New York City February Literary Events

February 2nd, 2016

BOOK LAUNCH: ALEXANDER CHEE IN CONVERSATION WITH MAUD NEWTON
McNally Jackson Books @ 7pm
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

FROM ALEXANDER CHEE:

As I launch my new novel, The Queen of the Night, on my pub day, I could think of little better than to read at one of my favorite indie bookstores, and to have my friend Maud Newton join me for a public conversation about the novel.

Maud has known me and kept me company with this novel for 7 years now, reading an early draft and discussing everything from Jean Rhys to Donna Tartt to blogging in the process. She knows this novel very well, and is one of the most incisive thinkers I know. Please join us for my first book launch in 13 years.

About Maud Newton: Maud Newton Maud Newton's writing has appeared in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Oxford American, Granta, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Awl, and many other publications. She received the 2009 Narrative Prize for fiction and is writing a nonfiction book for Random House about the science and superstition of ancestry.

February 3rd, 2016

What To Expect When You're Expecting...A Book!
BookCourt @ 7pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

PEN American Center presents a workshop on the various labors required to bring a book into the world. An editor, an agent, a publicist, and a debut novelist come together to discuss how to move your manuscript through the publication process and introduce and promote it to the public.

This is a free event, but space is limited. Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/PENAmericaRSVP.

With ROB SPILLMAN (editor and co-founder of Tin House), RENEE ZUCKERBROT (agent and founder of the Renée Zuckerbrot Literary Agency), KIMBERLY BURNS (independent literary publicist and co-founder of Broadside: Expert Literary PR), and ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN (author of "You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine" and "Intimations"). For more information and full bios of the panelists, please visit: http://bitly.com/PENAmericaWorkshop.

February 4th, 2016

Book Launch: Youngblood by Matt Gallagher with Phil Klay
powerHouse Arena at 7pm
37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

“Youngblood is not only a 'war novel,' it is a rich, fully formed, and beautifully executed novel-novel, way beyond the chicken coops of genre, a novel about the human heart in contest with itself, a novel about memory and longing and grief and hope and guilt and late-night ironies that raise a chuckle to the lips of the dead…”—Tim O'Brien, award-winning author of The Things They Carried

Gallagher’s fiction debut brings the reader directly into the immediacy of the events on the ground and is an unforgettable portrait of both the psychological toll and moral ambiguity of modern war. He is celebrating his launch with National Book Award Winner, Phil Klay.

Alexander Chee at Macaulay Author Series in conversation with Boris Kachka of New York Magazine
Macaulay Honors College @ 7pm
35 W 67th St, New York, New York 10023

Alexander Chee will be reading from his new novel, The Queen of the Night, and in conversation with Boris Kachka, of New York Magazine, who will join me onstage. The night will include a book signing and informal reception. Books will be available for purchase; reservations are advised.

For reservations visit: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/event/registration/?ee=10 or call (347) 460-4292.

For more information: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/community/author-series/

BuzzFeed Live: LOVE TO LOVE TO LOVE YOU
The Bell House @ 7pm
149 7th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Featuring: Lena Waithe, Aparna Nancherla, Matt Bellassai, and Jenny Zhang

Plus new videos from Buzzfeed Motion Pictures and performances by Grace Spelman, Summer Anne Burton, and Mackenzie Kruvant

Hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones, with music from DJ Reggie Ugwu

Tickets: $6 In Advance / $10 at the Door

Buy Your Tickets: https://buzzfeedliveloveyou.eventfarm.com/

All guests must be at least 21 years old (sorry kids!)

February 8th, 2016

Joint Book Launch: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee and Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
powerHouse Arena @ 7pm
37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Sophomore novelist Alexander Chee and debut writer Sunil Yapa team up to launch two electric new works of fiction.

Join us for the launch and meet the authors! Wine will be served.
 

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES: "Love Will Make or Break You"
FRANKLIN PARK @ 7pm
618 St. Johns Place, between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue
www.franklinparkbrooklyn.com

ROBERT LOPEZ is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. Among other places, his fiction has appeared in the American Reader, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Hobart, Indiana Review, Literarian, Nerve, New York Tyrant, Vice, and the Norton anthology Sudden Fiction Latino. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches fiction writing at The New School, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University.

