Alexander Chee Discusses The Queen of the Night with Maud Newton

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Monday, February 8th, 2016 | 1,191 views

Alexander Chee, author of THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, at McNally Jackson Books with Maud Newton

Alexander Chee launched his latest novel, The Queen of the Night, last week at McNally Jackson Books. The novel follows Parisian opera singer Lilliet Berne on a personal adventure through her past mysteries. Chee spoke with his friend, the critic Maud Newton, about the book and the process of writing it over the last fifteen years.

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Rachel Cantor Discusses Good On Paper

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 | 2,165 views

Rachel Cantor reads GOOD ON PAPER at Book Culture in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood

Rachel Cantor launched her second novel Good On Paper last week. The novel follows Shira Greene who is asked to translate an important book that will make her translating career. Cantor was joined by Susan Bernofsky, a translator, at Book Culture on Wednesday to discuss the novel and the art of translation. The book is set in the Upper West Side and Cantor says she was excited to read it in that neighborhood.

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Manhattanville Reading Series Launches in Crown Heights

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Monday, February 1st, 2016 | 2,591 views

Crown Heights has a new reading series. The product of a collaboration between Manhattanville Coffee and Penina Roth, the monthly event launched last week. The series is designed for emerging writers, and each event will feature one published author as a headliner along with several other writers who are yet to have published a book.

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James Hannaham Reads Delicious Foods

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 | 3,512 views

James Hannaham reads DELICIOUS FOODS at Center for Fiction in Manhattan

James Hannaham read from his latest novel, Delicious Foods, last week at Center for Fiction in Manhattan. He was joined, eventually, by Joshua Furst, delayed by shoddy subway service. Delicious Foods explores both modern slavery and drug addiction in Louisiana.

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Helen Klein Ross reads What Was Mine

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | 4,322 views

Helen Klein Ross reads WHAT WAS MINE at BookCourt

Helen Klein Ross was at BookCourt last week to read from her new novel, What Was Mine, about a woman who has stolen a baby girl and raised it as her own.

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Reading Series Census: Vapors

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 | 4,652 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

Vapors series, photo provided by Melissa McDaniel

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Vapors—the umbrella term for hysteria, mania, depression and other illnesses ascribed to women—is focused on historical concepts of madness and its treatments. The title also speaks to the nature of poetic performance, that it exists in a moment, that it can impact despite its ephemeral state.

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Helen Ellis Reads American Housewife

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | 5,433 views

Helen Ellis reads AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE at the launch in Brooklyn at Powerhouse Arena

Helen Ellis launched her new collection of stories, American Housewife, at Powerhouse Arena on Tuesday. Ellis is a housewife living with her husband in New York City, but she is also a poker player playing tournaments around the country.

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Reading Series Census: Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

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Monday, January 11th, 2016 | 6,073 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The name of the reading series is Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS). WWBPS is a literary salon series, modeled after the traveling salons popular during the Harlem Renaissance. WWBPS was created with the goal of establishing a venue where mostly women writers could come together in a supportive, creative, and nurturing space, and also produce new work. I often liken the Salon to a garden since our members are publishing new work, participating in poetry readings, returning to school for MFA’s and participating in writing residencies and are “in full bloom.”

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