Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting Bigger and Better All the Time: Franklin Park Reading Series on Monday!

Penina has done it again, assembling a great line-up for Monday's edition of the Franklin Park Reading Series that's getting recognized all over the city. Noteworthy shout-outs this time around include the NY Press, who named the series one of the best book events of the summer for the second consecutive year, and a nice a write-up from Courier Life (the Brooklyn Paper parents company).

The series is tomorrow, Monday June 14, at 8:00pm, and takes place, as always, in Franklin Park's Big Bar, which you must enter through Dutch Boy Burger at 766 Franklin. There'll be drink specials, too.

The, rest, per usual, from Penina:

This month's reading (FB page here) is a special one for Crown Heightsers:

Author ZETTA ELLIOTT, who actually hails from Canada, was recently interviewed for the Crown Heights Oral History Project since she's spent so much time here over the years with family and lived in the area for a time.

Her novel A Wish After Midnight explores serious issues of race and class within the framework of a page-turning time travel novel. Brief plot outline: Genna, the 15-year-old black heroine, lives in a dilapidated building in pre-gentrified (2001) Crown Heights. She studies hard, wants to leave her rough neighborhood and become a psychiatrist, and finds solace at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the library. After making a wish on a coin thrown into the BBG fountain she's transported back to Civil War-era Brooklyn.

And I'm totally psyched about blogger, memoirist and former U.S. Army soldier MATT GALLAGHER, who's a 27-year-old Crown Heights transplant. The Washington Post praised his Iraq war memoir KABOOM: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War for providing “raw and insightful snapshots of a conflict many Americans have lost interest in” and called it "hilarious, maddening and terrifying.”

He's getting rave reviews! As of last week Matt was at 1,875 on the Amazon charts. Here's what the Wall Street Journal had to say:

"One of the attractions of Kaboom is its first-hand reporting, unfiltered by a journalist’s interpretative ‘framing.’ Whenever a tense situation arises, whenever bullets start flying, Mr. Gallagher and his soldiers rush to the scene and instinctively take charge through pure force—and we’re right at their side. Mr. Gallagher brings the reader down to the stinking streets, through the sewer water and into meetings with cunning sheiks and sycophants…"

And we have an acclaimed poet, HILA RATZABI, who's also the poetry editor at a literary journal and host of a poetry reading series.

We're also trying something new this time -- SINI ANDERSON and her performance partner AIMEE NORWICH (aka "Amos") will be debuting a brand new piece featuring music and video.