Notable Online: 9/12–9/18

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Sunday 9/12: Tom Haviv presents A Flag of No Nation, in conversation with Ben Ratskoff, Sophie Levy, and Arielle Angel. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Allen Gee, Robert Jones Jr., Kevin McIlvoy, Peter Markus, and Vanessa K. Valdés join the First Person Plural Reading series, with host Stacy Parker Le Melle. Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Merve Emre presents The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Monday 9/13: Lynne Sachs shares an hour of short films and poems. Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Qian Julie Wang presents Beautiful Country: A Memoir, in conversation with Charles Yu. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tiffany D. Jackson presents White Smoke, in conversation with Courtney Summers. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Andrea Carter Brown and Katherine Gekker join Café Muse. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Steve De Jarnatt presents Grace for Grace: Stories, in conversation with Janet Fitch. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Jessica DuLong presents Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the September 11 Boat Lift, in conversation with Garret Graff. McNally Jackson Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 9/14: Daniel Barban Levin presents Slonim Woods 9: A Memoir, in conversation with Rebecca Sacks. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Stacey Vanek Smith presents Machievelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace. Book Passage via YouTube and Twitch, 1 p.m. PDT, free.

Dan O’Brien presents A Story That Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, & Other Traumas and Our Cancers: Poems. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 4 p.m. PDT, free.

María Amparo Escandón presents L.A. Weather, in conversation with Alex Espinoza. Vroman’s via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Eric Pallant presents Sourdough Culture: A History of Bread Making from Ancient to Modern Bakers, in conversation with Beth Kracklauer. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Deborah Levy presents Real Estate: A Living Autobiography, in conversation with Tash Aw. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Peter Lerangis, Jennifer J. Chow, Jennie Englund, and Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan join the Pen Parentis reading series. YouTube and Facebook, 7 p.m. EDT, $10 suggested.

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

Kei Miller presents Things I Have Withheld, in conversation with with Maisy Card. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 9/15: Justin Beal presents Sandfuture, in conversation with Katie Yamasaki. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Max Porter presents The Death of Francis Bacon. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Peter Coyote, Bruce Willard, Brian Komei Dempster, and Angela Narciso Torres celebrate their books from Four Way Books. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kei Miller presents Things I Have Withheld, in conversation with Rajiv Mohabir. Restless Books and Left Bank Books via Facebook, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Philip Dean Walker presents Better Davis and Other Stories, in conversation with Emily Voorhees. Unabridged Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. CDT, free.

Megan Milks presents Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body, in conversation with Andrea Lawlor and Sandra Newman. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Thursday 9/16: Jonathan Wells presents The Skinny, in conversation with Adrienne Brodeur. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Antonio Michael Downing presents Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming. Unabridged Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. CDT, free.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin presents The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You: Stories, in conversation with Robert Jones, Jr. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Fran Wilde presents Clock Star Rose Spine, in conversation with Amal El-Mohtar. WORD Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sigrid Nunez presents What Are You Going Through, in conversation with Andrew Martin. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kat Chow presents Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 9/17: Andrea Abi-Karam presents Villainy, in conversation with NM Esc, Sahar Khraibani, Andrea Lawlor, Eileen Myles, and Kamelya Omayma Youssef. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Fiona Sampson presents Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in conversation with Mark Doty. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 12 p.m. EDT, free.

Jai Chakrabarti presents A Play for the End of the World, in conversation with Carolyn Ferrell. Solid State Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Saturday 9/18: Bonita Lee Penn and Sarah Williams-Devereux join the Laser Cat/Vaser Cat reading series. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

T.C. Boyle presents Talk to Me. Vroman’s via Crowdcast, 4 p.m. PDT, 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 →