Join us on Monday, March 10, at 8pm for our 5TH ANNIVERSARY BASH! We’re celebrating with an all-star, multi genre lineup: novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro (Still Writing, Devotion), fiction writers Adam Wilson (What’s Important Is Feeling, Flatscreen), Kyle Minor (Praying Drunk), and Tom Williams (Don’t Start Me Talkin’), and poet Leah Umansky (Don Dreams and I Dream). FREE ADMISSION and $4 pints, plus a raffle for our authors’ books! For more details, please check our Facebook event page.
“Love & Madness” were in the air at our February 10 pre-Valentine’s Day reading, featuring jazz critic and Charlie Parker biographer Stanley Crouch (Kansas City Lightning), novelists Jennifer Gilmore (The Mothers), Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years), and Joseph Riippi (Because), and short fiction writer Molly Tolsky (The Collagist, Lumina).
Our fifth annual Short Fiction Night on January 13 featured master storyteller Ben Marcus (Leaving the Sea), acclaimed debut author Chinelo Okparanta (Happiness, Like Water), FC2 Sukenick Prize for Innovative Fiction winner Luke B. Goebel (Fourteen Stories| None of Them Are Yours), Gigantic magazine cofounder Ann DeWitt (NOON), and rising star Ryan Chang (Vol. 1 Brooklyn). Check out Kate Gavino’s excellent sketches of the event at her blog Last Night’s Reading!
On December 9 we closed 2013 with a bang at our year-end bash featuring Okey Ndibe (Foreign Gods, Inc.), Heiko Julien (I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death), Sean Doyle (The Day Walt Disney Died), and Lauren Belski (Whatever Used to Grow Around Here). Big thanks to Sola Osofisan of africanwriter.com for this incisive recap.
On November 11, at our Transgression reading, taboo-breaking authors Scott McClanahan (Hill William, Crapalachia), Lindsay Hunter (Don’t Kiss Me, Daddy’s), Adelle Waldman (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.), Grazyna Plebanek (Illegal Liaisons), and James Yeh (Gigantic Magazine) had us laughing and cringing at their iniquitous and salacious tales.
October 14 was our Powerhouse Women night, featuring fierce female writers Susan Steinberg (Spectacle, Hydroplane), Laura van den Berg (The Isle of Youth), Vanessa Veselka (Zazen), Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms), and T Kira Madden (The Kenyon Review).
We co-hosted a Bookend Event for the Brooklyn Book Festival with ringShout, the Brooklyn-based literary organization which celebrates work by African American authors. Featured readers were Kiese Laymon (Long Division), Sheri Booker (Nine Years Under), and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah (The Paris Review). Check out Rob Field’s fantastic pics!
Learn more about the reading series here.
Cover photo courtesy of The Short Form.