The Italian Red Brigades kidnap factory owners. A university threatens a group of students and faculty with more than a decade in jail following the closure of a campus bank. Twitter concedes to a subpoena of posts. Anarcho-punks find “four grab-n-go rotisserie chickens” in a Gainesville, Florida…
The Italian Red Brigades kidnap factory owners. A university threatens a group of students and faculty with more than a decade in jail following the closure of a campus bank. Twitter concedes to a subpoena of posts. Anarcho-punks find “four grab-n-go rotisserie chickens” in a Gainesville, Florida dumpster. Four writers whose lives and work intersect with radical politics assemble at Bookcourt.
Joshua Clover is a poet, scholar, and a professor at University of California Davis. Clover is the author of two books of cultural criticism, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About, which traces the year in music from the rise of the cassingle to the fall of the Berlin wall, and The Matrix, as well as two books of poems, The Totality for Kids and Madonna anno domini. His current and recent work, including the ongoing poetry collection Tranche/Syntagma, concerns militant politics and economic crisis. As part of ongoing anti-privatization protests, Clover and a group of students blockaded a branch of U.S. Bank for nearly two months until the branch closed. In legal dispute with the bank and anxious to foreclose further protest. the campus charged the protestors with crimes that carry a possible 11 years in jail. Their trial is scheduled for June.
Rachel Kushner's new novel, The Flamethrowers, accelerates through the Bonneville Salt Flats motorcycle land speed record competition, labor revolts of 1970s Italy, the remnants of lower East side anarchist street gang The Motherfuckers, and the power politics of the New York art scene. Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, Cabinet, and Grand Street.
Malcolm Harris is a writer and the senior editor at The New Inquiry, an online journal that has quickly gained wide following, an off-putting New York Times style section profile, and praise from Jonathan Lethem among others. Harris was arrested when Occupy Wall Street protestors crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and was at the center of a legal case over whether a search warrant was required in order for Twitter to release Harris' tweets. (Short answer: no) He was also responsible for pranking Occupy and the media with the rumor of a Radiohead performance at Liberty Plaza.
Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. With the poet Jeremy Schmall, he co-edits The Agriculture Reader, a limited-edition arts annual now in its sixth year. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute.
The Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates vacation season with its annual "Travels and Jounreys" reading. Four of the summer's hottest novelists — Emma Straub (The Vacationers), Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Boris …
The Franklin Park Reading Series celebrates vacation season with its annual "Travels and Jounreys" reading. Four of the summer's hottest novelists — Emma Straub (The Vacationers), Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Boris Fishman (A Replacement Life) — along with short fiction master Aaron Burch (Backswing) will lead a tour of exotic locales, from Majorca to Paris. The fun includes $4 drafts and a raffle for the authors' books.
EMMA STRAUB is from New York City. She is the author of the novels The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin House, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and The Paris Review Daily. A staff writer for Rookie, Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn.
TIPHANIE YANIQUE is from Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is the author of the new novel Land of Love and Drowning and the story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony, A 2010 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award winner, she was named by the National Book Awards as one of 2011’s “5 Under 35.” She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and Saint Thomas.
COURTNEY MAUM is the author of the debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. She then lived in France for five years, where she worked as a party promoter for Corona Extra, which had everything to do with getting a visa and nothing to do with her degree. Today, Maum splits her time between the Berkshires, New York City, and Paris, working as a creative brand strategist, corporate namer, and humor columnist. Read more of her work at CourtneyMaum.tumblr.com or find her on Twitter @cmaum.
BORIS FISHMAN was born in Belarus and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He lives in New York City. A Replacement Life is his first novel.
AARON BURCH is the editor of HOBART: another literary journal and the author of the story collection Backswing and the novella How to Predict the Weather. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, New York Tyrant, Unsaid, elimae, and other publications, and he is the winner of PANK’s First Chapbook Competition. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan