Reflections on the Silent, Insidious Writer Shortage of the 21st Century

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Monday, October 28th, 2013 | 2,186 views

Everywhere one travels in literary circles—book launches, cocktail parties, the adjunct lounges at third-tier academic institutions—one hears the same lament: We have too many writers. Whether the cause is the invention of the word processor and the availability of self-publishing on demand, or the explosion of new MFA programs, or merely a culture steeped in […]

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Dani Shapiro reads Still Writing, joined by Darin Strauss and Adam Wilson

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Friday, October 25th, 2013 | 2,215 views

Noreen Tomassi leads the panel discussion with Darin Strauss, Adam Wilson, and Dani Shapiro at the Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction hosted a panel discussion focusing on process and craft inspired by Dani Shapiro’s new memoir, Still Writing. Along with Shapiro, the panel included Darin Strauss, author of the memoir Half a Life (September 2010) and novel More Than it Hurts (June 2008) and Adam Wilson, author of Flatscreen (February 2012) and a forthcoming collection of stories.

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Mircea Cărtărescu reads from Blinding, with Joshua Cohen

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | 2,625 views

Mircea Cărtărescu reads from his novel, Blinding, recently translated from Romanian into English

McNally Jackson Books served as the last stop on the American book tour for Romanian author Mircea Cărtărescu as he celebrated the release of the English translation of Blinding, a novel described as dream-memoir. He was joined by Joshua Cohen, author of Witz (2010) and Four New Messages (2012).

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WORD hosts Jacob Appel, Robert Antoni, Paul Kwiatkowski, and Bruce McEver for Small Press Night

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Friday, October 18th, 2013 | 3,220 views

Paul Kwaitkowski reads from And Every Day Was Overcast from Black Balloon publishing

WORD brought together four authors from four different small presses for a sampling of independent literature. Each author was allotted ten minutes to read from their respective books covering poetry, fiction and experimental prose.

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Jayne Anne Phillips Reads Quiet Dell

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | 2,547 views

Jayne Anne Phillips reads from her new novel, Quiet Dell, at the Strand, with Amy Hempel

Jayne Anne Phillips read from her new novel, Quiet Dell at The Strand on Tuesday. She was joined in conversation by Amy Hempel.

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Sari Botton, Melissa Febos, Meghan Daum and Emily Gould read from Goodbye to All That

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | 2,742 views

Powerhouse Books hosted the launch party for essay anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. The anthology collects twenty-eight essays from women authors on the subject of leaving New York, although not all of them remain outside the city. The collection is edited by Sari Botton, who read part of […]

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Muliebrous Omnibus: Renaming Chick Lit

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Sunday, October 6th, 2013 | 2,544 views

A little less than twenty years ago, the “chick lit” genre was launched, arguably, with Helen Fielding’s 1996 Bridget Jones’s Diary. Next week, Fielding releases the third book in the Bridge Jones franchise, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Looking back, its easy to claim that Bridget Jones was a phenomenon: the book spawned a […]

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Rigoberto González Reads Autobiography of My Hungers

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Friday, October 4th, 2013 | 1,990 views

Rigoberto González reads from his new book Autobiography of My Hungers

The New York Foundation of the Arts hosted Rigoberto González at the 86th Street Barnes and Noble in promotion of his new book, Autobiography of My Hungers. González is a poet, essayist, fiction author, young adult fiction author, book reviewer and professor at Rutgers University. Autobiography of My Hungers is a series of flash prose memoir vignettes that delve into personal moments from González’s life.

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