This month it's all about "Missed Connections" -- miscommunications, longings, and wrong directions. The situations include a 10-year-old lost in an alternate heaven, young New York transplants trying to negotiate a disorienting city, and an elderly man grieving over the impending death of his longtime lover.
Our readers include one of today's most innovative young authors, JOSHUA COHEN, famed for his 2010 epic novel WITZ; acclaimed novelist MICHAEL KIMBAL, hailed by Sam Lipsyte as "a hero of contemporary literature" and the author of DEAR EVERYBODY and US; essayist and former Salon.com editor AMY BENFER; and Crown Heights's own ROBERT TUMAS, an incredible short fiction author and Brooklyn College grad student. Hope you can make it!
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES -- "Missed Connections"
Monday, August 15, 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
JOSHUA COHEN (Witz, A Heaven of Others)
MICHAEL KIMBALL (Dear Everybody, Us)
AMY BENFER (Salon.com)
ROBERT TUMAS (Puerto del Sol, The L Magazine)
As always, the fun is FREE and the drink special will be $4 pints.
SUBWAY: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
JOSHUA COHEN is the author of six books, including the novels Witz, and the recently re-released A Heaven of Others. Four New Messages, a story collection, will be published by Graywolf in 2012. Born in 1980,
he lives in New York City.
MICHAEL KIMBALL is the author of four books, including Dear Everybody (which The Believer calls “a curatorial masterpiece”) and, most recently, Us (which Time Out Chicago calls “a simply gorgeous and astonishing book”). His work has been on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as The Guardian, Bomb, and New York Tyrant. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and he is also responsible for Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard), the 510 Readings series in Baltimore, the documentary 60 Writers/60 Places, and the conceptual pseudonym Andy Devine. His new novel, Big Ray, will be published by Bloomsbury in Fall 2012.
AMY BENFER has written essays, reviews, and reported stories for Salon.com, the New York Times Book Review, the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, Glamour, Mother Jones, and the Believer. She has been an editor at Salon.com, Legal Affairs, and Paper magazine and was a regular contributor to Salon.com's feminist blog, Broadsheet. Currently, she writes a column for Jane Pratt's new Web site, xoJane.com, and a column on young adult fiction for the Barnes and Noble Book Review.
ROBERT TUMAS is a writer and grad student who lives in Crown Heights with his gorgeous wife and their two dogs. His writing has appeared in The L Magazine, Slant Magazine, The Faster Times, and The Rumpus. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in ‘stretch’ Magazine, Puerto del Sol, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He is currently at work on a novel about growing up New Jersey.