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FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES: FALL KICK OFF
Sep 21, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
We’re launching our fall season with five of today’s most acclaimed and innovative novelists – Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat), T Geronimo Johnson (Welcome to Braggsville), Karl Taro Greenfeld (The Subprimes), and Aatish Taseer (The Way Things Were) – and the author of an incisive travelogue of Southern lit, Margaret Eby (South Toward Home).
Admission is FREE, there will be a $4 beer special, and we’ll have a raffle for the authors’ books!
More on our authors:
VALERIA LUISELLI is the author of the novels The Story of My Teeth and Faces in the
Crowd, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, as well as the essay collection Sidewalks. She was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, McSweeney’s, and other publications. In 2014 she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree.
HELEN PHILLIPS is the author of the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat and the story collection And Yet They Were Happy, named a notable book by the Story Prize. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, and her work has been featured on PRI’s Selected Shorts and in Tin House, Electric Literature, and BOMB. An assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.
T. GERONIMO JOHNSON is the author of the novels Welcome to Braggsville and Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award. He received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his M.A. in language, literacy, and culture from UC Berkeley. He has taught writing at Arizona State University, the University of Iowa, UC Berkeley, Western Michigan University, and Stanford and received Stegner and Iowa Arts fellowships. Born and raised in New Orleans, he lives in Berkeley, California.
KARL TARO GREENFELD is the author of the novel The Subprimes, as well as seven previous books, including the novel Triburbia and the memoir Boy Alone. His award-winning writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories 2009 and 2013, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. Born in Kobe, Japan, he lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife and daughters.
AATISH TASEER is the author of the novels The Way Things Were, Noon, and The Temple-Goers, as well as the memoir Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands. He is the translator, from Sanskrit, of Manto: Selected Stories. He has worked as a reporter for Time magazine and has written for The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and Esquire. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. He lives in London and Delhi.
MARGARET EBY is the author of South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature. She has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Paris Review Daily, Bookforum Salon, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she lives in Brooklyn.