Sunday, August 08, 2010

Reading Series TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is going to be hot. Again. And it's a Monday. Again. But unlike most Mondays, there's a light waiting at the end of this one, a cool, dark, well-air-conditioned bar serving $4 dollar drafts all night where you can cozy up in a big booth and listen to the most interesting new authors and comedians from Brooklyn and beyond.

I'm speaking, of course, of the latest edition of the Franklin Park Reading Series, "Hilarity and Heartbreak Night," which kicks off tomorrow at 8pm. There's more on the readers below, and it's worth mentioning that the Series is yet again a critic's pick in New York Magazine, Time Out, the Village Voice, and the Daily News.

ARYN KYLE (Boys and Girls Like You and Me, The God of Animals)
JON FRIEDMAN (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show)
OLENA JENNINGS (KGB Bar Lit, The Millions)
JUSTIN MITCHELL (Fawlt Magazine, Neverlands and Otherwheres)

Whether the subject is romantic yearning, thwarted ambition or an absurdist dystopia, our August readers find humor in life’s most poignant moments.

ARYN KYLE was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is the author, most recently, of the story collection Boys and Girls Like You and Me. Her debut novel, The God of Animals, was an international bestseller and the winner of an American Library Association’s Alex Award, a PNBA Award, an MPIBA Award, and others. The God of Animals was chosen as a Book Sense Pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title, and was named by Amazon as the Number One Fiction Debut of 2007. Aryn’s short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Best American Short Stories 2007, Best New American Voices 2005, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award and a National Magazine Award in fiction. She lives in New York City.

JON FRIEDMAN is a writer, comedian and producer living in Brooklyn and currently writing/blogging for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for which he won an Emmy. He is the creator/producer and host of the popular variety show, The Rejection Show, and many other unique live events, including The NYC Beard and Moustache Championships and New York’s ECNY Awards. Jon’s first book, the award winning Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped & Canceled, a humor anthology of rejected works, was released in 2009 with Villard (Random House). He performs regularly at literary events and stand-up comedy venues throughout New York City and beyond. His solo show, Bear With Me is currently running at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York.

Jon's projects have been featured on NPR, The Today Show, The LA Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Sound of Young America, ABC News, The Dennis Miller Show, The Howard Stern Show, and other media outlets.

OLENA JENNINGS completed her MFA at Columbia University and her MA at the University of Alberta. Her translations from the Ukrainian have been published in Poetry International, Poetry International Web, Chelsea, and the Wolf. Her feature articles and book reviews can be found on KGB Bar Lit, Fanzine, and the Millions. She works in various capacities at Yara Arts Group.

JUSTIN MITCHELL was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2002 with a degree in theatre. He has also lived in Connecticut, Portland, Prague, Cambodia, and Korea, and traveled in China, Mongolia, Chile, and Argentina. He enjoys writing both literary and speculative fiction, and has had work published in Bewildering Stories, Diet Soap, Cantaraville, and Fawlt magazine, often under his erstwhile pseudonym, Maxwell James. His story "The Forms" was also featured in Susurrus Press' Neverlands and Otherwheres anthology. For links to his speculative work, visit A Crown Heights resident, Mitchell is also the author of the novel The Most Perfect Version.


Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue


  1. Hey Nick! I'm Alisha I live off Franklin Ave and just stumbled upon your blog this week - I'm in love! It's so great to find someone who loves this hood as much as me. Great coverage of these local events, something to look forward to this summer. Would love to cross paths some time as I also am a blogger ( Best of luck with this blog and keep the posts coming!

  2. Quick shout out.. this isn't on franklin, but still in the same neighborhood:

    Port D'Or
    841 Sterling Place, Brooklyn
    Date: Tue, Aug 10th (tonight!)
    Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Cost: Free

    “An exhibition of contemporary work of inner space. Zone Zero is the center, a brain tuned to its own synaptic snaps. It is a state of inner dialogue, or inner monologue that is active, not reactive. It is consciousness; it is stream of consciousness; the world is not enough. To fearful outsiders, it appears as a barren landscape; however, the initiated know the zone to be infinitesimally expansive. It collapses onto itself in mirrored feedback. It is elemental.

    Our first extended art show at Port ‘Or starts at Zone Zero. This show brings together artists working in performance art, film, experimental theater, the art world, the underground, and the outdoors. With Ben Boatright, Crow Hill Gnostic Temple, Keith Connolly and Tom Thayer, Kyle Eyre Clyde, Dylan Hay, Natsuko Uchino, Mary Kidd, and Turner Williams.”