Notable Online: 4/18–4/24

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Sunday 4/18: Ed Baptist, Ashaki Jackson, I.S. Jones, Kristin Palm, and Alison Stine join the First Person Plural Reading Series, with host by Stacy Parker Le Melle. 6 p.m. Zoom, EDT, free.

Chang-rae Lee, Meng Jin, Imbolo Mbue, and Sanjena Sathian, with moderator by Boris Kachka, join the LA Times Festival of Books for a discussion that traverses the globe while exploring the immigrant experience, environmental degradation, cultural emersion, globalism, and achieving the American Dream. Skylight Books via LA Times Festival of Books, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Khalisa Rae celebrates Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat with Dasan Ahanu, LB Thompson, Ashley Lumpkin, Melissa Faliveno, Melissa Crowe, and Anna Lena Phillips Bell. Quail Ridge Books via Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, $5.50.

Monday 4/19: Lauren Oyler, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, and Patricia Lockwood join the LA Times Festival of Books for a conversation about this moment in fiction. Vroman’s Bookstore via LA Times Festival of Books, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Kyle Lukoff presents Too Bright to See, in conversation with Maulik Pancholy. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Peter Filkins and Rosanna Warren read in celebration of Water / Music and So Forth. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Patricia Engel presents Infinite Country, in conversation with Chris Feliciano Arnold. Book Passage via YouTube, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Sanjena Sathian discusses Gold Diggers with Karan Mahajan for the New Voices in Fiction series, presented in partnership with GrubStreet. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Dawnie Walton and Robert Jones, Jr. celebrate the release of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m., free.

Miah Jeffra celebrates the launch of The Violence Almanac, in conversation with Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Carson Ash Beker, Nancy Au, Jennifer Lewis, and Tomas Moniz about literary citizenship and languaging violence, moderated by Thea Matthews. Booksmith and The Bindery via GoPassage, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Tuesday 4/20: Ted Dodson, Safia Elhillo, Nate Marshall, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths join the Greenlight Poetry Salon, hosted by Angel Nafis. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sandi Tan presents Lurkers, in conversation with Alison Willmore. WORD Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tayari Jones is in conversation with Deborah Treisman. Brooklyn Academy of Music and National Book Foundation via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $10.

Cecilia Pavón celebrates the launch of Little Joy: Selected Stories, with poet Dorothea Lasky. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Peter Filkins, Major Jackson, Didi Jackson, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips join Vroman’s Live! for a group poetry reading. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Levi Rogers presents his debut novel, Utah!. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

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

Virginia Crawford, Lynne Viti, and Matt Hohner celebrate poetry collections from Apprentice House Press. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Valeria Luiselli, Ben Lerner, Ayad Akhtar, and Dinaw Mengestu discuss the ways in which contemporary fiction has addressed our current moment of political and social crisis. Moderated by Elaine Blair. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Mira Sethi presents Are You Enjoying?: Stories, in conversation with Diksha Basu. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 4/21: Anjali Enjeti, R. O. Kwon, and Suchitra Vijayan discuss their books, activism, and upending the stereotype of the quiet submissive Asian woman. Pilsen Community Books via YouTube, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Albert Abonado, Nina Renata Aron, and Jade Yeung join April’s Pigeon Pages reading series, with host Jiordan Castle. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8:30 p.m. EDT, free.

David Keplinger, Wayne Miller, and Jenny Molberg join Poets vs The Pandemic. Café Muse via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Ayanna Thompson presents Blackface, in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson. Malaprop’s Bookstore and Skylight Books via YouTube, 4 p.m. PDT, free.

