Reading! Joshua Furst and Irina Reyn, September 23, 2008, 8PM

After a long and humid summer off, the Other Means Reading Series is back in action! We will be kicking off our 2008-2009 season on Tuesday, September 23rd with Joshua Furst and Irina Reyn reading in support of PEN American Center!

As always, we’ll be at The Flying Saucer, located at 494 Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, in Brooklyn, NY, at 8pm. Books will be sold on site by Book Court. We kindly implore you to be there or be square. And if you’re not already on our mailing list, please shoot an email to othermeansreadingseries@gmail.com to join!

Joshua Furst‘s most recent book, THE SABOTAGE CAFE, was called “urban blight pastoral…Furst is an impressively sharp, compassionate and morally scrupulous anatomist of human relationships…. His narrator has a haunting authority.” by the The New York Times Book Review and “a masterful book, replete with the raw, painful memories of American youth who no longer feel any connection to the generation that raised them” by Ad Busters .

His work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, Conjunctions, Five Chapters and The Crab Orchard Review among other places. Among the awards and grants he has received are a 2001-2002 James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation/Copernicus Society of America, a 1997 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award for his short story “Red Lobster,” and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and  ArtOmi/Ledig House.  He was a finalist for the 1992 Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a runner up in the 2001 Playboy College Fiction Contest.

He lives in New York City, and teaches fiction and playwriting at The Pratt Institute.  His website is www.sabotagecafe.com.

IRINA REYN is the editor of Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). Her first novel What Happened to Anna K. was published by Touchstone in August 2008. Irina’s work has appeared in the following publications: One Story, Post Road, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Town & Country Travel, The Forward, Nextbook, Ballyhoo Stories, San Francisco Chronicle, The Moscow Times.  She reviews literary fiction and nonfiction. Her fiction and personal essays can be found in anthologies, including Not Like I’m Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book (Delacorte), Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women (Hyperion) and A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collicsion and Connection (OV Books).

Irina was born in Moscow, and currently divides her time between Pittsburgh, PA and Brooklyn, NY.  She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her website is www.irinareyn.com.

PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. The Center has a membership of 3,300 distinguished writers, editors, and translators. In addition to defending writers in prison or in danger of imprisonment for their work, PEN American Center sponsors public literary programs and forums on current issues, sends prominent authors to inner-city schools to encourage reading and writing, administers literary prizes, promotes international literature that might otherwise go unread in the United States, and offers grants and loans to writers facing financial or medical emergencies. In carrying out this work, PEN American Center builds upon the achievements of such dedicated past members as W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Thomas Mann, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck. Find out more at www.pen.org.

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