Sunday, September 12, 2010

Franklin Park Reading Series Monday at 8!

(Matt Stewart, one of this month's readers, shares a unique approach to literary bonus features)

I've gotten a few emails from people new to the area in the last couple of weeks, which makes sense, since it's the time of year when jobs and school start up again. For all those new to Crown Heights (as well as everybody's who's already here), make a point of putting the Franklin Park Reading Series on your calendar. Great writers, interesting themes, performances, and $4 beers, at 8pm every second Monday of the month. You will not be disappointed - Penina Roth puts on one of the best shows in town (this month, the series is featured in New York Magazine and the NY Daily News).

The rest culled from the event page:

This month's reading is headlined by literary innovator Jennifer Egan. Taking our cue from Egan's latest book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, we're exploring the interplay of music, memory, and technology. Egan will be joined by debut author Matt Stewart (The French Revolution), who originally published his novel on Twitter, memoirist, drummer, and Sadie Magazine editor Jesse Sposato, and poet Coriel Gaffney, who will be accompani...ed by Brooklyn indie band The House Floor.

FREE - DRINK SPECIALS - Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue


Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Keep)
Matt Stewart (The French Revolution)
Jesse Sposato (memoirist; Sadie Magazine)
Coriel Gaffney (poet)
The House Floor (band)

JENNIFER EGAN's most recent book is A Visit from the Goon Squad. She is also the author of the novels The Invisible Circus,which was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Look at Me, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Keep, as well as the short story collection Emerald City. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s, and other magazines. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her non-fiction articles appear frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her most recent article, The Bipolar Kid, received a 2009 NAMI Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

MATT STEWART made headlines worldwide when he released his debut novel The French Revolution via Twitter on Bastille Day 2009. His short stories have appeared in Instant City, McSweeney's, Opium Magazine, and other literary publications, and he blogs regularly for The Huffington Post. He lives in San Francisco. The French Revolution is now available from Soft Skull Press.

JESSE SPOSATO is a freelance writer and drummer living in Brooklyn, NY. She co-founded and edits Sadie Magazine, an online counter-culture publication for young women, and she currently writes for the Greenpoint Gazette and Appolicious on a weekly basis. Jesse's stories have been featured by Yahoo! and she has also written for Feminist Review, ELLEgirl, Useless magazine, Time Out New York, and Good Housekeeping, among others. She was recently selected for The Big Jewcy, Jewcy's list of one hundred people they think "deserve to be recognized." Jesse plays the drums in bands Holy Hail and Love Tribe.

CORIEL GAFFNEY is a Brooklyn-based poet who has been featured in New York City at Bar 13 (with the louderARTS Project), Spoken Word Café (R.I.P.), the Literary Salon, and the Bowery Poetry Club with the feminist writing and performance collaborative 500Genders. She has been published in Scapegoat Review. Coriel works as a program coordinator at a non-profit organization and as an adjunct at City College, where she is pursuing her MFA.

THE HOUSE FLOOR is a group of five friends from Blacksburg, Virginia who now live and play music together in Brooklyn. The band’s debut album, Warship, is the sonic interpretation of that friendship. Warship was featured on’s “5 Album” list and the band was profiled on NPR’s program “All Songs Considered.” For more information and to sample The House Floor’s music, visit

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