Photos from last night’s incredible “First Bite” reading at Contrada in the East Village, which featured six authors giving us a taste of their fall books –– Bridgett M. Davis (Into the Go-Slow, Feminist Press), Patrick Hoffman (The White Van, Grove/Atlantic), Saeed Jones (Prelude to Bruise, Coffee House Press), Atticus Lish (Preparation for the Next Life, Tyrant Books), Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven, Knopf), Ronna Wineberg (On Bittersweet Place, Relegation Books). Of course, the scene what it was, there were tons of authors in the audience, too, including (pictured) Justin Vivian Bond, Chelsea Hodson, Matt Gallagher, and more.
I’ll do it all again in D.C. on August 26th, in “The Stillhouse Sessions,” an evening featuring Maxwell-Neely Cohen (Echo of the Boom, Rare Bird Books), Ronna Wineberg, and music from Melodime, at Politics & Prose…
…and then again as part of the Northern Virginia “Fall for the Book” Festival on the 13th, with Roxane Gay (Untamed State, Bad Feminist) as the headline guest for an evening celebrating the best of independent and emerging publishing and the launch of new student-run Stillhouse Press.
After that, I’ll be in New Haven for the Windham Campbell Prizes, which gather writers from around the world for a free, public festival that opens with a keynote from Zadie Smith (September 15-18). We’ll wind up the week with a very special first event in New York, featuring prizewinner Aminatta Forna, author of The Hired Man, at Hotel Particulier in SoHo. It’s free and open to the public, so come join us if you’re in the neighborhood.
And then I’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, of course, hanging out with my authors and friends, mostly at the Relegation/Tyrant Booth.
Hope to see you soon.