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.
If you haven’t yet read the interview with Dale Williams by Paul Morris on BOMBLOG, you’re missing out. Dale Williams‘s work has appeared at both One Story benefits and has been met each time with awe. The interview touches on Williams’s “Strugglers and Stragglers” series as well as his collaborative work with One Story author Ben Miller on his book Meanwhile, in the Dronx . . .. Morris describes Williams’s figures as ones that “broke my heart with their vulnerability.” I agree.
One Story is thrilled to announce that Anna Solomon (One Story issue #73, “What is Alaska Like?”) has just published her first book, The Little Bride. This fascinating historical novel follows the journey of Minna Losk as she travels from Odessa to South Dakota as a mail order bride. Hoping to escape to a world of wealth and ease, Minna instead faces the challenges of pioneer life and finds herself falling in love with the wrong man. But she also discovers a new kind of freedom and strength within herself. Bookpage called The Little Bride: “A fascinating debut… riveting… Solomon’s prose is bold and often gritty, and she creates complicated, surprising characters that completely defy expectations, displaying the depths of the author’s careful research and rich imagination.” To find out more, visit Anna’s website, see her on tour or click below to see the trailer for the book.
Last month, we featured Elissa Schappell’s wonderful “Joy of Cooking,” in One Story. Now her collection, Blueprints for Building Better Girls has hit the shelves! This book (which includes “Joy of Cooking”) has been garnering great reviews. People magazine said “Schappell has an exceptional gift for bringing a vibrant, irresistible group of characters to life, making Blueprints a positively addictive read.” And The New York Times Book Review said that Elissa is: “capable of conveying a Pandora’s box of feeling in a single line.” See for yourself, support short stories and go out and buy your copy today!