MIRA PTACIN is the author of the memoir Poor Your Soul. She is a creative nonfiction and children’s book author whose work has appeared in Guernica, NPR, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Tin House, The Rumpus, and more. She teaches memoir writing to women at the Maine Correctional Facility and lives on Peaks Island, Maine with her husband and children.

TONY TULATHIMUTTE is the author of the novel Private Citizens, which was named one of the most exciting books of 2016 by Buzzfeed. He has written for VICE, N+1, AGNI, Salon, The New Yorker online, Threepenny Review, and other publications. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Stanford University and has received an O. Henry Award, a Truman Capote fellowship, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award.

ROBIN BETH SCHAER is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking, which Buzzfeed named one of the 16 Best Poetry Books of 2015 and one of the year's 24 Best Literary Debuts. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others. She teaches writing in New York City, and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot full-rigged ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.

TOMMY "TEEBS" PICO is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He’s the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014), the first chapbook app published for iOS mobile/tablet devices, and he was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow and 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry. His poems have appeared in BOMB, Guernica, PANK, the Best American Poetry blog, and elsewhere. He also co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we're turning to five of our favorite writers for insight into surviving love's highs and lows. Hear prose and poetry addressing why "Love Will Make or Break You" from fiction writers Robert Lopez and Tony Tulathimutte, memoirist Mira Ptacin, and poets Robin Beth Schaer and Tommy Pico.

We'll celebrate romance with $4 drafts, sweet treats, and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors' books. As always, admission is FREE!

February 9th, 2016

NBWC 2016 Poetry Cafe Auditions
EOJ Auditorium, Medgar Evers College @ 6:30pm
1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

Calling all Emerging Poets & Spoken-Word Artists!

This is your opportunity to shine!
A live audition will be held for this event in February 2016. Online submissions will be accepted through January 29, 2016.

This is a New Talent event. No artists with books printed by mainstream publishing houses.
Groups and Individuals accepted. Criteria: Originality, Performance, and Content

RSVP’s for the live audition must be made by: FEB. 5, 2016

Guidelines:
At the live audition:
•    Auditions are open to unpublished writers (via mainstream).
•    Each performer will be asked to sign-in upon arrival to confirm your space.
•    Walk-in’s must sign up by 7 PM.
•    There is a 3 min. limit for each person/ group auditioning.

Subway directions to Medgar Evers College, CUNY: No. 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Franklin Avenue station.

The audition winners will perform at the 7th NBWC Poetry Café on March 31, 2016.
13th National Black Writers Conference dates March 31 – April 3, 2016.

Online auditions:
Out-of-state participants may audition on-line, click link
or copy and paste into your browser: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/NBWCPoetryCafeAuditions2016
Online submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes.

Very Important:
•    All winners will be notified by February 26, 2016.
•    You will NOT BE NOTIFIED if you have not been selected.
•    If you live in the NYC area, we encourage the live audition. If you are certain you cannot attend the live audition, your electronic submission will be admissible.

LIC Reading Series - Rachel Cantor, Dylan Landis, Douglas Watson
LIC Reading Series @ 8pm
45-58 Vernon Blvd, New York, New York 11101

We have a wonderful February lineup for you! Join us by the fire for readings by Rachel Cantor, Dylan Landis, and Douglas Watson, followed by a panel discussion.

About our readers:

RACHEL CANTOR is the author of the novels A Highly Unlikely Scenario (Melville House 2014) and the newly released Good on Paper (Melville House 2016). Her short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is always at work on another book.

DYLAN LANDIS is the author of Rainey Royal, a novel, and Normal People Don't Live Like This, a linked collection. Her stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Bomb, the New York Times Book Review and the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in New York, where she grew up.

DOUGLAS WATSON is the author of a novel, A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies, and a book of stories, The Era of Not Quite. His fiction has appeared in One Story, Tin House, Columbia Journal, West Branch Wired, and other publications. Sometimes, though, it fails to appear, even to him. He lives in Jackson Heights with his wife and daughter.

