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, and poets, 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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 8PM: We’re kicking off our fall season with fresh fiction from lit stars MANUEL GONZALES (The Regional Office Is Under Attack!, The Miniature Wife), HELEN PHILLIPS (Some Possible Solutions, The Beautiful Bureaucrat), TOBIAS CARROLL (Transitory, Reel), GINA FRANGELLO (Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men), and IRINA REYN (The Imperial Wife, What Happened to Anna K.). Free Admission and $4 drafts, plus a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books. Find more details on our Facebook event page.

SPECIAL EVENT — TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 8PM: We’re teaming up with the Brooklyn Public Library to feature the finalists for BPL’s Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, recognizing the fiction and nonfiction books of the past year that best embody the Brooklyn spirit. The prize is awarded by the Brooklyn Eagles, BPL’s fun group of engaged young supporters, and the winners will be announced at the Brooklyn Classic Fall Benefit on October 21. Stay tuned for the announcement of the featured authors 8/29! This is an official 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival event. As with all Franklin Park literary events, admission is free, and there will be a $4 draft drink special. See our Facebook event page for more details.

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, the Paris Review, Tin House, Flavorpill, Electric Literature, and the Brooklyn Paper. Time Out New York named FP 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, Marlon James, 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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