2014 Lit Crawl
Saturday September 13, 2014
The Center for Fiction is going on a bar crawl with books as part of Lit Crawl. Do you like to play the dictionary game? Or perhaps Balderdash? Then join The Center for Fiction at KGB Bar as they challenge their authors to come up with the best first line to juicy books, based only on the title and blurbs. Audience participation welcome! We’ll be putting Mitchell Jackson, Porochista Khakpour, Gabriel Roth, and Elissa Schappell to the test by making them play Fake it! For more information on the NYC Lit Crawl and to see the full schedule of events, please visit their website.
This event is taking place at KGB Bar at 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New York University. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction and is the former winner of the Hurston Wright Foundation’s award for college writers. Jackson teaches writing at New York University. He published the e-book Oversoul: Stories and Essays in the summer of 2012. His novel The Residue Years was released in the summer of 2013 and was praised by publications such as The New York Times, The Times of London, and O, the Oprah Magazine. The novel was a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent; it was long-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for writing and the Chautauqua Prize. As well, it was named an “Honor Book” by the BCALA.
Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels The Last Illusion (May 2014, Bloomsbury) and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (2007, Grove)--the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” She has had fellowship from the NEA, Yaddo, Ucross, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and many others. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, Spin, The Daily Beast, Elle, and many other publications around the world. She is currently Writer in Residence at Bard College and Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University. Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, she lives in New York City.
Gabriel Roth is the author of The Unknowns (Little, Brown, 2013). His essays and criticism have appeared in Slate and the New York Times.
Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls, which was chosen as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and O Magazine, and Use Me, runner up for the PEN Hemingway award, a New York Times "Notable Book" and a Los Angeles Times, "Best Book of the Year” She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her fiction, non-fiction and essays have appeared in publications including, The Paris Review, Bomb, The New York Times Book Review and SPIN as well as anthologies such as, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, The Future Dictionary of America, Bound to Last and Cooking & Stealing. Currently, she is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, and a Founding-editor, now Editor-at-Large of Tin House. She teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University, NYU and the low-residency MFA program at Queens, in Charlotte, N.C. She lives in Brooklyn.