Monday, March 12, 2012

Celebrate Three Fantastic Years with the Franklin Park Reading Series Tonight

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES 3/12: AUSLANDER/WILSON/BRODER/WOODS/TOWNSEND
It's been three whole years since journalist, author, and local literary booster extraordinaire Penina Roth first hosted the Franklin Park Reading Series, and what an impressive run it's been. The series has grown from a local event to a white-hot-must-see-mentioned-in-all-the-right-places literary salon that's hosted winners of every prize from the O. Henry to the Pulitzer, but it still holds its Crown Heights roots dear, showcasing local authors every month. Tonight's event promises to be a great show, complete with hilarious readings of prose and poetry, screenings of illustrated stories and comics, candy donated by The Candy Rush, and of course, the always popular $4 pints. See you there!

The complete invite, via FB:

Hope you can join us on March 12, when we celebrate three great years of prose and poetry in Crown Heights -- NYC's hottest literary community! The event features comic novelists SHALOM AUSLANDER, described in the NY Times as "an absurdist with a deep sense of gravitas" and ADAM WILSON, whose debut novel FLATSCREEN was praised by Time Out NY as "depressingly hilarious and undeniably real." At this multigenre event, poet MELISSA BRODER (Meat Heart) will share her incendiary work, and acclaimed graphic novelist JOHN DERMOT WOODS (The Complete Collection of People, Places and Things) will screen his illustrated stories and comics. We'll also be showcasing up-and-coming Crown Heights author BEN TOWNSEND (Stonecutter Journal).

Featuring:

SHALOM AUSLANDER (Hope: A Tragedy)
ADAM WILSON (Flatscreen)
MELISSA BRODER (Meat Heart)
JOHN DERMOT WOODS (The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things)
BEN TOWNSEND (Stonecutter Journal)

SHALOM AUSLANDER was raised in Monsey, New York. He is the author of the novel Hope: A Tragedy, as well as the short story collection Beware of God and the internationally bestselling memoir Foreskin’s Lament, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Slate. Nominated for the Koret Jewish Book Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Tablet and has had stories aired on NPR’s This American Life. He lives in upstate New York.

ADAM WILSON is the author of the novel Flatscreen. His fiction has appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review,Washington Square Review, New York Tyrant, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, The Coffin Factory, and elimae, as well as the anthology Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. A founding editor of the The Faster Times and former culture critic for Blackbook, he is currently a regular contributor to Bookforum and The Paris Review Daily. His essays, journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Forward, The Rumpus, and the anthologies Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas. He holds an MFA from Columbia University, where he received a fellowship, and teaches creative writing at NYU and the Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat.

MELISSA BRODER is the author of two poetry collections, Meat Heart and When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, Court Green, The Missouri Review online, Barrelhouse, The Awl, Drunken Boat, and other places. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop in New York. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin.

JOHN DERMOT WOODS draws comics and writes stories in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things. The image-text novel he wrote with J.A. Tyler, No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear, has recently been published by Jaded Ibis Press. A collection of his comics will be released by Publishing Genius Press later this spring, and a collection of his illustrated stories, The Baltimore Atrocities, is forthcoming. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Fairytale Review, The Collagist, Hobart, Caketrain, Opium, The Salt Hill Review, The Indiana Review, and 3rd Bed. A professor of English at Nassau Community College, he is also the editor of the arts quarterly Action, Yes and co-curator of the Soda Series readings in Brooklyn.

BEN TOWNSEND grew up in a brown house on a small hill overlooking a very large cornfield. He has since lived in a few different places and still owes library fines in Ann Arbor, MI, Lexington, VA, and New York City, where he currently resides. He holds a Comparative Literature degree from the University of Michigan, and has published fiction in Stonecutter Journal. He now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn home.

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