Monday, April 11, 2011

Franklin Park Reading Series Tonight

ILFA's favorite literary event, the Franklin Park Reading Series, returns to Franklin Park this evening (Monday) with five fantastic authors reading "Coming of Age Tales." As always the readings start at 8pm and the draught beers are $4. More info below:

From madcap adventures in Europe and Latin America to culture conflicts and fateful collisions, DARIN STRAUSS, DEB OLIN UNFERTH, RACHEL SHUKERT, CHIN-SUN LEE & CAMERON PAGE fearlessly explore moments that shaped their lives.

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


DARIN STRAUSS (Half a Life, Chang and Eng)
DEB OLIN UNFERTH (Revolution, Vacation)
RACHEL SHUKERT (Everything Is Going to Be Great, Have You No Shame)
CHIN-SUN LEE (Shadowbox Magazine, SLAB)
CAMERON PAGE (Pax Americana)

DARIN STRAUSS is the author, most recently, of the memoir Half a Life, winner of this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. He is also the international bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy, and the national bestseller More Than It Hurts You. His work has been translated into fourteen languages and published in seventeen countries. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's creative writing program.

DEB OLIN UNFERTH is the author of the recent memoir Revolution, as well as the story collection Minor Robberies and the novel Vacation, winner of the 2009 Cabell First Novelist Award and a New York Times Book Review Critics' Choice. Her work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, The Believer, and the Boston Review. A Harper’s Bazaar “Name to Know in 2011,” she has received two Pushcart Prizes and a 2009 Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature. She teaches at Wesleyan University and currently lives in New York.

HUKERT is a playwright, performer, and the author of the memoirs Everything Is Going to Be Great and Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's and Heeb, and on Salon, Slate, Gawker, Nerve, and The Daily Beast, as well as featured on National Public Radio and in numerous print anthologies. Shukert was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and now lives in New York City with her husband and her bipolar cat.

CHIN-SUN LEE received her MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction at The New School in 2009. Her work has appeared, most recently, in Shadowbox Magazine and is forthcoming in SLAB. As a freelance writer for Margit Publications , she covered trends in fashion and interior design. An East Village resident, she works as a clothing designer and is writing her first novel.

CAMERON PAGE is a playwright and non-fiction writer. His plays have been performed at Pianos in New York City, the D.C. Arts Center in Washington D.C., and on the National Mall. His work has been published in Pax Americana, the D.C. City Paper, and Yale Medicine magazine. In 2007 he was awarded the Lerner Prize for outstanding medical writing. He has worked as a research assistant, an actor, a doctor, and a door-to-door salesman. He lives in Crown Heights.


  1. Thanks so much for getting the word out, Nick! And we're very excited about hosting Cameron Page, a super-talented Crown Heights writer.

  2. is this the order they appear in?

  3. Not necessarily - I can't make it tonight, sadly, but it should be great!