Jaime Clarke reads Vernon Downs with Charles Bock

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | 1,919 views

Jaime Clarke and Charles Bock discussing Vernon Downs at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan

Thirteen years after his debut, We’re So Famous (2001), Jaime Clarke has a new novel. Vernon Downs draws inspiration from Clarke’s own life as a twenty-something living in New York City. Then, Clarke belonged to an entourage of young writers that Bret Easton Ellis fostered, and the title character shares many similarities. Clarke was joined by his friend Charles Bock to discuss the book at the Center for Fiction. Bock is the author of Beautiful Children (2008), a novel set in Las Vegas tracing two parallel narratives that stem from the disappearance of a twelve-year-old boy.

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Cara Hoffman, Helen Benedict, and Katey Schultz Talk War Stories

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Friday, April 25th, 2014 | 1,925 views

Cara Hoffman, Helen Benedict, and Katey Schultz Talk War Stories at Word in Brooklyn

Traditional war stories have long featured male protagonists by default. But modern war has meant female soldiers serving alongside their male counterparts. Brooklyn’s WORD Bookstore brought together three authors to talk about their war story books books featuring female soldiers. Cara Hoffman’s new novel, Be Safe I Love you (April 2014) explores the family life of a returning war veteran readjusting. Katey Schultz’s collection Flashes of War (2013) contains a mix of flash fiction and short stories. Helen Benedict has spent several years interviewing soldiers and victims of war resulting in a play, a non-fiction book, and a trilogy. She read from Sand Queen (2011), a novel of two opposing narratives, one an Iraqi medical student caught in a war prison and the other a soldier prison guard.

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Second Downtown Literary Festival: A Collective (Abbreviated) Review

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 | 2,631 views

Tobias Carroll hosts The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories at Housing Works Bookstore Café

At a time when the independent bookstore has been under scrutiny—Julie Bosman of The New York Times, most notably, investigated whether the burgeoning rent costs would drive sellers out of Manhattan—McNally Jackson Books and Housing Works joined together to host the Second Annual Downtown Literary Festival on Sunday, April 13th. Though there were moments when the young age of the festival showed a bit (some events were simply more organized and better prepared than others), the joint McNally Jackson and Housing Works production succeeded in displaying the vibrant literary culture that still exists around Houston Street, adding, in its own way, to the recent trend of criticism and analyses that has centered on Manhattan as the “Writer Mecca” of the United States.

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Bernardine Evaristo reads Mr. Loverman with Chris Abani and Colin Channer

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 | 2,193 views

Bernadine Evaristo, Chris Abani, Colin Channer

Bernadine Evaristo launched her latest novel, Mr. Loverman, at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. She was joined by Chris Abani who read from his latest novel, The Secret History of Las Vegas (January 2014). Colin Channer facilitated the discussion.

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Douglas Watson Reads A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 | 1,411 views

Douglas Watson reads his novel A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies

Douglas Watson celebrated the release of his novel A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Watson is a local and the store offered a fitting place for him to launch the novel; much of the novel was workshopped in the very room with the Greenpoint Writers Group. The workshop is run through WORD.

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Rachel Urquhart Reads The Visionist with Elissa Schappell

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | 1,344 views

Rachel Urquhart Reads The Visionist with Elissa Schappell, co-founder and editor of Tin House at Community Bookstore in Park Slope Brooklyn

Pacifist, celibate, and highly religious, the Shakers are perhaps best remembered for their furniture. But they also possessed a fascination with the mysticism surrounding teenage girls who spoke tongues. Two of these teenage girls are the focus of Rachel Urquhart’s new novel The Visionist. She was joined by Tin House co-founder Elissa Schappell at Community Bookstore to talk about the novel and the Shaker influence.

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Sam Lipsyte, Walter Martin and Wesley Stace talk Novels and Rock Albums

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 | 1,432 views

No one brought up “The Worm in Philly”—there will be few band names that ever beat the fictional “The Annihilation of the Soft Left”—but Sam Lipsyte moderated a discussion about rock and roll and literature with the same gritty humor that permeates his fiction. On Friday night at Housing Works, in front of an intimate […]

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Ted Thompson reads The Land of Steady Habits

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | 2,079 views

Ted Thompson reads from his debut novel The Land of Steady Habits at BookCourt in Brooklyn

What began as a short story eight years ago grew into Ted Thompson’s debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits. Thompson, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s workshop, launched the novel at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Cupcakes were served.

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