Lauren Grodstein, The Explanation for Everything
Amelia Kahaney, The BrokenHearted
Tim Manley, Alice in Tumblrland: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Brief Encounters With the Enemy
Hosted by Julia Fierro, founder/director of Sackett Street & author of Cutting Teeth, a novel. On the docket: reading, wine-sipping, book-signing, a book raffle & general literary merriment.
Lauren Grodstein’s books include the novels The Explanation for Everything, A Friend of the Family, and Reproduction is the Flaw of Love and the story collection The Best of Animals. Her pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized. Lauren teaches creative writing at Rutgers-Camden, where she helps administer the college’s MFA program. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.
Amelia Kahaney, author of The BrokenHearted, grew up an easily sunburnt child in San Diego, CA and Hilo, HI. At age 12, self-exiled from surf camp due to lack of coordination, Amelia sought refuge in her local library and spent the rest of her summer filling up yellow legal pads with her first attempts at fiction. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English, she lived in Portland, Oregon and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala before landing in New York City with a giant suitcase and high hopes. Nine apartments and a dozen jobs later, she began to study fiction writing at Brooklyn College. Her short stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading,One Story, Crazyhorse, and other literary magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son, and teaches for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.
Tim Manley is a writer and illustrator. His first book, Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation, will be published by Penguin on 10/29. It is based on his tumblr, Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings. Tim is a Moth StorySLAM winner, mentor with PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program, and a former English teacher at School of the Future in New York City. He has officiated eight weddings, one of which was Beatles-themed.
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh was born in Brooklyn and raised in Pittsburgh. He is the author, most recently, of the short story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, and the critically acclaimed memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free, for which he received a Whiting Writers’ Award. It was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. He was the recipient of a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Saïd lives in New York City with his wife, the artist and designer Karen Mainenti, and teaches creative writing at NYU where he won a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award.