Notable Online: 7/25–7/31

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Monday 7/26: Lisa Wells presents Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World, in conversation with Kate Lebo. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Charlie Jane Anders, P. Djèlí Clark, and Fonda Lee discuss writing and their latest works, in conversation with literary agent DongWon Son. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 7/27: Jessica Goodman presents They’ll Never Catch Us, in conversation with Kelsey McKinney. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier presents her debut poetry collection Tortillera: Poems, with Richard Blanco. The Writer’s Center, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Jon Wesick joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

John Grochalski, Yona Harvey, Emily Mohn-Slate, William Taylor, Jr., and Lori Wilson join the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry series. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Joseph Ross, Steven Leyva, and Jennie Keohane read on the topic of poetry as public memory. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

N.K. Jemisin presents The City We Became, in conversation with Mikki Kendall. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro discuss World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story with Samantha Wekstein, Lynn Polvino, Rakesh Satyal, Tiffanie Drayton, Maria Andreu, and James Yeh. Shakespeare & Co. via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, $17.

Willa C. Richards presents The Comfort of Monsters, in conversation with Chia-Chia Lin. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Jaime Lowe presents Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires, in conversation with Emily Bazelon. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Maggie Smith presents Goldenrod, in conversation with Dana Levin. Left Bank Books via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 7/28: Alex Richards presents When We Were Strangers, in conversation with Kathleen Glasgow. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Helen MacDonald discusses Vesper Flights, in conversation with Left Bank Books co-owner and writer Kris Kleindienst. Left Bank Books via Facebook, 2 p.m. EDT, free.

Marisel Vera presents The Taste of Sugar, in conversation with Jennifer Maritza McCauley. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Carolyn Ferrel discusses Dear Miss Metropolitan, in conversation with Jo Ann Beard. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Jeanne Thornton presents Summer Fun, in conversation with Casey Plett. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Rodrigo García presents A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes, in conversation with Amy Brenneman. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Joseph Lee and Paul Lisicky celebrate WILDSAM: Cape Cod & the Islands. Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Mandana Chaffa, Kamran Javadizadeh, Emily Skillings, and Rosanne Wasserman discuss John Ashbery’s Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Late Poems. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Maegan Poland presents What Makes You Think You’re Awake?.Book Cellar via Zoom, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. presents Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Book Passage via YouTube and Twitch, 1 p.m. PDT, free.

Megan Cummins presents If the Body Allows It: Stories, in conversation with Patrick Ryan. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 7/29: Megha Majumdar presents A Burning, in conversation with Danielle Evans. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Omar El Akkad presents What Strange Paradise, in conversation with Lydia Kiesling. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. presents Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, in conversation with Robert Jones, Jr. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Kaitlyn Greenidge presents Orgy, in conversation with Nicole Cliffe. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Catherine Pond, Diana Khoi Nguyen, and Alexandria Hall read poetry. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Rebecca Watson presents Little Scratch, in conversation with Colin Barrett. Unabridged Bookstore via Zoom, 5 p.m. CDT, free.

Matthew Specktor presents Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California, in conversation with Janet Fitch. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 7/30: Frances Cha, Kiley Reid, and Aekta Khubchandani join the Pigeon Pages reading series. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Omar El Akkad presents What Strange Paradise. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Saturday 7/31: Martina McGowan, Aricka Foreman, Sarah M. Sala, Angelique N. Zobitz and Darla Himeles join the Women Writers in Bloom Series. Zoom, 3 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 →