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Franklin Park Reading Series
Jul 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Join us for a night of genre-bending fiction from six wildly talented authors: international star Alejandro Zambra (Multiple Choice, My Documents, Bonsai), acclaimed novelists and short story writers Elizabeth Crane (The History of Great Things, We Only Know So Much) and Benjamin Hale (The Fat Artist, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore), widely hailed debut novelist Bob Proehl (A Hundred Thousand Worlds), Whiting Award winner Alice Sola Kim (Lenny, Tin House), and notable critic and fiction writer John Domini (Movieola).
Free Admission, $4 drafts + a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books!
ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA is a Chilean novelist, poet, and critic. He is the author of four novels, including the upcoming Multiple Choice and Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, and Bonsai, as well as the nonfiction collection My Documents, a short story collection, and three poetry collections. His books have been translated into more than ten languages and have received several international prizes. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s, Tin House, and McSweeney’s. He was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists in 2010, and he was a 2015 Cullman Center fellow at the New York Public Library. He teaches literature at Diego Portales University, in Santiago, Chile.
ELIZABETH CRANE is the author of the novels The History of Great Things and We Only Know So Much, as well as three collections of short stories. Her work has been translated into several languages and published in numerous places, including Other Voices, Nerve, Guernica, Mississippi Review, fivechapters, The Collagist, Hobart, Rookie, Fairy Tale Review, failbetter, and The Believer, as well as the anthologies Altared, The Show I’ll Never Forget, The Best Underground Fiction, and Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2008 and 2010. Her stories have been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and adapted for the stage by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and she is a recipient of the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. A feature film adaptation of We Only Know So Much will be released in 2016.
BENJAMIN HALE is the author of the short story collection The Fat Artist and Other Stories and the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared, among other places, in Conjunctions, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Dissent and have been anthologized in Best American Science and Nature Writing. Originally from Colorado, he is a senior editor of Conjunctions, currently teaches at Bard College, and lives in a small town in New York’s Hudson Valley.
BOB PROEHL is the author of the novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, where his local comics shop was Queen City Bookstore. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He was a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a 2013 resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. He has written for the 33⅓ book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatters.com. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, stepson, and daughter.
ALICE SOLA KIM is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, McSweeney’s Literary Quarterly, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has also received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
JOHN DOMINI is the author, most recently, of the story collection Movieola, as well as two previous collections, three novels, and a book of collected essays and criticism. He’s published fiction in the Paris Review and Ploughshares, nonfiction in GQ and The New York Times, and won a poetry prize from Meridian. Grants include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Harvard, Northwestern and elsewhere and makes his home in Des Moines.