Notable Online: 5/9–5/15

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Monday 5/10: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Branson Hobson, Elissa Washuta, and Dani Putney join the Franklin Park Reading Series, hosted by Marae Hart. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Kristin Hersh presents Seeing Sideways: A Memoir of Music and Motherhood, in conversation with Amy Ray. A Capella Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jaquira Díaz, Jennifer De Leon, Daisy Hernandez, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Maria Hinojosa join Duende District for El Gran Combo 2021 Non-Fiction Edition. Moderated by Angie Cruz. Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, book purchase required.

Eric Anthony Glover and Arielle Jovellanos present Black Star, in conversation with John Jennings. The Strand via Crowdcast and Facebook, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Geoff Dyer presents See/Saw, in conversation with Rachel Cohen. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Ann McCutchan presents The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Author of the Yearling, in conversation with Leslie Brody and Liesl Schillinger. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Maggie Shipstead and J. Courtney Sullivan present Great Circle and Friends and Strangers. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Alison Bechdel presents The Secret to Superhuman Strength, in conversation with Stacy Schiff. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Aminder Dhaliwal presents Cyclopedia Exotica, in conversation with Ezra Claytan Daniels. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 5/11: Courtney Zoffness and Gina Frangello present Spilt Milk and Blow Your House Down. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Eric Nguyen presents Things We Lost to the Water, in conversation with Megha Majumdar. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Alice Elliott Dark, Sergio Troncoso, and Joshua Henkin join Pen Parentis for the final reading of their 25th season. Facebook and YouTube, 7 p.m. EDT, $10 suggested donation.

Jhumpa Lahiri presents Whereabouts, in conversation with Yiyun Li. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Gila Ashtor presents Aural History, in conversation with Sarah Manguso. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Henry Hoke presents The Groundhog Forever, in conversation with Lisa Locascio. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Lara Bazelon presents A Good Mother, in conversation with Sarah Marshall. The Booksmith via GoPassage, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Elissa Washuta, Kate Lebo, and Kathryn Nuernberger present White Magic, The Book of Difficult Fruit, and The Witch of Eye. Raven Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Christopher T. George joins the Cobalt Poets series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Sarah Pinsker presents We Are Satellites, in conversation with Annalee Newitz. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Ishle Yi Park presents Angel & Hannah, in conversation with Sally Wen Mao. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 5/12: Jeannine Ouellette and Keisha Bush presents The Part That Burns and No Heaven for Good Boys. SubText Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Tamara Winfrey-Harris presents Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping into Your Power. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wayne Bund, tammy lynne stoner, and Hannah Larrabee join Incite: Queer Writers Read, with hosts Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. Literary Arts via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Marisa Silver presents The Mysteries, in conversation with Laura van den Berg. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Stacey Abrams discusses her latest book, While Justice Sleeps, with Brit Bennett. Moderated by Ramunda Young. Mahogany Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $36 (book purchase included).

Catherine Chidgey presents Remote Sympathy, in conversation with Cheryl Pearl Sucher. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Emily Henry and Laura Hankin present People We Meet on Vacation and A Special Place for Women. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Sarah Sentilles presents Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours, in conversation with Leslie Jamison. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Elissa Washuta presents White Magic, in conversation with Billy-Ray Belcourt. Massy Arts Society via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Thursday 5/13: Rachel Mennies celebrates The Naomi Letters, with Ruth Awad and Maggie Smith. Pilsen Community Books via YouTube, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Two Dollar Radio authors Gina Nutt and Melanie Finn present Night Rooms and The Hare. A Novel Idea on Passyunk via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $5 suggested donation.

Lilly Dancyger presents Negative Space, in conversation with Alia Volz. The Booksmith via GoPassage, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Erica Jong, Mark Schimmoeller, Cornelia Hoogland, James Trask, Stephanie Dickinson, Paul Wuensche, Jill Hoffman, and John Yau celebrate the latest issue of Mudfish. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Nesrine Malik presents We Need New Stories: The Myths That Subvert Freedom, in conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m., free.

Maggie Shipstead presents Great Circle, in conversation with Sarah Ramos. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Rachel Eisendrath presents Gallery of Clouds, in conversation with Hisham Matar. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Nora Zelevansky presents Competitive Grieving, in conversation with Claire Martin. WORD Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Catherine McKenzie presents Six Weeks to Live, in conversation with Rachel Stuhler. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Francisco Goldman presents Monkey Boy, in conversation with Colm Tóibín. Harvard Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

J. T. Bushnell reads from The Step Back. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Ellen Lupton, Jenny Tobias, and Valentina Vergara discuss their new book Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Heather Green presents No Other Rome, in conversation with Emily Holland. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Eric Nguyen presents Things We Lost to the Water, in conversation with Christine Bollow. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Elissa Washuta presents White Magic , in conversation with Nick White. Bexley Public Library via online, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Karin Cecile Davidson and William Lychack present Sybelia Drive and Cargill Falls. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

The Still Queer reading series welcomes Melissa Febos to discuss her latest book, Girlhood, in conversation with Alexander Chee. Still North Books & Bar via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 5/14: Isaac Pickell, Julianne Neely, Stephanie Cawley, and Steffan Triplett read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Uzma Jalaluddin, Courtney Milan, N.G. Peltier, Erica Ridley, and Naima Simone join the Date Night series with host Alyssa Cole. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Meg Bashwiner and Joseph Fink present The First Ten Years, in conversation with Erin McKeown. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

G’Ra Asim presents Boyz N the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother, in conversation with Carina Del Valle Schorske. The Strand via Crowdcast and Facebook, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Gian Sardar presents Take What You Can Carry, in conversation with Meg Howrey. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Saturday 5/15: Sophie Mackintosh presents Blue Ticket, in conversation with Sarah Rose Etter. SubText Books via Crowdcast, 2 p.m. CDT, free.

Poet Najwan Darwish and translator Kareem James Abu-Zeid discuss Exhausted on the Cross, in conversation with writer Nathalie Handal. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 12 p.m. EDT, free.

Gwendolyn A. Mitchell and Cheyenne Matthews join the Laser Cat/Vaser Cat reading series. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kay Gabriel and Asiya Wadud 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 →