New York City March Literary Events

March 2nd, 2016

Belinda McKeon in conversation with Gabriel Byrne
McNally Jackson Books @ 7:00pm
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

A reading and conversation with author Belinda McKeon and actor Gabriel Byrne to celebrate the recent publication of McKeon's second novel Tender.

March 3rd, 2016

Celebrate Asymptote's 5th Anniversary in New York
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street @ 6:30pm
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

Please join us for Asymptote’s fifth anniversary event in New York, as we welcome two of the best contemporary literary translators into English reading their translations of acclaimed superstars of world literature. Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Frederic Tuten will then talk with Ann Goldstein (Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan tetralogy) and Natasha Wimmer (Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives). Together, they will celebrate five years of Asymptote bringing readers the best in international literature. Tickets are $8 (between Feb 1 and Mar 2), and $10 on the day itself. Drinks to follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Liberal Studies Department, New School for Social Research.

Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by, among others, Elena Ferrante, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Alessandro Baricco, and is the editor of the Complete Works of Primo Levi in English. She has been the recipient of several prizes, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN Renato Poggioli prize, and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Natasha Wimmer is the translator of seven books by Roberto Bolaño, including The Savage Detectives and 2666. Her most recent translations are Marcos Giralt Torrente's Father and Son: A Lifetime and Sudden Death, by Álvaro Enrigue. She spent four years in Spain as a child and got her undergraduate degree at Harvard, with a year at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She began her career in publishing, at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and has also worked as a book review editor for The American Scholar and Publishers Weekly. Her reviews have appeared in The Nation and The New York Times. She teaches at Princeton University and Columbia University, and she is the recipient of a PEN Translation Award and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, in a neighborhood where the languages spoken include Russian, Hebrew, Urdu, Bengali, and Spanish.

Frederic Tuten grew up in the Bronx and later lived in Latin and South America and Paris. He wrote about Brazilian Cinema Novo and taught film and literature at the University of Paris 8. He has written about art, literature and film in Art Forum, The New York Times, Vogue; was an actor in an Alain Resnais movie; taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco; co-wrote the cult-classic Possession, and along the way, earned three Pushcart Prizes, a PhD in literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of five novels: The Adventures of Mao on the Long March; Tintin in the New World; Tallien: A Brief Romance; Van Gogh’s Bad Café; The Green Hour; and a book of inter-related short stories: Self Portraits: Fictions.

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March 8th, 2016

Book Launch: Jonathan Lee presents High Dive with Téa Obreht
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

British-born, Brooklyn-based novelist Jonathan Lee’s US debut High Dive opens in September 1984 as a bomb is planted in the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, set to explode on the day Margaret Thatcher and her entire cabinet will be staying there. High Dive not only takes us inside this audacious assassination attempt—a decisive act of violence on the world stage—but also imagines its way into a group of unforgettable characters: Dan, a young IRA explosives expert; Moose, the deputy hotel manager; and Freya, his teenage daughter. Nimbly weaving together fact and fiction, comedy and tragedy, the novel has received starred advance reviews from both Publishers' Weekly and Kirkus; has been named a most anticipated book of 2016 by Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, and Garth Risk Hallberg in The Millions; and has been praised by authors such as Lauren Groff, Joshua Ferris, and Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife, who writes that High Dive is a "bold, thrilling triumph of a book.” Lee and Obreht discuss High Dive at this book launch, followed by a wine reception.

LIC Reading Series - John Leguizamo, Mira Jacob, Tracy O'Neill
LIC Reading Series @ 8:00pm
45-58 Vernon Blvd, New York, New York 11101

This event has limited capacity. TO GUARANTEE A SEAT, PLEASE PRE-ORDER A BOOK BY ONE OF OUR READERS VIA THIS SPECIAL LINK:

http://www.astoriabookshop.com/licreading

Books MUST be purchased via this link to secure a seat (one seat = one book). Books will be sold in advance until capacity is reached.

Delight in the stories and writing of Mira Jacob, Tracy O'Neill, and John Leguizamo! There will readings, a panel discussion, and, as always, tales of Queens, plus prizes for the audience.

JOHN LEGUIZAMO has graced film, television, and Broadway to commercial and critical acclaim. In his graphic novel GHETTO KLOWN (2015), originally staged on Broadway in 2011, he lays bare his early years in blue-collar Queens, his salvation through acting and writing, and his colorful career trajectory. Leguizamo has also written and performed other successfull, award-winning one-man shows, including MAMBO MOUTH, SPIC-O-RAMA, FREAK, and SEXAHOLIC...A LOVE STORY, all of which were adapted as HBO specials. He was recently seen in Jon Favreau's CHEF and appeared in the hit feature film RIDE ALONG, starring alongside Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. His other film credits include WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, THE COUNSELOR, KICK-ASS 2, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, VANISHING ON 7th STREET, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, the ICE AGE franchise, THE HAPPENING, SUMMER OF SAM, KING OF THE JUNGLE, SPAWN, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET, DR. DOLITTLE, CARLITO'S WAY, and CASUALTIES OF WAR.

