David Burr Gerrard Talks with Maxwell Neely-Cohen about The Epiphany Machine

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 | 814 views

David Burr Gerrard reads THE EPIPHANY MACHINE at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn

David Burr Gerrard discusses The Epiphany Machine, why he doesn’t have tattoos and generational conflict.

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Joe Okonkwo and Jonathan Corcoran Read Their Lambda Nominated Books

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Friday, June 23rd, 2017 | 1,210 views

Joe Okonkwo reads JAZZ MOON and Jonathan Corcoran reads THE ROPE SWING at a Lambda Literary Awards sponsored reading

Joe Okonkwo and Jonathan Corcoran read from their Lambda Literary nominated books and talked about craft, research, and place.

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Hala Alyan Discusses Salt Houses with Lauren Wein

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | 1,140 views

Hala Alyan discussing SALT HOUSES, her debut novel, at Center for Fiction

Hala Alyan discusses her debut novel, Salt Houses, feeling like an outsider, and convincing herself nobody would read her novel.

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2016 in Review

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | 1,175 views

By all accounts, 2016 could have been better, and I’m not even talking about the Presidential election or celebrity deaths. The year had just begun when St. Mark’s Bookshop, an East Village staple known for esoteric consignment zines, art books, and poetry, announced it would close for the second time.

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Extreme Choices: An Interview with Scott Alexander Hess, author of Skyscraper

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 | 1,357 views

Scott Alexander Hess with Skyscraper

Scott Hess loves to tantalize a reader. His gorgeous prose soars off the page like the symbolic building in his latest novel, Skyscraper—a story of art, lust, and unexpected transformation. His previous novel, The Butcher’s Sons, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015, and in all of his books, Hess pushes boundaries while also pushing readers to the edge of their wildest fantasies. I caught up with Hess to learn more about Skyscraper and his unrelenting passion.

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Amy Dupcak: Another new novel, congrats! Your last book, The Butcher’s Sons, was historical fiction set in 1930s Hell’s Kitchen, but Skyscraper takes place in present-day New York. How do you choose the time period and setting for your novels? And how else does Skyscraper differ from The Butcher’s Sons?

Scott Alexander Hess: The dynamics of the story guide me to the time period. With The Butcher’s Sons, I wanted to tell a tale of three brothers in a butcher shop in Hell’s Kitchen, and the grit and intensity of that neighborhood circa 1930 made sense to me. Also, the brothers’ conflicts, which include an interracial relationship and a gay affair, were really amped up due to the danger surrounding these types of relationships in the 1930s. Skyscraper is a sharp, modern book of obsession and boundary pushing sex. As I began writing that novel, it demanded a bristling modern city scene.

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David Szalay discusses All That Man Is

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 | 1,662 views

David Szalay reads from ALL THAT MAN IS at McNally Jackson Books

David Szalay was read from his novel All That Man Is, a narrative that spans the perspectives of nine men over the course of nine months. He discussed the novel with Fiona McCrae, publisher at Graywolf Press.

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J.R. Thornton Presents Beautiful Country

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Monday, April 25th, 2016 | 1,999 views

J.R. Thornton reads BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY at powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn

The protagonist of J.R. Thornton’s debut novel, Beautiful Country, has a lot in common with the recent Harvard graduate. Chase Robertson is a fourteen-year-old tennis player training with the Beijing national team, a similar experience to Thornton’s own time playing tennis in China. The novel was first released there several years ago and recently brought to the United States by Harper Collins. Thornton launched the American version of the novel at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn.

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Rebecca Schiff Launched The Bed Moved

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | 1,772 views

Rebecca Schiff reads THE BED MOVED, a collection of stories, at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Rebecca Schiff celebrated the launch of her debut collection of stories, The Bed Moved, last week at BookCourt in Brooklyn. The collection has won the adoration of the New York Times, with the paper stating that the collection has a “Nabokovian boldness and crispness of phrase.” Schiff read from a story from the collection before answering audience questions and signing copies.

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