Our reading series – now in its 12th year at KGB Bar in Manhattan’s East Village – is going stronger than ever this fall. We’ve invited three authors to read from new works in this intimate space that encourages dialogue on Thursday, November 10 at 7PM.
Teddy Wayne’s just released third novel, the widely acclaimed Loner, was named an Amazon Best of the Month selection for Literature & Fiction, an Indie Next List selection, and one of the most anticipated titles of the fall by New York Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Millions, LitHub, Glamour, BookPage, and Thrillist. Turning the traditional campus novel on its head as it explores ambition, class, and gender politics, Loner follows a shy, gifted teenager turned dangerous stalker with the momentum of a thriller movie and finesse of a nuanced cultural commentary. Teddy is also the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He lives in New York.
“Stunning—and profoundly disconcerting . . . the pleasure of the book is not in its ultratimely plot but in its complicated—and unsettlingly familiar—cast. These people are nuanced even when they’re disturbing, human even when they’re horrendous. A spectacular stylist, Wayne is deeply empathetic toward his characters, but—brutally and brilliantly—he refuses to either defend or excuse them. A startlingly sharp study of not just collegiate culture, but of social forces at large; a novel as absorbing as it is devastating.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Maris Kreizman is the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog and book that celebrates the intersection of her two great loves – literature and pop culture. She is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Hairpin, Vulture, Medium, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. A former book editor, she is currently a publishing community manager at Kickstarter.
“Slaughterhouse 90210 makes explicit something consumers of pop culture already understand intuitively: That the boundaries between high and low culture are often blurred and sometimes non-existent; that images and text that are technically unrelated can still communicate with each other, across platforms and mediums and centuries, in ways that illuminate both; that “television” is more of an idea than a boundary-obeying, clearly-definable thing and “literature” is not exactly staying within the book-margins these days, either.” – Think Progress
Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books and the author of a poetry collection, So Late to the Party. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, Tin House, The Awl, Verse Daily, Best New Poets 2010, and Best New Poets 2014. She has received the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s “Orlando” Prize, as well as awards from Southeast Review, American Literary Review, and The New York Times’ ‘Teacher Who Made a Difference’ Award. She is the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and curates the Pen and Brush Presents reading series for the visual and literary arts nonprofit Pen and Brush. She has received residencies from Interlochen Arts Academy, the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room, Wildfjords Trail, and the BAU Institute. Born and raised in Michigan, she currently lives in New York.
“‘Lift off the roof / of your skull’ writes Kate Angus in this confident, wonderful debut, and I do indeed feel my mind dangerously opened by the clarity and intimacy of these intelligent, warm, sad, funny, genuine poems. This poet takes us with her as she walks through the world, often alone, often filled with a happy despair, always hopeful, always thinking of distant others, including us, her readers. This book does not merely describe, but enacts a faith in life, and in poetry’s necessity. This is the poetry for those of us who don’t just want but need to ‘always and silently unseal everything,’ to see what we can feel and know.” – Matthew Zapruder, author of Sun Dog and Come on All You Ghosts