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Manhattanville Reading Series
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
The eighth edition of the Manhattanville Reading Series, a monthly Crown Heights-based showcase for emerging writers held at popular local cafe Manhattanville Coffee, features award-winning novelist and short fiction star Laura van den Berg (Find Me, The Isle of Youth) and up-and-coming authors Saxon Baird (Guernica, Slate), Jen Choi (The Atlantic.com, Virginia Quarterly Review), and Bruna Dantas Lobato (BOMB, The Millions). Evening highlights include great brews and a friendly crowd of local lit enthusiasts.
LAURA VAN DEN BERG is the author of the novel Find Me, which was selected as a Best Book of 2015 by NPR, Time Out New York, and BuzzFeed, among other places, and was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize. She is also the author of two story collections: The Isle of Youth, which was the winner of The Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and the Bard Fiction Prize, and What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize XXIV. She is also the winner of the 2015 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize and is currently a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard.
SAXON BAIRD’S writing has appeared on Guernica, Slate, Gothamist, Vice Sports, Blunderbuss, Large Up, Roads & Kingdoms, and many other places. He has also produced several radio documentaries for PRI’s Peabody Award-wining Afropop Worldwide.
JEN CHOI is a Brooklyn-based creative nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Lucky Peach magazine,TheAtlantic.com, and, most recently, the Winter issue of Virginia Quarterly Review. She is currently writing a memoir about her Korean mother’s sudden relocation to the Alaska panhandle.
BRUNA DANTAS LOBATO’S writing has been published in BOMB, Ploughshares online, The Millions, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is the assistant fiction editor of Washington Square Review and an MFA candidate in Fiction at New York University, where she teaches Introduction to Fiction & Poetry. She is originally from Natal, Brazil.