February 11th, 2016

Pete's Reading Series: Rachel B. Glaser and Robert Lopez
Pete's Candy Store @ 7:30pm
709 Lorimer Street New York, NY

Yowza! We hope you choo-choo-choose to spend your pre-Valentine's days with us at Pete's Reading Series and our two guests, swoonworthy masters of fiction Rachel B. Glaser (PAULINA & FRAN) and Robert Lopez (GOOD PEOPLE)!

Pete's Reading Series is a twice montly event located in the back room at Pete's Candy Store (a bar!), located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg.
Closest subways are L and G at Lorimer/Metropolitan.
Author books will be available for purchase after the reading thanks to WORD bookstore!

More about our authors:
Rachel B. Glaser received a BFA in Painting from RISD, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Umass-Amherst. She is the author of the short story collection "Pee On Water" and a poetry collection called "MOODS" (Factory Hollow Press), and the novel "Paulina And Fran" (Harper Perennial) and forthcoming from Grant Books in the U.K. in 2016.

Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. Among other places, his fiction has appeared in theAmerican Reader, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Hobart, Indiana Review, Literarian, Nerve, New York Tyrant,Vice, and the Norton anthology Sudden Fiction Latino. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches fiction writing at The New School, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College.

Álvaro Enrigue in conversation with Daniel Alarcón
McNally Jackson Books @ 6:30pm
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

From internationally celebrated Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue comes a kaleidoscopic, genre-bending book that “truly defies the bounds of the novel” (Enrique Vilas-Matas). Featuring hallucinogenic mushrooms, bawdy criminals, carnal liaisons and papal schemes, artistic and religious revolutions, assassinations and executions, love stories and war stories, Álvaro will discuss all this and more with fellow Riverhead Books author and friend Daniel Alarcón. Come join us in toasting the release of this dazzling, shape-shifting work of literary fiction!

February 16th, 2016

The Prose Bowl
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 free drink.

Round Seven will be February 16th! The number seven is an important one. Seven samurai. Seven dwarfs. Seventh inning stretch. Seven Harry Potter books. 7, the Enrique Iglesias album. And we're no different. There are Big Things on our horizon this month, which we're very excited to share with all of you.

February also brings us an awesome lineup of judges, featuring Edyson Julio as our guest writer and the return of perennial panelist Zach Norton!

As always, aspiring champions should come with five minutes of fiction to perform, as well as a tweet-sized entry of a few sentences in case they are selected for our final round. You can come early to throw your name in the hat, or you can message or tweet us (@theprosebowl) if you aren't sure you'll make it before 6:30. We'll be happy to throw an entry in for you.

Lest we forget, our show also falls very close to Valentine's Day. Art and beer—perfect date material, right?

See you all there!

Paul Lisicky reading at Housing Works Bookstore 
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

Paul Lisicky will read from his new memoir, THE NARROW DOOR, on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM at Housing Works Bookstore. A reading with Meghan Daum and an introduction from Graywolf Press publisher Fiona McCrae. This event is free and open to the public. 

Kristopher Jansma in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald
Community Bookstore @ 7pm
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Why We Came to the City is a brilliant coming-of-age-in-the-city novel by Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award-winner Kristopher Jansma. A group of friends convene to celebrate the holidays and their five years in New York City, with a world of possibilities ahead of them. But then illness strikes the gifted artist, Irene, forcing each of the others to confront choices they have made. In conversation with Buzzfeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald.

February 17th, 2016

An Evening with Alejandro Zambra
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

Alejandro Zambra, the acclaimed Chilean writer and 2015–16 Cullman Center fellow at the New York Public Library, presents a bilingual evening of readings and conversation. Translator Megan McDowell and Zambra will read (in English and Spanish, respectively) excerpts from each of his books, followed by a conversation with Zambra and McDowell led by Yasmine El Rashidi, contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of the forthcoming novel Chronicle of a Last Summer.

http://www.housingworks.org/events/detail/an-evening-with-alejandro-zambra1/

ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA is a Chilean writer. He is the author of My Documents, Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, and Bonsai. His books have been translated into more than ten languages. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s, Tin House, and McSweeney’s, among others. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, and he is a 2015–16 Cullman Center fellow at the New York Public Library. His latest book, Multiple Choice, is forthcoming from Penguin in July.

