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Franklin Park Reading Series: Memoir Night
Apr 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
This month the Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates the art of the memoir, hosting five outstanding writers who shed light on contemporary culture through personal narrative: Heidi Julavits, Mark Leyner, Rob Roberge, Syreeta McFadden, and Jillian Steinhauer, who cover everything from communal bonding over internet cat videos, self-invention in the age of The Bachelor, and a milestone Hamilton performance at the White House to a metafictional reading at an empty mall food court and epiphany and sobriety after near rock ‘n roll suicide. The evening includes a $4 draft special and book raffle.
HEIDI JULAVITS is the author, most recently, of The Folded Clock: A Diary, as well as the critically acclaimed novels The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace. She coedited, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, the Best American Short Stories, and McSweeney’s, among other places, and her nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, Elle, Bookforum, and the Best American Travel Essays. She’s a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, she now lives in Manhattan and Maine with her husband and their two children and teaches at Columbia University.
MARK LEYNER is the author of the novels Gone with the Mind, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, Et Tu, Babe, and The Tetherballs of Bougainville. His nonfiction includes the #1 New York Times bestseller, Why Do Men Have Nipples? He cowrote the movie War, Inc. and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
ROB ROBERGE is the author of the memoir Liar, as well as four books of fiction, including, most recently, The Cost of Living. He teaches creative writing and his work has been widely anthologized. He also plays guitar and sings with the Los Angeles-based band the Urinals.
SYREETA MCFADDEN is a Brooklyn-based writer, photographer, and adjunct professor of English. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, BuzzFeed, NPR, The Nation, and Storyscape Journal. She is the managing editor of the online literary magazine Union Station and a co-curator of the group Poets in Unexpected Places. She is currently working on collections of short stories and essays.
JILLIAN STEINHAUER is the senior editor of Hyperallergic and a writer who likes art, comics, cheese, and baked goods, in no particular order. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Slate, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Awl, and other places, and she is the winner of the 2014 Best Art Reporting award from the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Lady, and can be found on Twitter at @jilnotjill.