Michael Cunningham reads A Wild Swan

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Friday, December 18th, 2015 | 8,699 views

Michael Cunningham reads A WILD SWAN at BookCourt

Michael Cunningham read from his latest book, A Wild Swan, a collection of short stories at BookCourt in Brooklyn. He brought him his friend and musician Billy Hough.

The story collection pulls from classic fairy tales, though all with modern twists. The idea originated in Cunningham’s childhood when his parents would read to him. He describes himself as a junkie for stories as kid.

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Garth Risk Hallberg reads City On Fire

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 | 9,676 views

Garth Risk Hallberg Reads CITY ON FIRE at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Garth Rish Hallberg’s debut novel is 900-plus-page epic. City On Fire chronicles nine principal characters through 1970s New York City. He read from the work and took questions at BookCourt last week.

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Owen Sheers discusses I Saw a Man with Joshua Ferris

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Monday, November 16th, 2015 | 10,037 views

Owen Sheers discusses I SAW A MAN with Joshua Ferris at McNally Jackson Books

Owen Sheers is a poet, playwright, and novelist. He has worked with British war veterans producing a play retelling their traumas. His latest novel, I Saw a Man follows the healing process of Michael Marshall widowed when his journalist wife is killed on assignment in Pakistan. He discussed the novel at McNally Jackson Books with Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

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Sigal Samuel Discusses The Mystics of Mile End with Isaac Fitzgerald

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 | 6,724 views

Sigal Samuel talks with Isaac Fitzgerald about her debut novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END

Sigal Samuel, a playwright and journalist, released her debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End earlier this month. She spoke with Buzzfeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald at Community Bookstore.

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Sloane Crosley Reads The Clasp

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | 3,868 views

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Sloane Crosley is one of the funniest women writing today. Her two previous essay collections, How Did You Get This Number and I Was Told There’d be Cake, are confessional, often self-deprecating, and always funny. Her debut novel, The Clasp, continues to explore similar themes. She launched the book–available in multiple colored covers–at BookCourt in Brooklyn last week.

The novel, she explains, is actually a tribute to the short story, a genre she adores. The narrative is told through three different characters while mixing in vignettes of other people the three main characters encounter.

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“Weird is Good”: Lincoln Michel Launches His Debut Collection Upright Beasts at Powerhouse Arena

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Monday, October 19th, 2015 | 4,557 views

Porochista Khakpour talks with Lincoln Michel about UPRIGHT BEASTS, Photo Zack Graham

A thunderstorm couldn’t have been more fitting weather for the launch of Upright Beasts, Lincoln Michel’s debut collection of short fiction out now from Coffee House Press.

Michel, who earned his MFA at Columbia University, is a model literary citizen. He is the co-founder of Gigantic, the online editor of Electric Literature and a drawer of “Monster Lit” trading cards. He also describes himself as a “fairly frequent tweeter.”

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Bill Clegg Discusses His Debut Novel Did You Ever Have a Family

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 | 3,285 views

Darin Strauss talks with Bill Clegg about Clegg's debut novel at Greenlight Bookstore

Bill Clegg has written two memoirs about addiction. He is also a literary agent. That means there are plenty of expectations about his debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family. He was at Greenlight Bookstore to talk about the book with Darin Strauss.

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Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck Discuss Fiction

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 | 2,795 views

Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck discuss Autofiction at Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction hosted Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck for a brief reading and conversation about their novels. Walbert’s The Sunken Cathedral follows the story of close friends who survived World War II and emigrate from Europe. Tuck’s latest The Double Life of Liliane examines the life of a Liliane splitting her time between parents on different continents, but draws on personal autobiographical elements of Tuck’s life.

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