MIRA JACOB is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the APALA, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the city’s sweetest stage. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, the Telegraph, and Bookanista, and earlier work has appeared in various magazines (RED, Redbook, i-D, Metropolis, STEP), books (Footnotes with Kenneth Cole; Simon & Schuster; Adios Barbie, Seal Press), on television (VH-1′s Pop-Up Video), and across the web. She has appeared on national and local television and radio, and has taught writing to students of all ages in New York, New Mexico, and Barcelona. She currently teaches fiction at NYU. In September 2014, Mira was named the Emerging Novelist Honoree at Hudson Valley Writer’s Center, where she received a commendation from the U.S. Congress. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son.

TRACY O'NEILL is the author of THE HOPEFUL, for which she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize. In 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, LitHub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Literarian and Guernica. She has published nonfiction online in The Atlantic, New Yorker, Bookforum, and Rolling Stone; in Grantland; and in the San Francisco Chronicle. She currently teaches at the City College of New York and is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University.

New York Story Exchange featuring Marc Abbott, Martie McNabb, and Melissa X. Golebiowski
Cornelia Street Cafe @ 6:00pm
29 Cornelia St, New York, New York 10014

Come to hear stories or tell your own at our open mic. Admission: $9.00—includes one drink!

Three featured tellers, followed by a "5 for 5 Open STORY Exchange:" Up to five audience members will each get five minutes of stage time for stories, poems, spoken word or music! Sign up: 5:45–6:10pm.

This month’s host: Jeff Rose—with featured storytellers: Marc Abbott, Martie McNabb, and Melissa X. Golebiowski.

Melissa X. Golebiowski is a freelance writer and literary publicist. In her past life, she spent five years working with Victoria's Secret managing million dollar businesses until she decided she preferred working with books and authors much more. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Marc L Abbott is a novelist, playwright, short film director and storyteller. His written works include A Gamble of Faith, The Hooky Party and The Dead Syndicate. His short film, Snap, was an official selection at this year’s Coney Island Film Festival. He is a Moth StorySlam and GrandSlam winner and has been a featured storyteller at Tell It: Brooklyn, The Dump, What Are You Afraid Of, Barbershop Stories and BadyHOUSE Storytelling Concert Series. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he still calls the borough his home.

Martie McNabb – Haunted by all the life stories that get stuck in a box, bag, or a suitcase or, worse, get surrendered to a flea market or auction, Martie McNabb created her business: Memories Out of the Box. For over ten years, she’s been writing life stories with photos, documents and memorabilia, turning them into a visual narrative of its owner’s life.

She hosts object-inspired story sharing events called Show & Tale. Like elementary school, minus the gerbils (she hopes.) She invites everybody to bring an object and tell its story. Doesn’t Every Thing have a story?

When Martie’s not working on her businesses, she’s walking in Prospect Park, visiting with her family and friends or enjoying a variety of dancing—especially queer country western—at Big Apple Ranch.

Host: Jeff Rose has been doing this storytelling thing since moving to New York City, competing as a Moth GrandSlam finalist and co-hosting the Cornelia Street Cafe's New York Story Exchange. Though his writing and web projects have won Best of’s, Webby’s, etc., Jeff is proudest that the Austin American-Statesman’s A-List once critiqued him as “too polite by one-half" when a server forgot his meatloaf.

The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show - 2 Year Anniversary
The Astoria Bookshop @ 7:00pm
31-29 31st St, Astoria, New York 11106

Come to the Bookshop ready to tell a five-minute true story about something that happened to you. Don't worry about sticking to a theme. . . you don't have to. Participants' names will be pulled from a basket, open-mic style. And of course, non-storytellers welcome to join the audience!

FREE show, hosted by David Lawson.

Literary Death Match 10-Year Anniversary — feat. Michael Shannon, Wyatt Cena & Belinda McKeon!
The Bell House @ 8:15pm
149 7th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

When: Show at 8:15pm sharp; doors at 7:30pm
Cost: $12 preorder; $15 at the door

To celebrate 10-Year of Literary Death Match, we return to our Brooklyn home at The Bell House to put on a show for the ages. We've got a masterful lineup of can't-miss wonderments, and enough good cheer to last you until our 11th birthday. There's a zillion things to do in NYC every night, but let this be your top choice!

What is Literary Death Match? Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.

