Event Recap: Delicious New Fiction

The Sunday Best Reading Series just hosted another great event this afternoon: Crossing the Atlantic, a program of British and American poets. We’re looking forward to one more event this season, Performance Poetry with Joel Allegretti, Sheila Maldonado, and Jane LeCroy, scheduled for Sunday, May 6. Please keep an eye on the blog for the event announcement, which will include more details about the program. In the meantime, we’re posting this recap, with photos and audio link, of  Delicious New Fiction, which took place on February 5.

On February 5, the Sunday Best Reading Series went head to head with the Super Bowl, and, in a demonstration of the power of poetry, still managed to draw a full house. Thank you to our readers and our loyal audience!

Even this dog enjoyed Delicious New Fiction!

Novelist, screenwriter, and Hudson View Gardens resident Douglas Light read from his story collection Girls in Trouble, which won the 2010 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. Light’s novel East Fifth Bliss was recently brought to the silver screen as the film The Trouble With Bliss, directed by Michael Knowles and starring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu.

Novelist and short-story writer Douglas Light.

Janice Eidus entertained the audience with her short story “A Bisel This, a Bisel That,” which was anthologized in Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. “A Bisel This, a Bisel That” is the story of Myron Gerstler, a book editor who works for The Promised Text, a soon-to-close independent Jewish newspaper housed in a “low-rent indie news building” in midtown Manhattan.

Novelist and short-story writer Janice Eidus.

Jonathan Baumbach closed out the program, reading from his latest book Dreams of Molly. Baumbach explained that Dreams of  Molly is in a sense a kind of sequel to his earlier work Reruns, which consisted of 34 invented dreams.

Novelist Jonathan Baumbach.

For those who missed Delicious New Fiction, the audio of the event has been archived on the Sunday Best Reading Series Program Page on the WHFR (Washington Heights Free Radio) web site.  Additional photos from the event are available on the Sunday Best Flickr stream, accessible via link in the sidebar of this blog.

New Sunday Best volunteer and writer Dianne Garville.

As always, the Sunday Best Reading Series wants to thank its dedicated crew of volunteers. Without them, Sunday Best events such asDelicious New Fiction would not be possible.

Peter Martin, Sunday Best bartender and comptroller.


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