NYC | February 19, 2012: Literary & Musical Sizzle!

We’re welcoming that pleasingly potent combination of literary and musical talent at the upcoming Salon. So escape the wintry winds and long work week for an inspiring new year event. Join us! 7pm.

Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/ and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years all across the U.S. and Europe. Zero Church: an unusual collection of prayers (a collaboration with Maggie Roche) which was developed at Harvard’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue was originally staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and has been staged around the country. Suzzy has been an associate member of The Wooster Group; the experimental theater company based in New York City, and performed with them off and on for years throughout Europe. Her children’s book Want To Be In A Band (Random House) will be published in January 2013. Wayward Saints (Hyperion/Voice) is her first novel and is a selection of the Spring 2012 B&N Discover Great New Writers Program. For more information on suzzy: www.suzzyroche.com.

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. His second novel, The Book Of Night Women was a National Book Critics Circle Award fiction finalist, a NAACP Image Award Finalist, and winner of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2010 Minnesota Book Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His short fiction has appeared in Iron Balloons, Bronx Noir, and Silent Voices, and his essays have been published in New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost, and Publishers Weekly. Marlon James teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Macalester College, St.Paul Minnesota and is working on his third novel.

Daniel Nester most recent book is How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction called “hilarious” and “actually funny.” His first two books, God Save My Queen (Soft Skull Press, 2003) and God Save My Queen II (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third book, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems. His work has appeared in such places as Poets & Writers, Salon, The Morning News, McSweeney’s, The Daily Beast, The Rumpus, the Poetry Foundation website and Bookslut, and anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll. He is associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He is managing editor of the group culture-slash-literature blog We Who Are About To Die. Find him online at danielnester.com and on Twitter.

When she is not writing fiction, Kio Stark writes about relational technology and teaches at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, a graduate program for geeks, hackers, and artists. Her fiction has been published in Joyland and Swink. She has written about feminism, NYC night court, the history of documentary, graphic novels, failure and her favorite saints for The Nation, Killing the Buddha, Feed, Lime Tea and other publications and wrote the introduction to Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots, a collection of vernacular police photography. She spent a racetrack season in Miami interviewing old thugs for her doctoral work in American Studies at Yale. She’s currently working on a handbook for independent learning called Don’t Go Back to School and a new novel. Follow Me Down is her first novel. www.kiostark.com.

MUSICAL GUEST

Spirit Family Reunion will play at this event! Preview their music here: http://www.myspace.com/spiritfamilyreunionusa

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