JUDGES:
Literary Merit: Ophira Eisenberg, comedian, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, author of Screw Everyone
Performance: Michael Shannon, award-winning actor (99 Homes, Boardwalk Empire, Revolutionary Road)
Intangibles: Wyatt Cenac, comedian, actor, writer and former Daily Show correspondent

READERS:
* Victor LaValle, multi-award-winning author of The Ballad of Black Tom, The Devil in Silver and Big Machine
* Belinda McKeon, Irish Book of the Year Award-winning novelist of Solace and the all-new Tender
* Idra Novey, translator and author of the novel Ways to Disappear and the poetry collection Exit, Civilian
* Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize finalist of Brief Encounters With the Enemy, and When Skateboards Will Be Free

MUSICAL GUEST Lucinda Belle, harpist & Oscar long-listed singer from the forthcoming Think Big

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

 Buy Tickets here.

March 9th, 2016

Women of the World Poetry Slam BROOKLYN
Pratt Institute (runs through the 12th)
200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205

Local organizers of the Women of the World Poetry Slam are proud to announce New York as the host city for the 2016 competition. The four-day poetry festival will take place March 9-12, 2016 on the Pratt Institute campus in Brooklyn. All events will be open to the public.

The Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) brings together 72 of the best women slam poets to compete against one another for a chance to be crowned champion. In addition to the competition, each day of the festival features poetry workshops, themed open mics and special events designed to foster community-building among participants.

With New York as the backdrop of the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam, the festival promises to be an unforgettable event. Information on festival tickets and passes will be released in the coming months.

For more information, please check out our website at
www.wowps2016.com

Danielle Dutton Book Launch Party
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Join Danielle Dutton for a lively book launch party (beer and wine included) in celebration of her new novel Margaret the First, one of The Millions most anticipated books of 2016.

About Margaret the First :

Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. The eccentric Margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when “being a writer” was not an option open to women. As one of the Queen’s attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. As the English Civil War raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career. After the War, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was “Mad Madge,” an original tabloid celebrity. Yet Margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London—a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution—and the last for another two hundred years.

http://www.bookcourt.com/events/danielle-dutton

A. Igoni Barrett presents Blackass with Chinelo Okparanta
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Nigerian author A. Igoni Barrett (author of Love Is Power, or Something Like That) creates a scorching comic satire with his new novel Blackass, in which Furo, a young man in Lagos, wakes up the morning before a job interview to find that he’s been transformed into a white man. With his red hair, green eyes, and pale skin, it seems he’s been completely changed -- except for his family, his accent, and his name. Oh, and his black ass. The book has been highly praised by critics and fellow writers including Jess Row and Chinelo Okparanta, who writes “This novel is full of universal sociocultural truths that extend far beyond its Nigerian setting. The best thing about it? The lightheartedness of the writing; the captivating sense of humor. But Blackass is also a serious book, the best kind of serious: Honest and unflinching, it is a political satire that invites us to rethink the way our world works.” Barrett talks about his work at Greenlight with award-winning Nigerian-American author Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees and Happiness, Like Water.

March 10th, 2016

Brew V: An Evening of Literary Works
Hungry Ghost at S Oxford @ 7:00pm
781 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Featuring readings by:

Sara Lippman:
Sara's debut collection, DOLL PALACE (Dock Street Press) was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has been the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her writing has been published widely, with stories appearing in Carve, Slice Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Joyland, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches through Ditmas Writing Workshops. For more visit www.saralippmann.com

Ilana Masad:
Ilana is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheOtherStories.org, a podcast showcasing new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is also an editor for hire (and has business cards now which she's super excited about). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Hobart, McSweeney's, Electric Literature, Broadly, and many more. Check her out at ilanamasad.com or @ilanslightly where she tweets way too much.

Joseph P. O'Brien:
Joseph is the managing editor of FLAPPERHOUSE. His short fiction has appeared in Matchbook and The Alarmist; non-fiction at El Jamberoo. The poems he'll be reading at Brew V are part of a forthcoming collection inspired by 1990s music & 1920s women. His spirit animal is coyote. He lives in Brooklyn with his lovely wife & their very popular dog. Visit www.flapperhouse.com

Leah Umansky:
Leah is a poet, collage-artist and teacher in Manhattan. Her dystopian themed chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World¸ is out in March from Kattywompus Press. She is the also the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream and the full-length collection Domestic Uncertainties. Her poems can be found in such places as POETRY, Thrush Poetry Journal, & Barrow Street. For more visiti www.leahumansky.com or follow her on Twitter @Lady_Bronte.

Stephen Langlois:
Stephen's work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, matchbook, Necessary Fiction, People Holding, Big Lucks, and Gigantic Sequins, among other places. He is also the recipient of a 2015 NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction. Visit him at www.stephenmlanglois.com.

Also featuring:
$4 draft beer
$6 wine
An abundance of caffeinated beverages.

Come for the drinks. Stay for the high-brow merry making.

