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Franklin Park Reading Series
Sep 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
The Franklin Park Reading Series launches its fall season with fresh fiction from lit trailblazers Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office Is Under Attack!, The Miniature Wife), Helen Phillips (Some Possible Solutions, The Beautiful Bureaucrat), Tobias Carroll (Transitory, Reel), Gina Frangello (Every Kind of Wanting, A Life in Men), and Irina Reyn (The Imperial Wife, What Happened to Anna K.). The fun includes a $4 draft drink special and free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books.
MANUEL GONZALES is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel The Regional Office Is Under Attack! A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, he currently teaches creative writing for the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Kentucky with his wife and two kids.
HELEN PHILLIPS is the author of four books, including, most recently, the story collection Some Possible Solutions and the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as the collection And Yet They Were Happy, named a notable collection by The Story Prize, and a children’s adventure book, Here Where the Sunbeams Are. She has been awarded a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. A graduate of Yale and the Brooklyn College MFA program, she is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College. Born and raised in Colorado, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their children.
TOBIAS CARROLL is the author of the short story collection Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the forthcoming novel Reel (Rare Bird). He is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. His writing has been published by Bookforum, Tin House, Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, Men’s Journal, and more. He grew up in Tinton Falls, NJ and now calls Brooklyn home.
GINA FRANGELLO is the author of the novels Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men, which was a Target Emerging Authors selection and a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies, a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent. The founder of Other Voices Books, she was the Sunday editor of The Rumpus, fiction editor of The Nervous Breakdown, Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and many other places. She is currently the faculty editor of The Coachella Review and teaches at Roosevelt University, the University of IL-Chicago, and the University of CA-Riverside Palm Desert’s low residency MFA.
IRINA REYN is the author of the novels The Imperial Wife and What Happened to Anna K, which received the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction from the Foundation for Jewish Culture, was selected as an IndieBound Next Pick and an Amazon best book of the month, and was named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. She is also the editor of the anthology Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. Her work has appeared in One Story, Tin House, the Los Angeles Times, Town & Country Travel, Poets & Writers, The Forward, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Moscow Times and anthologized in Not Like I’m Jealous or Anything, Becoming American, and A Stranger Among Us. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, she was born in Moscow and currently divides her time between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn.