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Franklin Park Reading Series: Jami Attenberg, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Courtney Maum, Elizabeth Crane, Paul Lynch, and Chiwan Choi
July 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
In July, the Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates vacation season with hot reads and cool drinks! Enjoy a $5 draft drink special and hear fresh fiction and poetry from superstars on large and small presses: Jami Attenberg (All Grown Up), Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun), Courtney Maum (Touch), Elizabeth Crane (Turf), Paul Lynch (Grace), and Chiwan Choi (The Yellow House).
Admission is free, and the fun includes a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books and lit merch.
More on our authors:
JAMI ATTENBERG is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including, most recently, All Grown Up. Her novel The Middlesteins appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. Her novel Saint Mazie has been optioned by Fable Pictures. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. She divides her time between New Orleans and Brooklyn.
NICOLE DENNIS-BENN is the author of the debut novel Here Comes the Sun, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, and one of the Best Literary Debuts of 2016 by BuzzFeed. Among other honors, she is the winner of the Richard and Julie Logsdon Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and The New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, ELLE, Lenny Letter, Catapult, Red Rock Review, Kweli, Mosaic, Ebony, and the Feminist Wire, among other places. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she now lives with her wife in Brooklyn and teaches in the MFA Fiction Program at Sarah Lawrence.
COURTNEY MAUM is the author of the novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, as well as the chapbook Notes from Mexico. Her short fiction, book reviews, and essays on the writing life have been widely published in outlets such as The New York Times, O Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, and BuzzFeed, and she has co-written films that have debuted at Sundance and won awards at Cannes. At various points in her life, she has been a trend forecaster, a fashion publicist, and a party promoter for Corona Extra. She currently works as a product namer for M·A·C cosmetics and other companies from her home in Litchfield County, CT, where she founded the multidisciplinary creative retreat #TheCabins.
ELIZABETH CRANE is the author, most recently, of the story collection Turf, as well as three previous story collections and the novels The History of Great Things and We Only Know So Much. Her stories have been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She is a recipient of the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, and her work has been adapted for the stage by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She currently lives in Newburgh, New York.
PAUL LYNCH is the author of the novels Grace, The Black Snow, and Red Sky in Morning. Among other honors, he won the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and the Prix des Lecteurs Privat and was a finalist for the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). He was also shortlisted at Ireland’s Bord Gais Irish Books of the Year. In the US, both his novels were Amazon books of the month, and he was selected by Barnes & Noble for the Discover Great New Writers series. He lives in Dublin with his wife and daughter.
CHIWAN CHOI is the author of three collections of poetry, The Yellow House, Abductions, and The Flood. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Entropy, and Spiral Orb and in the anthologies Coiled Serpent, ATTN, and Resist Much, Obey Little. He also wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. He is a partner at Writ Large Press, a downtown Los Angeles based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.