Monday, May 13, 2013

Local Culture Past and Present: Hip Hop on Franklin, Reading Series Tonight

(Franklin Park Reading Series, Tonight at 8pm)

(Organic ODB at Franklin and Putnam)

- The New York Times ran an article/slideshow yesterday titled "Brooklyn: The Remix" that looked at the borough's hip-hop past and gentrifying present. Featured, of course, was Franklin Avenue, where the Franklin Avenue Posse has been replaced by an ever-expanding array of cafes and bars. For more about the Posse, and a sense of just how different things along Franklin used to be, check out Douglas Century's fascinating book Street Kingdom: Five Years Inside the Franklin Avenue Posse (there's an excerpt here, courtesy of the Times). 

- In more immediate news, local literary folks mingle with all-stars tonight at the Franklin Park Reading Series, kicking off at 8pm with $4 pints and a great lineup, as usual. Complete info from their FB page is below:

Monday, May 13, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue

FREE! $4 pints!

More on our authors:

KAREN RUSSELL is the author of the short story collections Vampires in the Lemon Grove and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Her debut novel Swamplandia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A native of Miami, she has been featured on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2009 received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories anthologies, and she was awarded the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction.

ELISSA SCHAPPELL is the author of the short story collections Blueprints for Building Better Girls, named one of the best books of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, and Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She is a contributing editor and the Hot Type book columnist at Vanity Fair, a former senior editor of The Paris Review, and co-founder and now editor-at-large of Tin House magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

LEIGH NEWMAN is the author of the memoir Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, Tin House, The New York Times Modern Love and City sections, Fiction, New York Tyrant, O The Oprah Magazine, Bookforum, and other publications. She is the Deputy Editor of, where she writes about books, life, happiness, survival, and – on rare, lucky days – food. Her work has been anthologized in My Parents Were Awesome (Villard, 2011) and she is an editor-at-large for the indie press Black Balloon Publishing.

ROXANE GAY’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Rumpus, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2012 and Best Sex Writing 2012, Her novel An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic) and essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial) will be published in 2014. She lives and writes in the Midwest and is devoted to the movies.

MICHAEL HEALD is the author of the essay collection Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension and the founder of Perfect Day Publishing. His work has appeared in Runner's World, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Silk Road Review, and Propeller Quarterly, among other publications.

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