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Franklin Park Reading Series: Summer Blockbuster

Jun 8, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| Free

We’re kicking off our summer season with a blockbuster reading featuring novelists Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), Shya Scanlon (The Guild of Saint Cooper), and Mary-Beth Hughes (The Loved Ones), short fiction writer Jai Chakrabarti (Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Coffin Factory), and poets Adam Fitzgerald (The Late Parade) and Angel Nafis (BlackGirl Mansion).

The event features three contributors from the acclaimed Brooklyn-based magazine A Public Space.

There will be a $4 draft drink special and a raffle for books, subscriptions, and lit mags.

Monday, June 8, 8-10pm
618 St. Johns Place
Between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue

More on our authors:

MARLON JAMES is the author, most recently, of the novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Anisfield-Wolf fiction prize, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and was named a best book of 2014 by many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Publishers Weekly, and Buzzfeed. His novel The Book of Night Women won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and The Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel John Crow’s Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970, he lives in Minneapolis and is a professor at Macalester College.

SHYA SCANLON is the author of the novels The Guild of Saint Cooper, Border Run, and Forecast and the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. An editor at The Nervous Breakdown and co-founder of Monkeybicycle, he won the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction at Brown University, where he received his MFA. He lives in New York.

MARY-BETH HUGHES is the author of the best selling novel Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book, the acclaimed story collection Double Happiness, which earned her a Pushcart Prize, and the new novel The Loved Ones. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and A Public Space. She lives in Brooklyn and Rhinebeck, NY.

ADAM FITZGERALD is an American poet. He earned his BA from Boston College, MA in Editorial Studies from Boston University, and his MFA in Poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He teaches at Rutgers University and The New School and is founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy. His debut collection of poetry, The Late Parade, was published in 2014. He is also a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

ANGEL NAFIS is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem Fellow. She is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (RedBeard/New School Poetics 2012). Her work has appeared in FOUND Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, The Bear Rivers Writers Review, and MUZZLE Magazine. In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series. She lives in Brooklyn.

JAI CHAKRABARTI graduated from the Brooklyn College Fiction MFA program in 2013, where his short fiction won both a Ross Feld Award and a Himan Brown Award. His previous work has appeared in journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Coffin Factory, and India-based English-language newspaper The Statesman. One of his favorite books is Lorrie Moore’s Like Life.


Jun 8, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Franklin Park
618 St. John's Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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