Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Literary Brooklyn" and the 2012 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Finalists Brooklyn Literature Event at St. Francis College, December 14th, 2012

Acclaimed author Evan Hughes' book, "Literary Brooklyn"  has drawn praise and acclaim for its remarkable illumination of the lives of Brooklyn writers and their collective impact on the world of literature.

“Smart… [Hughes] has perceptive things to say about Brooklyn’s tangled relationship to American lit. He traces the way writers have absorbed Brooklyn’s scruffy, somewhat persecuted mindset… Literary Brooklyn is at its best in the details and quotations Mr. Hughes plucks from Brooklyn writers’ lives; his book becomes a pleasure-delivery system.”—The New York Times

In a way, the literary history of Brooklyn is like a literary history of America itself — not because America is like Brooklyn, which it isn't, but because it is a story of a certain set of writers describing what they knew as America came into being, as the country invented a literature of its own... [Hughes] lays in the facts and brightens them with solid literary critique.”—Los Angeles Times

St. Francis College in partnership with the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival will present a two-part Brooklyn literature program titled,  "Literary Brooklyn.

 Acclaimed author, Evan Hughes will discuss his recent book “Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life” and take us into the lives of Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, Richard Wright, Jonathan Lethem, Thomas Wolfe, and other great Brooklyn-based writers.

  Author Tim McLoughlin, a fifth-generation Brooklynite and editor of the Brooklyn-Noir series will read from his work and speak about the legacy of Brooklyn-centric literature and the underlying Brooklyn-inspired stories and motifs found in the work of writers past and present. 

The second part of the program will be readings of Brooklyn non-fiction stories by several participants of the 2012 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize. 

2012 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Finalists

“Home” (An excerpt) - Kaya Arnoux

“Tour de Ralph Avenue” – Denise Di Fulco

“The Fine Line” – Cherry Lou Sy

"Death in Brooklyn" – Christine Benvenuto

“The Burning of Brooklyn” - Daphne Horton 

“The Bridge” – Troy Longmire

“Date Night” - Matthue Roth

“Flavor on the 5” – Jonathon Segal

The winner of the 2012 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize will be announced at this event.

Date:                Friday, December 14th, 2012 

Time:               7:00pm to 9:00 pm.

 This program is Free. Open to the general public.

Location:       St. Francis College, Maroni Theater
(Room 7402), 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201.

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