Monday, April 16, 2012

Franklin Park Reading Series Tonight at 8pm

The readings return with another incredible lineup, tonight at 8pm! More info from their FB page below:

Jean Renoir famously asked, "Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?" Not according to authors HEIDI JULAVITS (The Vanishers), TOURE (Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?), FIONA MAAZEL (Last Last Chance), JOSEPH RIIPPI (A Cloth House) & LEAH UMANSKY (Barrow Str...eet), who'll share tales of backstabbing colleagues, frenemies, unfaithful lovers and sinister machines in a shocking "Night of Betrayal"!


HEIDI JULAVITS (The Vanishers)
TOURE (Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?)
FIONA MAAZEL (Last Last Chance)
LEAH UMANSKY (Barrow Street)


618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue


HEIDI JULAVITS is a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the author of four critically acclaimed novels: The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace. She is a Guggenheim recipient, and her work has appeared in Esquire, Time, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and other publications.

TOURE is an American novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality based in New York City. His most recent book is a collection of interviews and essays, Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness? He is also the author of the essay collection Never Drank the Kool-Aid, the novel Soul City, and the short story collection The Portable Promised Land. He is the host of Fuse's Hiphop Shop and On The Record and an MSNBC contributor. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, where he is a contributing editor, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, and other publications. His work has also been featured in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays, The Best American Sportswriting, and The Da Capo Best Music Writing.

FIONA MAAZEL is the author of the novel Last Last Chance. She is the winner of the Bard Prize for 2009 and a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree for 2008. Her work has appeared in Bomb, Bookforum, The Common, Conjunctions, Fence, The Mississippi Review, The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Salon, n+1, and The Yale Review. She lives in Brooklyn, and her second novel, Woke Up Lonely, will be published by Graywolf Press in the spring of 2013.

JOSEPH RIIPPI is the author, most recently, of the novella A Cloth House and poetry chapbook Treesisters. His novel Do Something! Do Something! Do Something! was published in 2009, and his story collection, The Orange Suitcase, was released in 2011. His work has appeared in a wide range of venues, including The Collagist, BOMB's Word Choice, Tin House Flash Fridays, Pank, Elimae, NANO Fiction and The Brooklyn Rail. A Seattle native, he now lives with his wife in New York City.

LEAH UMANSKY is a New Yorker by birth, a teacher by choice, and an anglophile at heart. Her first book, “Domestic Uncertainties,” is floating around contest piles and hoping for someone to say, “yes!” She received her BA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton and her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She has contributed to the BOMB Magazine and Best American Poetry blogs and reviewed poetry for The Rumpus. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Contemporary Verse 2, Cream City Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Magma Poetry, and elsewhere. She blogs at and is the host and curator of COUPLET: A Poetry and Music Series on NYC’s Lower East Side.

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