Cristina Henríquez Discusses The Book of Unknown Americans

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | 2,753 views

Cristina Henríquez and editor Robin Desser discuss The Book of Unknown Americans at McNally Jackson books in Manhattan

Cristina Henríquez’s latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans (June 2014), focuses on the lives of a group of immigrants residing in Newark, Delaware. A cast of eleven voices comes together from various Central American nations as they acclimate to life in the United States, some legally, some with more questionable circumstances. She was joined at McNally Jackson by her editor Robin Desser for a conversation about the book.

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Karl Ove Knausgaard and Zadie Smith Discuss My Struggle

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Friday, June 6th, 2014 | 4,709 views

As I sit to write this review, I’d rather be finishing the third volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle. I’ve done little else for the last few weeks, as I just began reading the 3,500-page, six-volume novel following the media attention of the third volume’s English publication.

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Rivka Galchen and Rebecca Curtis Talk Short Stories With Willing Davidson

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Friday, May 30th, 2014 | 2,863 views

Rivka Galchen and Willing Davidson talk about short stories at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

In 2010, The New Yorker named Rivka Galchen one of their 20 under 40 following the publication of her 2008 novel, Atmospheric Disturbances. She read from her new collection of stories, American Innovations (May 2014) at McNally Jackson. Rebecca Curtis joined Galchen to discuss short stories, inspiration, and process with New Yorker editor Willing Davidson.

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Amy Rowland Launches The Transcriptionist

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 | 1,537 views

Amy Rowland reads from the Transcriptionist at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn

Amy Rowland once worked in a newspaper transcription office, a job since automated. But her time listening to dictated stories and interviews left her thinking about language and inspired her debut novel, The Transcriptionist. She read from the book at Powerhouse Arena.

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Porochista Khakpour Reads The Last Illusion with Alexander Chee

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014 | 1,844 views

Porochista Khakpour Reads The Last Illusion with Alexander Chee at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

Porochista Khakpour released her second novel, The Last Illusion, earlier this month. The Iranian born, New York City based novelist was joined by Alexander Chee at McNally Jackson to discuss the book.

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Joshua Ferris Reads To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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Friday, May 16th, 2014 | 2,217 views

Joshua Ferris reads from his new novel about dentists, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris read from his latest novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. The novel explores the life of a dentist obsessing over his online doppelgänger through the neurotic voice of the protagonist. Ferris has a knack for portraying characters in otherwise bland occupations. His debut novel, Then We Came to the End (2007) chronicles the final days of an ad agency while The Unnamed (2010) features an overworked lawyer.

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Julia Fierro Reads Debut Novel Cutting Teeth

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | 2,593 views

Julia Fierro reads from Cutting Teeth at BookCourt

Julia Fierro launched her debut novel Cutting Teeth to a full house at Brooklyn’s BookCourt bookstore. Fierro, as the founder of Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop, has influenced the lives of more than 2,000 Brooklyn writers, many of whom had crammed into the store. Her husband, Justin Feinstein introduced her.

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Roxane Gay and Sari Botton Discuss Gay’s An Untamed State

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 | 3,479 views

Tobias Caroll introduces Roxane Gay at Community Bookstore

Roxane Gay’s debut novel, An Untamed State (May 2014) has garnered widespread praise. Essays editor at The Rumpus and a publisher/editor of [PANK], Gay is a prolific author with an essay collection on feminism due in August and a memoir relating to hunger and body image in 2016. Volume 1 Brooklyn hosted Gay at Community Bookstore to discuss her new novel with The Rumpus columnist Sari Botton.

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