Hope you can join us tomorrow for an all-star lineup!
We're incredibly honored to host KAREN RUSSELL, who was named to the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list of the best young fiction writers and is the author of the novel Swamplandia! and the short story collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.
And we're super-excited that three of our old friends and alumni -- STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK, TEJU COLE and DIANA SPECHLER -- will be rejoining us. Stefan, the internationally bestselling author of The Story of Forgetting, will be giving the debut reading of his new novel The Storm at the Door, which won't hit stores until next week.
The event will run, approximately, from 8 until 10:15, the pints will be $4, and we'll have some extra seating. As always, admission is FREE!
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES
Monday, June 13, 8-10:15pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
KAREN RUSSELL (Swamplandia!, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves)
STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK (The Storm at the Door, The Story of Forgetting)
TEJU COLE (Open City)
DIANA SPECHLER (Skinny, Who by Fire)
KAREN RUSSELL, a native of Miami, is the author of the novel Swamplandia! and the short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.
STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK was born in 1982 and grew up in Texas. His first novel, The Story of Forgetting, won Best First Fiction at the Rome International Festival of Literature, the 2008 Merck Serono Literature Prize and the 2009 Fiction Award from The Writers’ League of Texas. The Story of Forgetting was also a finalist for the debut fiction awards from IndieBound, Salon du Livre and The Center for Fiction. His second novel, The Storm at the Door, will be released on June 21. He lives in Brooklyn.
TEJU COLE was raised in Nigeria and came to the United States in 1992. He is a writer, photographer, and professional historian of early Netherlandish art. Open City is his first novel. He lives in New York City.
DIANA SPECHLER is the author of the novels Who By Fire and, most recently, Skinny. She has written for The New York Times, GQ, O Magazine, Esquire, Self, Details.com, the Wall Street Journal online, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. She teaches writing in New York City.
Can't wait to see you!