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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 | 3,418 views

reading series founders Bijan Stephen and Alanna Okun

Meet Bijan Stephen and Alanna Okun.

For those not in the know, Alanna and Bijan are a pretty big deal. Alanna is a senior editor at BuzzFeed; she has appeared on The TODAY Show, Good Morning, America!, The Katie Couric Show, NBC’s Nightly News, and NPR; her writing has appeared in Billfold, Architizer, and Side B, et cetera. Bijan is an associate editor at The New Republic; his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, N+1, VICE, and The New Inquiry; he’s a writer for Rusty Foster’s cult TinyLetter Today in Tabs (subscribe, for real tho), and also happens to be Ta-Nehisi Coates’s twitter-son.

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Jabari Asim Reads Only the Strong With Mike Sacks

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Monday, May 18th, 2015 | 1,885 views

Jabari Asim reads from his new novel Only the Strong

Jabari Asim might have been better known as a journalist and author of essential nonfiction works like his social history the N Word. He has always considered himself a fiction writer though, and now he has released a novel Only the Strong. He spoke about the new book at Powerhouse Arena with Mike Sacks, Asim’s former colleague at the Washington Post and a magazine editor.

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Scott Alexander Hess Reads The Butcher’s Sons

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 | 2,233 views

Alexander Scott Hess, author of The Butcher's Sons

Scott Alexander Hess celebrated his latest novel, The Butcher’s Sons, last week at Boxers NYC, a rooftop bar in Hell’s Kitchen. Set in that neighborhood in the 1930’s, The Butcher’s Sons follows three Irish brothers. Hess was joined for conversation by Joseph Salvatore, editor at The Brooklyn Rail.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses The Sympathizer with Editor Peter Blackstock

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Monday, May 11th, 2015 | 2,327 views

Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his debut novel at Greenlight bookstore in Brooklyn

A self-described hipster, Viet Thanh Nguyen is a full-time Associate Professor at USC. He wrote his debut novel, The Sympathizer, during a two year sabbatical. He read from the novel at Greenlight discussing the book with his editor Peter Blackstock.

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Angela Flournoy Reads Debut Novel The Turner House

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 | 1,799 views

Angela Flournoy reads from The Turner House at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan

Thirteen children were raised in the Turner’s Detroit home. The decline of the city has meant that the house is worth less than its mortgage and as the aging family matriarch is forced to leave and her children must decide the fate of the house they grew up in. The Turner House is Angela Flournoy’s debut novel, a family epic. She read from the book and discussed it at McNally Jackson with Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie.

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Chigozie Obioma Reads Debut Novel The Fishermen

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Friday, April 24th, 2015 | 2,291 views

Chigozie Obioma reads from the Fishermen, his debut novel about four boys

Chigozie Obioma has written biblical parable in his debut novel The Fishermen. The book explores the relationships of four brothers. He read from The Fishermen at WORD Jersey City and wss joined in conversation by Nana-Ama Kyerematen, founder of the website AfriDiaspora.

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Cecily Wong Reads Debut Novel Diamond Head

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Monday, April 20th, 2015 | 1,749 views

Cecily Wong reads Diamond Head, her debut novel about a Chinese - Hawaiian family, with Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth and founder of Sackett Street Writers Workshop. BookCourt, Brooklyn

Fate is at the center of Cecily Wong’s debut novel Diamond Head, an epic story spanning generations of a Sino-Hawaiian family. Wong celebrated the release of the novel at BookCourt with novelist and Sackett Street Writers Workshop founder Julia Fierro.

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Lily King Reads Euphoria

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | 1,396 views

Lily King reads from Euphoria, now in paperback, at Community bookstore

When Lily King moved to Maine, one of her new neighbors wanted to show off a local bookstore in downtown Portland. They took the trip to the city only to find that the bookstore was in the process of closing. King, trying to be enthusiastic about the store her friend had loved, searched the picked over shelves looking to make a purchase. Unexpectedly, King chose Margaret Mead, A Life, the biography of the anthropologist.

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