This Sunday, December 11 at 7 PM One Story author Seth Fried of issue #124 “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre,” will be reading from his debut story collection The Great Frustration at KGB Bar in Manhattan. In addition to appearing in One Story, Fried has been published in Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Kenyon Review and others. Novelist Karen Russell calls his stories “parables from some alternate sci-fi Bible, funny and wise and generous, deeply strange and even more deeply familiar.” Also reading at the event will be acclaimed author & great short story writer Robert Olen Butler. For directions and other information about the event visit KGB’s website here. We hope to see you there!
N.M. Kelby, author of One Story issue #54 “Jubilation, Florida,” has just come out with a new novel called White Truffles in Winter based on the life of renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846–1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at The Savoy and The Ritz. In the novel, Escoffier is torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt; and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis who refused to ever leave Monte Carlo. Set in the last year of Escoffier’s life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others. The work has been called “(A book) to carry you away” by Good Housekeeping and Publisher’s Weekly says that any reader “in search of an evocative and sensual read will be well satisfied.” To find out more about this book or N.M. Kelby, be sure to visit her website, and buy a copy today!
Hey One Story readers! We’d like to spread the word about a Kickstarter project being spearheaded by Manuel Gonzales of One Story issue #66, “Pilot, Co-Pilot, Writer.” Gonzales is hoping to raise $25,000 to support Austin Bat Cave, an organization in Austin, Texas designed to enrich the lives of children through creative writing. This money will be used to maintain ABC’s presence in Austin schools where they run workshops and eventually publish the work of elementary, middle and high school students. Non-profit projects such as this are becoming increasingly important in today’s economic climate as budget cuts are felt everywhere, especially in the public school system. For more information on Austin Bat Cave click here, and to donate through their Kickstarter page click here.
Don’t miss out on Caitlin Horrocks and Ryan Van Meter at Book Court bookstore in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill on October 14th at 7 pm. One Story fans will recognize Caitlin from issue #144, “Life Among the Terranauts.” Her debut story collection, This is Not Your City, has been called “appealingly rugged-hearted” and “impressively sharp” by the New York Times. Each story contains “startlingly ingenious writing and a note of what could be called sprightly heartbreak,” according to The Boston Globe. Hope to see you there!
Next Tuesday, September 27th @ 7 pm, come celebrate the release of Post-It Note Diaries: 20 Stories of Youthful Abandon, Embarrassing Mishaps and Everyday Adventure at Littlefield Performance and Art Space in Brooklyn. This anthology of essays includes true stories from a wide variety of performers, artists, musicians and writers, each piece accompanied by illustrations from Arthur Jones. Featured in the anthology is One Story’s own editor-in-chief Hannah Tinti, who will be among the readers at the event. You won’t want to miss it! Littlefield is located at 622 Degraw St.–just down the street from One Story’s office in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Tickets and other information can be found here. Hope to see you there!
Don’t miss out on seeing One Story alum Anna Solomon of issue #73, “What is Alaska Like?” TOMORROW NIGHT, Sept. 22nd at 8 pm at the Manhattan JCC, located at 334 Amsterdam Ave on the Upper West Side. Anna will be performing “A Little Suite for The Little Bride” with indie songstress Clare Burson. The piece is a truly unique weaving of image, song and reading based on Solomon’s freshly released debut novel The Little Bride, and explores themes such as memory, loss, immigration, love and the creative process itself. “A Little Suite for the Little Bride” has been chosen as a Critic’s Pick by Time Out New York and New York Magazine, and has been featured on NBC New York. For a sneak peek, check out an interview and performance from Anna and Clare on Boston’s WBUR 90.9. You can reserve tickets for the event here.
It’s that time of year again – the Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, September 18th at Borough Hall in Brooklyn.
This year’s festival has an amazing lineup, one that’s full of panel discussions and reading. Many of the panels feature One Story authors.
The day starts early at 10:00 AM, with Seth Fried, author of issue #124 “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre”, discussing time travel with Diana Gabaldon and Samantha Hunt. At 2 PM, Terese Svoboda, author of issue #130 “Bomb Jockey” joins Esmeralda Santiago, John Sayles, and Marlon James to talk about writing historical fiction. If you prefer humor to history, check out a panel featuring Karen Russell, Jim Shepard, Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell, whose “Joy of Cooking” recently appeared as One Story issue #152. Feeling sinful? Then you might want to watch Jennifer Egan, John Burnham Schwartz,Timothy Houlihan and James Hannaham of issue #121 “Interrupted Serenade” discuss Unholy Paths to Redemption. Other One Story alumni participating in panels include: Roxana Robinson on family, A.M. Homes on story endings, Binyavanga Wainaina on memory, Kevin Wilson on odd protagonists, Kelly Link on crashing genres, and Patrick Somerville on post-apocalyptic fiction.
A complete list of events can be found at www.brooklynbookfestival.org.
We, of course will be there as well. Be sure to top by our booth (#30) to say hello and pick up a One Story five pack or Onesy for the literary babies in your life.