This Is Scary and Here We Go: Fear in the Driver’s Seat
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

This Is Scary and Here We Go: Fear in the Driver’s Seat

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Our work as writers has never felt more urgent—or more terrifying. Fear is an inevitable part of the writing process—risk, rejection, impostor syndrome—but in our current political climate, it can feel almost paralyzing. How do we write under threats to our bodies, our livelihoods, our lives? How do we write through our own self-doubt? In this lively and honest conversation, five writers will examine how fear both holds them back and drives them forward, despite and sometimes because of it. 

Moderator: 

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in The Washington PostThe Los Angeles TimesSliceGulf CoastThe Paris Review Daily, Tin HouseThe Rumpus, and many other publications. 

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections, most recently The Wrong Way to Save Your Life. Her work appears in the Best American Essays and on National Public Radio. She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A MemoirHollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. Publishing credits include The New York TimesJoylandStoryQuarterly, and a year-long series in McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick, and the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. She received fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, Yaddo, and more. She writes for The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesBookforumWSJVQR, and more.

samantha irby writes a blog called bitches gotta eat and is the author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty

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Red Ink: Envy
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Red Ink: Envy

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“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 the Red Ink Reading Series:

RED INK is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world.

The next discussion, “Envy,” will feature Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), Jamie Quatro (Fire Sermon), Taylor Larsen(Stranger, Father, Beloved), Kate Tuttle (president of the National Book Critics Circle), and Rachel Lyon(Self-Portrait with Boy). Co-sponsored by Literary Hub.

About the Authors:

Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, I Want To Show You More, was a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, O Magazine summer reading pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Georgia Townsend Fiction Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize. Quatro’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Quatro teaches in the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program, and lives with her husband and four children in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Taylor Larsen is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program and her debut Stranger, Father, Beloved came out in July of 2016 through Simon and Schuster. She is currently a fiction instructor at Catapult and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her novel was selected as a “2017 Summer Must Read” for The Huffington Post.

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She is a cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit. Visit her at www.rachellyon.work.

Kate Tuttle is president of the National Book Critics Circle. She writes a weekly column on books for the Boston Globe; her reviews, essays, and profiles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Min Jin Lee‘s Pachinko (Feb 2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, a USA Today Top 10 Books of 2017, and an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Great Reads. Pachinko was a selection in the best books of the year lists of NPR, the Financial Times (UK), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, New Statesman (UK), Amazon (Literature & Fiction, Top 20), BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Esquire, BookPage, Town & Country, Book Riot, Bustle, Financial Review (AUS), Refinery29, Chicago Public Library (Top 10), Whitcoulls Top 100 (New Zealand), Entropy, Irish Independent, and The Irish Times, among others. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (May 2007) was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today.

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The Rally Reading Series
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Rally Reading Series

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Rob SpillmanMichele Filgate, and Charlotte A. Lieberman will be taking the Pete's Candy Store stage on Tuesday, January 16th!

The Rally continues its new season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. We're the heart of a march in the body of a reading series — it’s a whole new helping of overtly political discourse.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Closest trains are the L/G at Lorimer/Metropolitan. 

Check out more about our terrific lineup for this month's event:

Rob Spillman
Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, an eighteen-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. He is the 2017 recipient of the CLMP Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, the 2015 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published by Grove Press in 2016.

Michele Filgate
Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, and other publications. In 2016, Brooklyn Magazine named her one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture." 

Charlotte Lieberman
Charlotte Lieberman is a New York-based writer whose work often concerns feminism, the commodification of wellness, and mental health. You can read her work in The Harvard Business Review, Guernica, Marie Claire, & The Boston Review, among other publications. She lives in Greenpoint with her sister.

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Volume Presents: Taylor Larsen, Joe Hagan, and Michele Filgate
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Volume Presents: Taylor Larsen, Joe Hagan, and Michele Filgate

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Volume Reading Series, hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French, happens on the second Saturday of every month. We feature an hour of exceptional prose and poetry readings (7-8), followed by a killer DJ set (8-9) to warm up the room. Meet your favorite writer, get your book signed, bust a move and/or stare at the floor awkwardly. We provide the soundtrack.

This event is always free. Save your $$ for books and beer!

On January 13th, Volume is proud to welcome Taylor LarsenJoe Hagan and Michele Filgate, followed by a DJ set from Samantha Hunt.

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Sep
17
1:00 PM13:00

Brooklyn Book Festival: Moral Culpability in Global Crises

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From America to Cuba to a dystopian world, at first glance these novels seem like a whirlwind trip through worlds that could not be more different. Yet, novelists Lidia Yuknavitch (The Book of Joan), Jonathan Safran Foer (Here I Am), and Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles) show that no matter the setting, characters share common struggles. Across time and place, these protagonists search for their role in a crisis larger than themselves – whether as rebel fighters in a futuristic police-state, Jewish-Americans coping with the conflict in the Middle East, and Cubans haunted by the islands they inhabit. Moderated by Michele Filgate.

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Red Ink: Fear
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Red Ink: Fear

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Red Ink is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. The next discussion, “Fear,” will feature Julia Fierro (The Gypsy Moth Summer), Megan Stielstra (The Wrong Way To Save Your Life), Pascale Kramer (Autopsy of a Father), Alice Anderson (Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away), and Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties). 

This is an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event! 

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