Sunday, March 1, 2009

April 7 fiction reading.

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series: NYFA Night

featuring Christine Schutt, Paul La Farge, and Garth Risk Hallberg

sponsored by Housing Works

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m.

82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (between St. Marks and Bergen)

Books available on-site!

Philanthropic activities controlled by dartboard!

Come see why New York Magazine named us "Best New Literary Event of 2008!"


Christine Schutt, Paul La Farge, and Garth Risk Hallberg are 2008 Artists' Fellowship recipients of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This program is co-sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a public program of NYFA. It is free and open to the public. We suggest a donation of one gently used book to benefit the Housing Works Used Book Cafe.


CHRISTINE SCHUTT's most recent novel, ALL SOULS, is "exciting evidence that she continues to push the boundaries of fiction," according to The New York Times Book Review. Schutt's previous novel, FLORIDA, was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award. She is also the author of two short-story collections, A NIGHT, A DAY, ANOTHER NIGHT, SUMMER, and NIGHTWORK, chosen by John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement.

"[In ALL SOULS,] Ms. Schutt imagines - or penetrates - an exclusive world at once sexy and lamentable, predictable but still mysterious. Her subject is not any one aspect of private school culture, but its almost intangible totality, the thing that gives a school, in all its decentered complexity, an identity. Miraculously, she achieves this." - The New York Sun

PAUL LA FARGE is the author of the novels THE ARTIST OF THE MISSING and HAUSSMANN, OR THE DISTINCTION, a New York Times Notable Book which won him praise from the San Francisco Chronicle as "a magician on the order of Prospero." His most recent book is THE FACTS OF WINTER. LaFarge has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bard Fiction Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Bookforum, and Conjunctions, among others.

"Haussmann designed cities; LaFarge designs worlds - splendid, elegant edifices built on the rubble of our dreams and history." - Colson Whitehead

Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY. His fiction has earned nominations for the Believer book award and the Pushcart Prize, and has been included in the anthology Best New American Voices 2008. He contributes to the literary blog The Millions, and on most Pacific Standard fiction nights, plays the role of "host."

"A Field Guide to the North American Family is a beautiful book. Beautiful because of the gentle way the story of two suburban families unravels for the reader . . . beautiful because the book itself has all the elements that make the act of reading seem like an event." - Bookslut

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