés Gómez celebrate Floaters. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Anna North presents Outlawed with Charles Yu. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 6:30 p.m. PST, free.

Benjamin Garcia, Emily Hashimoto, and Poupeh Missaghi discuss their debut books. The Bindery via Go Passage, 9 p.m. EST, free.

Leeya Mehta presents A Story of the World Before the Fence and discusses craft. Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EST, free.

Corinne Manning, Melissa Febos, and Kristen Millares Young read to celebrate Manning’s debut story collection, We Had No Rules. Bluestockings via With Friends, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Friday 1/29: Chase Berggrun, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Alysia Sawchyn read and discuss writing in the pandemic. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Denise Duhamel, Julie Marie Wade, Liz Ahl, Nancy Krygowski, Doralee Brooks, Kayla Sargeson, Ellen McGrath Smith, Halsey Hyer, Sarah Williams-Devereux, and Valerie Bacharach, Cherise A. Pollard, Daniela Buccilli, and Wendy Scott celebrate Show Us Your Papers. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Leonard Cassuto and Robert Weisbuch discuss The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education. Harvard Bookstore via CrowdCast, 12 noon, $3.

Faye Chevalier, Kamden Hilliard, Miles A.M. Collins-Sibley, NM Esc, Stephen Ira, and Xandria Phillips join Nightbooks and Peach Mag for We Want It All. Zoom, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Saturday 1/30: Marie Buck and Peter Inman 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 →