MEGAN McDOWELL is a Spanish language literary translator from Kentucky. Her work includes books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Lina Meruane, Mariana Enriquez, Álvaro Bisama, and Juan Emar. Her translations have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, McSweeney's, Words Without Borders, Mandorla, and VICE, among others. She lives in Santiago, Chile.

YASMINE EL RASHIDI is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and an editor of the Middle East arts journal Bidoun. Her novel, Chronicle of a Last Summer, is forthcoming from Crown (June 2016). She lives in Cairo and New York.


Ann Neumann in conversation with Senator Dianne Savino, sponsored by Guernica
McNally Jackson Books @ 7pm
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

February 18th, 2015

Álvaro Enrigue in conversation with Natasha Wimmer
Community Bookstore @ 7pm
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Álvaro Enrigue’s Sudden Death is a peculiar kind of brilliant: a chronicle of historical personages—masters, servants, slaves, and conquerors—nested inside a novel of ideas and played out on a tennis court. Caravaggio, Galileo, Henry VIII, and Cortes are a few of the players in a history of empire told between volleys. But Enrigue’s delirious debut is more than mere allegory: it’s a tennis match that encompasses the world and the world’s story. In conversation with translator Natasha Wimmer.

February 19th, 2016

Stories From The City with Boni Joi, Nick E. Finn, Dallas Rico, & Jennifer Harmon (Music by The Lowliest One)
Pine Box Rock Shop @ 7:30pm
12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, New York 11206
 

Join us in the back room at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick for a line-up of readers curated by Dallas Athent. The theme will be city stories from Boni Joi, Nick E. Finn, Dallas Rico, and Jennifer Harmon (music by The Lowliest One)

Donations will be kindly called for, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Boni Joi was born in North Miami Beach, Florida, raised in New Jersey and discovered her lost lineage in Salem, Massachusetts. She has a MFA in poetry from Columbia University and has read and performed her poems at numerous venues in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere including Switzerland, Canada, and England. Her poems have appeared in Arabella, Long Shot, Boog City Reader, Big Hammer, Lungfull!, The Brooklyn Rail and many other journals. Boni is a rotating cast member of the show Mortified. A clip of her performance was featured on National Public Radio’s This American Life during an interview with the progenitor, David Nadleberg and her piece was published in the book Mortified: Love is a Battlefield (2008). Her first collection of poetry, Before During or After Rainstorms, was published in 2012. Boston Review says: "Armed with an eye for the particular and a knack for gentle satire, Joi writes from the front lines of a doomed fight for America's spirit, but does so with a bright infectious gusto." Boni is an editor and project manager for Black Square Editions, a small poetry press and has designed their website: www.blacksquareeditions.org. She works a photograph and reference archivist and lives with musical chef Tobi Joi in Brooklyn.

Nick E. Finn is an Irish-American poet, playwright, and actor from Seattle, WA. Nick received Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Washington in Political Science and Sociology, later earning his Master’s Degree in Teaching from Fordham University. Nick trained as actor at The Wynn Handman studios. Nick has performed his unique blend of Spoken Word Poetry, Theatre, and Hip-Hop at The Bushwick Starr, CATCH Series, Word at 4F, Arieto Live, Smokin’ Word, The Poets Settlement, The National Black Theatre, and legendary The Nuyorican Poet’s Café. As a member of the Brooklyn Gypsies Collective, Nick is currently developing his one-man-show “The Last Hipster in Brooklyn,” set to open Off-Broadway in 2017. Nick lives in Bushwick with his wife Mairys and is proud to call Brooklyn home.

Dallas Rico is a black and Latino educator and writer from Dallas, Texas. He earned a B.A. in English, with a Creative Writing concentration, and a B.S. in Film at the University of Texas and a Master's of Education from Loyola Marymount University. As a high school teacher, Dallas is passionate about improving the quality of Education across the nation. He regularly writes about Education issues on Huffington Post. His deep relationships with his students inspired him to begin writing Young Adult fiction and he is currently working on his first YA novel. In his personal blog, scandallas.com, he reflects on the writing process and topics that concern the YA age group. He loves living in Brooklyn and hopes to stay here as long as he can afford it on a teacher's salary.

