On May 18 the Franklin Park Reading Series teams up with Electric Literature to showcase four contributors to their acclaimed fiction magazine Recommended Reading: legendary author Jim Shepard, whose latest novel The Book of Aron has been called a "masterpiece" by the Washington Post; Diane Cook, …
On May 18 the Franklin Park Reading Series teams up with Electric Literature to showcase four contributors to their acclaimed fiction magazine Recommended Reading: legendary author Jim Shepard, whose latest novel The Book of Aron has been called a "masterpiece" by the Washington Post; Diane Cook, whose debut story collection Man V. Nature was named an Amazon Best Short Story Collection of 2014 and was a finalist for numerous awards, including a Los Angeles Times book prize and the PEN/Hemingway; and award-winning authors Sharma Shields (The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac) and Anu Jindal (Joyland, The New Quarterly).
The evening includes a $4 draft drink special and a raffle for the authors' books and Electric Lit merch. Admission is free.
JIM SHEPARD (The Book of Aron, You Think That's Bad)
DIANE COOK (Man V. Nature)
SHARMA SHIELDS (The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac)
ANU JINDAL (Joyland, The New Quarterly)
More on our authors:
JIM SHEPARD is the author of seven novels, including the forthcoming The Book of Aron, as well as four story collections. His collection Like You’d Understand, Anyway was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Electric Literature, and Vice and has often been selected for The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with his wife and three children and teaches at Williams College.
DIANE COOK is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, which was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times book prize and named an Amazon Best Short Story Collection of 2014. Man V. Nature is also a finalist for the Believer Book Award and a story from the collection, "Moving On," will be included in Best American Short Stories 2015. Her fiction has been published in Harper’s, Granta, One Story, Tin House, Electric Literature, Zoetrope, and Guernica, amongst other places. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life, where she worked as a radio producer for six years. The winner of the 2012 Calvino Prize for fabulist fiction, she holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and lives in Oakland, CA.
SHARMA SHIELDS is the author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac and the short story collection Favorite Monster, the winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Electric Literature, and other literary journals and garnered numerous awards, including the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor. She has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and holds an MFA from the University of Montana. She now lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and children.
ANU JINDAL’S short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, Pioneer, and Matrix Magazine. His short story “Not a Bad Bunch” was selected by Amazon to be a Kindle Single and Audible audiobook in 2014. He is the recipient of the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Fiction, the Harvey Swados Fiction Prize, and the 2011 Pop Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP Fiction Award, as well as a Diversity Fellowship from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Emerging Writers grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. A graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he was born in Halifax, Canada and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.