The first Franklin Park Reading Series of 2012 promises to be a great show, with literary luminaries Sam Lipsyte and Gary Lutz joining up-and-coming writers Catherine Lacey, Mitch Levenberg, and Christine Vines (a Crown Heightster) for the third annual short fiction night. To give you an idea of what a rare treat it is to have these writers in the neighborhood, leading literary blog The Rumpus calls Lipsyte today's "greatest comic novelist" and BOMB Magazine says "his sentences burn with the reckless and gaudy flame of homemade pyrotechnics," while writer Ben Marcus says Lutz "is a sentence writer from another planet, deploying language with unmatched invention." As usual, the drinks will be cheap and the show starts at 8pm (though given how much buzz this event has generated on blogs, events roundups, and twitter, ILFA recommends getting there early).
More from their FB page:
We're super excited about our January 9 reading, which is our third annual short fiction night! Two of contemporary fiction's most acclaimed and influential authors, SAM LIPSYTE (The Ask, Home Land) and GARY LUTZ (Divorcer, Stories in the Worst Way), will be joined by new... stars CATHERINE LACEY (Fifty-Two Stories, The Believer), MITCH LEVENBERG (Fiction, The Saint Ann's Review) and CHRISTINE VINES, the curator of the Fiction Addiction reading series.
As a sponsor of this special event, the literary magazine The Coffin Factory will be giving away copies of its latest issue to the first 50 attendees.
FREE! $4 PINTS!
SUBWAY: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
SAM LIPSYTE (The Ask, Home Land)
GARY LUTZ (Divorcer, Stories in the Worst Way)
CATHERINE LACEY (Fifty-Two Stories, The Believer)
MITCH LEVENBERG (Fiction, The Saint Ann’s Review)
CHRISTINE VINES (Fiction Addiction)
SAM LIPSYTE is the author of the novels The Ask, The Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2005 and winner of the Believer Book Award. He is also the author of the story collection Venus Drive, named one of the 25 Best Books of 2000 by The Village Voice Literary Supplement. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, Tin House, Noon, N+1, McSweeney's, Esquire, The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post, among other places. In 2008 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York and is a professor of fiction at Columbia University.
GARY LUTZ is the author of the short story collections Stories in the Worst Way, I Looked Alive, Partial List of People to Bleach and, most recently, Divorcer. His work has appeared in Noon, Conjunctions, Unsaid, Fence, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, Cimarron Review, Slate and other publications. His story “People Shouldn’t Have to be the Ones to Tell You” was featured in the anthology The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. A recipient of a literature grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently a professor of English and composition at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
CATHERINE LACEY has published fiction and nonfiction in Fifty-Two Stories, Cousin Corinne's Reminder, The Believer, elimae and other places. She co-owns and operates a B&B in downtown Brooklyn called 3B.
MITCH LEVENBERG has published essays and short fiction in journals such as The New Delta Review, Fiction, The Assisi Journal and The Saint Ann’s Review and is the author of a story collection, Principles of Uncertainty and Other Constants. Two of his essays about his father’s experiences in the Philippines during the Second World War were included in the anthologies Pain and Memory and Common Boundary. Currently, he is working on a book of poetry, Transformational Love, and teaches at St. Francis College and New York University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
CHRISTINE VINES is a fiction writer and the curator of Fiction Addiction, a reading series in the East Village. She received a BA in English from Vassar College and lives in Crown Heights.