Faithful participants of One Story’s Reading Series know we can’t have a reading without torrential rain. I kept one wary eye on the sky last night as I walked down faithful Ludlow street. The clouds threatened but did not attack, perhaps because they were as interested as everyone else to hear Joshua Henkin read from his award winning book Matrimony.
Last night’s reading was close to the hearts of Reading Series Coordinator Elliott Holt and yours truly because we were Josh’s students at Brooklyn College. As I said in my intro, Josh has the rare gift of being a great writer and a great teacher, able to articulate elements of writing you’ve subconsciously imagined while scribbling in your midnight copybook, but for which you’ve never had the words. Josh reads with kind authority and it was a true delight to host him. He read two scenes from Matrimony and then treated us to a reading from a novel-in-progress because, he said, he wanted to hear how it sounded. The excerpt went deep into the psyche of a troubled girl named Noel, and if the pin-drop attention of last night’s audience was any indication, the novel is certain to be another success. All blue skies ahead.
Couldn’t make it? Tune into our audio archive to listen to Josh’s reading here.
For more information on Joshua Henkin and/or to buy one of his books, go here.
To read Galleycat’s write up of the event, go here.
Josh Henkin with his loving students, past & present: Reese Kwon, One Story Assistant Editor Marie-Helene Bertino, One Story Reading Series Coordinator Elliott Holt, & One Story author Amelia Kahaney
Assistant Publisher Tanya Rey, Intern Chris Gregory, & Reading Series Coordinator Elliott Holt get ready for the show, along with one of the fine Mobile Libris ladies, selling Josh’s latest novel, Matrimony.