Last night’s book release party for IF NUNS RULED THE WORLD, featuring author Jo Piazza and some of the nuns that she profiles. These feminist activists regularly stand up to authority and fight for social justice. Super inspiring!
Hope to see you there!
Shhh… go to sleep now. You have to party with all of literary internetty Brooklyn tomorrow…
Good morning! See you soon?
Whoo hoo! The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events kick off tonight. I’ll be hitting up various events throughout the week, and covering the literary frenzy that is the BKBF on Sunday. Expect lots of pix and posts to come.
The first thing you notice when you enter a Pen Parentis reading is the wine. There is a LOT of wine.
Which to me signals a wonderful time. After chatting with M.M. De Voe, founder of the series, it became clear that these events are meant to be rather festive—and friendly. M.M., a parent herself, started Pen Parentis after realizing the unique challenges that writer/parents face: juggling writing/kid responsibilities, the difficulties going away for residencies or tours, and the fears that if they write about parenting, they might be deemed mommy (or daddy) bloggers.
On Tuesday night, in a posh space within the Andaz Hotel, four parents gathered to read from their works. I had originally envisioned this as a short post, but everyone’s stories (read and/or related) were just too good not to share…
Fun and moving night at Pen Parentis with David Gilbert, Mira Jacob, @juliafierro and Jess deCourcy Hinds!
Chelsea Cain encountered a strange phenomenon after her Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series started coming out. At events, women would approach her to say, quite earnestly, “I find Gretchen Lowell so inspiring.”
The strange part? Gretchen’s a serial killer.
Megan Abbott and Chelsea Cain at @strandbookstore. Such cool ladies!!!
MONDAY: Megan Abbott (THE FEVER) in convo with Chelsea Cain (ONE KICK). [The Strand]
TUESDAY: Pen Parentis Literary Salon kicks off their twelfth year with Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), Mira Jacob (THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING), and David Gilbert (& SONS). [Hotel Andaz]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for PARIS NEW YORK by Fred Stein, with Fred’s son Peter Stein and granddaughter Katherine Freer. [Powerhouse]
THURSDAY: Bridgett M. Davis (INTO THE GO-SLOW) in convo with Tayari Jones (SILVER SPARROW). [Community Bookstore]
WE DID IT. We would award trophies to each and every one of you if we could. Thank you for helping us to make BinderCon a reality. We’ll see you in October!!
A huge CONGRATS to BinderCon, who reached their Kickstarter goal last week. The two-day NYC symposium will feature awesome speakers like Jill Abramson, Anna Holmes, and Leslie Jamison. More from the site:
Every year since 2009, the VIDA counts of bylines by gender have shown us that women and gender nonconforming writers continue to fall far short of equal representation in major magazines and literary journals. And the Women’s Media Center has found that women’s representation behind the scenes in film hasn’t increased in fifteen years: the percentage of female film writers dropped from 13 percent to 10 between 1998 and 2013. Out of the Binders: Symposium on Women Writers Today seeks to provide women with the tools, strategies, and connections they need to rectify the gross gender imbalances in book publishing, journalism, and entertainment media. On October 11 and 12, join hundreds of other women for a symposium that will inspire, motivate, and empower writers at all stages of their careers. Panels, workshops, and structured networking events will happen in New York City, and select programming will also be livestreamed across the country.
This is big, people.
I don’t know if other writers face this, but when recently working on the final draft of my novel, I was kind of psychotic about what books I’d allow myself to read.
Ben Franklin: ladies’ man?? #heyo #phillytrip #latergram