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Largehearted Lit, with Marie Mutsuki Mockett and Emma Straub

largeheartedboyNYC-based writers: on Sunday, December 6 at 5 PM, gather for a free and awesome Largehearted Lit event at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn).

We at FWR are big fans of (and frequent linkers to) David Gutowski’s, a music-lit-culture website whose Book Notes column gives established and emerging authors the chance to create and discuss music playlists connected to–or inspired by–their books.

Now a new Largehearted Lit series, curated by Brooklyn-based fiction author Jami Attenberg (Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season), actualizes these playlist interviews into live readings with musical performances.

In this interview, David and Jami talk to Jason Diamond at Vol. 1 Brooklyn about their collaboration in bringing some of the Book Notes columns to life.

And here is info on next weekend’s event, via Largehearted Lit’s Facebook invite:

Two young, bright, and shining debut authors from independent presses entertain North Brooklyn in the second event of Largehearted Lit.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born in California to a Japanese mother and an American father. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives in New York City with her husband. Picking Bones from Ash (Graywolf Press) is her first novel, of which the L.A. Times said, “Firmly anchored in a sensuous reality…puts the taste of breakfast in a small mountain village of Japan in the mouth of the reader.” (

Emma Straub is the author of Fly-Over State, a novella published by Flatmancrooked. Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply, called it, “a great inaugural to a literary career that is full of promise.” Her short stories have appeared in Juked, Barrelhouse, The Saint Ann’s Review, Five Chapters, and many others. Emma was the 2008-2009 Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also received her MFA. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. (

Special musical guests: Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields) + Jon Natchez (Beirut, The Bishop Allen) + more!

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