Jennifer Harmon is a poet who was born and raised in New Mexico, currently residing in Astoria, Queens. Inspired by her late mother Patty, also a writer, Jennifer's goal is to share their story with the world. Intertwining her mother’s writings with her own, Jennifer's poetry readings provide a unique and often very moving experience to her audience. Jennifer has been featured at Rimes of the Ancient Mariner, Inspired Word NYC, Brownstone Poets, and Brooklyn Gallery Workshop. Her work has been published in Newtown Literary Journal. She loves going on adventures with her husband Chris, snuggling and playing with their three cats, Zach, Jupiter, and Yoda, and changing her hair color and hairstyle on a regular basis. Visit her website at jenniferharmonpoetry.com and send her an email atjdharmon03@hotmail.com.

The Lowliest One project, spearheaded by soloist Peter Siegmann, combines stream of conscious lyrics with gritty and raw sound to break traditional song conventions. Peter's current influences are Deer Tick and Shakey Graves; he has an enormous passion for the folk genre. For more info, go to: thelowliestone.com
 

February 20th, 2016

The Unnameable Reading
Unnameable Books @ 7pm
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Unnameable Books hosts Kaitlyn Greenidge, Tennessee Jones, and Phillip B. Williams to read from their latest works on February 20, 2016. This promises to be an exciting event that you surely don't want to miss!

Kaitlyn Greenidge is originally from Boston. A graduate of Hunter College's MFA Fiction program, she currently lives in Brooklyn. She has received scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and is a 2016 NEA fellow in Literature. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kweli Journal, The Believer, Guernica and other places. Her debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman will be published by Algonquin Press in March 2016.

Tennessee Jones is the author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated collection Deliver Me From Nowhere, a ‘cover’ of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. He is the recipient of awards from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and Hunter College, where he received his MFA in Fiction in 2010. He was also the George Bennett Fellow (Writer in Residence) at Phillips Exeter Academy, and the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University He grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Co-editor in Chief of the online journal Vinyl and the Emory University Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry for 2015-17.


February 22nd, 2016

As Ever: A Tribute to C.D. Wright
The Three Diamond Door @ 7pm
211 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

Hatchet Job Reading Series hosts a special tribute to the life and work of C.D. Wright, feauturing readings by Dawn Lundy Martin, Monica Youn, Mark Wunderlich, Simone White, Sampson Starkweather, Valerie Hsiung, Jay Deshpande, Claire Donato, Yvette Siegert, Karen Lepri, Christopher Salerno, Molly Rose Quinn, Jeff T. Johnson, Uche Nduka, Lawrence Kaplun, Michael Keenan, and more to come.

Hosted in the back room at Three Diamond Door.

February 23rd, 2016

Manhattanville Reading Series: Mira Jacob, Jennifer Baker, Matthew Daddona, and Amy Yedida Wolfe
Manhattanville Coffee @ 7:30pm
167 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11216

We're thrilled to present the second edition of the Manhattanville Reading Series, featuring rising lit stars Jennifer Baker, Matthew Daddona, and Amy Yedida Wolfe and acclaimed novelist Mira Jacob.

Come through for great readings and mingling at community gathering spot Manhattanville Coffee. FREE ADMISSION!

If you're an unpublished prose writer interested in appearing at one of our upcoming events, please email a 3-5 page writing sample and short bio to manhattanvillereadingseries@gmail.com.

MIRA JACOB is the author of the 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 the famed Pete’s Reading Series, which she co-hosted for 13 years. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, Buzzfeed, and the Telegraph. She has appeared on national television and radio and taught writing to students of all ages in New York, New Mexico, and Barcelona. Currently, she teaches fiction at NYU. Her graphic memoir Good Talk: Conversations I’m Still Confused About is forthcoming from Dial Press, and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

JENNIFER BAKER is a writer of fiction & nonfiction, creator of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and social media manager/panels organizer for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. Her writing has appeared in Newtown Literary (which nominated her story for the 2017 Pushcart Prize), Boston Literary Magazine, Eclectic Flash, Poets & Writers magazine, and The Female Complaint. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

MATTHEW DADDONA is a writer, reviewer, and a founding member of the now-defunct performance group FLASHPOINT NYC, which in its three-year tenure performed at over fifteen venues across Brooklyn and Manhattan. His most recent writings have appeared in Sixpenny, Tin House, Slice, Gigantic, The Southampton Review, Forklift Ohio, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Rumpus, among others. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and is currently writing his first novel.

