Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders
Sep
30
7:30 pm19:30

Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders

  • City Winery

A one of a kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians. You'll laugh, think and sing along. Sometimes all at once. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit literary and a lot of rock 'n' roll— you can never predict what's inside the Cabinet of Wonders. Buy tickets here.

GUESTS

Laura Cantrel
David Nagler: Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems
Grant-Lee Phillips
Steve Poltz
David Wax Museum
Michele Filgate

“One of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer." –The New Yorker

"Inspired silliness... the audience roared in delight." –The Wall Street Journal

"Like an awesome mythological beast... another fantastic hybrid creation." –Time Out New York

"See what all the buzz is about. A brilliant evening of laid-back fun." –The Village Voice

"A deeply transcendent experience." –Magnet

NPR’s Cabinet of Wonders, a series for public radio featuring the best of the acclaimed New York variety show which finds leading novelists, musicians and comedians each performing as part of a rare showcase of talent hosted by musician and author Wesley Stace (formerly known as John Wesley Harding), is now airing nationally as a six-episode radio program (WXPN Philadelphia and WFUV in New York were among the first to carry the show).

Since its inauguration in 2009, Cabinet of Wonders has established itself in New York, and on tour around the USA, as an exciting stage for both prominent and emerging voices in music, literature and comedy. Stace originally conceived Cabinet of Wonders as a way to bring together his creative friends; he handpicks the performers and facilitates unusual onstage collaborations for each show, managing to weave the diverse lineup into an unforgettable night and, subsequently, one highly entertaining hour of radio. An acclaimed artist in his own right, Stace has released 18 albums under the name John Wesley Harding and published three novels.

Pigeon Pages September Literary Reading
Sep
25
6:00 pm18:00

Pigeon Pages September Literary Reading

  • BookCourt

Please join us for our September Reading featuring Lynn Steger Strong (Hold Still), Michele Filgate, Saxon Baird, Miko Jeffries, & Jerome Murphy @ Bookcourt Bookstore in Brooklyn, hosted by Alisson Wood.

LYNN STEGER STRONG's first novel, HOLD STILL, was released by Liveright/Norton in 2016. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Lithub, Catapult, Elle, and elsewhere. She teaches at Columbia, Pratt, Catapult, and Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and lives in Brooklyn with her family. 

MICHELE FILGATE is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. She's also the founder and host of Red Ink, a quarterly literary series dedicated to women writers. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, and other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and Catapult.

SAXON BAIRD has written for Guernica, Slate, Vice Sports, Eater, Gothamist, Large Up and many other places. He's also produced several radio documentaries for PRI's Peabody Award-winning Afropop Worldwide. 

JEROME ELLISON MURPHY received an MFA in 2011 from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he currently serves as Undergraduate Programs Manager. His critical writing has been featured in LA Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, American Poets, The Brooklyn Rail, and Lambda Literary, and he has been a frequent participant in the Emotive Fruition poetry performance series curated by Thomas Dooley. His poems have been featured in The Awl and included in a program on NPR’s Radiolab, but most frequently appear on the ceiling as you lie awake at 4 a.m. 

MIKO JEFFRIES is a native New Yorker who studies creative writing at NYU. Her writing has appeared in the literary journals, Thesis and Dovetail. She enjoys astrology, being extremely nostalgic, and traveling.

ALISSON WOOD's s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in places including The New York Times, Catapult, Dovetail Literary Journal, Stillwater Magazine, and Salad Days Substance. She is the Managing Editor of the online literary magazine Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and is studying creative writing and literature at NYU. You can bother her on twitter @literaryTswift.

Red Ink Series: Writing the Body
Sep
22
7:00 pm19:00

Red Ink Series: Writing the Body

  • BookCourt

“He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink...."
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

About Red Ink:

Red Ink is a new quarterly series curated by Michele Filgate, co-sponsored by Literary Hub. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series will focus on women writers, past and present. The second discussion, "Writing the Body," will feature Eileen Myles (I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected PoemsChelsea Girls), Ruth Ozeki (The Face: A Time CodeA Tale for the Time Being), Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion, a forthcoming memoir calledSick),  Anna March (SalonThe RumpusThe New York Times), and Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have A Body Like MineIntimations). For more information, subscribe to the Red Ink Series or e-mail Red Ink Series here.

Drinks kindly provided by Archer Roose.

RSVP on Facebook.

Brooklyn Book Festival panel on The Circle of Life: Generational Turmoil
Sep
18
1:00 pm13:00

Brooklyn Book Festival panel on The Circle of Life: Generational Turmoil

  • Brooklyn Law School Student Lounge

In three brutally honest and beautifully written novels, three authors provide firsthand insight to the cyclical nature of life’s most painful experiences: Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years) provides insight into the inescapable, roundabout nature of poverty and addiction; Alexander Maksik (Shelter in Place) traverses the hardships of inherited mental illness and hereditary violence; and Michelle Tea (Black Wave) portrays the effects of drinking, drugs, and gentrification. Moderated by Michele Filgate, National Book Critics Circle.

NBCC: Expanding the World of Literary Criticism
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

NBCC: Expanding the World of Literary Criticism

  • The Center for Fiction

A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event.

