I am thrilled to take part in dear friend KC Trommer's project, Queensbound, in which writers will read their Queens-subway stop-specific work aboard the 7 train before exiting to a reception at the Queens Museum. Stay tuned for a website that will geolocate the poems and stories, as well as more about the event. See you in the first train car or the 7 train! More info here.
- Reading and Conversation with Susan Breen, Queens Book Festival, August 2016
- "The Power of Short Stories" with Mark Krotov, Lincoln Michel and Justin Taylor, Slice Literary Conference, September 2015
- Halfway There Reading Series with Matthew Thomas and Abby Sher, Montclair, NJ, September 2015
- Chilltown Literary Festival, WORD Bookstore, Jersey City, NJ, August 2015
- Reading with Shawn Vestal, Auntie's, Spokane, WA, July 2015
- Lit Fix Reading Series, Seattle, WA, June 2015
- Reading with Caitlin Delohory, Mother Foucault's Bookshop, Portland, OR, June 2015
- Reading with Lucy Corin, Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA, June 2015
- "On Folly": moderated by Christine Smallwood, with Lynne Tillman, Lucy Ives, Shelly Oria. Housing Works, NY, NY, June 2015
- Sackett Street Reading Series, hosted by Julia Fierro, with Kaitlyn Greenidge, BookCourt, NY, NY, May 2015
- LIC Reading Series, hosted by Catherine La Sota, with Matthew Thomas and Joshua Gaylord, May 2015
- Lit at Lark, hosted by Amy Shearn, NY, NY, April 2015
- Reading and conversation with Said Sayrafiezadeh, PowerHouse Arena, March 2015
I'm thrilled to participate in the Affinia Hotel Group's National Book Month initiative, a month-long focus on reading, writers and books to benefit the NYPL. I'll be reading at their Fifty NYC property. It's the last reading I have scheduled, so come on out! There will be wine and books for sale. More info here.
The Halfway There inaugural reading will feature acclaimed local writers Matthew Thomas and Abby Sher, along with series co-founder, NJ-native Nicole Haroutunian.
Books will be available courtesy of Watchung Booksellers and coffee and treats from Red Eye Cafe.
Doors will open at 6pm, readings will start at 7pm. We can't wait to see you there!
Nicole Haroutunian, named a "New Author You Need to Know" by Refinery29, is a New Jersey native currently living in Woodside, Queens. Her first short story collection, Speed Dreaming, was published earlier this year. Matthew Caprioli wrote in The Paris Review, "Haroutunian is smart about contemporary relationships, and her collection will certainly resonant with the Modern Love crowd. Her protagonists, all women, admit to melodrama, but they go one step further than the characters in Girls in that they question what’s behind their woe-is-me antics. Through their honesty, we get characters we actually like, who illuminate what it means to be a woman outside of Lena Dunham’s 'Brooklyn.'"
Abby Sher is a writer, performer, and mother of three cool beans. She wrote and performed for The Second City, ImprovOlympic, HBO and NPR. Her memoir, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl who Couldn’t Stop Praying got lots of awards and a nod from Oprah. Abby writes regularly for The New York Times and has an advice column called Dear Gefilte. She means well, but is usually five minutes late.
Matthew Thomas was born and raised in New York City; he lives in Montclair, NJ. He has a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for both the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Prize, longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, nominated for the Folio Prize, and named a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. It was named a Notable Book of the year by the New York Times, one of the fifty best fiction books of the year by the Washington Post, one of the ten best fiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, one of the five most important books of the year by Esquire, one of the best fiction books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Apple, and one of Janet Maslin’s ten favorite books of the year in the New York Times.
On Sept. 12th, on Governor's Island, three UNY poets, Hossannah Asuncion, Morgan Parker and Katy Lederer will read new work based on the visual art of Melissa Murray, Erica Stoller and Maxine Henryson, respectively.
There will also be a historical presentation by Betsy Bradley, the UNY Project Room featuring waterfront-based work by seven AIR Gallery artists, and the annual AIR Gallery group show, as well as refreshments!
Location: St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St.,
The Power of Short Stories
In our age of constant distraction, there is still always time to read a story. In fact, a story is often the best form of distraction. So it isn’t surprising that outlets for short stories are thriving, and they are publishing some of the most powerful and pioneering fiction today. A group of writers discuss the art of short fiction, their creative processes, and the evolving literary landscape (both in print and online).
Panelists: Nicole Haroutunian, Author, Speed Dreaming; Lincoln Michel, Author, Upright Beasts; Justin Taylor, Author, Flings; Daniel Torday, Author, The Last Flight of Poxl West
Moderator: Mark Krotov, Editor, Melville House
I'll be reading some new fiction about NJ at the WORD bookstore in Jersey City for Vol. 1 Brooklyn as part of the Chilltown Literary Festival. I love Vol. 1 Brooklyn!
I'll be reading at Mia Lipman's wonderful reading series Lit Fix in Seattle, WA. Other writers include: Sonya Lea, Dan Gemeinhart, and David K. Wheeler. The band Man with Gun will also perform! Here's the Facebook invite. The reading series will be held at The Rendezvous Seattle, 2322 2nd Ave.
I'll be reading at Michael Geffner's event, The Inspired Word, at The Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street (between Stanton and Clinton Streets). $5 tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-heart-nyc-writers-night-open-mic-poetry-prose-tickets-15813131502.
I will be representing Underwater New York as a speaker at the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center's annual conference.
Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, NY, NY
More information to come!
Classon Ful-Gate Community Garden
Underwater New York curates an evening of work inspired by Dead Horse Bay, including new fiction from UNY editors Nicole Haroutunian and Nicki Pombier Berger, a dramatic reading of the outrageous 1886 New York Times article, "A Barren Island Mystery," performed by actor David Townsend, and a participatory literary activity involving horse bones, doll parts, and other evocative flotsam from the shores of Dead Horse Bay.