Authors Kelly Braffet, Aleksandar Hemon, Sam Lipsyte and Grażyna Plebanek read from their latest works. Hosted by Rachel Harry.
Kelly Braffet is the author of Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, where she received her MFA. Braffet presents Save Yourself, in which Patrick Cusimano, a midnight shift worker at a grubby convenience store, is surprised to find he has attracted the attention of two very different women. It’s not long before the temptations the two offer push him dangerously close to a breakdown.
Rachel Harry, an arts/media producer, partners with numerous organizations in the creation and development of educational, live event, print and digital media content.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Book of My Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and three books of short stories, including Nowhere Man, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Hemon presents his seriously funny roller-coaster ride of sex and violence, The Making of Zombie Wars, about an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago.
Sam Lipsyte is the New York Times-bestselling author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land and The Ask. The winner of the first annual Believer Book Award and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, he currently teaches writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His writing has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Tin House and the Los Angeles Times. Hailed as “the most consistently funny fiction writer working today” by Time magazine, Lipsyte presents The Fun Parts, a hilarious collection of stories populated by a richly imagined cast of characters, including a male birth doula, a doomsday hustler and an aerobics instructor.
Grażyna Plebanek is the bestselling author of Box of Stilettos, Girls from Portofino and A Girl Called Przystupa. In 2011, she received the Literary Prize Zlote Sowy for her promotion of Poland abroad. She has worked as a journalist for Reuters News Agency and the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. She currently writes a column in the Polish weekly Polityka. Plebanek presents Illegal Liaisons, her first novel to be translated into English, where aspiring writer Jonathan finds his conscience in conflict with his desire when he begins an affair with the beautiful and mysterious Andrea.