Karan Mahajan discusses The Association of Small Bombs

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Friday, April 8th, 2016 | 4,398 views

Karan Mahajan reads THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Karan Mahajan was at BookCourt in Brooklyn to discuss his novel The Association of Small Bombs with Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers. The Association of Small Bombs explores the lives of the people involved in a minor terror attack in an Indian market. The novel looks at both victims and perpetrators.

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Reading Series Census: Brew: An Evening of Literary Works

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | 4,228 views

Brew an evening of literary works

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?
Brew: An Evening of Literary Works is somewhat nebulous and all-encompassing in name–intentionally so–so that no type of writing nor any sort of reader should ever be excluded. Brew is a concoction, a contriving, a plan, a mixture of unusual ingredients.

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Judy Sheehan Presents I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 | 4,433 views

Judy Sheehan reads I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL

Judy Sheehan was at McNally Jackson Books to present her novel I Woke up Dead at the Mall, a young adult novel about a dead teenager waking up in the afterlife located in the Mall of America.

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Ranbir Singh Sidhu Reads Deep Singh Blue with Tanwi Nandini Islam

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016 | 1,485 views

Ranbir Singh Sidhu Reads DEEP SNGH BLUE wtih Tanwi Nandini Islam

Ranbir Singh Sidhu was at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn to discuss his debut novel Deep Singh Blue with Tanwi Nandini Islam. Islam also read from her debut novel, Bright Lines.

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Helen Oyeyemi talks with Catherine Chung

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Monday, March 21st, 2016 | 1,704 views

Catherine Chung talks with Helen Oyeyemi about her new story collection WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS

Helen Oyeyemi was at Greenlight Bookstore to discuss her latest collection of stories What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours with author Catherine Chung. Each story in the collection includes a key.

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Boris Fishman Presents Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 | 1,859 views

Boris Fishman reads DONT LET MY BABY DO RODEO at BookCourt

Boris Fishman presented his sophomore novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo at BookCourt in Brooklyn. His debut novel, A Replacement Life, explored male family relationships through a son and grandfther’s attempt to defraud the German government of holocaust reperations. His new novel dives into the relationships of women.

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A. Igoni Barrett Reads Blackass

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 | 2,076 views

A Igoni Barrett reads BLACKASS at Greenlight Bookstore in Brookyn

Identity is central component of A. Igoni Barrett’s novel Blackass, the story of a Nigerian man who wakes to find himself transformed into a white man. Barret read from the novel and discussed it with Chinelo Okparanta last week at Greenlight Bookstore.

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An Interview with Poet Vincent Toro

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Monday, March 14th, 2016 | 4,905 views

Vincent Toro, poet, and author of STEREO ISLAND MOSAIC

Professor Vincent Toro, an English Kills Review contributor, is a poet and playwright from New York, where he teaches for The City University of New York’s Bronx Community College and The DreamYard Project, a nonprofit organization that places working artists in the schools and local communities. He has an MFA from Rutgers University, received a 2014 Poet’s House Emerging Poet’s Fellowship, and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. Ahsahta Press recently awarded Toro with the Sawtooth Poetry Prize; his manuscript of poems, just released in February 2016, is titled Stereo.Island.Mosaic.

Melissa Adamo: Congratulations, Vincent, on winning the Sawtooth Poetry Prize! Stereo. Island. Mosaic. is a stunning collection. How are you feeling now that your first poetry collection is out there in the world?

Vincent Toro: Thank you for the kind words. The first and strongest sensation I’ve felt since the book came out is one of relief. I’ve been dreaming of writing a book since the age of 17. I’m 40 now. The meal had been cooking for a long time. I think when I got the call from Janet Holmes about The Sawtooth Prize, the first thing I did was sigh because I thought maybe I could rest for a second and stop scaling the cliff, which is of course a myth. The climbing doesn’t cease. But at least you get to camp out for a night and make s’mores before you have to keep climbing in the morning.

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