Halfway There Reading Series

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Monday, December 21st, 2015 | 9,776 views

Halfway there series, photos by Melissa Adamo

When you want to read your fiction after just publishing a book, but there just doesn’t seem to be a good fit for you in your state, what do you do?

Well, Nicole Haroutunian, an English Kills Review contributor, joined forces with Apryl Lee to create their own series in Montclair, New Jersey. Now, four times a year, The Halfway There Reading Series combines community and the arts to give both emerging and well-established authors a platform for their work without a hike into the city.

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Michael Cunningham reads A Wild Swan

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Friday, December 18th, 2015 | 8,783 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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Luc Sante Discusses The Other Paris with Jason Diamond

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 | 10,440 views

Luc Sante and Jason Diamond discuss THE OTHER PARIS

Luc Sante discussed The Other Paris with Jason Diamond of Vol 1. Brooklyn at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn last week. Sante previously has written Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, a portrait of the city. The Other Paris similarly explores Paris.

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Garth Risk Hallberg reads City On Fire

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 | 9,772 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 | 10,200 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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Kevin Powell Reads The Education of Kevin Powell

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Monday, November 9th, 2015 | 9,688 views

Kevin Powell and journalist Ted Hamm

Kevin Powell is a poet, activist, former candidate for Congress, author, and even once starred in a reality television show before reality television was a thing. His memoir The Education of Kevin Powell follows in the tradition of other autobiographies and traces his origins in Jersey City to his life in Brooklyn. He was a Greenlight Bookstore to discuss the book with journalist Ted Hamm.

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Kate Gavino Launches Last Night’s Reading

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 | 9,375 views

Kate Gavino, author of LAST NIGHT'S READING, launches the illustrated book at Housing Works in Manhattan

I first met Kate in a bookstore. She had already launched the website Last Night’s Reading a month or two before. I recognized her from other readings and saw that she was recording the event and drawing notes. A few weeks earlier, Bookstalker Julia Bartz had caught me in the act of notetaking and introduced herself to me so I followed her lead, introducing myself to Kate. I’m sure I frightened her with my enthusiasm. Over the following years, I’ve run into Kate at various events. She has a keen sense about choosing which events to attend, and whenever I see her in the audience, I feel reassured about my choice for the evening. Sometimes Kate, Julia, and I end up attending and then writing about / drawing the same event: when the trifecta is in the house, you know its going to be the very best type of event.

Kate Gavino launched her book Last Night’s Reading at Housing Works, but the event was as much a celebration of literary readings as it was the book. She assembled an A-List cast of authors to read embarrassing stories, and she presented slideshow survival guide to literary events.

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Sigal Samuel Discusses The Mystics of Mile End with Isaac Fitzgerald

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 | 6,843 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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