2016 in Review

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | 710 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 | 865 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 | 1,215 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 | 1,512 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 | 1,387 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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Jonathan Corcoran Discusses The Rope Swing with Tayari Jones

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Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | 1,796 views

Jonathan Corcoran reads THE ROPE SWING, his debut collection of stories, at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore

Jonathan Corcoran launched his debut collection of short stories, The Rope Swing, earlier this month at AWP. He was joined by Tayari Jones at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn to discuss the story collection. The collection was published by West Virginia University Press. Corcoran studied under Jones at Rutgers Unviersity-Newark where he attended the Creative Writing MFA program and where Jones is a professor.

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Molly Prentiss Reads Tuesday Nights in 1980

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 | 1,355 views

Molly Prentiss presents TUESDAY NIGHTS in 1980

Molly Prentiss presented her novel Tuesday Nights in 1980 at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. She was joined by her agent, Claudia Ballard and her editor Alison Callahan. Callahan is an editor at Scout Press books, a new imprint from Simon & Schuster with just one other book previously published, Bill Clegg’s Did you Ever Have a Family.

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Karan Mahajan discusses The Association of Small Bombs

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Friday, April 8th, 2016 | 1,830 views

Karan Mahajan reads THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Karan Mahajan was at BookCourt in Brooklyn to discuss his novel The Association of Small Bombs with Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers. The Association of Small Bombs explores the lives of the people involved in a minor terror attack in an Indian market. The novel looks at both victims and perpetrators.

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