We’re kicking off our summer season with a blockbuster reading featuring novelists Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), Shya Scanlon (The Guild of Saint Cooper), and Mary-Beth Hughes (The Loved Ones), short fiction writer Jai Chakrabarti (Hayden's Ferry Review, The Coffin Factory), …
We’re kicking off our summer season with a blockbuster reading featuring novelists Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), Shya Scanlon (The Guild of Saint Cooper), and Mary-Beth Hughes (The Loved Ones), short fiction writer Jai Chakrabarti (Hayden's Ferry Review, The Coffin Factory), and poets Adam Fitzgerald (The Late Parade) and Angel Nafis (BlackGirl Mansion).
The event features three contributors from the acclaimed Brooklyn-based magazine A Public Space.
There will be a $4 draft drink special and a raffle for books, subscriptions, and lit mags.
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES: SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER
Monday, June 8, 8-10pm
618 St. Johns Place
Between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue
More on our authors:
MARLON JAMES is the author, most recently, of the novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Anisfield-Wolf fiction prize, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and was named a best book of 2014 by many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Publishers Weekly, and Buzzfeed. His novel The Book of Night Women won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and The Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel John Crow's Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and a New York Times Editors' Choice. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970, he lives in Minneapolis and is a professor at Macalester College.
SHYA SCANLON is the author of the novels The Guild of Saint Cooper, Border Run, and Forecast and the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. An editor at The Nervous Breakdown and co-founder of Monkeybicycle, he won the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction at Brown University, where he received his MFA. He lives in New York.
MARY-BETH HUGHES is the author of the best selling novel Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book, the acclaimed story collection Double Happiness, which earned her a Pushcart Prize, and the new novel The Loved Ones. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and A Public Space. She lives in Brooklyn and Rhinebeck, NY.
ADAM FITZGERALD is an American poet. He earned his BA from Boston College, MA in Editorial Studies from Boston University, and his MFA in Poetry from Columbia University's School of the Arts. He teaches at Rutgers University and The New School and is founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy. His debut collection of poetry, The Late Parade, was published in 2014. He is also a contributing editor at Literary Hub.
ANGEL NAFIS is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem Fellow. She is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (RedBeard/New School Poetics 2012). Her work has appeared in FOUND Magazine's Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, GirlSpeak Webzine, The Bear Rivers Writers Review, and MUZZLE Magazine. In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series. She lives in Brooklyn.
JAI CHAKRABARTI graduated from the Brooklyn College Fiction MFA program in 2013, where his short fiction won both a Ross Feld Award and a Himan Brown Award. His previous work has appeared in journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Coffin Factory, and India-based English-language newspaper The Statesman. One of his favorite books is Lorrie Moore’s Like Life.
On May 18 the Franklin Park Reading Series teams up with Electric Literature to showcase four contributors to their acclaimed fiction magazine Recommended Reading: legendary author Jim Shepard, whose latest novel The Book of Aron has been called a "masterpiece" by the Washington Post; Diane Cook, …
On May 18 the Franklin Park Reading Series teams up with Electric Literature to showcase four contributors to their acclaimed fiction magazine Recommended Reading: legendary author Jim Shepard, whose latest novel The Book of Aron has been called a "masterpiece" by the Washington Post; Diane Cook, whose debut story collection Man V. Nature was named an Amazon Best Short Story Collection of 2014 and was a finalist for numerous awards, including a Los Angeles Times book prize and the PEN/Hemingway; and award-winning authors Sharma Shields (The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac) and Anu Jindal (Joyland, The New Quarterly).
The evening includes a $4 draft drink special and a raffle for the authors' books and Electric Lit merch. Admission is free.
JIM SHEPARD (The Book of Aron, You Think That's Bad)
DIANE COOK (Man V. Nature)
SHARMA SHIELDS (The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac)
ANU JINDAL (Joyland, The New Quarterly)
More on our authors:
JIM SHEPARD is the author of seven novels, including the forthcoming The Book of Aron, as well as four story collections. His collection Like You’d Understand, Anyway was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Electric Literature, and Vice and has often been selected for The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with his wife and three children and teaches at Williams College.
DIANE COOK is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, which was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times book prize and named an Amazon Best Short Story Collection of 2014. Man V. Nature is also a finalist for the Believer Book Award and a story from the collection, "Moving On," will be included in Best American Short Stories 2015. Her fiction has been published in Harper’s, Granta, One Story, Tin House, Electric Literature, Zoetrope, and Guernica, amongst other places. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life, where she worked as a radio producer for six years. The winner of the 2012 Calvino Prize for fabulist fiction, she holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and lives in Oakland, CA.
SHARMA SHIELDS is the author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and the short story collection Favorite Monster, the winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Electric Literature, and other literary journals and garnered numerous awards, including the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor. She has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and holds an MFA from the University of Montana. She now lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and children.
ANU JINDAL’S short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, Pioneer, and Matrix Magazine. His short story “Not a Bad Bunch” was selected by Amazon to be a Kindle Single and Audible audiobook in 2014. He is the recipient of the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction, the Harvey Swados Fiction Prize, and the 2011 Pop Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP Fiction Award, as well as a Diversity Fellowship from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Emerging Writers grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. A graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he was born in Halifax, Canada and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.