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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: Celebrate National Coming Out Day with contributors of THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS: A QUESTION & ANSWER GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE, featuring Dannielle Owens-Reid, Kristin Russo, Liam Lowery, Broderick Greer, and Jenny Owen Youngs. [Housing Works]

TUESDAY: The Center for Fiction presents Writing Gothic: A Celebration of the Macabre with Edward Carey and Shelley Jackson, moderated by A.N Devers. [Community Bookstore]

WEDNESDAY: Book launch for feminist anthology ICON, featuring Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre) and Kate Zambreno (GREEN GIRL) reading essays about Andrea Dworkin and Kathy Acker. [Bluestockings]

THURSDAY: National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott will read from her newest work, SOMEONE. [Community Bookstore]

Harper Perenniel’s 50th Anniversary with Roxane Gay, Kate Zambreno, Marcy Dermansky, Simon Van Booy, Darragh McKeon, and Ben Greenman

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On Tuesday night I stopped by Housing Works for Harper Perennial’s 50th  anniversary, featuring Roxane Gay, Kate Zambreno, Marcy Dermansky, Simon Van Booy, Darragh McKeon, and author and moderator Ben Greenman. Each brought an “enduring” book with them to share, and it felt rather like a writerly show and tell. It was delightful. I’ve named each book and picked a random choice quote from each author (which may or may not be about their book):

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Tumblr Takes The Brooklyn Book Festival!

This Sunday, 9/21, hundreds of authors and plenty of your favorite publishers, bookstores, and librarians will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. If you can be there, you totally should. But if not, our team of Tumblr Correspondents will be able to make you feel like you are with photos, gifs, drawings, quotes, writing tips, advice, reviews and more.

Follow this ace team at lastnightsreading, bookstalker, pith, yeahwriters, brooklynbook, jenhedonia, brooklynbrooke, and twentysomethingvagabond, or stick to books.tumblr.com where we’ll post their highlights all day long.

Are you coming too? Share your coverage with the #BKBF tag.

Sweet. I’ve always wanted to be part of an ace team! 

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Save the date! Spread the word! And kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and Bookends week with Tumblr, recommendedreading, penamerican, and buzzfeedbooks!
We’ll have Karl Ove Knausgård “My Struggle” Mad Libs with kickstarter at 8, dancing with DJ sammybananas at 9, and free drinks as long as they last.
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. 

rachelfershleiser:

rachelfershleiser:

books:

Save the date! Spread the word! And kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and Bookends week with Tumblr, recommendedreading, penamerican, and buzzfeedbooks!

We’ll have Karl Ove Knausgård “My Struggle” Mad Libs with kickstarter at 8, dancing with DJ sammybananas at 9, and free drinks as long as they last.

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. 

Pen Parentis with Julia Fierro, Mira Jacob, David Gilbert, and Jess DeCourcy Hinds

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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…

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This Week’s Readings

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]

Coming up: The BKBF approacheth! I’ll be helping to cover it for Tumblr, starting with the bookend events next week. So many to choose from!