August 11th – Radiator Launch Party
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
The launch of a new literary journal from Praytell. Created in recognition of the creative minds of Brooklyn & NYC, Radiator is full of ideas from both up and coming and established local talents. Please join us for a brief reading, social gathering, snacks and beer. With readings from Kurt Boone, Christine Friar, Joshua Max Feldman, Meredith Haggerty, David Tomas Martinez, Bianca Stone, and Chris Messer.
Click here to read more about the readers! This event is free.
August 13th – Secret Histories: Austin Grossman & Lev Grossman
686 Fulton Street
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An evening featuring Tanwi Nandini Islam and Naomi Jackson, whose debut novels share a setting in Brooklyn, home to so many families who call somewhere else home. Born to immigrant parents, Islam’s and Jackson’s heroines wrestle with competing cultural messages, gender norms, and a poignant sense of placelessness, all while navigating the tribulations of teenhood in America.
In Islam’s Bright Lines, the Bangladeshi Saleem family raises three girls on Cambridge Place: rebellious Charu, bookish adoptee Ella, and runaway Maya, who seeks refuge from her abusive father. Home and homeland come into conflict again in Jackson’s The Star Side of Bird Hill, when the Braithwaite sisters, Dionne and Phaedra, are torn from Brooklyn and sent to Bird Hill, Barbados to live with their grandmother.
This event is free, but you must register.