The New Salon: Alexander Chee and Angela Flournoy (with Darin Strauss)
NYU Creative Writing Program @ 7:00pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St
New York, New York 10011

Alexander Chee is the author of the award-winning novel "Edinburgh" and "The Queen of the Night," out in February from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Angela Flournoy’s debut novel "The Turner House" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) was a 2015 National Book Award finalist. This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Book Launch: Kaitlyn Greenidge presents We Love You, Charlie Freeman
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:00pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Book Launch: Kaitlyn Greenidge presents We Love You, Charlie Freeman
In conversation with Lisa Lucas of National Book Foundation
Wine reception to follow

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman tells the story of a black family who move to a nearly all-white town in western Massachusetts to take part in an experiment to teach sign language to a chimpanzee, Charlie, who will live with them. Deftly exploring themes of race, history, family, and language, Greenidge, a Bread Loaf scholar and winner of the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize, has written a thought-provoking racial satire that signals her arrival as a significant and exciting new voice in fiction. The novel has been praised by critics and writers including Colum McCann, Bill Cheng, Tiphanie Yanique, Téa Obreht, and Victor LaValle. She talks about her fiction, the true stories which inspired it, and the surrounding issues with Lisa Lucas, the beloved publisher of Guernica Magazine and current executive director of National Book Foundation A wine reception will follow to celebrate the Brooklyn launch of this acclaimed debut.

March 11th, 2016

Helen Oyeyemi presents What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Helen Oyeyemi presents What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories
In conversation with Catherine Chung
Wine reception to follow

Helen Oyeyemi, the award-winning author of Mr. Fox and Boy, Snow, Bird, offers an enchanting collection of intertwined stories with What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours ­(selected as the Greenlight First Editions Club pick for March). The collection is built around the idea of keys — to a house, to a heart, or to a secret— which may unlock elements of her characters’ lives, only to promise further labyrinths on the other side. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? A mystical diary, a house of locks, a puppeteering school, locked libraries and hidden gardens: Oyeyemi's tales span times, landscapes, and varieties of desire as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Oyeyemi talks about her work with her good friend Catherine Chung, award-winning author of the novel Forgotten Country, followed by a book signing and wine reception.

Debut Novelists Spotlight
Strand Book Store @ 7:00pm
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Spring may not be springing yet, but a bumper crop of new novels is sprouting up! Join Igoni Barrett, author of the brand-new Blackass, Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear, and Mark Doten, author of The Infernal, as they read from and discuss their first forays into long-form fiction. The conversation will be moderated by fiction and non-fiction author Tobias Carroll.

This event is open to the public. If you're interested, please RSVP to events@strandbooks.com. You can reserve a copy of Blackass, Ways to Disappear, or The Infernal, to be picked up at the event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

March 12th, 2016

Vol.1 Brooklyn Presents: 1995 and PUNK HOUSES Release Party
CAKE SHOP NYC @ 7:00pm
152 Ludlow St, New York, New York 10002

On Saturday, March 12th, we'll be celebrating the release of our next two zines with an evening of readings from some of our contributors.

Reading will be:
Jes Skolnik
Daniel Ralston
Maria Sherman
Mark McCoy
Pilot Viruet
Zachary Lipez

Hosted by Jason Diamond and music from DJ Kate Wadkins. Stop by, reminisce about the 1990s and the bizarre side of punk houses, and hear some excellent writing while you're there.

March 13th, 2016

Sundays at Erv's feat. Lewis Warsh, Belinda McKeon, Rebecca Schiff & Sasha Fletcher
Sundays at Erv's @ 6:00pm
2122 Beekman Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11225

It's Sundays at Erv's ANNIVERSARY! We're celebrating by bringing back two favorite Erv's alums--Sasha Fletcher and Rebecca Schiff (both of whom have books coming out soon soon soon!) BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! We're also introducing brilliant writers Belinda McKeon and Lewis Warsh! This is an all-star line-up not to be missed! Join host Madeline Stevens for drinks, cupcakes and general revelry March 13th!

LEWIS WARSH is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Alien Abduction (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008). He was co-founder, with Bernadette Mayer, of United Artists Magazine and Books and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, The Poet’s Foundation and The Fund for Poetry. Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a writer and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany and Long Island University (Brooklyn) where he was founding director of the MFA program in creative writing (2007-2013) and where he currently teaches.

BELINDA MCKEON is the author of two novels, Solace (2011), which won the Faber Prize and was named Irish Book of the Year, and Tender, just published by Lee Boudreaux Books. Also a playwright, she lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Rutgers University.

REBECCA SCHIFF graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, Guernica, The Catapult, and Washington Square. Rebecca's debut story collection, The Bed Moved, will be out from Knopf on April 12th. She lives in Brooklyn.

SASHA FLETCHER is the author of it is going to be a good year (Big Lucks Books, 2015), several chapbooks of poetry, and an out of print novella.

March 14th, 2016

Franklin Park Reading Series: Kelly Link, Alexander Chee, John Wray, Rachel Cantor & Cote Smith
Franklin Park Bar N Lounge @ 8:00pm
618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11238
 

The Franklin Park Reading Series is celebrating a magical seven years with an all-star lit bash featuring Kelly Link (Get in Trouble), Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night), John Wray (The Lost Time Accidents), Rachel Cantor (Good on Paper), and Cote Smith (Hurt People).

