Saturday, April 10, 2010

MUST SEE: Franklin Park Reading Series This Monday, April 12

Alright everybody, I know it's a Monday night, but this is (a) required reading: Reading series curator extraordinaire Penina Roth is bringing Mary Gaitskill to Crown Heights. For those who don't know her work, she's a super-duper-star, someone who rarely reads in NYC and who will doubtless bring some serious fans out to our nabe to check things out (there's a reason TimeOut and the Daily News made this month's series a critic's pick). If you need further convincing, check out this pair of short stories. For those who DO know her work, well, you know you'd be a fool to skip it.

The rest, as usual, is straight from Penina. See you on Monday at 8pm, and don't forget that you have to enter through Dutch Boy Burger. Drink specials will be flowing freely, too.

"We're honored to host literary icon MARY GAITSKILL in a very rare New York City appearance. Ms. Gaitskill will read from her latest story collection, Don't Cry, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. She'll be joined by writer/storyteller RYAN BRITT, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet KATIE BYRUM, and essayist and memoirist MAX ROSS (a Crown Heights local)."

Franklin Park Reading Series: Mary Gaitskill

April 12, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
766 Franklin Avenue (Dutch Boy Burger entrance), between Lincoln Pl. and St. Johns Pl.

Please note that the entrance has been changed due to temporary construction.

Featured authors:

MARY GAITSKILL (Don't Cry, Veronica, Bad Behavior)
RYAN BRITT (Nerve, The Liar Show)
KATIE BYRUM (Pushcart Prize Nominee for Poetry)
MAX ROSS (The Onion, The Harvard Review)

MARY GAITSKILL’s most recent book is Don’t Cry. She is also the author of two other story collections, Because They Wanted To (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award) and Bad Behavior. A story from Bad Behavior, “Secretary,” was the basis for the film of the same name. Her novels include Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University.

RYAN BRITT’s writing has been published with Nerve and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood and is forthcoming in Opium and Clarkesworld. He has performed stories on stage with The Liar Show, The Moth, and Stripped Stories. Ryan's plays have enjoyed staged readings and full productions in New York City with Collective Unconscious, The Longest Lunch Theatre Company, and The Tank. He lives in Brooklyn.

KATIE BYRUM is a poet from Louisville, KY. In 2008 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and is a copy editor for Electric Literature and The Feminist Press.

MAX ROSS has written for a number of magazines that turned into websites, some of which still actually exist. His work has been published in The Onion, The Harvard Review, and The Rumpus, and he's working on a collection of stories titled Masters in Sadness.


  1. Great research, Nick! And I love "super-duper-star." :) See you soon!

  2. is the big room open again?

  3. The big room is half-open: you can only access it from Dutch Boy Burger, not from the original entrance, and they've curtained off the DJ booth/platform seating area to comply with existing occupancy requirements until they can get the property re-inspected. Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.