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Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop: BookCourt Series

Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop: BookCourt Series

National Novel Writing Month will fly by in a flurry of keystrokes, as writers around the country look to beat the clock on finishing a masterwork within November’s 30 days. Julia Fierro has played a part in getting NYC’s aspiring novelists ready for such an undertaking, as founder of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her own first novel, Cutting Teeth, debuted this May. This past weekend, Fierro worked with St. Martin’s Press to bring four other new novelists to BookCourt in Brooklyn to read from their debuts. And all adhered to variations of that old advice: “Write what you know.”

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Singapore Literature Festival 2014: Rich Words, Poor Words

Singapore Literature Festival 2014: Rich Words, Poor Words

The inaugural Singapore Literature Festival found its way to NYC’s Upper East Side on Saturday with a pair of ticketed reading events at the 92nd Street Y. The first, titled “Rich Words, Poor Words” featured authors discussing the divide between haves and have-nots in Singapore society, and the role language plays. 

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Singapore Literature Festival 2014: Twenty-First Century Family

Singapore Literature Festival 2014: Twenty-First Century Family

The second panel of the Singapore Literature Festival’s Saturday afternoon of ticketed readings at the 92nd Street Y was titled “The Twenty-First Century Family,” and focused on modern dynamics and pressures between parents and children in Singaporean society. It’s worth noting that the larger festival’s participating author count featured eight flying in from Singapore, and six based in America. Noteworthy, because all three of this panel’s authors were examples of Singaporeans who travel to the US to study and/or work—not a few choosing life as expatriates, rather than return home. 

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Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2014

Alternative Press Expo (APE) 2014

Hosted at the Fort Mason Center, the Alternative Press Expo is a yearly gathering of alternative and independent creators. For its 21st year, it showcased an array of hundreds of comic designers, writers, and publishers with aesthetics ranging from steampunk to anime, inspired by anything between pop art and dark surrealism. 

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Vermin on the Mount

Vermin on the Mount

Brooklyn-based author Jami Attenberg has long hosted sunset author readings in her South Williamsburg apartment. And she's met many of those authors on the road while promoting her own work—highlighted by 2013 best-selling novel, The Middlesteins. Among them, Jim Ruland, whose "Vermin on the Mount" (VOTM) reading series recently paid a visit to Attenberg's place. The name derives from its origins a decade back at the now-closed Mountain Bar in Los Angeles's Chinatown. Frustrated by what he saw as a lack of a literary scene in Los Angeles—or at least, a disconnected provincial one—Ruland tells me he started VOTM as a way to bring together "novelists, bloggers, punk rockers, essayists, journalists, poets, people with a brown bag and something to say." The setting was an irreverent alternative to more staid reading environs of bookstores and auditoriums. Currently operating out of the Nomad Art Compound in Frogtown, VOTM also has a branch at 3rdspace in University Heights, San Diego—near the setting for Ruland's debut novel, Forest of Fortune. He read an excerpt from that piece, set at an Indian casino reminiscent of the one Ruland worked at for five years. 

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