The festivities include cheap drafts, scrumptious cake, and a mega raffle for books and lit merch!
FREE ADMISSION!
www.franklinparkbrooklyn.com

KELLY LINK is the author, most recently, of the story collection Get in Trouble, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by Time, Kirkus, NPR, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, and many other outlets. She is also the author of the collections Pretty Monsters, Magic for Beginners, and Stranger Things Happen. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Born in Miami, Florida, she currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels The Queen of the Night, a NY Times Book Review Editors' Choice pick, and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR, and Out, among others. He is winner of a Whiting Award, an NEA Fellowship in prose, and a MCCA Fellowship, as well as residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri, and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series.

JOHN WRAY is the author of the novels The Lost Time Accidents, Lowboy, Canaan's Tongue, and The Right Hand of Sleep. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007. A citizen of the United States and Austria, he currently lives in New York City.

RACHEL CANTOR was raised in Rome and Connecticut. She is the author of the acclaimed novels Good on Paper and A Highly Unlikely Scenario, and her short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, and The Kenyon Review, among other publications. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and elsewhere, and she has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Wesleyan writing conferences. She lives in Brooklyn.

COTE SMITH grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and on various army bases around the country. He earned his MFA from the University of Kansas, and his stories have been featured in One Story, Crazyhorse, Third Coast, and FiveChapters, among other publications. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Hurt People is his first novel.

The Poetry Project: Gabriel Kruis & Andy Sterling
The Poetry Project @ 8:00pm
131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

Gabriel Kruis is a New Mexican poet living & writing in Brooklyn. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Quadrant, the Atlas Review, Everyday Genius, & at Well Greased Press. He is also a founder of Wendy’s Subway & runs the Shitluck Reading series at the Tip Top Bar & Grill.

Andy Sterling is a writer living in NYC and a member of Rob Fitterman’s Collective Task ensemble. Notable publications include Mackey (bas-books, 2010), Supergroup (Gauss PDF Editions, 2013) and Who Owns Primos? (forthcoming).

March 15th, 2016

Soho Press Night at CAKE SHOP NYC
CAKE SHOP NYC @ 6:00pm
152 Ludlow St, New York, New York 10002

Join Soho Press authors Matt Bell, Paula Bomer, Sean Madigan Hoen, and Dan Josefson for an evening of readings!

Free entry, cash bar, 21+.
Doors at 6:00 p.m. Reading 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Matt Bell is the author of the novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, and many other publications. Born in Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, Nine Months and Baby and Other Stories. Her forthcoming book, Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children, will be out in the fall of 2016.

Sean Madigan Hoen was raised in Dearborn, Michigan. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including BOMB Magazine, where he was awarded the 2011 Fiction Award. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Songs Only You Know: A Memoir is his first book.

Dan Josefson has received a Whiting Award, a Fulbright research grant and a Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lives in Brooklyn, and works at a book club for children’s literature. Visit his website.

The Prose Bowl with guest judge, Kaitlyn Greenidge
Pete's Candy Store @ 6:30pm
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Four writers come in, one writer leaves—or all of them do. But somebody gets a prize.

We're back this month for Round Eight! In keeping with our tradition of falling super close to holidays, we'll be only two days before St. Patrick's Day, which once again proves how right we were to hold this event in a place filled with beer. Bring your best five minutes of fiction and perform it in front of what we can only assume will be a debaucherous crowd, and finally get the skinny on some major plans on our horizon—along with what you can do to be a part of them.

This month our guest judges will be series regular Jordan Zolan and novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge, whose debut We Love You, Charlie Freeman will be released only the week before!

As always, if you're interested in performing, have your five minute story ready in case your name is called, along with a single great line to perform as part of our Lightning round in case you're a finalist! You can find the full guidelines for submissions at our website: https://theprosebowl.wordpress.com/want-to-perform/

Can't wait to see you all there, Prose Bowlers!

Book Launch: Ranbir Singh Sidhu's Deep Singh Blue, with Tanwi Nandini Islam
WORD Brooklyn @ 7:00pm
126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Join Ranbir Singh Sidhu and Tanwi Nandini Islam for the launch of Sidhu’s debut novel Deep Singh Blue. The authors will read from their novels and discuss the ways they have re-invented the immigrant narrative using their own experiences and by creating first-generation protagonists that defy stereotypes.

Ranbir Singh Sidhu is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls and is a winner of a Pushcart Prize and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Deep Singh Blue is his first novel. He divides his time between the US, India, and Greece.

Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of BRIGHT LINES (Penguin 2015). She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch niche perfume, candle and skincare line. Her writing has appeared in Elle.com, Catapult, Fashionista.com, Open City, Women 2.0, Billboard.com and Gawker. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Omar Musa Book Launch / Mitchell Jackson / Estelle Tang
Asian American Writers' Workshop @ 7:00pm
110-112 W 27th Street, Suite 600, New York, New York 10001

Join us for the New York book launch for Omar Musa's Here Come The Dogs, with friends Mitchell Jackson and Rookie's Estelle Tang. These two charismatic novelists write with kinetic lyricism about young men living at the edge of poverty, drugs, and systemic racism.

Named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year, Malaysian Australian poet/rapper Omar Musa is the author of Here Come The Dogs (The New Press 2016). A novel of freestyle rap battles, graffiti and basketball, Here Come The Dogs follows three young men—one Samoan, one Macedonian, one not sure—trying to make their mark as the country is swept by racial unrest. As Jane Yong Kim writes in The Los Angeles Times, Omar "writes using an urgent poetry-prose hybrid, scraping and folding his text into a searing coming-of-age story that tackles race and masculine identity, dislocation and disempowerment." The creator of three hip-hop albums and two poetry books, Omar Musa has won the Australian Poetry Slam and Indian Ocean Poetry Slam and opened for Gil Scott Heron and Dead Prez.

Mitchell Jackson's autobiographical novel The Residue Years (Bloomsbury 2014) follows the perspective of a young man trying to do right by his mother, who's just been released from a drug treatment program, but he finds that selling crack might be the only way to do so. As Jesmyn Ward writes, “I know these characters well... I know the language they speak: voices redolent of struggle and the South displaced to our country’s far northwestern corner: Portland, Oregon. A wrenchingly beautiful debut by a writer to be reckoned with, The Residue Years marks the beginning of a most promising career.” The novel was a finalist for The Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, and The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award.

Moderated by Estelle Tang, a literary scout at KF Literary Scouting and contributor at Rookie, as well as to The New Yorker, Guardian, and Pitchfork.

Novelists in Conversation: American Spaces and Escapes, Cote Smith & Laura van den Berg
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Two debut novels from FSG Originals explore bleak spaces in the American landscape, and various means of escape. Cote Smith’s Hurt People, based on his well-received short story of the same name, is set in Leavenworth, Kansas in the summer of 1988, and features two young brothers whose lives revolve around the pool in their apartment complex, even as the town is gripped by the recent escape of a convict. Laura van den Berg’s Find Me, her followup to two acclaimed story collections, centers on Joy, who spends her days working the graveyard shift at a grocery store outside Boston -- until a sickness that begins with memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, and Joy’s immunity to the disease offers her a chance of escape. Smith and van den Berg discuss their work and the landscape of American fiction tonight at Greenlight.

 

March 17th, 2016

"Dangerous Lives of Young Women in Fiction": Sackett Street Writers presents an author discussion to celebrate THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Join us for an author panel discussion, wine, and literary mingling!

The next Sackett Street Writers' Reading Series event, "Dangerous Lives of Young Women in Fiction," celebrates the paperback release of The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, the second novel by SSWW alum Keija Parssinen.
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis won a 2015 Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Joining Keija are four authors whose novels illuminate the complexity of young women's experience in an often violent world -- NYTimes Bestselling novelists Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Bittersweet and the forthcoming June), Kimberly McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia, Where They Found Her, and the forthcoming YA series Outliers) and Robin Wasserman (author of more than 10 novels and the forthcoming Girls On Fire); and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O'Neill, a SSWW alum and author of The Hopeful.

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AUTHOR BIOS:

KEIJA PARSSINEN earned her MFA at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She won a Michener-Copernicus award for her debut novel, The Ruins of Us, which was published in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Italy and around the Middle East.
Her second novel, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, won an Alex Award from the American Library Association. Keija is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in fiction writing at the University of Tulsa. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and son.

MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE is the author of four novels: THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT; SET ME FREE, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best book of fiction by an American woman published in 2007; and BITTERSWEET, a NY-Times bestseller published in 2014. Her next novel, JUNE, will be published in May 2016. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, she lives and writes in Brooklyn and Vermont.

KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT is the author of the New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex awards; and the USA Today bestseller Where They Found Her. The first book in her YA Trilogy The Outliers is forthcoming in May. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

TRACY O'NEILL is the author of The Hopeful, for which she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize. She was a 2015 finalist for the Narrative 30 Below Contest. In 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, LitHub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Literarian, Narrative, and Guernica. She has published nonfiction online in The Atlantic, New Yorker, Bookforum, and Rolling Stone; in Grantland; and in the San Francisco Chronicle. She currently teaches at the City College of New York and is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University.

ROBIN WASSERMAN is the author of the novel Girls on Fire (Harper, May 2016). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. A recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten novels for young adults and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.

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The Sackett Street Writers’ Series at BookCourt features readings by talented SSWW members and alumni.

