Notable Online: 11/7–11/13

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Sunday 11/7: Amorak Huey, Cynthia Atkins, James Knippen, Nathan Spoon, Chelsea B. DesAutels, Nishat Ahmed, and Ananda Lima join Mercy Street Readings. Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, $0-$25.

Eugene Lim and Susan Daitch present Search History and Siege of Comedians. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Monday 11/8: The 2021 Portland Book Festival begins its virtual programming, running through November 12. Literary Arts via Online, free–$100.

Jerad Alexander presents Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War, in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Shayda Kafai presents Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PST, free.

David Damrosch presents Around the World in 80 Books, in conversation with Lee Siegel. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Okezie Nwọka presents God Of Mercy, in conversation with Jason Reynolds. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Freya Marske presents A Marvellous Light, in conversation with Tasha Suri and Sarah MacLean. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 5:30 p.m. EST, free.

Editor Saraciea Fennell presents Wild Tongues Can’t be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora, in conversation with contributors Mark Oshiro, Lilliam Rivera, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Tuesday 11/9: Guest editor Tracy K. Smith and series editor David Lehman present The Best American Poetry 2021 with Chen Chen, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nancy Miller Gomez, and Dora Malech. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Rachel King presents People Along the Sand. Annie Bloom’s Books via Zoom, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Lucy Corin presents The Swank Hotel, in conversation with Niela Orr. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PST, free.

Wil Haygood presents Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PST, free.

Dr. Nina Padolf celebrates Uprooted with Matthew Ussia, Charlie Brice, and Judy Brice. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Asia Renee joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PST, free.

Jotham Burrello, Sara Schaff, and Amy Shearn join the Pen Parentis salon. YouTube and Facebook, 7 p.m. EST, $10.

Laura Marris presents a new translation of The Plague, in conversation with Alice Kaplan and Adam Dalva. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EST, free.

Danielle Evans presnts The Office of Historical Corrections, in conversation with Brandon Taylor. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Wednesday 11/10: Suzanne Cope presents Power Hungry: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement with Cleo Silvers. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Bryan Washington and Simon Han present Memorial and Nights When Nothing Happened. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EST, free.

Michael Simms celebrates Nightjar with Gerry LaFemina, Gail Langstroth, and Sharon Fagan McDermott. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Jung Yun presents O Beautiful, in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco. The Ivy Bookshop via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EST, free.

Thursday 11/11: Donna-Claire Cheman and Grant Rindner discuss The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Tana French presents The Searcher, in conversation with Gillian Flynn. Harvard Book Store via Crowdcast, 5 p.m. EST, $22.50

Stephanie Gangi presents Carry the Dog. Online, 5:30 p.m. CST, free.

Kate McIntyre presents Mad Prairie, in conversation with Roxane Gay. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Friday 11/12: Saraciea Fennell talks with Natasha Diaz and Kahlil Haywood about Wild Tongues Can’t be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Briane Broomke, Robert Kolker, Amitava Kumar, Sufiya Abdur-Rahman, and Sarah Mino join the Nonfiction Sessions conference. Friday through Sunday. Goucher College via Online, $20.

Masha Rumer presents Parenting with an Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 6 p.m. EST, free.

Nicholas Ward presents All Who Belong May Enter, in conversation with Ben Gwin. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Saturday 11/13: Kamden Hilliard and Laura Elrick join the Segue Series. Zoom, 4:30 p.m. EST, $5.

Hanne Ørstavik presents The Pastor. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 1 p.m. EST, free.

Saumya Roy presents Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wasterpickers of Mumbai. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. ST, 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 (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 →