Two More Events

This week! On Friday it's in Chicago & on Saturday it's Brooklyn (all promotional material copied and pasted from the respective Facebook events pages in the interest of expedience & clarity & laziness):

  1. Friday June 23 7 pm at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square: MA/MFA Graduate and Faculty Reading Northwestern University MA/MFA program graduates J-L Deher-Lesaint, Virginia Rice Smith, and Cathy Beres, and fiction faculty Juan Martinez and Christine Sneed will read from recent works of prose and poetry. (Facebook event page)
  2. Satuday June 24 7 pm at Spoonbill & Sugartown: Join us Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers for a night of celebrating highly unusual debut fiction! Of Juan Martinez’s story collection Best Worst American, Booklist calls it “idiosyncratic” and “bluntly funny.” Etgar Keret says more simply: “I loved it,” while Kelly Link praises Martinez as “the master of the absurd.” Kirkus Reviews calls Jimin Han’s novel A Small Revolution “intriguing,” “suspenseful,” and “eerily timeless.” The late James Salter says Paul Cohen’s novel The Glamshack is “powerful” and “unusual.” From spooky Japanese girl ghosts to a hostage crisis that erupts from a love triangle to an a doomed affair that evokes the tragedy of the Plains Indian Wars, each of these debuts take unconventional approaches to universal stories. Martinez, Han, and Cohen will talk about their long journeys toward authorhood, their artistic choices, and what they’re working on now. (Facebook event page)