The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop was founded in 2002 by writer Julia Fierro, and what began as eight writers meeting in the kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 3000 writers.
Picked as a a "Top alternative to MFA programs" by Poets & Writers, as the "Best substitute for an MFA" by The L Magazine, and as the "Best resource for developing writers" by Brooklyn Magazine, Sackett Street offers writing workshops throughout the NYC area, including Bookcourt.

Today, Sackett Street writers live in all boroughs of New York City, and across the world, and many return to the workshops for multiple sessions. Alumni have been accepted at top MFA Creative Writing programs and writing conferences, have won fellowships and awards, and have completed and published short fiction and poetry collections, novels and memoirs.

Website: http://sackettworkshop.com/

SO SAD TODAY Launch
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7:00pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012
 

WORD Bookstores co-presents the launch event of SO SAD TODAY, a darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays from Melissa Broder, acclaimed poet (LAST SEXT, MEAT HEART) and creator of the popular Twitter account @sosadtoday.

"These essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now." --Roxane Gay, New York Times-bestselling author of BAD FEMINIST

Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months. So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following. In SO SAD TODAY, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love low self-esteem, addiction, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. With insights as sharp as her humor, Broder explores--in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic--questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.

March 18th, 2016

INSIGNIFICANA launch with Dolan Morgan, joined by Nelly Reifler and Roberto Montes
WORD Brooklyn @ 7:00pm
126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Dolan Morgan returns to WORD for the launch of his second book of stories, INSIGNIFICANA. He will be joined by fellow authors, Nelly Reifler and Roberto Montes.

Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the author of two story collections: That's When the Knives Come Down (A|P, 2014) and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM, 2016). He is an editor at The Atlas Review and helps make things happen at Mellow Pages Library.

Nelly Reifler is the author of a story collection, See Through, and a novel, Elect H. Mouse State Judge. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, BOMB, jubilat, nerve.com and Lucky Peach, among others, and anthologized in books such as Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and Found Magazine's Requiem for a Paper Bag. She's a Recommendations editor at Post Road, and she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Roberto Montes is the author of I DON'T KNOW DO YOU, named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR and a finalist for the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry from The Publishing Triangle, and "How to Be Sincere in Your Poetry" Workshop, a electronic chapbook published at NAPuniversityonline.com . His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Whiskey Island; Forklift, Ohio; Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color; Apogee Journal; and elsewhere.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

March 19th, 2016

Gotham: Dana Spiotta on Innocents and Others
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Dana Spiotta’s new novel is about two women, best friends, who grow up in LA in the 80s and become filmmakers. Meadow and Carrie have everything in common—except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. Their lives collide with Jelly, a loner whose most intimate experience is on the phone. Jelly is older, erotic, and mysterious. She cold calls powerful men and seduces them not through sex but through listening. She invites them to reveal themselves, and they do. The series is curated and hosted by Rob Spillman.

In the Gun Cabinet: Launch Party
LA SALA at Cantina Royal @ 7:00pm
58 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Join us for the inaugural launch of the TAR chapbook series. We are very fortunate to be ringing in our new enterprise with Mike Lala's IN THE GUN CABINET, a multimedia poetry chapbook that demonstrates the psychosis of memory and violence. Everything is a landscape to be obliterated in this book. The small print run makes this chapbook even more special, so please come celebrate this fantastic piece of literature before it disappears behind greedy eyes.

With readings by Natalie Diaz, Simone White, and, yes, Mike Lala, this is going to be extraordinary and wild. Please note that this is event IS free, but we absolutely encourage you to buy a copy of Mike's chapbook, either at the launch party or beforehand. All preordered chaps will be redeemed should you want to pick up your copy in person! Support support support:

http://theatlasreview.bigcartel.com/product/in-the-gun-cabinet-by-mike-lala

La Sala is in the backroom of Cantina Royal. They have excellent margaritas and Mexican food. We encourage you to indulge and support this wonderful venue's efforts.

March 20th, 2016

Sunday Salon NYC
Jimmy's No. 43 @ 7:00pm
43 E 7th St, New York, New York 10003

The season of illumination is near! Spring arrives on March 20th and so does the 7th Annual Bread Loaf Writers from the Dark Tower Reading at Sunday Salon. This highly anticipated event features talented writers of color, who’ve connected and cultivated their work at past Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. Our magnificent MC for the evening, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, will welcome to the stage five incredibly talented poets and writers, who’ll share their insights on race and identity. You won’t want to miss this! Much gratitude to Ru Freeman for curating this special event each year!

Allison Albino studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and has a Master of Arts in French Literature from New York University. She has participated in workshops with Mark Doty at the 92nd Street Y and has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference for the past two summers. She teaches French at the Dalton School and has poems forthcoming in the Apeiron Review, These Fragile Lilacs Poetry Journal and Poetry Northwest.