Writing about books—starting conversations about a novel, a poem, a literary career—combines passion with dedication. Five active literary and cultural critics, all members of the National Book Critics Circle board, will discuss the art of writing about books. These panelists differ in background and experience; some write for legacy newspapers, others for online venues. All represent criticism as an engaging activity that challenges each to be perpetually in search of the new. Joining us are Michael Miller, Jane Ciabattari, Michele Filgate, Kate Tuttle, and Walton Muyumba with moderator Tom Beer. 

Jane Ciabattari writes the Between the Lines column for BBC.com, a weekly column for the Literary Hub, and contributes regularly to NPR, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. She is VP/Online and a former president of the National Book Critics Circle and a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. She is the author of the story collections, Stealing the Fire and California Tales. Find her on Twitter @janeciab

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, People, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and more. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and Catapult. Find her on Twitter @readandbreathe

Michael Miller has held positions at the Village Voice Literary Supplement, Spin Magazine, and Time Out New York, where he was the literary editor and lead book critic from 2005 until 2010. He is currently an editor at Bookforum. Find him on Twitter @mchlmllr

Walton Muyumba is the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism. His essays and reviews have appeared in Oxford American, The Chicago Tribune, The Crisis, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, New Republic and at theatlantic.com, among other outlets. Muyumba is an associate professor of American and African Diasporic literature at Indiana University-Bloomington. Find him on Twitter @wmuyumba

Kate Tuttle writes on books for the Boston Globe. Her reviews, interviews, and essays have also appeared in Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A board member of the National Book Critics Circle, she also serves as director of the Decatur Writers Studio, a literary center based outside Atlanta. Find her on Twitter @katekilla

Tom Beer is the books and travel editor at Newsday, and president of the National Book Critics Circle. He was previously an editor at Out magazine. He has written for Time Out New York, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, and contributed to The Salon.com Readers' Guide to Contemporary Authors (Penguin, 2000). Find him on Twitter @TomBeerBooks.

Slice Literary Writers' Conference: The Inner Critic
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Slice Literary Writers' Conference: The Inner Critic

  • St. Francis College

We all know that voice…That nagging little demon that tells us we don’t have a story to tell; that our novel is cliché; that nobody will care about our memoir; that our characters are boring; that our manuscript will never sell. How do we manage to write anything with that inner critic constantly buzzing? A team of authors talk about how they slay the inner demons that try to stop their writing. They’ll also pinpoint moments when the inner critic is surprisingly helpful.

Panelists: Maria Dahvana Headley, Author, Magonia; Ashley C. Ford, Author/Editor/Public Speaker, Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture (an upcoming anthology, co-edited with Roxane Gay); Lynn Steger Strong, Author, Hold Still; Ted Thompson, Author, The Land of Steady Habits

Moderator: Michele Filgate, Essayist, Critic & Freelance Writer

Red Ink Series: Finding Solitude in a Noisy World
May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Red Ink Series: Finding Solitude in a Noisy World

  • BookCourt

“He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink..."
— Virginia WoolfMrs Dalloway

About Red Ink:

Red Ink is a new quarterly series curated by Michele Filgate, co-sponsored by Literary Hub. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. The first event will be held on Monday, May 9th at 7pm. “Finding Solitude in a Noisy World” is a panel featuring Katherine Towler (The Penny Poet of Portsmouth), Angela Flournoy (The Turner House), Molly Crabapple (Drawing Blood), Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams), and Valeria Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth), moderated by Michele Filgate. For those that can’t attend, Lit Hub will publish edited transcripts of the event.

Bourbon kindly provided by Kings County Distillery.

RSVP on Facebook. Sign up for the Red Ink newsletter. For questions about the series, send an email to redinkseries@gmail.com. 

 

Mar
31
10:30 am10:30

Literary Orphans Presents: Burning Down the Walls: The Art and Importance of Writing Essays That Can Change the World

  • LA Convention Center

AWP Conference

Scott James Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One

Essays concerned—directly or indirectly—with the social crises of our time are receiving unprecedented readership. In that context, this panel will discuss the role of the essayist as citizen, issues surrounding personal disclosures in the socially conscious essay, their own call to create change, as well as their own recent works confronting topics such as race, feminism, queer identity, and abortion. Handouts will include a reading list, suggested markets/editors and helpful craft suggestions.

Moderator:

Anna March's writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, VQR, Tin House, and regularly in the Rumpus and Salon. She writes extensively on gender, sexuality and feminism. Her memoir, Happy People Live Here, is forthcoming, as is her novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Once I Was Cool and the forthcoming Come Here Fear. She's a contributing opinion writer to the New York Times and a company member at 2nd Story. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.

Michele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Slice, the Paris Review Daily, Tin House, the Rumpus, Salon, The Barnes & Noble Review, and many other publications.

Jamia Wilson is the executive director of Women, Action, and the Media, and a staff writer for Rookie Magazine. Her words and works have appeared in and on The Today Show, New York Magazine, TED.com, several anthologies, and more. www.jamiawilson.org

Ashley Ford is an essayist, editor, and columnist with work in PANK magazine, the Rumpus, Crossed Genre's Magazine, the Butter, the Guardian, Buzzfeed, and Literary Orphans.

