Monday, May 10, 2010

Franklin Park Reading Series TONIGHT

I proclaimed last month's FP Reading Series the best yet, but based on the attention this month's event is getting, that assertion may be dated very soon. Penina's latest edition, "Radicals, Seekers, and Believers," has already been noticed this week by Time Out New York and New York Magazine, and one of her readers, David Goodwillie, has been interviewed in the Wall Street Journal and reviewed in the New York Times. Below is Penina's release for the event (via Facebook), which kicks off tonight in the Big Bar at Franklin Park (remember to enter through Dutch Boy Burger at 766 Franklin).

Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin
Bus: B44, B48 from Williamsburg and Bed Stuy



DANI SHAPIRO (Devotion, Black & White, Slow Motion)
DAVID GOODWILLIE (American Subversive, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time)
ELICIA BERGER (Huffington Post, The Liar Show)
HEATHER KRISTIN (Huffington Post, memoirist)

This is a night for radicals, seekers and believers (and their friends):

DAVID GOODWILLIE exposes the chilling world of underground radicals in his new novel American Subversive.

DANI SHAPIRO reveals her spiritual odyssey in her latest memoir, Devotion.

ELICIA BERGER shares stories from her multi-culti childhood.

HEATHER KRISTIN recounts a gritty urban upbringing by a Christian fundamentalist mother.

DANI SHAPIRO's most recent book is the memoir Devotion. She is also the author of five novels, including Black & White and Family History, and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Elle, Vogue, Bookforum, Oprah, and Ploughshares, among others, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and guest editor of Best New American Voices 2010. She lives with her husband and son in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

DAVID GOODWILLIE is the author of the new novel American Subversive and the memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, for which he was named one of the “Best New Writers of 2006″ by the PEN American Center. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and web sites, including New York, Men’s Health, Black Book, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Rumpus, and Deadspin. He has also played professional baseball, worked as a private investigator, and been an expert at Sotheby’s auction house. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lives and works in New York City.

ELICIA BERGER is a freelance writer, editor, and storyteller. By day, she writes smart-sounding things for the United Nations and the Huffington Post. By night, she spews her various neuroses onto the page to delight and appall readers and audiences alike. She can be seen performing in various storytelling shows throughout the city such as RISK!, TOLD, and The Liar Show. To learn about Elicia's upcoming shows, check her out at

HEATHER KRISTIN, a graduate of The New School, was born and raised in New York City. She studied at the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Kirkus Reviews, the L Magazine, New York Press, West Side Spirit, the Russian St. Petersburg Times, on J.T. Leroy’s website, and in other places. She is a two-time recipient of the SAG and AFTRA personal essay awards and is a mentor at Girls Write Now. Currently, she is working on a memoir about being a homeless child and street performer from Hell’s Kitchen.


  1. Yeah? What time? Or is the secret allowed only to subversive free-spirit radicals who signed up for Facebook? Thanks!


  2. Yikes, I thought that was in the copied text. The event was at 8pm, though that's hardly of use now.