Join four lauded authors — Alexander Maksik, Tim Murphy, Randa Jarrar, & Margaret Malone — reading in support of Behind the Book, a local literacy nonprofit working to get kids in excited about reading. Alexander Maksik is the author of three novels: You Deserve Nothing; A Marker to Measure …
Join four lauded authors — Alexander Maksik, Tim Murphy, Randa Jarrar, & Margaret Malone — reading in support of Behind the Book, a local literacy nonprofit working to get kids in excited about reading.
Alexander Maksik is the author of three novels: You Deserve Nothing; A Marker to Measure Drift, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for both the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; and the just published Shelter in Place, a magnetic novel about the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the dramatic consequences of love. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, his writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among other publications. He is the recipient of a 2015 Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and The Corporation of Yaddo. He is the co-artistic director of the Can Cab Literary Residence in Catalonia, Spain, and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Tim Murphy’s lauded debut novel, Christadora, a powerful account of the AIDS crisis and its aftermath centering on the venerable Christodora, a 16-story apartment building in New York’s East Village, was an Indie Next Selection and an Amazon Top 10 Best Book of the Month. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself. Tim has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York Magazine, where his cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, travel, and fashion for publications including The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.
Randa Jarrar’s debut novel, A Map of Home, was published in six languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes & Noble Review. Her hotly anticipated new book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, is a collection of stories set in Texas, Egypt, Palestine, Michigan, and other locales that moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present, capturing the lives of Muslim women and men, many of them "accidental transients" – a term for migratory birds who have gone astray – seeking their circuitous routes back home. She blogs for Salon, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and other venues. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier. In 2010, the Hay Festival and Beirut UNESCO named her one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the U.S. after the first Gulf War.
Margaret Malone is the author of the masterful debut story collection, People Like You, which was a Finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award and winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize. In plainspoken American speech, with pathos and humor, the nine stories in People Like You feature dark, troubled women unafraid to puncture the pieties or to confront the void. Her stories and essays can be found in The Missouri Review, Oregon Humanities, Swink, Propeller Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE.
Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators. Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors. In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books. All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own. Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers. Since our founding, we have worked with nearly 13,000 students and donated more than 18,000 books to students and school libraries.
Performer and poet Jennifer Tamayo’s most recent book of poems is "YOU DA ONE" (Coconut Books, 2014).
Kick off the fall literary season with Behind the Book on Thursday, September 8. Starting at 7PM at KGB Bar at 85 East 4th Street, three dynamic authors will read from their new work: Jessica Winter is features editor at Slate and the author of the ferociously intelligent debut novel, Break in Case…
Kick off the fall literary season with Behind the Book on Thursday, September 8. Starting at 7PM at KGB Bar at 85 East 4th Street, three dynamic authors will read from their new work:
Jessica Winter is features editor at Slate and the author of the ferociously intelligent debut novel, Break in Case of Emergency, a wry satire of celebrity do-goodism as well as an exploration of the difficulty of navigating friendships as they shift to accommodate marriage and family, and the unspoken tensions that can strain even the strongest bonds. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bookforum, The Believer, and many other publications. She is the former culture editor of Time, where she directed print coverage of music, television, books, film, and art and architecture. She lives in Brooklyn.
“It’s the superb insights and penetrating writing that make this book remarkable . . . . Winter is almost vicious in her dedication to truth . . . she lampoons the bourgeois Manhattanites who spend entire careers appropriating social justice movements for branding purposes and nothing else. There are a lot of them out there, and Winter captures their self-regarding bullshit with remarkable precision . . . . Break in Case of Emergency asks the reader to consider whether a person’s problems can be serious and complex and important even though they are everybody else’s problems too . . . . It’s a high-quality tribute to ordinary experience, which makes it an extraordinary debut.” — The Guardian
Anna Noyes is the author of the extraordinary debut book of interconnected stories, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was A New York Times Editors’ Choice, A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Summer Selection, An Indie Next Pick, and An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature & Fiction). With novelistic breadth and a quicksilver emotional intelligence, Noyes takes readers into the inner lives of New England women and girls as they navigate the dangers and struggles of their outer worlds. Her fiction has appeared in VICE, A Public Space, and Guernica, amongst others. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship and the James Merrill House Fellowship, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. Goodnight, Beautiful Women, received the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction.
“Lucid, sensual . . . If the fiction of Stephen King and Alice Munro had a literary love child, it might look like this: luminous domestic moments married to a pervasive sense of threat . . . Noyes is a master of disturbing juxtapositions that interpolate childhood games with sexuality, suggesting something dangerous in both . . . appealingly frank and astute . . . Noyes’s prose is admirably restrained, and the real drama remains that of character, the mystery we are to ourselves.” —E.J. Levy, The Washington Post
Iris Smyles is the author of two brilliantly funny books of fiction: Iris Has Free Time and the recently published, Dating Tips for the Unemployed. In twenty-four absurd, lyrical, and louche episodes, Dating Tips for the Unemployed weaves a modern odyssey of trying to find one’s home in the world amid the pitfalls and insidious traps of adult life. Iris was a humor columnist for Splice Today, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, BOMB, The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Best American Travel Writing 2015, among other publications and anthologies. Founder and editor of the web-museum, Smyles & Fish, she edited and wrote the afterword for the cult book, The Capricious Critic, based on a column she commissioned for that site. She lives in New York and Greece.
“Structured in small episodes like Homer’s Odyssey, which serves as an epigraph for the book, Smyles’ adventuress calls to mind a Jane Bowles heroine who’s read Ulysses while scrolling in despair through 10 open apps on her iPhone. Smyles’ portrayal of Iris in all her weirdness offers much to recognize, fear, and embrace. Walking the line between self-obsession and thoughtful portraiture, Smyles explores an inextricable link between sex and loneliness, self-loathing and self-acceptance in contemporary New York.” —Kirkus Reviews
Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition…
Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition of the SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.
Directed by Leslye Headland
Arrangements by Matthew Marsh
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Featuring Matthew Marsh and Ben Arons
Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton