{SALON READS}

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NYC | February 19, 2017

Mark your calendars! On February 19th, Sunday Salon returns with a renewed vitality to make the world a better place one writer at a time! Please join us in welcoming to the stage five powerhouse writers and one inimitable guest host, poet Chiwan Choi, for a rousing, make-your-voices-heard night of readings! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

L.A. Kauffman has spent more than 30 years immersed in radical movements, as a participant, strategist, journalist, and observer. She has been called a “virtuoso organizer” by journalist Scott Sherman for her role in saving community gardens and public libraries in New York City from development. Kauffman coordinated the grassroots mobilizing efforts for the huge protests against the Iraq War in 2003-2004, and is currently involved in a number of initiatives to resist the Trump presidency. Her writings on American radicalism and social movement history have been published in The Nation, n+1, The Baffler, and many other outlets.

Alice Sola Kim, a left-handed anchor baby currently residing in New York, is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Lenny, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels and two story collections, most recently, All Back Full, published by Dzanc Books in February, 2017, and Good People, published by Bellevue Literary Press. He teaches at Pratt Institute, The New School, Columbia University, and the Solstice Low-Res MFA Program of Pine Manor College.

Shelly Oria’s book of short stories, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG & Random House Canada, 2014) earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction among other honors. It was later translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Keter Books. In December of 2016, CLEAN, a collaborative novella Shelly was commissioned to write for McSweeney’s was published on the WeTransfer website. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among many other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. A recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, LMCC, and the Sozopol Seminars in Bulgaria, she lives in Brooklyn and has a private practice as a life & creativity coach. www.shellyoria.com

Jeremy Tiang’s short story collection It Never Rains on National Day was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize; his novel State of Emergency, about the Malayan Emergency of the 1950s, is forthcoming from Epigram Books. He also writes and translates plays, and has translated more than ten books from Chinese, most recently Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed (Grove Atlantic) and Tianxia Bachang’s City of Sand (Random House). Jeremy was a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, and a judge for the PEN Translated Book Award 2017.

 

 


Chicago/January 29,2017

We’re starting the new year off with a lineup of fantastic writers: James Tadd Adcox, Abby Geni, Aleksander Hemon, and Renee Rosen. Join us at Riverview Tavern, always a great place to eat, share stories, drink whatever you like and listen to excellent prose and poetry.

 

James Tadd Adcox is the author, most recently, of a novel, Does Not Love, and a novella, Repetition. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Collagist, and Granta, among other places. He lives in Urbana.
Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2016 selection, and The Last Animal (2013), a finalist for the Orion Book Award and a winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. Her stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest and have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Her website is www.abbygeni.com.
Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-born American fiction writer, essayist, and critic. Among his best known novels are Nowhere Man (2002) and The Lazarus Project (2008). In 2011, Hemon was awarded PEN/W.G. Sebald Award chosen by the judges Jill Ciment, Salvatore Scibona, and Gary Shteyngart. Hemon’s first nonfiction book The Book of My Lives was released in 2013, and Hemon’s novel The Making Of Zombie Wars was released in 2015.[5].He frequently publishes in The New Yorker, and has also written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani. He is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation grant.
Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of WHAT THE LADY WANTS: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age and DOLLFACE: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties and WHITE COLLAR GIRL, set in the 1950s against the backdrop of the Chicago Tribune and the Daley Machine. She is also the author of the young adult novel, EVERY CROOKED POT. Her latest novel WINDY CITY BLUES, tells the story of Chess Records, the birth of Chicago Blues and the Civil Rights Movement. It will be published on February 28 by Penguin Random House/Berkley. She lives in Chicago and is currently at work on a new novel about Helen Gurely Brown. 
 Renée has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, including Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Complete Woman, DAME and Publisher’s Weekly. 
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Chicago / November 20 / 2016

Sunday Salon Chicago is ending another great year of readings with four of our favorite writers: Mary Hawley, Maggie Kast, Mike Puican and Christine Sneed. Join us at 7 pm at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W Roscoe Ave. /

Mary Hawley is a poet, novelist, and occasional translator. Her poetry collection Double Tongues was published by Tia Chucha Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Notre Dame Review, qarrtsiluni, Mudlark, and The Bloomsbury Review, and she was the co-translator of the bilingual poetry anthology Astillas de luz/Shards of Light (Tia Chucha Press). She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, The Sparkle Experiment.

Maggie Kast’s first novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, was published by Fomite Press November 1 2015. An excerpted story, “The Hate that Chills,” won 3rd prize in the Hackney Literary Contests and was published in the Birmingham Arts Journal. She is the author of The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer’s memoir of loss, faith and family, published by Wipf and Stock. She received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Carve, Paper Street, Rosebud and others. Two stories have received Pushcart nominations. A chapter of her memoir, published in ACM/Another Chicago Magazine, won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer’s Chronicle, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere.

Mike Puican has had poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bloomsbury Review, and New England Review, among others. His essays and reviews have appeared in TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Brevity, and MAKE Magazine. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. Mike was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team and for the past ten years has been president of the board of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.

Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men, which was published in September 2016.
Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ploughshares, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals.
Christine is the faculty director of Northwestern University’s MA/MFA program in creative writing; she is also on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.