Wesley Brown presents Tragic Magic, in conversation with Edwidge Danticat. The Strand via Crowdcast and Facebook, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

JoAnne Tompkins presents What Comes After, in conversation with Aimee Lu. Book Passage via YouTube, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Khalisa Rae, Nikki Moustaki, and Allison Joseph join the Hen House at Home reading series. Red Hen Press via Facebook and YouTube, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Sugar Rodgers presents They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood, in conversation with Christopher John Farley. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sandi Tan presents Lurkers, in conversation with Mark Doten. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Maryanne O’Hara presents Little Matches: A Memoir of Grief and Light, in conversation with Lily King. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

K.M. Szpara, Anita Kopacz, Kerstin Hall, and Lee Mandelo celebrate their new and forthcoming speculative fiction. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sylvie Baumgartel and Richie Hofmann read from Pink: Poems and Second Empire. Unabridged Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Annalee Newitz presents Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, in conversation with Arkady Martine. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Leone Ross presents Popisho, in conversation with Amber Sparks. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 4/22: Emily Rapp Black, Suleika Jaouad, and Sara Seager, with moderator Dinah Lenney, join the LA Times Festival of Books to share their stories of love, loss, and healing. {Pages} a Bookstore via LA Times Festival of Books, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Khalisa Rae presents Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat, in conversation with Deesha Philyaw. Mahogany Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Layla AlAmmar and Hala Alyan present Silence Is a Sense and The Arsonists’ City, in conversation with poet Jess Rizkallah. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Leone Ross presents Popisho, in conversation with Maisy Card. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Michelle Zauner presents Crying in H Mart, in conversation with Hrishikesh Hirway. Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kate Lebo presents The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with Recipes), in conversation with Amy Stewart. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Edward Hirsch presents 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, in conversation with Michael Collier. The Book Cellar via Zoom, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

KT Sparks presents Four Dead Horses, in conversation with CJ Hauser. Solid State Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Marisela Gonzalez, Gina Barreca, Daisy Hobbs, Dennis Chen, and Grace Miceli join Little Old Lady Comedy Night Series, with host Mary Cella. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sanjena Sathian celebrates the launch of Gold Diggers, in conversation with Sopan Deb. A Cappella Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

National Book Award–honored authors Toi Derricotte, Camonghne Felix, and Terrance Hayes discuss the impact of protest poetry on American literature and American politics. Moderated by Kyle Dacuyan. National Book Foundation via YouTube, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Douglas Kearney joins the 2021 Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, hosted by Matthew Rohrer. The Poetry Project via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Robert Chandler joins us to discuss his new translation of Teffi’s stories, Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints, in conversation with Taisia Kitaiskaia. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 5:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Bestselling author and 2021 Independent Bookstore Day ambassador Glennon Doyle is in conversation with wellness author Alexandra Elle. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Ada Limón presents The Carrying, just released in paperback, and discusses the collection with Camille T. Dungy. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 4/23: Carlina Duan, Vince Granata, Miah Jeffra, and Sara Ryan join the Bandwidth Reading Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

The LA Times Festival of Books presents Kristin Hannah and C Pam Zhang in conversation, with moderator Patt Morrison. Vroman’s Bookstore via LA Times Festival of Books, 4 p.m. PDT, free.

Carribean Fragoza, Deesha Philyaw, Shruti Swamy, and Ben Okri join the LA Times Festival of Books for a conversation on the art of short story, moderated by Dorany Pineda. Book Soup via LA Times Festival of Books, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Khalisa Rae celebrates Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat with Safia Elhillo, Faylita Hicks, Gabrielle Bates, and Terese Pierre. Moderated by Denise Nichole Andrews. Frontier Poetry and Skylight Books via Zoom, 4:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Maria Kuznetsova and Megan Cummins discuss Something Unbelievable and If the Body Allows It. Book Soup via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Catherine Pond reads from and discusses Fieldglass, with Alex Dimitrov and Megan Fernandes. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 4/24: Today is Independent Bookstore Day! Find out how your favorite local bookseller is celebrating and show your support.

Jaime Balboa, Jody Chan, Téa Franco, Donika Kelly, N/A Oparah, and Bryan Okwesili celebrate Foglifter’s spring 2021 issue. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Filip Marinovich and Joey Yearous-Algozin join the Segue Reading Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Barbara Ras, Denise Duhamel, and Barbara Hamby celebrate new releases from University of Pittsburgh Press. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kim Addonizio and Sandra Beasley present Now We’re Getting Somewhere and Made to Explode and fundraise for Poet Lore. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, $10 suggested donation.

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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 editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →