NYC | October 18, 2009

It’s October, aka the best month to be out-and-about on a gorgeous fall afternoon, and Sunday Salon is in a celebratin’ sorta mood. Why? Because our four amazing authors all have amazing new books out! Woop woop! So we’re starting earlier than usual, busting out the free Halloween candy, and (thanks to Jimmy) featuring an extended happy hour! Seventh Street Small Stage@ Jimmy’s 43 at 43 E. 7th St. (btw 2/3rd Ave). Join us! 4pm!

more_than_it_hurts_you1Darin Strauss is the international bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy, and the national bestseller More Than It Hurts You, out this past summer in paperback. Also a screenwriter, he has written the script for Chang and Eng for Disney, and for the actor Gary Oldman. The recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s creative writing program. His new book, Two Lives—his first foray into non-fiction—will be published in March of 2010. If Darin was trapped on a desert island, which books would he bring with him? Find out at


Joanna Smith Rakoff has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and many other publications. Her novel, A Fortunate Age, was a selection of Barnes and Noble’s First Look Book Club, a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Editors’ Pick, and a winner of the Elle Readers’ Prize.

death1Alix Strauss is a media savvy social satirist, and has been a featured lifestyle trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN and most recently, The Today Show. She has written for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Departures, Esquire and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Her novel, The Joy of Funerals, was published by St. Martin’s Press.  She is the editor of Have I Got a Guy For You, an anthology of mother coordinated blind date stories (Adam’s Media, 2008). Recently, Alix signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins who is publishing Death Becomes Them, a pop-culture look at notable celebrity suicides, which she will be reading from, and Based Upon Availability, her second novel, due out in 2010.

what-the-world-will-look-likeLaura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her MFA at Emerson College. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and the 2009-2010 Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Boston Review, American Short Fiction, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV: Best of the Small Presses, among others. Laura’s first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was recently selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.


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