Sunday, March 13, 2011

Come Celebrate Two Fantastic Years of the Franklin Park Reading Series Tomorow

A sure sign that ILFA is getting old - the Franklin Park Reading Series turns TWO this Monday, and they're celebrating in style with $4 drafts and cake, as well as a quintet of fantastic authors. The show starts at 8pm at Franklin Park (St. John's just west of Franklin), and there's more info on their Facebook page, which I've copied below with author links.

Join the party! We're celebrating with friends old and new...
Our stars include BENJAMIN HALE, author of the hilarious and poignant new novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, returning favorites JAMI ATTENBERG (The Melting Season, The Kept Man) and SUSAN SHAPIRO (Overexposed, Speed Shrinking), celebrity comedian OPHIRA EISENBERG, and irreverent memoirist MOSHE SCHULMAN. And there will be cake and cheap beer!

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


BENJAMIN HALE (The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore)
JAMI ATTENBERG (The Melting Season, The Kept Man)
SUSAN SHAPIRO (Speed Shrinking, Overexposed)

BENJAMIN HALE is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He received a University of Iowa Provost’s Fellowship to write The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, which also went on to win a Michener-Copernicus Award. He has been a night shift baker, a trompe l’oeil painter, a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a technical writer. He grew up in Colorado and now lives in New York.

JAMI ATTENBERG is the author of the short story collection Instant Love and the novels The Melting Season and The Kept Man. She has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Nylon, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Salon, Time Out NY, The Awl, and other publications. Her fiction has been published by Nerve, Five Chapters, Smokelong Quarterly, 3: AM Magazine, and Spork. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, including Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone, Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts, and Rumpus Women: Volume 1. She also wrote Wicked: The Musical: A Pop-up Compendium. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, will be published in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and blogs at

SUSAN SHAPIRO, a Manhattan journalism professor, has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Newsweek, The Nation,, Daily Beast, The Forward, Village Voice, Time Out NY, People, Marie Claire, Glamour. Cosmopolitan, and other publications. She's editor of Food for the Soul, author of two comic novels, Overexposed and Speed Shrinking, as well as the nonfiction books Only as Good as Your Word, Lighting Up, Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic, the upcoming Unhooked, and Five Men Who Broke My Heart, optioned for a feature film. She lives with her husband, a TV/film writer, in Greenwich Village, where she teaches her popular "instant gratification takes too long" writing method at the New School, NYU, and in private workshops and seminars.

OPHIRA EISENBERG is an acclaimed comedian and storyteller. Selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that "Funny People Find Funny,” Ophira has appeared on Comedy Central, VH-1, Fox, E! Channel, the Oxygen Network, and the Discovery Channel. She regularly performs onstage at The Moth, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, and The Liar Show. Ophira’s shows have been highly recommended by the New York Times, New York Post, and Time Out. Her writing has been featured in five anthologies, including I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics, Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled, and Heeb Magazine’s Sex, Drugs, and Gelfite Fish. She is also a regular contributor to US Weekly's Fashion Police,,,, and The Comedians Magazine. Her acting credits include the award-winning independent film The Overlookers, Showtime's Queer As Folk, and CBS’s The Guardian.

MOSHE SCHULMAN was raised in the Ultra Orthodox Jewish town of Monsey, New York. When he was only eight days old he was given a blessing, at his bris, to become greater than the greatest rabbi of his time. At the age of sixteen he made the decision to abandon that blessing, left his yeshiva community, attended public school, and entered the secular world. His nonfiction work has been published in WORDS and at The Rumpus. He’s been a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Tin House Writing Workshop, and was the recipient of a Waiter Scholarship in Nonfiction from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 2009. He’s currently at work on his first book, a memoir, about leaving the Ultra Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey, New York. He’s also one of eight children…that he knows of.

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