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Monica Sok is a Cambodian poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is the author of Year Zero, winner of the 2015 PSA Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under, selected by Marilyn Chin. A Kundiman fellow, Sok has received scholarships from Squaw Valley, Napa Valley, and Bread Loaf writers' conferences. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Narrative, Crab Orchard Review, and Ninth Letter, among others. Sok holds a MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Shubha Sunder's fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse, where it won the 2015 Crazyhorse Short Fiction Prize; Narrative Magazine, where it was a winner of "30 Below;" Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Bangalore Review. She is currently at work on her first novel, titled Boomtown Girl, set in her hometown of Bangalore, India. She lives in Boston.

Michelle Whittaker is a poet and pianist. Her work has recently appeared in Vinyl Poetry, Drunken Boat, The Southampton Review, Great Weather for Media, Long Island Quarterly, and New Yorker. She has received a Jody Donahue Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Special Mention, and Cave Canem Fellowship.

GUEST MC

Charles Rice-González was born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx. He is a writer, community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. His debut novel, Chulito, was published by Alyson Books in April 2010 and he edited a queer Latino Anthology published by Tincture, a new imprint of Lethe Press, in September 2010. You can find him at: http://www.charlesricegonzalez.com/

March 22nd, 2016

Offsite Event Series: Stephanie Clifford & Helen Phillips
Inkwell Cafe @ 7:30pm
408 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225

Stephanie Clifford presents Everybody Rise
Helen Phillips presents The Beautiful Bureaucrat

The PLG Arts Meet-the-Author series features writers who live in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and other neighborhoods, reading from their work. Lively discussions with authors are followed by book signings. Greenlight is honored to join in supporting this longstanding series, featuring some of our favorite authors! Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award-winning reporter at The New York Times, where she was until recently a Metro reporter covering federal and state courts in Brooklyn; she’ll present her debut novel Everybody Rise. Helen Phillips lives in Flatbush/Ditmas Park and is a professor at Brooklyn College; she’ll read from her latest book, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, published in the summer of 2015 (and selected for Greenlight’s First Editions Club). Greenlight will offer books for sale and authors will sign after their presentation, and drinks are available for purchase.

Inkwell Café is located at 408 Rogers Ave.

March 23rd, 2016

THE PSA READINGS AT MCNALLY JACKSON with Kyle Dargan and Camille Rankine
McNally Jackson Books @ 7:00pm
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012
 

Kyle Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry: The Listening (University of Georgia Press, 2004), which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers (2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), and most recently Honest Engine (2015). A former managing editor of Callaloo, he is also the founding editor of the magazine Post no Ills. He is the Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington DC.

Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was recently published by Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, the recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She has also been awarded a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and she was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.

Admission is free.

Launch Party: BOMB Issue 135
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Hosted by BOMB Senior Editor Mónica de la Torre
Featuring contributors Alvarao Enrigue, Daniel Poppick, & Kate Zambreno

Wine reception to follow.

Celebrate 35 years of artists in conversation with BOMB editors and contributors. We'll drink wine, mingle, and ring in the spring issue with readings by BOMB 135 writers, including acclaimed Álvaro Enrigue (Sudden Death), Kate Zambreno (Heroines, Green Girl), and Daniel Poppick.

March 24th, 2016

Lynn Steger Strong presents Hold Still
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Lynn Steger Strong presents Hold Still
In conversation with Michele Filgate

Debut author Lynn Steger Strong traces the anatomy of a mistake and the weight of culpability in her highly praised novel Hold Still. When Maya Taylor, an English professor with a tendency to hide in her books, sends her daughter to Florida to look after a friend’s child, she does so with the best of intentions; it’s a chance for Ellie, twenty and spiraling, to rebuild her life. But Ellie fears she’ll only disappoint again, and in the sprawling hours of one humid afternoon, she makes a mistake that she can’t take back. In two separate timelines—before and after the catastrophe—Maya and Ellie must try to repair their fractured relationship and find a way to transcend not only their differences but also their more troubling similarities. Hold Still has been highly praised by fellow authors including Richard Ford, Victor LaValle, and Heidi Julavits, who writes “I feel like Strong broke a code that nobody else has broken. She allows us to better understand what we often see but fail to fully comprehend.” Strong talks about her novel with writer and editor Michele Filgate.

March 29th, 2016

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES Launch

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7:00pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

WORD Bookstores & Housing Works Bookstore co-present the launch event for All Tomorrow’s Parties, Tin House co-founding editor Rob Spillman’s intimate and spirited memoir of his fierce pursuit of an artistic life as a young man, and a lively portrait of Berlin in the midst of a cultural renaissance.

“If you’ve ever been young, in love, and desperate to live an authentic life, this book is for you: a ravishing memoir about a young man’s quest for art, meaning, and a place to call home.” -Anthony Doerr

Born in Germany to two driven musicians, Spillman’s childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain. There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between East and West, between suppressed dreams and freedom of expression.

After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman eventually found his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the wall came down. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But within Spillman’s constant striving—for beauty, for inspiration, and for identity—he soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home.