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Franklin Park Reading Series Summer Blockbuster
Jun 20, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
The Franklin Park Reading Series kicking off the new season with a Summer Blockbuster reading featuring the authors of some of the year’s hottest releases, on large and small presses: Rob Spillman (All Tomorrow’s Parties), Bernice L. McFadden (The Book of Harlan), Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines), Dolan Morgan (Insignificana), Gabriel Blackwell (Madeleine E.), and Daniel Saldaña París (Among Strange Victims).
Admission is free, and there will be a $4 draft special, and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books.
ROB SPILLMAN is the author of the memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties and the editor and co-founder of Tin House magazine and executive editor of Tin House Books. He is the 2015 recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Details, GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among many other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. The curator and host of the Gotham: Writers in New York series at the Brooklyn Public Library, he has guest taught at universities around the world and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University.
BERNICE L. MCFADDEN is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels including, most recently, The Book of Harlan, as well as Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. She lives in Brooklyn.
TANWI NANDINI ISLAM is the author of Bright Lines, which was the inaugural selection of New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Gracie Book Club, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and a finalist for the Edmund White LGBTQ Award for debut fiction. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch niche perfume, candle, and skincare line. Her writing has appeared in Elle.com, Fashionista.com, Open City, Women 2.0, Billboard.com, and Gawker. A graduate of Brooklyn College’s MFA program and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn.
DOLAN MORGAN is the author of the story collections Insignificana and That’s When the Knives Come Down. Publishers Weekly describes his work as “stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant.” His writing has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading., The Collagist, PANK, Hobart, and elsewhere and have been featured on the radio program Selected Shorts. He lives in Greenpoint.
GABRIEL BLACKWELL is the author, most recently, of Madeleine E, as well as The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men, Critique of Pure Reason, and Shadow Man. He is co-editor of The Collagist.
DANIEL SALDAÑA PARÍS is an essayist, poet, and novelist whose work has been translated into English French, and Swedish and anthologized, most recently, in Mexico20: New Voices, Old Traditions, published in the United Kingdom by Pushkin Press. Among Strange Victims is his first novel to appear in the United States. Born in Mexico City in 1984, he lives in Montreal.