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Franklin Park Reading Series End of Year Bash
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
The Franklin Park Reading Series closes its 2014 season with an End of Year Bash celebrating some of the year’s best fiction and essays. New Yorker “20 under 40″ fiction writer RIVKA GALCHEN (American Innovations, Atmospheric Disturbances) and Best American Short Stories star and novelist JESS ROW (Your Face in Mine, The Train to Lo Wu) will be joined by novelists BRIDGETT M. DAVIS (Into the Go-Slow) and VICA MILLER (Inga’s Zigzags) and BuzzFeed Books editor ISAAC FITZGERALD, who will share his compelling essay from the NY Times bestselling anthology Never Can Say Goodbye. The festivities include a $4 draft drink special and a raffle for lit merch and the authors’ books.
RIVKA GALCHEN (American Innovations, Atmospheric Disturbances)
JESS ROW (Your Face in Mine, The Train to Lo Wu)
BRIDGETT M. DAVIS (Into the Go-Slow, Shifting Through Neutral)
ISAAC FITZGERALD (Pen & Ink, Never Can Say Goodbye)
VICA MILLER (Inga’s Zigzags)
RIVKA GALCHEN is the author of the story collection American Innovations, named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus, and the critically acclaimed novel Atmospheric Disturbances. She is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction Writing and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of “20 Under 40” American fiction writers in 2010.
JESS ROW is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. Named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007, he has won two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O. Henry Prize and appeared in The Best American Short Stories three times. He lives in New York and teaches at the College of New Jersey.
BRIDGETT M. DAVIS is the author of the novels Into the Go-Slow and Shifting through Neutral, which was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is the books editor at Bold As Love Magazine, an online black-culture site, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine, and TheRoot.com, among other publications. She curates the Brooklyn reading series Sundays @ and is a founding member of ringShout, a group dedicated to celebrating and promoting literary work by African American writers. A professor at Baruch College, where she directs the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.
ISAAC FITZGERALD has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and the coauthor of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories behind Them. Visit him at isaacfitzgerald.net and follow him @isaacfitzgerald. He lives in New York City.
VICA MILLER is the author of the novel Inga’s Zigzags and the founder of the Vica Miller Literary Salons, a chamber reading series held in New York City’s private art galleries. When not writing fiction, she runs communications for a global technology company. An excellent swimmer and a beginner paraglider, she has synesthesia, as Nabokov did. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, she lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two daughters, where she is at work on her second novel, The Shadow of a Blue Doll.