Notable Online: 8/1–8/7

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Sunday 8/1: Melissa Eleftherion, David Baker, Anna Leahy, Katie Manning, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Sumita Chakraborty, and Heidi Seaborn join the Mercy Street readings. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 8/2: Deborah Copaken presents Ladyparts: A Memoir, in conversation with Tad Friend. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Curtis Bauer, Nancy Naomi Carlson, and Barbara Goldberg join Café Muse for a night of poet-translators. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Megan Abbot presents The Turnout, in conversation with Rumaan Alam Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 8/3: LaTanya McQueen presents When the Reckoning Comes, with Megan Giddings. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Nana Nkweti presents Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories and talks with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Naima Coster presents What’s Mine and Yours. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Tara Elliott joins the Cobalt Poets series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Phillip Lopate talks with Margo Jefferson and Leslie Jamison about The Contemporary American Essay. Powerhouse Arena via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Alexandra Kleeman presents Something New Under the Sun, in conversation with Marie-Helene Bertino. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Emma Marris presents Wild Souls, in conversation with Carl Zimmer. Book Passage via YouTube and Twitch, 1 p.m. PDT, free.

Naomi Hirahara presents Clark and Division. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Ashley Nelson Levy presents Immediate Family, in conversation with Catherine Lacey. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kaveh Akbar presents Pilgrim Bell, in conversation with Angel Nafis. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 8/4: Helen Ellis celebrates Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light. Shakespeare & Co. via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Mona Awad presents All’s Well. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Alexandra Kleeman presents Something New Under the Sun. The Bindery via Go Passage, 9 p.m. EDT, free.

Andrea Bartz presents We Were Never Here, in conversation with Caroline Kepnes. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Colin Jerolmack presents Up in Heaven: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town, in conversation with Seamus McGraw. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Peace Adze Medie presents His Only Wife, in conversation with Jane Igharo. WORD via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. EDT, $5.

Phillip Lopate presents The Contemporary American Essay, in conversation with with Hilton Als and Meghan Daum. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Rebecca Donner presents All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, in conversation with Maud Newton. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tao Lin presents Leave Society, in conversation with Sheila Heti. Powerhouse Arena via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Lisa Wells presents Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World, in conversation with Helen Macdonald. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

C.M. Crockford and Sean Lynch join the Mad Poets First Wednesdays series. Google Video, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Maggie Smith presents Goldenrod, in conversation with Matthew Caws. BookPassage via YouTube and Twitch, 5:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Thursday 8/5: Nimmi Gowrinathan presents Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence, in conversation with John Freeman. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 5:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Charlotte McConaghy presents Once There Were Wolves, in conversation with Nina LaCour. Book Passage via YouTube and Twitch, 5:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Victoria Lee talks with A Lesson in Vengeance. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Halimah Marcus presents Horse Girls, in conversation with T Kira Madden and Maggie Shipstead. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kwame Mbalia presents Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood, in conversation with Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Julian Randall, and Jason Reynolds. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Megan Abbott presents The Turnout. St. Louis County Library website, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Alexandra Kleeman presents Something New Under the Sun, in conversation with Jeff VanderMeer. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Friday 8/6: Ada Limón, Douglas Kearney, Destiny O. Birdsong, Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta, and Shayla Lawz join the Soul Sister Revue. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

S.A. Cosby discuss Razorblade Tears, in conversation with Steph Cha. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

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Are you planning on to return to in-person events? If so, when? Email Ian MacAllen at [email protected] and let us know! If you have an in-person listing you’d like us to consider, in the subject line of the email, please include the event’s city and date, and in the body of the email, include a link to the event information. Deadline is Tuesday for publication on Sunday.

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If you have a listing you’d like us to consider, please contact [email protected]. In the subject line of the email, please include the event’s date. Please include the virtual platform, time zone, and a link to the event information in the body of your email.

For past events, visit the Notable Online archives here.


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 →