The Franklin Park Reading Series has an even-more-fabulous-than-usual lineup tonight (and that's saying something - past readings have featured Pulitzer Prize winners, bestselling authors, and more) . From their Facebook Page:
No exaggeration -- this is an epic event! Four of today's most exciting young novelists -- KAREN RUSSELL, STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK, TEJU COLE, and DIANA SPECHLER -- are coming to Crown Heights!
From a contemplative walking tour through post-9/11 Manhattan to magical adventures in the Florida swamps, our acclaimed authors will share provocative and compelling stories from their latest novels.
As always, the fun is FREE and the drink special will be $4 pints.
BY SUBWAY: Take the 2. 3. 4 or 5 to Franklin Avenue.
KAREN RUSSELL (Swamplandia!, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves) STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK (The Storm at the Door, The Story of Forgetting) TEJU COLE (Open City) DIANA SPECHLER (Skinny, Who by Fire)
KAREN RUSSELL, a native of Miami, is the author of the novel Swamplandia! and the short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.
STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK was born in 1982 and grew up in Texas. His first novel, The Story of Forgetting, won Best First Fiction at the Rome International Festival of Literature, the 2008 Merck Serono Literature Prize and the 2009 Fiction Award from The Writers’ League of Texas. The Story of Forgetting was also a finalist for the debut fiction awards from IndieBound, Salon du Livre and The Center for Fiction. His second novel, The Storm at the Door, will be released on June 21. He lives in Brooklyn.
TEJU COLE was raised in Nigeria and came to the United States in 1992. He is a writer, photographer, and professional historian of early Netherlandish art. Open City is his first novel. He lives in New York City.
DIANA SPECHLER is the author of the novels Who By Fire and, most recently, Skinny. She has written for The New York Times, GQ, O Magazine, Esquire, Self, Details.com, the Wall Street Journal online, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. She teaches writing in New York City.