- TONIGHT: The Franklin Park Reading Series is teaming up with Harper Perennial to celebrate the release of THE SLIPPAGE, the new novel from one of our favorite alums, BEN GREENMAN! Ben will be reading excerpts from the novel and an acclaimed short story, along with snippets of his popular humor pieces. And we'll hear from superstar guests SAM LIPSYTE (The Fun Parts, The Ask), TOURE (I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?), CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS (Battleborn) and AMELIA GRAY (Threats)! FREE! $4 pints! GIVEAWAY for the first 50 attendees: Harper Perennial tote bags with a quote from Ben's beautiful story collection WHAT HE'S POISED TO DO!
BEN GREENMAN is a poet of romantic angst in contemporary American life. His short fiction—most recently the acclaimed collection What He’s Poised to Do—has been hailed for his whimsical yet poignant portraits of people grasping at connection through the fog of crumbling relationships. Now, in his most ambitious work yet, THE SLIPPAGE: A Novel, he trains his eye on a married couple confronting the future.
Marked by his trademark blend of emotional depth and gallows humor, THE SLIPPAGE is Ben Greenman’s most emotionally powerful work to date. It asks unanswerable questions about modern life, American emptiness, and the possibly false promises of human love.
- Next Monday: This month's reading features a mix of fiction and memoir from female powerhouses KAREN RUSSELL (Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Swamplandia), ELISSA SCHAPPELL (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), LEIGH NEWMAN (Still Points North), and ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminist, The Rumpus) and the innovative Portland publisher and author MICHAEL HEALD (Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension). DETAILS: FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES: KAREN RUSSELL, ELISSA SCHAPPELL, LEIGH NEWMAN, ROXANE GAY & MICHAEL HEALD 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 http://franklinparkbrooklyn.com/category/events/ http://franklinparkreadingseries.tumblr.com/
FREE! $4 pints! BOOK RAFFLE!
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 Oprah.com, 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.