Franklin Park Reading Series

Monday, May 12, the legendary cultural critic and fiction author LYNNE TILLMAN (What Would Lynne Tillman Do, Someday This Will Be Funny) and acclaimed novelist TOVA MIRVIS (Visible City, The Ladies Auxiliary) will read from their just-released books, and they’ll be joined by Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist JEFF JACKSON (Mira Corpora), widely hailed debut novelist BRENDAN KIELY (The Gospel of Winter), and the award-winning short fiction writer and essayist WAH-MING CHANG (Mississippi Review, Open City). FREE ADMISSION, plus $4 pints and a book raffle!

On April 7, we were thrilled to present fearless and innovative authors KIESE LAYMON (Long Division, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America), JAMI ATTENBERG (The Middlesteins, The Kept Man), D. FOY (Made to Break), ANNE MARIE WIRTH CAUCHON (Nothing), and SASHA FLETCHER (Dear Gloria, When All Our Days are Numbered).

In a special event on March 24, we launched THE MARRIAGE ACT, the thought-provoking, sharply funny memoir by Liza Monroy, a fave alum who appeared at our inaugural event in March 2009. She was joined in the all nonfiction lineup by Jennifer Percy (Demon Camp), Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro (The Bosnia List), and Melynda Fuller (Bust, bookslut.com).

We celebrated our Fifth Anniversary on March 10 with a multigenre event featuring star alums Dani Shapiro (Still Writing, Devotion), Adam Wilson (What’s Important Is Feeling, Flatscreen), and Leah Umansky (Don Dreams and I Dream, Domestic Uncertainties), along with special guests Kyle Minor (Praying Drunk) and Tom Williams (Don’t Start Me Talkin’).

“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, The Orange Suitcase), and short fiction writer Molly Tolsky (The Collagist, Lumina). We were honored to host the official launch of Joseph Riippi’s Civil Coping Mechanisms novel BECAUSE.

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.

We were honored to be named NYC’s best reading series this year by Time Out NY and the Village Voice!!!

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!

On August 12, the Franklin Park Reading Series hosted short fiction icon AMY HEMPEL for an epic reading! For the lowdown, check out Henry Stewart’s recap at The L Magazine.

Learn more about the reading series here.

Follow the reading series on Facebook and Tumblr and curator Penina Roth on Twitter. Email us at franklinparkreadingseries at gmail dot com.

Cover photo courtesy of The Short Form.

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