Pen Parentis' 2014 Literary Salon Spring Season to Feature Andre Dubus III, Rick Moody & Ann Hood

Pen Parentis' 2014 Literary Salon Spring Season to Feature Andre Dubus III, Rick Moody & Ann Hood

Pen Parentis has announced the Spring 2014 line up for its popular downtown literary salon, with each night featuring a phenomenal group of acclaimed authors, including Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Rick Moody, and Elissa Schappell.

Pen Parentis presents salons in the classic tradition; authors come together in a comfortable, intimate setting to read from their newest work and then take part in lively conversations about writing and their busy family lives. These events are warm and relaxed, providing attendees the unique opportunity to gather close and discuss their work without microphones or scripted questions. Authors often linger afterward over drinks and to sign books, which are vended in partnership with a local bookstore.

Each evening is jointly hosted by Pen Parentis founding director and accomplished author M.M. De Voe, and curator Brian Gresko, editor of the anthology When I First Held You, out from Berkley Books/Penguin in May. The Pen Parentis Literary Salons take place at the elegant Andaz Hotel, at 75 Wall Street, which graciously provides happy hour prices on beer and wine to Salon guests.

The Spring 2014 season gets started on January 14th with a night of accomplished poets, including James Arthur (Johns Hopkins University), Timothy Donnelly (Columbia University), Miranda Field (New York University), Lynn Melnick, and KC Trommer.

February 11th, features writers from the acclaimed literary magazine, Tin House. Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day), Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and editor-at-large at Tin House), and Matthew Specktor (American Dream Machine, optioned for television by Showtime) will share the stage.

March 11th sees bestselling authors Ann Hood (Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting) and Rick Moody (On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening) discussing not only their parenting and writing, but how their passions for knitting and music (respectively) have influenced their work.

On April 8th, it's Writers on the Verge, with special co-host Julia Fierro (Cutting Teeth, forthcoming in May from St. Martin's Press). Featured authors will include Sara Lippmann, recipient of a 2012 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, renowned Chicago author Ben Tanzer (Orphans), and Caeli Wolfson-Widger, celebrating her debut novel, Real Happy Family.

The season closes on May 13th with Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Bittersweet out from Crown/Random House in June), bestselling author Andre Dubus III (Dirty Love), and Alexi Zentner (celebrated author of Touch, new novel The Lobster Kings out in May).

Pen Parentis Literary Salons are always free and open to the public (21+). Reservations are not necessary but are suggested. Salons are presented on the second Tuesday of each month September through May at 7pm. More info is available at penparentis.org or by emailing info@penparentis.org

Pen Parentis, Ltd, is a New York City-based nonprofit literary organization that provides resources to authors who are also parents, to help them stay on creative track after starting a family.

Pen Parentis Literary Salons are made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. They are also funded in part by The Fund for Creative Communities with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by a generous one-time grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation in California.



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