AMY YEDIDA WOLFE is an LA transplant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn where she spends most days in her basement crafting essays, profiles, news bites and real estate blogs before her four kids return from school. Her work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, JTA, Times of Israel, Quartz, and Tablet Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @AmyYedidaWolfe.

Maylis de Kerangal in Conversation with John Freeman
Albertine Books in French and English
972 5th Ave, New York, New York 10075

Celebrated French author Maylis de Kerangal and American writer and literary critic John Freeman will discuss their latest works, 'A ce stade de la nuit' and 'Tales of Two Cities', and the new face of poverty and exclusion both in Europe and in the USA. The conversation will be moderated by Arian Murati.


February 24th, 2016

Douglas Kennedy presents The Blue Hour
Barnes & Noble Upper West Side @ 7pm
2289 Broadway, New York, New York 10024

We hope you can join us for an evening with Douglas Kennedy as he reads from his latest novel, The Blue Hour. Book Signing to follow.

Douglas Kennedy's novels — The Big Picture, The Job and The Pursuit of Happiness — have all been critically praised bestsellers. His first novel, The Dead Heart, has been filmed as Welcome to Woop-Woop. He is also the author of three acclaimed travel books: Beyond the Pyramids, In God’s Country and Chasing Mammon. His work has been translated into sixteen languages.

ABOUT THE BLUE HOUR:
Kennedy crafts a page turner. Robin knew Paul wasn't perfect. Yet once immersed in the exotica of a city on the North African Atlantic coast, she finds herself acclimatizing. But then Paul suddenly disappears and Robin finds herself the prime suspect. As her understanding of the truth unravels, Robin is caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.

https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/author/218545

February 25th, 2016

Well-Read Black Girl presents: Reimagining the Literary Canon
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

Join Well-Read Black Girl's debut reading featuring an extraordinary list of poets, fiction writers, and essayists. We're celebrating Black History Month and the brilliant narratives of Black women. The event is free and open to the public.

Featuring:
Ashley Ford
Jenna Wortham
Morgan Parker
Camille Rankine
Nicole Sealey
Bsrat Mezghebe
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Kyla Marshell

Instagram: @wellreadblackgirl
#WellReadBlackGirl

The New Salon: Eileen Myles (with Alice Quinn)
NYU Creative Writing Program @ 7pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St, New York, NY

Eileen Myles’s 1994 novel "Chelsea Girls" was re-issued by Ecco Press in 2015. Her most recent work is "I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014" (Ecco, 2015).

Mercer Street Books and The Brooklyn Rail Reading
Mercer Street Books & Records
206 Mercer St, New York, New York 10012

Please join recent Brooklyn Rail contributors-Amanda K Davidson, Rob Stephenson, John Reed & Leah Umansky for the 1st in a series of readings at Mercer Street Books & Records.

AMANDA K. DAVIDSON is a writer who creates fiction, performances and essays. Her published work includes Arcanagrams: A Reckoning, Chapbook, Little Red Leaves (2014); The Space: Fragments for a Family, A Belladonna* chaplet (2014); and Apprenticeship, Prose chapbook, New Herring Press (2013).

ROB STEPHENSON lives in Queens, NY. He has been creating texts, drawings, paintings, music, performance, video, films, and installations for over thirty-five years. He is the author of the novel Passes Through (FC2/University of Alabama Press).

John Reed is the author of the novels, A Still Small Voice (Delacorte Press / Delta), The Whole (Simon & Schuster / Pocket / MTV Books), the SPD bestseller, Snowball's Chance (Roof Books / Melville House), All The World's A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin Books / Plume), and Tales of Woe (MTV Press); Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming from C&R Press (2016).

Leah Umansky Is the author of the forthcoming dystopian-themed Straight Away the Emptied World, out by Kattywompus Press in 2016, the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream , voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York. (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013).

