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Franklin Park: Ben Greenman, Touré, Amelia Gray, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Sam Lipsyte


I am bewildered.

How does Penina Roth, founder of the Franklin Park Reading Series, do it? Not only does she bring in multiple amazing authors, but she does it several times a month (there are two FP events in May), and she draws in a huge crowd, every time. I BookStalked Penina a few weeks ago, and this is something I really should have asked.

This past Monday, I traveled to Crown Heights and had the pleasure of seeing the following authors: Ben Greenman, Touré, Amelia Gray, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Sam Lipsyte. (The next event, on May 13, features Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, Leigh Newman, Roxane Gay, and Michael Heald.)

Some highlights:

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BookStalked: Penina Roth of the Franklin Park Reading Series


The Franklin Park Reading Series is one of the most popular reading series in Brooklyn, and I’m constantly amazed by the big names it draws in (seriously, every time). Curator Penina is my social media guru, but I was also impressed to find out that she single-handedly got the series going — after meeting with various Crown Heights inhabitants to find out what they were interested in (literature and bars, natch). After the jump, Penina shares stories about how she started FPRS,  some of its most memorable moments, and, of course, the awesome events to look for this spring.  

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This Week’s Readings

MONDAY: “The Salon” will bring together some major players in the NYC lit world—Julia Fierro, David Gutowski, Penina Roth, Jason Diamond, and Michele Filgate— to discuss their experiences curating lit events. [BOOKCOURT]

TUESDAY: Celebrate
the 50th anniversary of The New York Review of Books with a host of contributors, including Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, and Mary Beard. $20/10 students. [TOWN  HALL]

WEDNESDAY: Rosie Schaap, who writes The New York Times Magazine “Drink” column, will read from her new memoir, Drinking with Men. [SOUTH]

THURSDAY: BUST Magazine is throwing a free dance party to celebrate their new Love & Sex issue. [MATCHLESS]

FRIDAY: Granta contributors Phil Klay and Karen Russell (Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove) will read stories about war vets. [LILLIAN VERNON WRITERS HOUSE]