5 Questions for Lynn Melnick


Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 | 1,680 views

Free Water 8!

Lynn Melnick will be reading at Free Water #8 on Friday, August 14th, at KGB, at 7 p.m. along with Morgan Parker, Tommy Pico, and Angel Nafis.

What is the best poetry advice you’ve received?

Lynn Melnick: Alice Walker said “If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?” That’s the best poetry advice I’ve received. But do you mean advice that I’ve personally received? One time a man told me he couldn’t take me seriously as a writer because I wear a lot of dresses so I’ve continued to wear a lot of dresses.

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An Interview with Lexi Beach, Owner of Astoria Bookshop


Monday, August 10th, 2015 | 4,364 views

Astoria Bookshop in Queens

With wife Connie Rourke, Lexi Beach established The Astoria Bookshop in August 2013. The 1,200 square foot storefront under the elevated N/Q train line has become a community hotspot, patronized by several Queens-based writing collectives and reading series, including Boundless Tales, the LIC Reading Series and Oh! Bernice. The store hosts a book club, a storytime for children’s books, the occasional celebrity author, and maintains an active calendar.

Elizabeth Frank: You recently (7/14/15) tweeted: “Anyone worried about the future of independent bookstores should take a look in my front windows today. Mobbed.” Can you describe what was going on that day?

Lexi Beach: That was the day that Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman came out. The store was packed from open to close. We offered some happy hour drinks and snacks to customers, to celebrate the publication, and then our regular monthly open mic storytelling show was that evening, as well, so there was quite a crowd by 6pm.

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Kathleen Alcott Discusses Infinite Home with Valeria Luiselli


Thursday, August 6th, 2015 | 2,296 views

Kathleen Alcott launched INFINITE HOME with Valerie Luiselli at Powerhouse Arena

Kathleen Alcott launched her latest novel, Infinite Home, at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. She discussed the book with writer Valerie Luiselli. The novel focuses on the assorted residents of a Brooklyn brownstone.

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Sawdust and Raw Meat: An Interview with Scott Alexander Hess, author of The Butcher’s Sons


Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 | 1,824 views

Photo of Scott Alexander Hess courtesy of the author

The Butcher’s Sons is the latest novel by author Scott Alexander Hess. He launched The Butcher’s Sons in May. The family saga is set in 1930 New York City and follows three Irish brothers as they attempt to find their place in Hell’s Kitchen.

Roberto Santiago: Congratulations on the release of book No. three, The Butcher’s Sons! Since we are Press brothers, I must ask: How did TBS find its way to Lethe?

Scott Alexander Hess: My first two novels were with a different press, which did not deal with literary fiction. Those first books were a bit more subversive, while The Butcher’s Sons represents my current direction as a writer toward literary historical fiction. I hunted around for a good match and saw that Lethe authors had won awards and I read some good press. So I submitted and began a wonderful relationship with publisher Steve Berman.

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Alexis Coe Discusses Alice + Freda Forever With Margaret Eby


Friday, July 31st, 2015 | 1,748 views

Alexis Coe and Margaret Eby discuss Alice + Freda Forever

Alice + Freda Forever is a true-crime story set in 1892 Memphis, Tennessee. The teenage murderer provided a shocking sensation at the dawn of yellow journalism. Alexis Coe discussed her book with Margaret Eby at Community Bookstore, sponsored by Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

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Stephanie Kallos reads Language Arts


Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 | 1,491 views

Stephanie Kallos, author of the novel LANGUAGE ARTS

Stephanie Kallos was at Powerhouse Arena to read from her latest novel Language Arts and discuss the book with voice actor Tavia Gilbert and editor Lauren Wein. The book follows Seattle area high school English teacher Charles Marlow, a man who loves puzzles and language arts.

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Julia Pierpont Discusses Among the Ten Thousand Things with J. Courtney Sullivan


Monday, July 20th, 2015 | 3,119 views

Julia Pierpont talks with J Courtney Sullivan about Among the Ten Thousand Things at McNally Jackson Books

Julia Pierpont launched her debut novel Among the Ten Thousand Things with an over capacity crowd at McNally Jackson Books. She was joined by J. Courtney Sullivan in conversation. Among the Ten Thousand Things begins with a letter from a scorned lover confessing to the wife of her lover of the infidelity. Instead, the letter is found by the children, Kay and Simon. The wife already knew. From here, Among the Ten Thousand Things launches a portrait of a family living in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Jack, the unfaithful husband, is a famous artist. Deb, the cuckolded wife, a dance instructor. Kay, the precocious daughter, writes Seinfeld fanfiction.

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Flint Fiction Reading Series


Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 | 1,899 views

Amanda Faraone, Laura Macomber and Sierra Troy-Regier founded the Flint Fiction reading series in September of 2014. Hosted at 2A, an East Village dive bar with a windowed, second-floor event space, Flint Fiction is the successor to the Fiction Addiction reading series. Fiction Addiction founder Christine Vines passed the torch onto Amanda, Laura and Sierra when she matriculated to Cornell University to pursue an MFA. The night of Tuesday, June 30, featured three readers with a diversity of backgrounds whose readings coincidentally united around a cinematic theme.

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