Saturday September 14, 2013
We're going on a bar crawl with books as part of this festival. Do you like to play the dictionary game? Or perhaps Balderdash? Then join The Center for Fiction as we challenge our 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 Stefan Merrill Block, Alexander Chee, Darcey Steinke, and Marie-Helene Bertino to the test by making them play Fake It! Once our event is over we invite you to check out more of what Lit Crawl has to offer. For more about Lit Crawl and to see the full schedule of events please visit their website.
This event will take place from 7-7:45pm at Solas at 232 East 9th Street, between Stuyvesant and 2nd Ave
Stefan Merrill Block grew up in Texas. His latest novel is The Storm at the Door. His first novel, The Story of Forgetting, won Best First Fiction at the Rome International Festival of Literature, the 2008 Merck Serono Literature Prize and the 2009 Fiction Award from The Writers' League of Texas. The Story of Forgetting was also a finalist for the debut fiction awards from IndieBound, Salon du Livre and The Center for Fiction. He lives in Brooklyn.
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night, due out in Feb. 2014. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a NEA fellowship in fiction, and residencies from MacDowell, Leidig House and Civitella Ranieri. His stories and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Lapham's Quarterly, Apology, Tin House, Departures, TriQuarterly, and The Paris Review Daily, and he's a contributing writer at The Morning News. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University and Amherst College, and is an editorial adviser to Storyville. He lives in New York City.
Darcey Steinke is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury 2007, New York Times Notable) and the novels, Milk (Bloomsbury 2005), Jesus Saves (Grove/Atlantic, 1997), Suicide Blonde (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992), and Up Through the Water (Doubleday, 1989, New York Times Notable). Her new novel Sister Golden Hair will come out in fall 2014. With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown 1997). Her books have been translated into ten languages. Her novel Milk was translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Nonfiction has appeared, among other places, in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Review, Vogue, Spin Magazine,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian (London). Her web-story "Blindspot" was a part of the 2000 Whitney Biennial. She has been both a Henry Hoyns and a Stegner Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught most recently at Columbia School of the Arts, Barnard, THe American University of Paris and Princeton.
Marie-Helene Bertino's debut novel 2am At The Cat's Pajamas is forthcoming from Crown (August 2014). Her debut collection of short stories Safe as Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Pushcart Prize, and was long-listed for The Story Prize and The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. She was an Emerging Writers Fellow at New York City's Center for Fiction. She works as a biographer for people living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For more information, visit www.mariehelenebertino.