Five of Sunday Salon’s favorite writers will be joining us to kick off our summer reading season: Ignatius Valentine Aloysius, Kim Brooks, Amina Gautier, Rana B. Khoury, and Christine Rice. And by the way, we’ll be celebrating year five of our reading series this July! We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of all the writers who have read for us, and our supportive audience.
Here’s a glorious combination: the arrival of summer and the number 14. This June, Sunday Salon celebrates 14 years of literary love in NYC! Since 2002, we’ve hosted well over 500 incredibly talented writers and poets and so many fine musical guests. Let’s keep the fire burning! Join us in welcoming four amazing writers, who will knock you off your feet with their new and beloved books, and
We’re thrilled to welcome the newest arrival to the family: Sunday Salon South Florida! That’s right, the sister series is coming to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami to be exact! (Yes, we love books, beaches, and sun!)
Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins (Akashic Books, 2009), Days of Awe (Random House, 2001) and two other books of fiction. Her poetry chapbook, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2007), was both a critical favorite and a best-seller. She edited, and translated into English, Havana Noir (Akashic Books, 2007), a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. Her translation into Spanish of Junot Diaz’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2009)/La Breve y Maravillos Vida de Oscar Wao (Vintage/Mondadori) was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benitez Translation Prize from the national …
By René Georg Vasicek Ask the Dust is a dangerous book. Arturo Bandini, the narrator, is a terrorist of the mind. He explodes reality and makes you believe in the urgency of now: “Los Angeles, give me some of you! Los Angeles come to me the way I came to you, my feet over your streets, you pretty town I loved you so much, you sad flower in the sand, you pretty town.”
I didn’t think literature was possible in Los Angeles, and then I read Ask the Dust (1939) by John Fante. At the time I thought I was finished with American novels, too busy devouring the Europeans: Knut Hamsun, Robert Musil, Bohumil Hrabal, Thomas Bernhard, W.G. Sebald. Then one day I was killing time at the New York Public …
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