This Saturday, Dec 2, the Legion of Lit Mags (an ongoing cooperative project between small magazines) is having its second annual Lit Mag Reading and Magazine Fair at the Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This year the legion will be joined by Quickfiction, Opium, and Post Road–check out the list of readers here. The event is from 5 to 10 and the space is located at 70 North 6 St.
This Friday December 1 Calvin Baker, author of “Dominion”, “Once Two Heroes”, and “Naming the New World”, will be reading for One Story at Pianos.
We are very excited to hear some more of Calvin’s new book. You can check out a recent interview from the KGB reading here. The drink of the night (only $3!!) is the Dark and Stormy. What a drink to set the atmosphere to delve into the creation of a new land.
I’ve been a fan of Arthur Bradford for years, ever since I saw him perform with David Sedaris at a benefit for Dress for Success. Arthur read a story about two guys who find a giant slug. He played guitar as he read the story, and the entire audience was mesmerized. I picked up his collection, Dogwalker, soon after, and found it remarkable in tone and style, similar to Denis Johnson or early Raymond Carver, but at the same time completely unique. It’s a real pleasure to publish him at last in One Story. “217 Pound Dog” starts off in a safe place�guy moves to Brooklyn, gets a new job�and quickly begins to veer towards the bizarre, as our narrator George forms an uneasy friendship with a lawyer on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Before he knows it, George finds himself being drawn further and further into the bizarre world of Jim Tewilliger and his giant, 217 pound dog. Keep reading, and you’ll find yourself carried by Arthur Bradford’s voice, down twists and turns that feel right but you didn’t see coming. The mood he creates may throw you off balance, but it will give you a whole new perspective on the world.
Thanks to all the readers who stopped by Pianos last Friday for Elisa Albert’s reading. Sadly none of us had a camera and phone cameras never do the trick, but hopefully Elisa will be reading again soon!
A big thank you and congratulations to Elisa!! The reading was super fun. For anyone who missed it–and anyone outside of the NYC area–here is the tour schedule.
I read Eileen FitzGerald’s wonderful short story collection, You’re So Beautiful on a plane to Los Angeles over two years ago. It kept me riveted for the entire trip. Eileen creates characters that feel so natural, like your best friend or neighbor, and then she whips off the tablecloth to reveal what’s truly going on beneath the friendly faces. It was this same quiet skill that drew me to “Culottes.” She matches the directionless Vanessa with her opposite�Sally�a driven, spiritual girl who had devoted her life to serving others. Their friendship grows, but they are always a beat apart, two people in separate worlds. When Sally’s secret is finally revealed, it feels completely on target�this dark part of her faith, and the ways of suffering she has created for herself. I’m thrilled to be able to publish a story of Eileen FitzGerald’s in One Story, and I hope it leads our readers to seek out more of her work.