About the Franklin Park Reading Series

Franklin Park reading series coverJoin us on the second Monday of each month for readings from emerging and established fiction writers, memoirists, poets, and storytellers, We showcase local talent and host authors from around the world.

Admission is FREE, and we offer a $4 draft drink special for literary enthusiasts.

In September we’re hosting two major lit events:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7-8:30: We’re partnering with ringShout on our annual Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event, featuring readings and conversation with new and notable African-American writers who are shifting the literary landscape. We’re thrilled to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gregory Pardlo (Digest) and acclaimed novelists James Hannaham (Delicious Foods) and Angela Flournoy (The Turner House). With the $6 cover charge, you’ll get a free beer or glass of wine. Please see our Facebook event page for more details.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 8-10pm: The Franklin Park Reading Series Fall Kick Off, featuring five of today’s most acclaimed, innovative novelists — Valeria Luiselli, Helen Phillips, T Geronimo Johnson, Karl Taro Greenfeld, and Aatish Taseer — and the author of an incisive travelogue of Southern lit, Margaret Eby. FREE ADMISSION, plus $4 drafts and a raffle for the authors’ books! Find more details on our Facebook event page. Please note: In a rare exception to our second Monday schedule, September’s reading will be held on the third Monday.

The series has been recommended and covered by numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, the NY Daily News, BOMB, The Rumpus, Tin House, Flavorpill, Electric Literature, and the Brooklyn Paper. Time Out New York named us NYC’s Best Literary Series, and the Village Voice gave us a Best of NYC award for Best Reading Series.

Our readers, past and scheduled, include Jennifer Egan, Edwidge Danticat, Amy Hempel, Colson Whitehead, Mary Gaitskill, Sam Lipsyte, A.M. Homes, Karen Russell, Jim Shepard, Ben Marcus, Darin Strauss, Rick Moody, Victor LaValle, Wayne Koestenbaum, Claire Vaye Watkins, Lev Grossman, Teju Cole, Shalom Auslander, Heidi Julavits, Stanley Crouch, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Hannah Tinti, Elissa Schappell, Ben Greenman, Brian Evenson, Tova Mirvis, Fiona Maazel, Christine Schutt, Vanessa Veselka, Mark Leyner, Diane Williams, Teddy Wayne, Lindsay Hunter, Toure, Stephen Elliott, Nick Flynn, Tayari Jones, Justin Taylor, Blake Butler, Amelia Gray, Dani Shapiro, Alexander Chee, Susan Steinberg, Gary Lutz, Joshua Cohen, John Wray, Jennifer Gilmore, Lynne Tillman, Matt Bell, Adam Wilson, Julia Fierro, Michael Showalter, Ophira Eisenberg, Jami Attenberg, Emma Straub, Danielle Evans, Stefan Merrill Block, Michael Kimball, Martha Southgate, Deb Olin Unferth, J. Robert Lennon, David Goodwillie, Joshua Mohr, Joshua Henkin, Lars Iyer, Scott McClanahan, Adelle Waldman, Amy Sohn, Patrick Somerville, Laura van den Berg, Karolina Waclawiak, Marie-Helene Bertino, Paula Bomer, Stephen O’Connor, David Gilbert, Leigh Newman, Emily Raboteau, Okey Ndibe, Elliott Holt, Sarah Bruni, Roxane Gay, Tom Williams, Heiko Julien, Helen Phillips, Robert Lopez, Monique Truong, Tiphanie Yanique, James Hannaham, Alison Espach, Chinelo Okparanta, William Giraldi, Mike Young, Melissa Broder, Mitchell S. Jackson, Aryn Kyle, Nelly Reifler, James Boice, Noy Holland, Amy Brill, Kate Zambreno, Jac Jemc, T. Geronimo Johnson, Elizabeth Ellen, Kendra Grant Malone, Alexi Zentner, Sam Michel, Rachel Shukert, Liza Monroy, Chiara Barzini, Amber Sparks, Gabriel Blackwell, Benjamin Hale, Seth Fried, Susan Shapiro, Matthue Roth, Royal Young, Joseph Riippi, Melissa Febos, Kyle Minor, Tim Horvath, and Dylan Nice.

For more literary doings, follow the Franklin Park Reading Series on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram and host Penina Roth on Twitter. Email us at franklinparkreadingseries at gmail dot com.

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