Wednesday, October 07, 2009

October Readings Coming Up!

I just got the latest on the October Reading Series at Franklin Park--looks to be a good one! As the theme is "Music and Mayhem," there'll be some tunes this time, too. A special shout-out to local blogger/community activist/photographer/all-around awesome guy (based on one brief chat and everything I've heard about him) Ferentz Lafargue, who founded and edit's Crown Height's premier online destination, Nostrand Park.

Also, if you're interested in staffing the bookselling table at this event, use the facebook link below to get in touch with Penina Roth, the series organizer, who is looking for some steady help in that department.

Here are the details (facebook invite here):

Franklin Park Reading Series -- "Music and Mayhem Night"
Monday, October 19, 8-10pm


Featured writers/performers:

Sarah Rainone (Love Will Tear Us Apart)
Ferentz Lafargue (Songs in the Key of My Life)
Saurabh Tak (Moth StorySLAM champion, SpeakEasy DC)
Lauren Mooney (URB Magazine,, Pomp & Circumstance)
Keegan DeWitt (singer-songwriter, film composer)

SARAH RAINONE, author of the debut novel Love Will Tear Us Apart, is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked for Doubleday and Harper Collins, interned at the Providence Phoenix and is a member of the Authors' Guild. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Magazine Journalism and English programs, she grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island. As a bass player and improv student, she has performed at The Blue Note and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

FERENTZ LAFARGUE, the author of the memoir Songs in the Key of My Life, is an assistant professor of Literary Studies at The New School’s Eugene Lang College. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, he is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the “virtual town square” of Crown Heights, where he currently resides. His essays on politics, entertainment, community outreach and the Haitian diaspora have appeared in, Bronx Biannual, the collections Starting With I (Persea Books, 1997) and Strong Teens, Strong Neighborhoods (2007) and The Huffington Post. His forthcoming project, Country City Country, is a blend of memoir and social analysis exploring relationships between Haiti and the United States.

SAURABH TAK (or just “Tak”), a Moth StorySLAM winner, has been featured as a storyteller at Columbia University in New York, for Speakeasy DC in Washington DC and for Un-cabaret in Los Angeles. Most recently, he won rave reviews at DC’s Capital Fringe Festival for his tale of Lust in the Speakeasy Stories showcase, “The Sin Show “ (seven sins, seven stories!). A Crown Heights resident, Tak has also published opinion pieces in The Washington Post and on the blog, The Moderate Voice.

LAUREN MOONEY is the music editor of the arts and culture magazine Pomp & Circumstance and a freelance writer for URB Magazine and A Brooklyn resident, she describes her current project, a memoir about her coming-of-age as a rock journalist, as “Joan Didion meets Lesley Arfin.”

KEEGAN DEWITT is a singer-songwriter and composer with a unique talent for translating the human experience into art. His score work began with the SXSW selected "Dance Party USA" and the Independent Spirit Award-nominated, New York Times Critic's Pick "Quiet City." Since then, he has scored over 10 different films in the span of three years and released two albums and an EP of his string-laden chamber pop. He attended the film conservatory at SUNY Purchase and is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company. A native of Portland, Oregon, Keegan now divides his time between Nashville and Brooklyn.

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