Sunday, October 09, 2011

Nocturnes on Monday At the Franklin Park Reading Series

Has it been a month already? Time flies - at any rate, it's time once again for the fabulous Franklin Park Reading Series (as mentioned in New York Magazine as a top-12 event for the long weekend)! From their FB page:

This month’s reading focuses on “Nocturnes,” as interpreted by the influential novelist ALEXANDER CHEE (Edinburgh), literary iconoclast BLAKE BUTLER (There Is No Year), poet ROBIN BETH SCHAER (Tin House), and short fiction authors SCOTT MCCLANAHAN (Stories V!) and SARAH ROSE ETTER (Tongue Party). In their innovative work, these authors delve into the dark side of urban nightlife, share their hallucinations and nightmares, and offer lyrical meditations on sleep disturbances like somnambulism and insomnia.

This will also be the official launch of Blake Butler's highly anticipated nonfiction book NOTHING: A PORTRAIT OF INSOMNIA.

As always, the fun is FREE and the drink special will be $4 pints.

BOOK RAFFLE: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Blake Butler's most recent novel THERE IS NO YEAR.

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


ALEXANDER CHEE (Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night)
BLAKE BUTLER (There Is No Year, Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia)
SCOTT MCCLANAHAN (Stories, Stories II, Stories V!)

ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels The Queen of the Night (forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), which won the Michener Copernicus Prize, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Lit Award, and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize and was named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship in Fiction, he has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ledig House, the Hermitage, and Civitella Ranieri. He has written essays and stories for Granta, the Paris Review Daily, NPR, and the Morning News, where he is a contributing writer, and many other outlets online and in print. He has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the New School, Wesleyan, and Amherst. Currently, he lives in New York City and teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University. He blogs at

BLAKE BUTLER is the author of the novel There Is No Year, the novella Ever, and the novel-in-stories Scorch Atlas, named Novel of the Year by 3:AM Magazine and a finalist for the Believer Book of the Year Award. He edits HTML Giant, “the internet literature magazine blog of the future,” as well as two journals of innovative text, Lamination Colony and No Colony. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Unsaid, Fence, and Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2009, and in many other places online and in print. He has also been shortlisted in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He blogs at and lives in Atlanta.

ROBIN BETH SCHAER’s poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, Tin House, and Prairie Schooner, and other publications. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerassi, and the Saltonstall Foundation. She teaches writing on both sides of the Hudson, occasionally lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, and moonlights as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty.

SCOTT MCLANAHAN is the author of Stories and Stories II (published by Six Gallery Press), and, most recently, Stories V! (Holler Presents). His debut novel, Hill William, will be released by Tyrant Books in 2012. His other forthcoming works include the novel Crapalachia and the nonfiction book The Nightmares. Currently, he lives in West Virginia and is a filmmaker and co-partner at Holler Presents.

SARAH ROSE ETTER is the author of Tongue Party (Caketrain Press), which was selected by Deb Olin Unferth as the winner of the 2010 Caketrain chapbook competition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Flatmancrooked, PANK Magazine, elimae, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. Her stories have also been performed in London by the Liars' League. She earned her B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Rosemont College. She lives in Philadelphia, where she is co-curator of the Tire Fire Readings.

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