Notable Online: 5/23–5/29

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Monday 5/24: Barrett Swanson presents Lost in Summerland: Essays, in conversation with Claire Vaye Watkins. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lyndsey Ellis presents Bone Broth, in conversation with F. Douglas Brown. Skyilght Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Gina Nutt and Elissa Washuta discuss Night Rooms and White Magic. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Tuesday 5/25: Liv Stratman presents Cheat Day, in conversation with Jami Attenberg. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Caseen Gaines presents Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Kevin Kwan talks presents Sex and Vanity, in conversation with Jodi Picoult. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Richard Alther presents Bedside Matters, in conversation with Carla Malden. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta talks with Yesenia Montilla for Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

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

Ottessa Moshfegh, Jonathan Lethem, Blake Butler, Shane Jones, and Claire Donato celebrate The One on Earth: Works by Mark Baumer. Powerhouse Arena via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Suchitra Vijayan presents Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India, in conversation with Gaiutra Bahadur. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Eric Nguyen presents Things We Lost to the Water. Book Passage via YouTube, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Juhea Kim, Troy Jollimore, Lee Conell, and William Brewer celebrate the latest issue of ZYZZYVA. The Bindery via GoPassage, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Lilly Dancyger presents Negative Space, in conversation with Nicole Chung. East City Bookshop via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 5/26: Leila Rafei, Jeff W. Bens, and Keisha Bush join the Guerilla Lit reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jim Shepard presents Phase Six, in conversation with Karen Russell. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Jordan Ellenberg presents Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else with Cathy O’Neill. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. EDT, $5.

Jen Gunter presents The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism, in conversation with Peggy Orenstein. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Mary Dixie Carter presents The Photographer, in conversation with Faith Salie. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Maggie O’Farrell presents Hamnet, in conversation with Brandon Taylor. The Strand via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Larissa Pham presents Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy with Alexandra Kleeman. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 5/27: Nicole Kornher-Stace discusses Firebreak with Amal El-Mohtar. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Angela Mi Young Hur presents Folklorn, in conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 4:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher present The Black Ghost, in conversation with Ed Brubaker. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Jacqueline Rose presents On Violence and On Violence Against Women. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, Noon, $5.

Michael Patrick F. Smith presents The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown with Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Mona Kareem and Sinan Antoon discuss Ra’ad Abdulqadir’s Except for This Unseen Thread. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman presents Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything—and Endangered the World with Ruth Reichl. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

David Yoon presents Version Zero. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Co-editors Bruce Owens Grimm, Miguel M. Morales, and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini, along with contributors L. Harris and D. Nolan Jefferson, celebrate Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 5/28: Saddiq Dzukogi, Malcolm Friend, and Karla Lamb celebrate Your Crib, My Qibla. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 5/29: Robert Walicki, Marilyn Annucci, and Sharon Fagan McDermott read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

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Ian MacAllen is the author of RED SAUCE: HOW ITALIAN FOOD BECAME AMERICAN (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield). 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 IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →