ANNIE CHOI HATES MUSICAL THEATER. SHE THINKS SANDWICHES ARE BORING. She likes camping, except for the outdoors part. At fifteen, her father made her read the entire car manual before allowing her to sit in the driver’s seat. Her neighbor, who has no curtains, is always naked. And she once chased…
ANNIE CHOI HATES MUSICAL THEATER. SHE THINKS SANDWICHES ARE BORING. She likes camping, except for the outdoors part. At fifteen, her father made her read the entire car manual before allowing her to sit in the driver’s seat. Her neighbor, who has no curtains, is always naked. And she once chased down a man who stole her handbag.
All this is to say that Choi is one part badass and one part curmudgeon, with a soft spot for savage bears. Mostly she wants to ask the world: WTF?!
Written in Choi’s strikingly original and indignant voice, Shut Up, You’re Welcome paints a revealing portrait of Annie in all her quirky, compelling, riotous glory. Each of Choi’s personal essays begins with an open letter to someone (babies) or something (the San Fernando Valley) she has a beef with. From the time her family ditched her on Christmas to her father’s attachment to the World's Ugliest Table, Choi weaves together deeply personal experiences with laugh-out-loud observations, all of which will delight and entertain you.
Annie Choi is the author of Happy Birthday or Whatever. Her work has appeared in White Zinfandel, Urban Omnibus, and Pidgin Magazine, among others. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in writing from Columbia University. She loves animals that eat other animals and hates musicals. Choi was born and raised in Los Angeles but now lives in New York. Visit her website at AnnieTown.com.
The Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates vacation season with its annual "Travels and Jounreys" reading. Four of the summer's hottest novelists — Emma Straub (The Vacationers), Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Boris …
The Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates vacation season with its annual "Travels and Jounreys" reading. Four of the summer's hottest novelists — Emma Straub (The Vacationers), Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Boris Fishman (A Replacement Life) — along with short fiction master Aaron Burch (Backswing) will lead a tour of exotic locales, from Majorca to Paris. The fun includes $4 drafts and a raffle for the authors' books.
EMMA STRAUB is from New York City. She is the author of the novels The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin House, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and The Paris Review Daily. A staff writer for Rookie, Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn.
TIPHANIE YANIQUE is from Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is the author of the new novel Land of Love and Drowning and the story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony, A 2010 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award winner, she was named by the National Book Awards as one of 2011’s “5 Under 35.” She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and Saint Thomas.
COURTNEY MAUM is the author of the debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. She then lived in France for five years, where she worked as a party promoter for Corona Extra, which had everything to do with getting a visa and nothing to do with her degree. Today, Maum splits her time between the Berkshires, New York City, and Paris, working as a creative brand strategist, corporate namer, and humor columnist. Read more of her work at CourtneyMaum.tumblr.com or find her on Twitter @cmaum.
BORIS FISHMAN was born in Belarus and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He lives in New York City. A Replacement Life is his first novel.
AARON BURCH is the editor of HOBART: another literary journal and the author of the story collection Backswing and the novella How to Predict the Weather. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, New York Tyrant, Unsaid, elimae, and other publications, and he is the winner of PANK’s First Chapbook Competition. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan