Saturday September 15, 2012
06:00 pm

Tags: Event
We're going on a bar crawl with books as part of this new 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 Paul La Farge, Alison Espach, and Helen Phillips to the test by making them play Fake It!

Please note this event will take place at the KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd Avenue) from 6 to 6:45pm. Once our event is over we invite you to check out more of what LitCrawl has to offer. For more about LitCrawl and to see the full schedule of events please visit their website.


Paul La Farge is the author of three novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999) and Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Helen Phillips is the author of the novel-in-fables And Yet They Were Happy (Leapfrog Press, 2011), which was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and was declared a notable collection of 2011 by The Story Prize. Her second book, Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green (Random House Children’s Division/Delacorte Press, 2012), is a children’s adventure novel, and will be published internationally as Upside Down in the Jungle (Chicken House UK, 2012; Chicken House Germany, 2013). She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, The Iowa Review Nonfiction Award, the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Award, the Meridian Editors’ Prize, and a Ucross Foundation residency. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. A graduate of Yale and the Brooklyn College MFA program, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College. Helen (born and raised in Colorado) lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their baby daughter Ruth.


Alison Espach is the author of The Adults (Scribner), a Wall Street Journal Top 10 Novel of 2011, a New York Time’s Editor’s Choice, and a “Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer” pick.  Her short story “Someone’s Uncle” was published by Scribner as an e-book, and her other writing has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney's, Five Chapters, The Rumpus, Salon, Glamour, and The Daily Beast.