Crown Heights literati have a big week ahead of them. Tonight, the event that put the neighborhood on the city's literary map, the Franklin Park Reading Series, returns with "Travels and Journeys" at 8pm (complete info copied from their FB page below). At the other end of the week, the Renegade Reading Series returns on Thursday at LaunchPad, and the Crown Journal, a new journal of literature, launches on Friday with a party and reading at 739 Franklin.
More on tonight's event:
It's summer vacation season and time for our annual "Travels and Journeys" reading. We're very excited to host comic novelist MARK LEYNER (The Tetherballs of Bougainville, My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist), who has just released his long-anticipated new novel, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack.
The other amazing writers on the bill are short fiction star ERIC SASSON (Margins of Tolerance), humor writer and memoirist RUPINDER GILL (On the Outside Looking Indian), multitalent MATTHUE ROTH (Yom Kippur a Go-Go), and innovator POLLY BRESNICK (Old Gus Eats)
In their comic and poignant work, our authors embark on inner and outward journeys, including road trips uncovering truths about sexual identity, the reclaiming of lost adolescence with a stop in Disney World, and the sordid activities of a pantheon of gods who emerge from a bus blaring the Mister Softee jingle.
FREE ADMISSION!!! DRINK SPECIAL: $4 PINTS!!!
FRANKLIN PARK BAR AND BEER GARDEN
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue
PLUS: Starting this month, our friends at BOMB Magazine will be making podcasts of our readings.
And thanks to July's special co-sponsor-- the website Small Demons -- we'll have EXTRA drink discounts and great GIVEAWAYS like coasters and literary maps. They're bringing their own mix tape, too -- drawn from Mark Leyner's novels!
Can't wait to see you!
More on our authors:
MARK LEYNER is the author of the novels Et Tu, Babe, The Tetherballs of Bougainville, and, most recently, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack. He has also written several short story collections, including My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist. His nonfiction includes the #1 New York Times bestseller Why Do Men Have Nipples? He cowrote the movie War, Inc. and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
ERIC SASSON is the author of the story collection Margins of Tolerance, which won the 2011 Tartt Fiction Award. An MFA graduate of NYU, he has taught fiction writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nashville Review, The Puritan, Connotation Press, Liquid Imagination, Alligator Juniper, Trans, The Ledge, and other places.
RUPINDER GILL is the author of the memoir On The Outside Looking Indian. She has written for The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The National Post, CBC Radio, and the Canadian television comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
MATTHUE ROTH is the author of the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go and the novels Losers, winner of an ALA Rainbow Award, Never Mind the Goldbergs, named an. NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and Candy in Action. His picture book, My First Kafka, is forthcoming from One Peace Books. He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film 1/20. He is publishing his novel Enemies one chapter at a time in a scavenger hunt, and he will be starting graduate school at Brooklyn College in the fall. Also a video game designer, he lives in Brooklyn.
POLLY BRESNICK's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, The Fiddleback, elimae, LIT, MonkeyBicycle, decomp, The Six Sentence Review, and others. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is visually mistranslating Homer's The Odyssey, a section of which has been published as a chapbook by Publishing Genius. Curator and host of the monthly reading series "Writers Reading to Writers Listening to Writers Reading to Writers," she teaches creative writing to all sorts of people and is searching for a home for her novel.