Notable Online: 4/11–4/17

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Sunday 4/11: C. Dale Young, Erin Belieu, Shira Dentz, Keith Kopka, Noah Warren, and Catherine Pierce, with guest host Carrie Olivia Adams, join the Mercy Street Readings. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $6 suggested donation.

Martha Waters presents To Love and to Loathe, in conversation with Evie Dunmore. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Professor Paul Ortiz discusses An African American and Latinx History of the United States. A Capella Books via Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free.

Samira Negrouche, Marilyn Hacker, and Philip Metres celebrate The Olive Trees’ Jazz and Other Poems. The Strand via Zoom and Facebook, 1 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 4/12: Patricia Lockwood, Jillian Weise, Khalisa Rae, and Gina Nutt, with host Marae Hart, join the Franklin Park Reading Series. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Sandi Tan presents Lurkers, in conversation with Kea Wilson. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Michaela Carter presents Leonora in the Morning Light, in conversation with Kate Christensen. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jeff VanderMeer presents Hummingbird Salamander with Maria Dahvana Headley. Green Apple Books via Zoom, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Mirene Arsanios, Sawako Nakayasu, and Mónica de la Torre have a roundtable discussion on Don Mee Choi’s essay, Translation Is a Mode=Translation Is an Anti-neocolonial Mode, moderated by Esther Allen. The Center for the Art of Translation, the CUNY Center for the Humanities, and Ugly Duckling Presse via online, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Wayne Koestenbaum, Raquel Salas Rivera, and David Francis discuss Footwork: Selected Poems by Severo Sarduy. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Diana Whitney, Safia Elhillo, and Michelle Tea read from and discuss You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves. Skylight Books and Los Angeles Public Library’s Teen’Scape via Zoom, 4 p.m. PDT, free.

Hanif Abdurraqib presents A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance with Brit Bennett. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 4/13: Join Sari Botton, Ryan Chapman, Danielle A. Jackson, Carolita Johnson, and Ada Limón for a virtual celebration of the reissue of Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. Rough Draft Bar & Books via online, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Elizabeth McCracken presents The Souvenir Museum in conversation with Paul Lisicky. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Melissa Febos discusses Girlhood with Heather Havrilesky. Family Action Network and The Book Stall via Zoom, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Quiara Alegría Hudes presents My Broken Language: A Memoir with Kimberly Drew. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Rachel Kushner presents The Hard Crowd, in conversation with Ben Lerner. 192 Books via online, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Bolu Babalola presents Love in Color: Mythical Tales From Around the World, Retold with Hannah Giorgis. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Marion Winik, Melanie Hatter, and Marian Fontana join the Pen Parentis Literary Salon on April’s theme of “Love & Loss.” Moderated by M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu. Online, 7 p.m. EDT, $10 suggested donation.

J. Robert Lennon presents Subdivision: A Novel and Let Me Think: Stories, in conversation with Elisa Gabbert. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Marlon Peterson presents Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song, in conversation with Dr. Nadia Lopez. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kristin van Ogtrop presents Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them with Susan Orlean. The Strand via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Maria Kuznetsova presents Something Unbelievable with Anton DiSclafani. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Emma Straub hosts an All Adults Here food night featuring Rumaan Alam, Carla Lalli Music, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Rosner, with a special appearance by chef Evan Hanczor. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, donations encouraged (funds will be split between FIG and First Presbyterian Church Brooklyn’s Food Pantry).

Lob joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Amit Chaudhuri presents Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music, in conversation with Ben Ratliff and featuring live music. Community Bookstore and NYRB via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Mariah Fredericks presents Death of a Showman: A Mystery, in conversation with Sujata Massey. Shakespeare & Co. via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Join The Rumpus and Charis Books to celebrate the launch of Khalisa Rae’s debut collection, Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat! Featuring readings from Mahogany Browne, Jihyun Yun, Maya Marshall, Gaia Rajan, Ayanna Albertson, and Khalisa Rae, with emcee Dasan Ahanu and a special introduction from Caitlin Taylor. The Rumpus and Charis Books via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 4/14: Hala Alyan and Naomi Shihab Nye discuss navigating identity, displacement, crossing, intergenerational family ties through intimate documentary narratives. With music from renowned composer, oud, and violin player Simon Shaheen. The Poetry Project via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Katherine Heiny presents Early Morning Riser. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lea Geller celebrates the launch of The Truth and Other Hidden Things, and Amy Poeppel celebrates the paperback release of Musical Chairs. Shakespeare & Co. via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

K.S. Komireddi presents Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India. The Booksmith and The Bindery via GoPassage, 12 p.m. PDT, free.

Deirdre McNamer discusses Aviary with Betsy Bonner. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m., EDT, free.

Natalie Standiford presents Astrid Sees All, in conversation with Rob Sheffield. The Strand via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Linda Kass, Amy S. Peele, and Laila Tarraf join She Writes Press for a discussion on writing and publishing, moderated by Brooke Warner. Book Passage via online, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Marlon Peterson presents Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song with Reginald Dwayne Betts. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Melissa Febos presents Girlhood with R. O. Kwon. Green Apple Books via Zoom, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Tamiko Beyer presents Last Days: Poems with Gabrielle Civil. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

J. Nicole Jones presents Low Country: A Southern Memoir, in conversation with Allie Rowbottom. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 4/15: S. Kirk Walsh presents The Elephant of Belfast with Diane Cook. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Translators Allison Markin Powell and Marie Iida discuss Kaoru Takamura’s Lady Joker, Volume 1. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Madhu Kaza and Jeremy Tiang join the Literary Translation Clinics for a discussion on translation as a form of creative writing. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Donna Freitas presents The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, in conversation with Lauren Mechling. WORD Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $5 book voucher purchase required.

Robin Reul discusses Where the Road Leads Us, in conversation with Gae Polisner. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Melanie Finn joins the Readings By Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Gina Hamadey presents I Want to Thank You: How a Year of Gratitude Can Bring Joy and Meaning in a Disconnected World, in conversation with Emma Straub. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Deirdre McNamer presents Aviary with Andrew Martin. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Adam Mansbach presents I Had a Brother Once: A Poem, a Memoir, in conversation with Saeed Jones. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

C Pam Zhang celebrates the paperback release of How Much of These Hills Is Gold with Brandon Taylor. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Melissa Febos presents Girlhood with Seema Reza, Randon Billings Noble, and Teri Ellen Cross Davis. Solid State Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 4/16: A.E. Osworth discusses their debut novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, with Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Serena Rose Chopra and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett read from their work. The Poetry Project via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Patrick Radden Keefe presents Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty with Jia Tolentino. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Dennis James Sweeney, John Foy, Michael Walsh, and Lori Wilson celebrate spring releases from Autumn House Press. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Desiree C. Bailey celebrates her debut collection, What Noise Against the Cane, with Charleen McClure, EG Asher, and Nabila Lovelace. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 4/17: Join Loyalty Bookstores for a virtual reading and fundraiser in support of the AAPI community! Stay tuned for the lineup of authors and more details. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, donation required.

Niki Herd, Stacey Waite, and Lynn Emanuel join the Laser Cat/Vaser Cat reading series. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Brenda Iijima and Simone White join the Segue Reading Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

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Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in 2022. She is senior acquiring editor for trade at Northwestern University Press, and owner/publisher of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →