Saturday, January 09, 2010

Brooklyn Loves Books - Reading Series On Monday!

It's hardly news to write that Brooklyn has a way of attracting literary luminaries, but that didn't stop the Times from putting together a nice little book-lover's tour of Fort Greene this weekend. Spike Lee's childhood home does perpetual battle with Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights for the coveted "most authors per capita" neighborhood title, but our local salonista, Penina Roth, wants to put Crown Heights in the mix.

Having built the Franklin Park Reading Series into a staple event of the local cultural calendar, Ms. Roth is now making it her mission "to showcase local and emerging writers and bring in established headliners to inspire our neighborhood's growing literary community." To that end, this Monday's Short Fiction reading will feature two Crown Heights authors, as well as a third from neighboring Bed-Stuy. The complete lineup, copied from the event's facebook page, is below, but for now, make sure you make it to Franklin Park this Monday, January 11th, at 8pm.

Also, one of the stars of the December Reading Series, D.W. Lichtenberg, will be reading across the river at Think Coffee in Noho with Brooklyn writer Andrew Lane Palmer on Wednesday, January 13th. If you liked his stuff before, go support him again!



We're celebrating the new year and the revival of the short story by showcasing the work of three emerging local writers -- COURTNEY ELIZABETH MAUK, ALEXIOS MOORE, and VICTORIA CHO.

HANNAH TINTI, one of today's most celebrated short story writers -- and a leading booster of the form -- will be sharing her own work and lending inspiration.

And JAKE GOLDMAN, co-host of the acclaimed storytelling series True Tales of College, will tell his own absorbing tales.


HANNAH TINTI (The Good Thief, Animal Crackers, One Story magazine)
ALEXIOS MOORE (The Dos Passos Review, H.O.W. Journal)
VICTORIA CHO (, Escape Into Life)
JAKE GOLDMAN (True Tales of College)

HANNAH TINTI grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2008, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. Hannah also recently won the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for her editorial work at One Story.

COURTNEY ELIZABETH MAUK has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Literary Review, Forge Journal, PANK, Word Riot, and the anthology Gravity Fiction. She has had two short stories nominated for this year's Pushcart Prize. She lives in Crown Heights and teaches writing at College of Staten Island. She currently is at work on a novel.

ALEXIOS MOORE writes real stories that aren't true and true stories that aren't real. His non-fiction stories have been published in Pindelyboz, H.O.W., Post Road, and he is publishing his first short story in the upcoming issue of The Dos Passos Review. Alexios recently completed a residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is a contributing editor to H.O.W. Journal. He teaches writing at Eugene Lang College and the College of New Rochelle, and makes his home in Bedford-Stuyvesent.

VICTORIA CHO writes articles for social and environmental organizations, as well as essays and short fiction. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Victoria fled the South and received a Bachelor's in Film from Boston University. She worked on various independent film projects in New York, then left the business to write and travel. She has recently returned from teaching English in Thailand. In addition to the social change blogs Take Part, EcoHearth and All Day Buffet, her writing has appeared online in the literary magazines Escape Into Life, Bartleby Snopes and Tragic Pens. She has lived in Crown Heights since June 2009.

JAKE GOLDMAN, co-host of the storytelling series True Tales of College, is a writer and performer living in Queens. His work has been seen in The NY Press, CBS News and the Huffington Post.

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