Please join us on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 6:30pm, as we welcome Chris Abani in conversation with Bryan Gruley to discuss The Secret History of Las Vegas.
We welcome Chris Abani, the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of GraceLand and The Virgin of Flames. Abani will discuss his latest novel, The Secret History of Las Vegas. At the core of this propulsive literary thriller are Fire and Water, the deformed conjoined twins who are members of a sideshow called the Carnival of Lost Souls, and Salazar, the brutish detective trying to solve a gruesome spate of murders.
Abani will be in conversation with Bryan Gruley, the critically acclaimed author of Starvation Lake: A Mystery, and the sequels, The Hanging Tree and The Skeleton Box. Gruley is a reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News, writing long-form features for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.
“Chris Abani might be the most courageous writer working right now…If you want to get at the molten heart of contemporary fiction, Abani is the starting point.”
—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle
Go do this, if you’re in the area!
Now in its fourth year, [Extreme Kids & Crew] operates two sensory play and art spaces in Brooklyn where hundreds of families from every borough in New York City meet, and where any type of ability is welcome. Participants include children, teenagers, and young adults on the autism spectrum as well as those with sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, spina bifida, ADHD, and the multitude of other diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions that place people outside of the “norm.” The programs are designed to give every member of the family an outlet for self expression, whatever form may take: painting, felting, climbing, jumping, rolling, talking, swinging, dancing, reciting, chanting, yodeling, acting, or, like Ferdinand, “sit just quietly and smell the flowers.”
We’re thrilled to feature this spotlight on Extreme Kids & Crew, a wonderful Brooklyn-based organization! Read the spotlight (with photos) at our website.
There is a woeful absence of diverse characters in children’s fiction, but here are some books to enrich your kid’s fantasy life.
Game World author C.J. Farley talks the need for increased diversity in children’s fiction, especially fantasy, at The Root.
He sold the Ludington townhouse at a loss, bought the cabin east of Manistee for a steal. Bankruptcy. Someone’s loss, his gain. He was a wheeler-dealer. Also a ladies’ man. When women discovered he was single, they pouted their lips, batted their eyes.
Even though the road was bumpy, the woman beside him was trying to adjust her lipstick in the pull-down mirror and having a hell of a time. She gave up finally; stared out the window …
Read the rest of “Up in Michigan” by D.S. Levy, today’s all-new Mondays Are Murder short fiction story!
Hey everyone! What’s your Friday Read?
I’m going to check out Havemercy, the first Dragon Corps book.
NPR Music’s Felix Contreras is reading Akashic’s Mexico City Noir compilation: “I just got back from a trip to Mexico and I loaded my kindle with one of those amazing Akashic noir series, Mexico City Noir. It has a fantastic intro written by my fav crime writer, Mexico’s Paco Ignacio Taibo (PIT).”
Boss Lady Ellen is reading Kicking the Sky, about the immigrant Portuguese community in 1970’s Toronto.
Nicole is reading number9dream, by David Mitchell.
Rose is reading All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
And Arts guru Tom Cole says, “When we got word about Peter Matthiessen’s impending demise, I dug out the paperback of Far Tortuga that I bought when it came out. The opening is an amazing description of a sunrise as it gradually breaks across Grand Cayman Island from East to West. I’ve just started the novel again. I read slowly. You won’t need to send me another one of these emails until the fall.”
A little late to the game on this one, but I hope Felix enjoy[s/ed] Mexico City Noir! (additional shameless self-promotion: has he read The Uncomfortable Dead by Paco Ignacio Taibo & Subcomandante Marcos?)
New York writer and spoken-word artist Estep, whose cheeky and funny albums, novels and rants made her name in the ’90s, passed away in February. Friends—including Penny Arcade, Rick Moody, Dael Orlandersmith, and Eileen Myles—remember this spitfire with poetry and prose.
Have time this Saturday at 11:30am? Visit Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street in Manhattan) to remember the very missed Maggie Estep.