Fiction Readings in the NYC Area

Graphic Novel: Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, and Nancy Ahn at Bookcourt

September 30, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Novelists Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier discuss their exciting collaboration with artist Nancy Ahn the result of which is their new novel Intro to Alien Invasion.


163 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

718-875-3677 More

Louise O'Neill in conversation with Meredith Turits at WORD Bookstore

October 1, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Louise O'Neill presents Only Ever Yours, a chilling story of a world where women are manufactured for the pleasure of men. Meredith Turits of Bustle joins for a conversation.


WORD Bookstore
126 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

718-383-0096 More

Sandra Cisneros and Azar Nafisi at 92nd Street Y

October 7, 2015
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

“The strength of love, the marvel of endurance and the power of generations—Sandra Cisneros sings to my blood,” wrote Dorothy Allison. Thirty years after The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros publishes A House of My Own, a patchwork memoir of personal, political and literary pieces that span her career.

She is joined by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, who discusses her favorite American novels in The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books. “She is a master essayist who sinuously weaves together elements of memoir, criticism, biography and history,” wrote Laura Miller. “No one writes better or more stirringly about the way books shape a reader’s identity.”


92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Manhattan, NY 10128

Jonathan Papernick, Sara Lippmann and Rachel Sherman at KGB Bar

October 10, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jonathan Papernick is the author the story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel, There Is No Other and The Book of Stone. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including, Nerve, Post Road, Green Mountains Review, Night Train, Blunderbuss, Folio and Confrontation. His work had been anthologized in Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Scribblers on the Roof, The Moment, Sudden Flash Youth and Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. Dara Horn calls Papernick “an utterly original writer,” and the New York Times writes, “There is a muscular certainty to the best of Papernick’s stories.” Papernick has taught fiction writing at Pratt Institute, Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University, Emerson College, Grub Street Writers and Emerson College. A Toronto native, Papernick lives with his wife and two sons outside of Boston where he is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at a Boston-area college.

Sara Lippmann is the author of the story collection, Doll Palace (Dock Street Press.) Her stories have been published in The Good Men Project, PANK, Slice magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Joyland and elsewhere. She received a 2012 fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and co-hosts the Sunday Salon, a longstanding reading series in the East Village.

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library.  Her first novel, Living Room (2009) was called “...edgy, moving, smart, funny, and altogether human,” by author Dani Shapiro, and was commended for its “…perfect pacing…” by The New York Times Book Review.  She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops. She blogs for the Parenting Section of The Huffington Post. Rachel is a member of the New York Writers Workshop.

85 East 4th Street
NY, NY 10003 More

Hofstra University presents Karen Russell

October 19, 2015

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This event is part of Hofstra University's Great Writers, Great Readings Series.  Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Russell has been featured in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. In 2013 she was named a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship – the youngest of the year’s 24 winners.


Hofstra University
Guthart Theater
1st Floor Axinn Library, South Campus
Hempstead, NY 11549