NYC | October 17, 2010

Welcome Autumn! Welcome cooler weather and color on the trees! Welcome four spectacular writers to Sunday Salon at Jimmys 43 at 7pm!

Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia
universities. His first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994 by Little, Brown & Co. Foreign editions have been published in twenty countries. (A film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997, and won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.) A collection of short fiction, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven was also published by Little, Brown in August 1995. Moody’s third novel, Purple America, was published in April 1997. In May of 2002, Little, Brown & Co issued The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, which was a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award, and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir. His novel The Diviners appeared in 2005, and won the Mary Shelley Award from the Media Ecology Association. That novel was followed by Right Livelihoods: Three Novellas in 2007. His newest novel, The Four Fingers of Death, was published in July 2010. His album Rick Moody and One Ring Zero was released in 2004, and The Wingdale Community Singers, in which he plays and write lyrics, have released two albums, the most recent of which is Spirit Duplicator (2009). He has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase, the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the New York Writers Institute, and the New School for Social Research. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lauren Weber grew up in Connecticut with a father who rationed toilet
paper, set the thermostat at 50 degrees during the winter, and rarely used his car’s turn signals (to prevent them from burning out). After years of complaining about her father’s behavior, she turned into him – and realized he was on to something. Combining her personal beliefs about frugality with her background as a financial journalist, she wrote her first book, In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue, which came out in September 2009 and was released in paperback this month [October 2010]. Lauren was formerly a staff reporter at Reuters and Newsday, and has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other publications. She lives frugally in her grandmother’s old apartment in Queens.

Gary Percesepe is Associate Editor at the Mississippi Review (now Rick Magazine) and serves on the Board of Advisors at Fictionaut. His short stories, poems, essays, book reviews, interviews, literary and film criticism, and articles in philosophy and religion have been widely published. He is the author of four books in philosophy published by Macmillan and Prentice Hall, including Future(s) of Philosophy: The Marginal Thinking of Jacques Derrida. A student of William H. Gass and T.C. Boyle, he just completed his second novel, Leaving Telluride. His first novel, an epistolary novel written with Susan Tepper, is called What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock and Dori G, Cervena Barva Press, 2010. It has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Susan Tepper is the author of Deer & Other Stories (Wilderness House Press, 2009) and the poetry collection Blue Edge. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel titled What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock and Dori G (co-authored with Gary Percesepe) will be released in September by Cervena Barva Press. Over 100 of Tepper’s stories, poems, essays and interviews have been published in journals and anthologies that include American Letters & Commentary, Salt Hill, The Boston Review, Poetry Salzburg, Green Mountains Review and many more. Sundaysalon published her story Garden in their first zine issue. Tepper has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Deer, the title story of her collection, was nominated for National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts (CLMP series). She hosts the reading series FIZZ at KGB Bar, and is Assistant Editor of Istanbul Literary Review (online journal based in Turkey).

MUSICAL GUEST:

Alyson Greenfield is a singer/songwriter, creative mentor, writer, and the
founder of Tinderbox Music Festival. Alyson’s music spans the genres of folk, electronica, and rap, and has been recognized by publications such as Paste, Relix, Beyond Race, Venus Zine, The Deli, Beatcrave, and more, and has been heard on Fox Televeision and Rubyfruit Radio, as well as live from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City to the Foyer de L’air in Mali, West Africa. Alyson has released two albums and is currently at work on her third, an album of covers featuring her version of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” on a glockenspiel which received media coverage during SXSW 2010 and was most recently featured at the 2010 International Human Beatbox Convention. Alyson also holds an MFA in creative writing and is the co-writer of Sitting on Fire, a film based on her short story, which screened at film festivals including the California Independent and the Philadelphia Documentary and Fiction Festival where it won Special Prize for Best Short Film. She is a former Chicago National Organization for Women Board Member, high school teacher, university instructor, tolerance educator, and currently a creative mentor based in New York City. Alyson is excited to continue her work with Tinderbox, because it brings together so many of her passions including showcasing the incredible musical talent of emerging female artists, encouraging community, and ensuring that empowering programs for young women continue.

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