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Franklin Park Reading Series: 7th Anniversary Bash
Mar 14, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
This month the Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates seven magical years of books and brews in Brooklyn with an all-star lineup of acclaimed fiction writers, who’ll be reading from recently released work: Kelly Link (Get in Trouble), Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night), John Wray (The Lost Time Accidents), Rachel Cantor (Good on Paper), and Cote Smith (Hurt People). The festivities include $4 drafts, cake, and a raffle for the authors’ books and literary merch.
KELLY LINK is the author, most recently, of the story collection Get in Trouble, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by Time, Kirkus, NPR, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, and many other outlets. She is also the author of the collections Pretty Monsters, Magic for Beginners, and Stranger Things Happen. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Born in Miami, Florida, she currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.
ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels The Queen of the Night, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice pick, and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR, and Out, among others. He is winner of a Whiting Award, an NEA Fellowship in prose, and a MCCA Fellowship, as well as residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri, and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series.
JOHN WRAY is the author of the novels The Lost Time Accidents, Lowboy, Canaan’s Tongue, and The Right Hand of Sleep. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007. A citizen of the United States and Austria, he currently lives in New York City.
RACHEL CANTOR was raised in Rome and Connecticut. She is the author of the acclaimed novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario, and her short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, and The Kenyon Review, among other publications. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and elsewhere, and she has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Wesleyan writing conferences. She lives in Brooklyn.
COTE SMITH grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas, and on various army bases around the country. He earned his MFA from the University of Kansas, and his stories have been featured in One Story, Crazyhorse, Third Coast, and FiveChapters, among other publications. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Hurt People is his first novel.