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Literary dads share stories on modern fatherhood in new anthology

Brooklyn Launch Events Highlight Brooklyn Contributors

June 2, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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With Father’s Day just around the corner, a group of esteemed writers are sharing their experiences as fathers in a poignant collection titled “When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood.” Edited by Brooklyn writer Brian Gresko and with an introduction by Brooklyn author Darin Strauss, the anthology features some of America’s favorite literary dads, among them Ben Greenman, Lev Grossman, Dennis Lehane and Rick Moody.

Gresko will appear at various Brooklyn launch events in June with some of the contributing writers, including a June 5 discussion at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, a June 6 event at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO and a June 13 discussion at the Park Slope Food Coop.

Giving a more intimate voice to the men behind some of the most powerful pieces of contemporary literature, “When I First Held You” sheds light on modern fatherhood from a variety of perspective.

Each essay presents a unique view on fatherhood, portraying challenging, rewarding, and sometimes humorous takes on what it means to be a dad. The stories range from contemplating the decision to have kids, to getting through birth, coping with tantrums, dealing with a difficult teenager and even saying goodbye to an adult child as she heads off to college.   

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The June 5 event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Community Bookstore is located at 143 7th Ave. in Park Slope.

The June 6 event will begin at 7 p.m. The powerHouse Arena is located at 37 Main Street in DUMBO.  

The June 13 event will begin at 7 p.m. The Park Slope Food Coop is located at 782 Union St. in Park Slope.

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Editor Brian Gresko is a stay-at-home dad and writer based in Brooklyn. His essays and journalism have appeared on the Huffington Post, Salon,, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review Daily, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books among numerous other publications. He has also contributed to Glimmer Train and Slice magazine. He keeps a daily column about dads for and is currently at work on a novel.  


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