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Franklin Park Reading Series
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
The Franklin Park Reading Series ends the year on a high note, with readings by legendary mystery writer and social activist Walter Mosley (Charcoal Joe, Devil in a Blue Dress) and four acclaimed fiction writers and memoirists — Teddy Wayne (Loner), Jason Diamond (Searching for John Hughes), Alice Sola Kim (Tin House, Lenny), and Janice Lee (The Sky Isn’t Blue).
The festivities include a $5 draft drink special and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books.
WALTER MOSLEY is the author of fifty books, most notably fourteen Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered, adapted from his first Socrates Fortlow novel, was an HBO film starring Laurence Fishburne. Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy Award, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was named the 2016 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2016 he released Charcoal Joe, the latest installment in the Easy Rawlins series and Folding the Red Into the Black, a nonfiction book based on his public talks. A Los Angeles native and a graduate of Goddard College, he holds an MFA from the City College of New York and now lives in Brooklyn.
TEDDY WAYNE is the author of the novels Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A columnist for the New York Times, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and McSweeney’s and has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in New York.
JASON DIAMOND is the author of the memoir Searching for John Hughes. The sports editor at Rolling Stone, he is also the founding editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, McSweeney’s , Vice, Bookforum, Tablet, NPR, and many other fine outlets.
ALICE SOLA KIM is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, Lenny, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
JANICE LEE is the author, most recently, of the essay collection The Sky Isn’t Blue, as well as the books KEROTAKIS, Daughter, Damnation, and Reconsolidation. She is the editor of the #RECURRENT Series for Civil Coping Mechanisms, assistant editor at Fanzine, founder and executive editor of Entropy, and co-editor, with Maggie Nelson, of SUBLEVEL, the new online literary magazine based in the CalArts MFA Writing Program. She is also the CEO/founder of POTG Design, a web design & development company. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts.