Notable Online: 5/30–6/5

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Sunday 5/30: No Tokens celebrates Issue 9 and the works of new and previous contributors, including the winners of the journals’ first-ever Young Poets’ Prize. Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 6/1: Annette Gordon-Reed presents On Juneteenth. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Lauren Oyler, Ed Park, Omari Weekes, and Jo Livingstone join Bookforum editor Michael Miller for “Truth or Dare: On authenticity, risk, and the future of fiction.” Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Cameron McGill presents In the Night Field, joined by Sayantani Dasgupta and Michael McGriff and musical guest, Patois. Auntie’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Sujata Massey presents The Bombay Prince. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Madeleine Barnes, Cameron Barnett, M. Soledad Caballero, Jamilla Rice, and Bart Solarczyk join the Hemingway’s 2021 Poetry Series. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Julia Lynn Rubin presents Trouble Girls, in conversation with Charlotte Nicole Davis. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Cal Flyn presents Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape, in conversation with Jeff VanderMeer. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Mary Bly presents Lizzie & Dante. Book Culture via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

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

Linda Rui Reng presents Swimming Back to Trout River, in conversation with Weike Wang. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tia Williams presents Seven Days in June. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Christopher Buehlman presents The Blacktongue Thief. Vroman’s via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Zakiya Dalila Harris presents The Other Black Girl and talks with Brit Bennett. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 6/2: Tracy K. Smith presents There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis and talks with contributors Gregory Pardlo and Major Jackson in a discussion moderated by Julie Scelfo. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sarah Sentilles presents Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours, in conversation with Anthony Doerr. Book Passage via Twitch, 5:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Nicola Yoon presents Instructions for Dancing, in conversation with Jasmine Guillory. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

M. Leona Godin presents There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, in conversation with Andrew Leland. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Carol Anderson presents The Second: Race and Guns in A Fatally Unequal America, in conversation with Rebecca Carroll. A Cappella Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Nikita Lalwani presents You People, in conversation with Craig Taylor. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Casey McQuiston presents One Last Stop, in conversation with Emily Henry. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Rachael Lippincott presents The Lucky List and Morgan Matson presents Take Me Home Tonight. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Gigi Georges presents Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America and Susan Conley presents Landslide. Powerhouse Arena via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Martha Cooley presents Buy Me Love, in conversation with Sheridan Hay. The Center for Fiction, 1 p.m. EDT, free.

Zakiya Dalila Harris talks with Raven Leilani about The Other Black Girl. Uncle Bobbie’s via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Ly Tran presents House of Sticks: A Memoir. Shakespeare & Co via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 6/3: A. Natasha Joukovsky presents The Portrait of a Mirror, in conversation with Lauren Oyler. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Stacy D. Flood presents The Salt Fields: A Novella, in conversation with Caitlin Chung. Book Smith via Go Passage, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Gregg Shapiro discusses How to Whistle: Expanded Edition. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sarah Gailey presents When We Were Magic, in conversation with Mark Oshiro. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Rupert Thomson presents Barcelona Dreaming, in conversation with Scott Phillips. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 2 p.m. EDT, free.

Anita Diamant presents Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice and Dr. Jen Gunter presents The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Cea, Jordan E. Franklin, and Mark Bibbins join the Brooklyn Poets reading series. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Ocean Vuong celebrates the paperback release of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, in conversation with Hua Hsu. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Zakiya Dalila Harris presents The Other Black Girl, in conversation with Riley Sager. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, $32.50.

Sara Flannery Murphy presents Girl One, in conversation with Julia Fine. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Edward St. Aubyn presents Double Blind. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 12 p.m. PDT, free.

Kiese Laymon presents the newly reiussed Long Division, in conversation with Aisha Sabatini Sloan and Brandon Taylor. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Joss Lake presents Future Feeling, in conversation with Anaïs Duplan and Andrea Lawlor. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 6/4: Joshua Beckman, Sawako Nakayasu, Srikanth Reddy, and Lisa Fishman read poetry from Wave Books. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Ashley C. Ford presents Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir, in conversation with Jeffrey Marsh. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Richard Flanagan presents The Living Sea of Waking Dreams and Jim Shepard presents Phase Six, with moderator Joshua Ferris. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, $33.

Lesley Wheeler celebrates Unbecoming, in conversation with Anjali Sachdeva and Brittany Hailer. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Michelle Orange presents Pure Flame: A Legacy, in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kristen Arnett presents With Teeth, in conversation with Morgan Parker. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 6/5: Emanuelle Bayamack-Tam presents Arcadia, in conversation with Dan Simon. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 3 p.m. EDT, free.

Kristen Arnett presents With Teeth. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $32.

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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 →