Robert Repino Reads Mort(e) with Ryan Britt

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 | 192 views

Robert Repino reads from Mort(e) at Word in Brooklyn

How would your pets react if they suddenly became intelligent, bipedal creatures capable of war? So is the premise of Mort(e), a new novel by Robert Repino. Part satire, part speculative fiction, the novel has already worn out comparisons to Orwell’s Animal Farm. Repino read from the novel at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn and was joined by Ryan Britt, author of the forthcoming Luke Skywalker Can’t Read.

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The Disagreement, an Edited Reading Series

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | 277 views

Bryant Musgrove and Melissa Swantkowski, founders of the Disagreement series

The Disagreement, an edited reading series, recently hosted “I kept telling myself you’re ok; you’re not that bad” at The Hi-Fi Bar in the East Village. The Disagreement’s founders, editors and hosts, Bryant Musgrove and Melissa Swantkowski, seek work for their series that “demands to be read aloud.” They aim to present “the funny in the sad, grotesque, and the perverse.” On Janurary 13th, they certainly met that criteria.

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Adam Sternbergh Launches Near Enemy

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | 204 views

Adam Sternbergh reads from Near Enemy, his latest novel featuring a trash collecting hit man

A year ago, two important things happened to Adam Sternbergh. His daughter was born and eight days later, his debut novel, Shovel Ready was launched at BookCourt. He returned to the Brooklyn bookstore to celebrate the launch of the sequel, Near Enemy.

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Megan Mayhew Bergman reads Almost Famous Women

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Monday, January 12th, 2015 | 163 views

Megan Mayhew Bergman reads from Almost Famous Women

The latest collection of short stories from Magan Mayhew Bergman features characters drawn from history–women who, as the title suggests, were almost famous. Bergman celebrated the launch of the collection Almost Famous Women on a frigid night at BookCourt in Brooklyn.

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A Conversation with Penina Roth, Franklin Park Reading Series Curator

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | 840 views

Penina Roth runs the Franklin Park Reading Series in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The events are scheduled on the second Monday of each month.

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Kate Axelrod Launched The Law of Loving Others With Una LaMarche and Emily Gould

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 | 323 views

Emily Gould, Una LaMarche, Kate Axelrod, and Jessica Almon at McNally Jackson

Kate Axelrod launched her debut novel The Law of Loving Others at McNally Jackson Books. She was joined by Emily Gould, author of Friendship and Una LaMarche, author of Like No Other for a panel discussion moderated by Jessica Almon.

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Notes on Poetry in the First Year Abroad

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Monday, December 8th, 2014 | 510 views

PHOTO COURTESY ERIK KENNEDY The image  is of a transformer in Heathcote painted by a local artist named Paul Deans with a scene of an early Cantabrian settler (that's the demonym for a person from Christchurch) and some native birds and flora. Get it? A man in a strange new land?

‘Perhaps to be in between two places, to be at home in neither, is the inevitable fallen state, almost as natural as being at home in one place.’ —James Wood

When I was thirteen, in the summer of 1994, the fragments of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter over the course of a week. Like a lot of young anoraks, I was excited by this. A world vastly bigger than my own, subject to forces I could barely comprehend, and then only by comparison with terrestrial examples (x tons of TNT, y number of Hiroshimas): that’s the stuff! I knew that what I was seeing was important for science, but it was not directly relevant. The explosions in the atmosphere of Jupiter were exquisite and amazing, but, importantly, the explosions there had nothing to do with me. I didn’t live there. I could relax as I watched.

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Daphne Merkin Reads The Fame Lunches

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | 575 views

Daphne Merkin reads The Fame Lunches, a new collection of essays at BookCourt

Daphne Merkin read her latest collection of essays, The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags, at BookCourt in Brooklyn. She was joined by Katie Roiphe, a columnist and author, well known for The Morning After: Fear, Sex and Feminism.

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