Notable Online: 9/19–9/25

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Sunday 9/19: Joel Selvin presents Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise, in conversation with Jill Gibson and Judith Lovejoy. Book Passage via YouTube and Twitch, 4 p.m. PDT, free.

Monday 9/20: Stuart Neville presents The House of Ashes, in conversation with Luca Veste. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 1 p.m. PDT, free.

Kaveh Akbar, Adam Falkner, and Krista Franklin join host Angel Nafis for the Greenlight Poetry Salon. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 9/21: Ruth Ozeki presents The Book of Form and Emptiness, in conversation with Madeline Miller. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, $30.

Richard Powers presents Bewilderment, in conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, $33.

Colm Tóibín presents The Magician. 192 Books Online, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Kei Miller presents Things I Have Withheld, in conversation with Uli Beutter Cohen. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

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

Dawne Allette presents Mango Samba, in conversation with Judy Plymyer. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Author Yuri Herrera and translator Lisa Dillman discuss Three Novels, in conversation with Betina González. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Contributor Sarah Dougher discusses Tick-Tock: Essays on Becoming a Parent After 40, in conversation with anthology co-editor Vicki Breitbart and OHSU reproductive endocrinologist Paula Amato, MD. Annie Bloom’s Books via Livestream, 8:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Jay Coles presents Things We Couldn’t Say, in conversation with Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 9/22: Devon Walker-Figueroa presents Philomath, in conversation with Elizabeth Metzger and Taylor Johnson. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Monica West presents Revival Season, in conversation with Julie Carlucci. Book Passage via YouTube and Twitch, 5:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Hiram Larew, Lauren Camp, and Carolyn Joyner join Poets vs The Pandemic. Café Muse via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kei Miller presents Things I Have Withheld, in conversation with Julietta Singh. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Antonio Michael Downing presents Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming, in conversation with Darrel J. McLeod. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Chenxin Jiang and Alta Lynn Price unpack some of their shared linguistic baggage, such as working in multiple language pairs and different genres, and talk about how to handle the temptations certain types of translation offer. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Amia Srinivasan presents The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century, in conversation with Sarah Leonard. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Percival Everett presents The Trees, in conversation with David L. Ulin. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Thursday 9/23: Richard Powers presents Bewilderment, in conversation with Karen Joy Fowler. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Tarana Burke launches Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement. Loyalty Bookstores via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kristin Hannah presents The Four Winds, in conversation with Christina Baker Kline. East City Bookshop via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Donald Nicholson-Smith, Luc Sante, and Alyson Waters discuss Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The n’Gustro Affair. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Sabina Murray presents The Human Zoo, in conversation with R. Zamora Linmark. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Daniel Levin Becker presents Dear McSweeney’s: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer. The Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Marie-Helene Bertino, Victoria Chang, Julie Klam, Denne Michele Norris, and Qian Julie Wang join host Michele Filgate for the Red Ink Series. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Friday 9/24: Mukoma wa’ Ngügî presents Unbury Our Dead with Song, in conversation with Peace Adzo Medie. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

Drew Pisarra and Jeanne Thornton celebrate the releases of You’re Pretty Gay and Summer Fun, presented by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Saturday 9/25: Crystal Wilkinson, Remica Bingham-Risher, B. Fulton Jennes, and Crystal C. Mercer join hosts Cynthia Manick and JP Howard for Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon. Zoom, 2 p.m. EDT, free.

Rémy Ngamije presents The Eternal Audience of One, in conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 1 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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Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). 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 →