Reading Series Census: Franklin Electric Reading Series

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Monday, May 16th, 2016 | 4,220 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Our series is called Franklin Electric Reading Series and takes its name from the co-working space it’s held in, Franklin Electric.

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Jennifer Haigh Presents Heat & Light

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 | 4,603 views

Jennifer Haigh presents HEAT & LIGHT at BookCourt

Jennifer Haigh presented her latest novel Heat & Light at BookCourt in Brooklyn. The novel follows a family and other characters from Bakerton, Pennsylvania as they grapple with the shale gas bonanza. Bakerton is also the setting of a previous book Baker Towers, a novel that takes place in the middle of the last century as the town dealt with the decline of the local coal industry.

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Camille Perri Discussed The Assistants with Elisabeth Egan

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 | 1,991 views

Camille Perri and Elisabeth Egan discuss THE ASSISTANTS at Barnes & Noble 86th Street

Camille Perri launched her debut novel, The Assistants, at Barnes & Noble at 86th Street. The novel follows two young women, personal assistants for a wealthy media oligarch, who abuse their position to embezzle money to pay off their student loans. Perri was joined for a conversation with Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens.

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Literary BFFs Brendan Jones talks with Will Chancellor

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 | 1,878 views

Brendan Jones talks with his literary BFF Will Chancellor at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn about THE ALASKAN LAUNDRY

Literary blog Largehearted Boy hosted Brendan Jones and Will Chancellor as part of the ongoing Literary BFFs series. Jones launched his debut novel The Alaskan Laundry last month about a young woman from Philadelphia heading to Alaska to work her way through the fishing industry. Chancellor’s novel, A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, follows an injured Olympian as he runs away from the life planned for him by his father.

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J.R. Thornton Presents Beautiful Country

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Monday, April 25th, 2016 | 2,493 views

J.R. Thornton reads BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY at powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn

The protagonist of J.R. Thornton’s debut novel, Beautiful Country, has a lot in common with the recent Harvard graduate. Chase Robertson is a fourteen-year-old tennis player training with the Beijing national team, a similar experience to Thornton’s own time playing tennis in China. The novel was first released there several years ago and recently brought to the United States by Harper Collins. Thornton launched the American version of the novel at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn.

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Rebecca Schiff Launched The Bed Moved

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | 2,184 views

Rebecca Schiff reads THE BED MOVED, a collection of stories, at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Rebecca Schiff celebrated the launch of her debut collection of stories, The Bed Moved, last week at BookCourt in Brooklyn. The collection has won the adoration of the New York Times, with the paper stating that the collection has a “Nabokovian boldness and crispness of phrase.” Schiff read from a story from the collection before answering audience questions and signing copies.

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Jonathan Corcoran Discusses The Rope Swing with Tayari Jones

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Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | 2,670 views

Jonathan Corcoran reads THE ROPE SWING, his debut collection of stories, at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore

Jonathan Corcoran launched his debut collection of short stories, The Rope Swing, earlier this month at AWP. He was joined by Tayari Jones at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn to discuss the story collection. The collection was published by West Virginia University Press. Corcoran studied under Jones at Rutgers Unviersity-Newark where he attended the Creative Writing MFA program and where Jones is a professor.

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Molly Prentiss Reads Tuesday Nights in 1980

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 | 2,307 views

Molly Prentiss presents TUESDAY NIGHTS in 1980

Molly Prentiss presented her novel Tuesday Nights in 1980 at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. She was joined by her agent, Claudia Ballard and her editor Alison Callahan. Callahan is an editor at Scout Press books, a new imprint from Simon & Schuster with just one other book previously published, Bill Clegg’s Did you Ever Have a Family.

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