Lynn Steger Strong in conversation with Michele Filgate
Mar
24
7:30 pm19:30

Lynn Steger Strong in conversation with Michele Filgate

  • Greenlight Bookstore

Debut author Lynn Steger Strong traces the anatomy of a mistake and the weight of culpability in her highly praised novel Hold Still. When Maya Taylor, an English professor with a tendency to hide in her books, sends her daughter to Florida to look after a friend’s child, she does so with the best of intentions; it’s a chance for Ellie, twenty and spiraling, to rebuild her life. But Ellie fears she’ll only disappoint again, and in the sprawling hours of one humid afternoon, she makes a mistake that she can’t take back. In two separate timelines—before and after the catastrophe—Maya and Ellie must try to repair their fractured relationship and find a way to transcend not only their differences but also their more troubling similarities. Hold Still has been highly praised by fellow authors including Richard Ford, Victor LaValle, and Heidi Julavits, who writes “I feel like Strong broke a code that nobody else has broken. She allows us to better understand what we often see but fail to fully comprehend.” Strong talks about her novel with writer Michele Filgate.

 

 Michele Filgate's HIDEAWAY with Elisabeth Donnelly, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Tobias Carroll, and Robin Wasserman
Feb
26
Feb 27

Michele Filgate's HIDEAWAY with Elisabeth Donnelly, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Tobias Carroll, and Robin Wasserman

  • Be Electric Studios

This month’s Hideaway Salon features a wonderful blend of fiction and nonfiction. Elisabeth Donnelly’s most recent essay, “Vertical Descent” (Virginia Quarterly Review), is a stunning exploration of synchronized swimming. Tobias Carroll’s short fiction is a captivating blend of haunting and profound. Robin Wasserman’s forthcoming novel, GIRLS ON FIRE, is a fierce, visceral look at the dark side of adolescents and female friendship. And Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel, WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN is an urgently necessary story 'about race, language, and history.
 

BYOB. Starting at 9pm. Mingling to follow. Free admission. Donations in the form of books and booze welcome.

THE HIDEAWAY SALON is a monthly series brought to you by HIP Lit and held in the private loft at Be Electric Studios. To stay in the loop, sign up here: bit.ly/1MhaOkV

Muriel Barbery in conversation with Michele Filgate
Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

Muriel Barbery in conversation with Michele Filgate

  • BookCourt

About The Life of Elves:

A moving and deeply felt homage to the power of nature and art by one of the world's most beloved authors.

Maria lives in a remote village in Burgundy, where she learns that she has a gift for communicating with nature. Hundreds of miles away in Italy, Clara discovers that she possesses a stunning musical genius and is sent from the countryside to Rome to develop her preternatural abilities. Barbery's The Life of the Elves tells the story of two children whose extraordinary talents will bring them into contact with magical worlds and malevolent forces. If, against all odds, they can be brought together, their meeting may shape the course of history.

Seven years after the publication of her international bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery returns with a lyrical novel about the quest for enchantment in a world that seems to have forgotten such a thing ever existed. With its cast of unforgettable characters, each fighting to preserve a sense of enchantment, The Life of Elves is a poetic meditation on art, nature, dreams, and the role of the imagination.

Praise for The Life of Elves:

“. . . this fervent, idiosyncratic fable is undeniable evidence of a richly lyrical imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

"The Life of Elves is at once realistic and dreamlike. Barbery's poetic language and her endearing characters will direct readers." —La Vie (France)

"Muriel Barbery has composed a hymn-and a call-to the ancient complicity of hands, minds, and nature." —Le Figaro
 

Author Bio: 

Muriel Barbery is the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Gourmet Rhapsody. She has lived in Kyoto and Amsterdam and now lives in the French countryside.

Apr
16
6:00 pm18:00

Marathon Reading of ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss

  • The Powerhouse Arena

On Immunity tackles with grace and nuance the hot topic of why many fear immunization, delving into myth, philosophy and literature.  Authors, parents and enthusiasts join together to read On Immunity from start to finish.

Readers include:

Jason Diamond, Lisa Lucas, Kevin Nguyen, Teddy Wayne, Ariel Schrag, Aryn Kyle, Colin Dickey, Mikki Halpin, Michele Filgate, Rachel Syme, AN Devers, Tyler Coates, Amy Brill, Jazmine Hughes, Parul Sehgal, Rakesh Satyal, Lux Alptraum, Julia Turner, Rachel Rosenfelt, Jaime Green and Maris Kreizman

 

Mar
9
8:00 pm20:00

Franklin Park Reading Series

  • Franklin Park

ON MONDAY, MARCH 9 at 8PM, the Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates six years of great lit in Crown Heights with a star-studded lineup: Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy), James Hannaham (Delicious Foods, God Says No), Matt Sumell (Making Nice), Sarah Gerard (Binary Star), Jim Ruland (Forest of Fortune), and Michele Filgate (The Rumpus, Salon)! FREE ADMISSION, $4 drafts, plus an awesome book raffle!