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Marijuana Chronicles with Jonathan Santlofer, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Dean Haspiel, Amanda Stern, and Thad Ziolkowksi
Sep 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Editor Jonathan Santlofer and contributors take literature to a high(er) level, with a night of stories from The Marijuana Chronicles, the newest installment in Akashic Books’ Drug Chronicles series. Readers include Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Dean Haspiel, Amanda Stern, and Thad Ziolkowksi. Just added: Jan Heller Levi will also be reading!
Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five best-selling novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, Anatomy of Fear, and The Murder Notebook. He is the recipient of a Nero Wolfe Award, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Vermont Studio Center, and serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the US. He is coeditor, contributor, and illustrator of the anthologies The Dark End of the Street and LA Noire: The Collected Stories. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and magazines including The Rich & the Dead, New Jersey Noir, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Also a well-known artist, Santlofer’s artwork is in such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newark Museum, Norton Simon Museum, and Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He is currently completing a new novel. A native New Yorker, Santlofer lives and works in Manhattan.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the New York–based author of A Tiger in the Kitchen. She was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, InStyle, and the Baltimore Sun; her work has also appeared in the New York Times, among other publications. The Singapore native has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She is working on her second book, a novel, and is the editor of Singapore Noir, a fiction anthology that Akashic Books will publish in 2014.
Dean Haspiel is an Emmy Award winner and Eisner Award nominee. He created BILLY DOGMA, illustrated for HBO’s Bored to Death, received a residency at Yaddo, and was a master artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Haspiel has written and drawn many superhero and semiautobiographical comix, including collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, and Jonathan Lethem. He also curates and creates for TripCity.net.
Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul, and the founder, curator, and host of the popular Happy Ending Music and Reading Series in New York City.
Thad Ziolkowski is the author of Our Son the Arson, a collection of poems, the memoir On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003, and Wichita, a novel. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure, and Index. He directs the writing program at Pratt Institute.