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Brooklyn Book Beat: Wednesday books: An evening with Granta and 'The Middlesteins'

Author Karen Russell will appear at Cobble Hill's BookCourt on Jan. 30. Photo by Larry D. Moore (from Wikimedia Commons)

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

This Wednesday, Jan. 30, Cobble Hill’s BookCourt presents an evening with Granta, a literary magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Granta editor Patrick Ryan will host the event, facilitating a discussion on the Spring 2013 issue with André AcimanKaren Russell and Jennifer Vanderbes – three of the issue’s featured writers – all of whom, in their new work, investigate the forms and functions of betrayal.

André Aciman, who has most recently published “Harvard Square,” chairs the PhD Program in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and directs the Writers’ Institute. “Abingdon Square,” his piece to be featured in Granta, comes from his forthcoming book, “Moral Tales.”

Karen Russell was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007. She is the author of “Swamplandia!,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of The New York Times’s Top 5 Fiction Books of 2011, and of  “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” a collection of stories. “The New Veterans,” Russell’s piece featured in Granta, is taken from her newest collection, “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” which will be published next month. In “The New Veterans,” a masseuse who works on an Iraq war vet becomes haunted by the horrors of war. 

Jennifer Vanderbes has published two novels: “Easter Island” and “Strangers at the Feast.” Her forthcoming novel is titled “The Secret of Pigeon Point.” Her non-fiction has been published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

The event will begin at 7p.m., and will consist of a reading, audience Q&A, book signing and panel discussion. BookCourt is located at 163 Court St. in Cobble Hill.

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This Wednesday, Jan. 30, David Gutowski will appear at Greenpoint’s WORD Bookstore to celebrate the 11th anniversary of Largehearted Boy, his music and literary blog. The event will also feature Brooklyn writer Jami Attenberg, who will read from her latest novel, “The Middlesteins,” and writer Karolina Waclawiak will read as well. The celebration will include a book raffle, cupcakes, and wine, and will benefit 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students develop their writing skills.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. WORD is located at 126 Franklin St. in Greenpoint.

January 29, 2013 - 1:44pm


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