Hosted by Rail Fiction Editor Donald Breckenridge

February 28th, 2016

SUNDAY SESSIONS; BOMB presents Again, With Feeling 
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave, New York, New York 11101

with Justin Vivian Bond, Tom Burr, Nicole Eisenman, Joy Episalla, Richard Foreman, Tonya Foster, Hope Gangloff, Miguel Gutierrez, James Hannaham, Ishmael Houston-Jones, David Humphrey, John Keene, Elizabeth LeCompte, Ralph Lemon, Sam Lipsyte, Yuri Masnyj, Alan Ruiz, Christopher Sorrentino, Betsy Sussler, and Linda Yablonsky

The artist-to-artist exchanges in BOMB go beyond simple dialogue to the ideas at the heart of artistic practice. In a Sunday Session celebrating the magazine's 35th anniversary, ten pairs of artists will revisit their original conversations, ranging from: The emotional nitroglycerine Nicole Eisenman finds in David Humphrey's paintings, the aesthetic high Richard Foreman gets from cutting his plays mid-rehearsal, Tom Burr's queering of institutional critique, and Ralph Lemon's spin on racial profiling in the art world.

Participants will go off script and digress, expand, retract, negate, disavow, and redact themselves at will.

Featuring a music performance by Alan Licht.

February 29th, 2016

Book Launch: P is for Pussy by Elissa Blount-Moorhead in conversation with Wangechi Mutu
powerHouse Arena @ 7pm
37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

“P is for Pussy is a hilarious children’s book that illustrates the alphabet using double entendres, but it’s actually more for adults than anyone else.” —BuzzFeed

“It’s official: Go the F*ck to Sleep has been replaced as my go-to gift for parents-to-be. My new pick, P is for Pussy, by Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Meltem Sahin, is the perfect cure for the parenting doldrums: an alphabet picture book of kinky double entendres. It’s delightfully subversive!” — MUTHA Mag

This raunchy alphabet picture book of double entendres, designed as much for parents as it is for kids. Acclaimed artist Wangechi Mutu joins in conversation.

Meet the author! Wine will be served.

Muslim in America: Ayad Akhtar, Rozina Ali, and Haroon Moghul
The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR @ 7pm
44 Charlton St, New York, New York 10014

Co-presented by PEN America and The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.

Join us for conversation about Muslim identity, faith and culture in America and abroad. In the aftermath of the Paris attack and with the 2016 election in view, we discuss identity politics, the normalization of hate speech in the media and the global rise of Anti-Muslim sentiment. WNYC's Arun Venugopal hosts the conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, writer Rozina Ali of The New Yorker and Cairo Review and Haroon Moghul, author of The Order of Light and the upcoming memoir How to Be Muslim.

Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the host of Micropolis, WNYC's ongoing examination of race, sexuality and identity. The series has explored such issues as the global skin-lightening market, the problems with ethnic sitcoms and the meaning of turbans. Arun is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. His commentary on Indian-American issues has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post and the Associated Press. Previously, Venugopal wrote for India Abroad, and served as an editor at the multi-faith website Beliefnet. He lives with his family in Queens.

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in over twenty languages worldwide. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. His stage play Disgraced played at New York's LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in 2012, and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has been the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Haroon Moghul is a liberal academic and commentator on Islam and public affairs. He is currently a PhD candidate at Columbia University. His pieces have been published by numerous websites including The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Al Jazeera English. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a columnist for Al Arabiya's English website and is an active Twitter user. He has authored or contributed to several works including the The Order of Light and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy. His memoir, How To Be a Muslim, is due out in 2016.

Rozina Ali is on the editorial staff at the New Yorker magazine. From 2013-2015, she was a senior editor at the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, and is currently serving as its contributing editor. Her work focuses on how counter-terrorism policies have affected Muslim Americans, national security, and US foreign policy, and has appeared in the New Yorker, Guardian, New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, Salon, HuffPost Live and others.

Lewis Lapham with Renata Adler and Tim Weiner
BookCourt @ 7pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Lewis Lapham discusses the newest issue of Lapham's Quarterly, Spies, which charts the history of espionage from the ancient world to the NSA, with contributors Renata Adler and Tim Weiner.

For More on the Event:
http://bookcourt.com/events/laphams-quarterly-presents-lewis-lapham-and-renata-adler

For more on Spies, the new issue of Lapham's Quarterly:
http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/spies