We're exploring the dark side this month with the influential novelist ALEXANDER CHEE (Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night), literary iconoclast and HTMLGIANT editor BLAKE BUTLER (There Is No Year, Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia), poet ROBIN BETH SCHAER (Tin House), and short fiction authors SCOTT MCCLANAHAN (Stories V!) and SARAH ROSE ETTER (Tongue Party). The authors will delve into the seedy side of urban nightlife, recall hallucinations and nightmares, and share chilling experiences with somnambulism and insomnia.
This reading will also be the official launch of Blake Butler's experimental nonfiction book NOTHING: A PORTRAIT OF INSOMNIA.
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES -- "Nocturnes"
Monday, October 10, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
SUBWAY: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
As always, the fun is FREE and the drink special will be $4 pints. Plus, we'll be raffling off a copy of Blake Butler's latest novel THERE IS NO YEAR.
ALEXANDER CHEE (Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night)
BLAKE BUTLER (There Is No Year, Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia)
ROBIN BETH SCHAER (Tin House)
SCOTT MCCLANAHAN (Stories, Stories II, Stories V!)
SARAH ROSE ETTER (Tongue Party)
ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels The Queen of the Night (forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Edinburgh (Picador, 2002), which won the Michener Copernicus Prize, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Lit Award, and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize and was named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship. He has written essays and stories for Granta, the Paris Review Daily, NPR, and the Morning News, where he is a contributing writer, and many other outlets online and in print. He has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the New School, Wesleyan, and Amherst. Currently, he lives in New York City and teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University. He blogs at Koreanish.com.
BLAKE BUTLER is the author of the new nonfiction book Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia, the novel There Is No Year, the novella Ever, and the novel-in-stories Scorch Atlas, which was named Novel of the Year by 3:AM Magazine and was [b]a finalist for the Believer Book of the Year Award. He edits HTML Giant, “the internet literature magazine blog of the future,” as well as two journals of innovative text, Lamination Colony and No Colony. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Unsaid, Fence, and Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2009, and in many other places online and in print. He has also been shortlisted in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He blogs at gillesdeleuzecommittedsuicideandsowilldrphil.com and lives in Atlanta.
ROBIN BETH SCHAER’s poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, Tin House, and Prairie Schooner, and other publications. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerassi, and the Saltonstall Foundation. She teaches writing on both sides of the Hudson, occasionally lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, and moonlights as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty.
SCOTT MCCLANAHAN is the author of Stories and Stories II (published by Six Gallery Press), and, most recently, Stories V! (Holler Presents). His debut novel, Hill William, will be released by Tyrant Books in 2012. His other forthcoming works include the novel Crapalachia and the nonfiction book The Nightmares. Currently, he lives in West Virginia and is a filmmaker and co-partner at Holler Presents.
SARAH ROSE ETTER is the author of Tongue Party (Caketrain Press), which was selected by Deb Olin Unferth as the winner of the 2010 Caketrain chapbook competition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Flatmancrooked, PANK Magazine, elimae, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. Her stories have also been performed in London by the Liars' League. She earned her B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Rosemont College. She lives in Philadelphia, where she is co-curator of the Tire Fire Readings.