NYC | October 21, 2012: Feast on Fiction

Hungry? We are too, so we’re preparing a flavorful feast of readings by four talented writers AND our musical guest, The Inner Banks, will provide some delectable music. You won’t want to miss this! At Jimmys No. 43, 7pm.

Paula Bomer is the author of the novel Nine Months (Soho Press 2012) and Baby and Other Stories (Word Riot Press, 2010), which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and O Magazine put as number one in their “Titles to Pick Up Now” calling it a “brilliant, brutally raw debut collection.” Her fiction has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Open City, Fiction, The Mississippi Review, Nerve and elsewhere. She grew up in South Bend, Indiana and now lives in New York. Find out more about her at http://www.paulabomer.com.

Amber Sparks
‘s fiction has appeared widely in print and online. Her first full-length short story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies, will be published by Curbside Splendor in October. She lives with her husband and two beasts in Washington, DC. Read more about her at: http://ambernoellesparks.com/.

Chris Tarry is a Canadian fiction writer and musician living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, The G.W. Review, PANK, Bull Men’s Fiction, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. In 2011 he was shortlisted for Ireland’s Fish Short Story Prize, and was a finalist in Freefall Magazine’s annual prose and poetry competition. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of North America’s most sought-after bassists. His most recent book Rest of the Story, is a small collection of short fiction and a jazz album rolled into one. www.christarrymusic.com.

A graduate of Columbia University School of the Arts, Jobie Hughes is the coauthor of the two #1 New York Times best sellers I am Number Four and The Power of Six, which have sold over three million copies worldwide. His work has been translated into 27 languages and published in 49 countries. His new novel, At Dawn, presents a raw and gritty coming of age tale that powerfully captures the angst and big questions of today’s generation set against the background of the recent American recession. Raised in the quaint and mostly blue-collar town of Spencer, Ohio, Hughes was a high school state champion in wrestling, attended Ohio University on an athletic scholarship, and graduated with a business degree. He currently lives in Michigan. For more info, visit www.jobiehughes.com.

MUSICAL GUEST:

Brooklyn band THE INNER BANKS is the musical alter ego of married couple Caroline Schutz and David Gould and their revolving cast of talented friends. Since forming in 2006, THE INNER BANKS has eluded easy categorization, and in its upcoming third release Wild, the band shows no sign of bucking that trend. The ensemble’s rich, cinematic orchestration skews the traditional country twang of instruments like the lap steel by integrating string sections, wurlitzer and layered female vocals. THE INNER BANKS draws inspiration from a wide variety of traditions—British folk,‘60s pop, shoegaze, film music and Americana among them—but ultimately emerges with a sound that is grander and more unique than the sum of its parts. A rich musical history gave rise to THE INNER BANKS’ eclectic sound. Caroline’s grandmother starred in Broadway musicals in the 1920s, and her mother sang regularly in New York and performed with the USO during the Korean War. Caroline also made her mark as the principal singer-songwriter for Folksongs For The Afterlife, whose 2003 full-length record Put Danger Back In Your Life earned a devoted following, as well as praise in Magnet, Time Out New York and Entertainment Weekly. David holds a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology and has a rich background in composing and producing, as well. A true multi-instrumentalist, he played banjo and upright bass in his previous band, The Bootleg Remedy, but has added lap steel guitar, acoustic finger-picking, sound collage and various analog synthesizers to his Inner Banks palette. David also founded DAG! Records in the early 2000s, which now serves as the vessel for his and Caroline’s music, as well as a few acclaimed outside projects. http://theinnerbanks.net/.

SPIN magazine has noted,”The musical pastiche of The Inner Banks is an exercise in euphony, with each disparate sound complementing the piece as a whole. Epics from anthills, each track is grand in scope yet completely unassuming, a piece of a soundtrack that never swells but always delivers.” While Terrascope (UK) has described the albums as “crammed with shimmering pop nuggets well worth discovering… the sound of Americana played by Air.”

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