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Franklin Park Reading Series Presents: NYC Launch of Liza Monroy’s The Marriage Act
Mar 24, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
FEATURING: Liza Monroy and special guests Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro (THE BOSNIA LIST), Jennifer Percy (DEMON CAMP), and Melynda Fuller (Bust, bookslut.com)
We’re thrilled that LIZA MONROY, who appeared at our inaugural event in March 2009, is back to celebrate the launch of her memoir THE MARRIAGE ACT! She’ll be joined by the authors of two of spring’s hottest nonfiction books, THE BOSNIA LIST and DEMON CAMP, and one of our favorite essayists.
The evening will include a $4 pint drink special, sweet treats, and a raffle for the authors’ books.
LIZA MONROY is the author of The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took To Keep My Best Friend In America, and What It Taught Us About Love, a nonfiction case study about immigration and marriage rights, and the debut novel Mexican High. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poets & Writers, The New York Times, the L.A. Times, Newsweek Self, and various anthologies, including The New York Times Best of Modern Love collection, Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, One Big Happy Family, and Wedding Cake For Breakfast. The daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Liza has lived and worked in Mexico, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic, Greece, and the United States. She has taught writing at Columbia University, UCLA Extension, Mediabistro.com, and UC Santa Cruz. She divides her time between New York and California.
KENAN TREBINCEVIC, co-author of the memoir The Bosnia List, was born in Brcko in 1980 to a Bosnian Muslim family exiled in the Balkan War. He came to the United States in 1993 and became an American citizen in 2001. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, and The Best American Travel Writing 2012 and on American Public Radio and NPR. He lives in Astoria, Queens and works as a physical therapist.
SUSAN SHAPIRO, co-author of the memoir The Bosnia List, has written for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Salon, and many other publications. She is the author of 8 books, including the memoirs Lighting Up, Five Men Who Broke My Heart, and Only as Good as Your Word. A journalism professor at the New School and New York University, she lives with her husband in Greenwich Village.
JENNIFER PERCY is the author of the nonfiction book Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism, which focuses on an Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD and examines the human consequences of the War on Terror. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship in fiction. She also received an Iowa Arts Fellowship from Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Winner of a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, her work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Harper’s, The New Republic, and The Oxford American. She teaches writing at New York University.
MELYNDA FULLER is a writer and editor whose work frequently deals with the tensions that exist between the natural world and the urban centers that attempt to tame it. She’s a graduate of the New School’s MFA writing program and her work has appeared in Bust, bookslut.com, and Freerange Nonfiction, among others.