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Franklin Park Reading Series: 7th Annual Short Fiction Night

Jan 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Every January the Franklin Park Reading Series kicks off its new season with a night devoted to short fiction. The 2016 edition features five innovative authors who are reinventing the contemporary story in a range of styles and lengths, from flash to novella: Marie-Helene Bertino (2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas), Amber Sparks (The Unfinished World), Greg Gerke (My Brooklyn Writer Friend), May-Lan Tan (Things to Make and Break), and Rahawa Haile (Volume 1 Brooklyn).

The night includes $4 drafts and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books.

More on our authors:

MARIE-HELENE BERTINO’S debut novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas is a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick and a Best Book of 2014 at NPR and many others. Her debut collection of short stories Safe as Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, the Pushcart Prize, and was named an Outstanding Collection by The Story Prize. She teaches at NYU and in the low-residency MFA program at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe, New Mexico and lives in Brooklyn, where she was the Associate Editor for One Story and is currently an Editor-at-Large for Catapult Magazine.

AMBER SPARKS is the author of the story collections The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies. Her fiction has appeared in American Fiction, Guernica, The Collagist, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC.

GREG GERKE is the author of the story collection My Brooklyn Writer Friend (Queens Ferry Press). His fiction and non-fiction work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, the Paris Review Daily, and The Kenyon Review Online.

MAY-LAN TAN is the author of the story collection Things to Make and Break, which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, and the chapbook Girly. She lives in London.

RAHAWA HAILE is an Eritrean-American writer of short stories and essays. You can find her on Twitter at @RahawaHaile.


Jan 11, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Franklin Park
618 St. John's Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States


Penina Roth