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Mentors, Muses, and Monsters event at Greenlight Books


NYC-based writers, head to Brooklyn’s newest bookstore, Fort Greene’s Greenlight Books (686 Fulton St., at S. Portland), tonight (Monday, November 23) at 7:30 PM for a special event featuring local authors and the editor of Mentors, Muses, and Monsters, a book that we at FWR are excited to read.

This is also the bookstore’s first installment of what promises to be an exciting series of events featuring both authors and lit bloggers.

On a personal note, I’m thrilled at Greenlight’s birth, if a bit heartsick that I had to leave Fort Greene about a month before it opened; when I head back to the east coast for the holidays, I will make a pilgrimage.

But for those of you lucky enough to live a short train ride or jaunt away, here’s the skinny (via Greenlight’s newsletter):

Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (The Free Press)
Featuring editor Elizabeth Benedict
With contributors Alexander Chee, Mary Gordon, Martha Southgate, and Lily Tuck
Hosted by’s Ron Hogan


A cavalcade of local authors kicks off our new series of Blogger/Author Pairings, in which a literary blogger hosts a real-world reading.

Pioneering blogger Ron Hogan, creator of Beatrice and book industry journalist for GalleyCat, hosts this event for a new anthology exploring the varied relationships of writers with those who have influenced them, for better or worse.

The book’s editor Elizabeth Benedict (author of The Practice of Deceit and others) will discuss the project of Mentors, Muses & Monsters, and her own relationship with Elizabeth Hardwick.

Alexander Chee (author of Edinburgh) will read from his essay on taking a class with Annie Dillard.

Mary Gordon (author most recently of Reading Jesus) will talk about her two Barnard mentors, Elizabeth Hardwick and Janice Thaddeus.

Martha Southgate (author of Third Girl from the Left) reads from her piece on an influential book, Harriet the Spy.

And Lily Tuck (National Book Award winning author of The News from Paraguay) talks about the influence of Gordon Lish on her own work.

Join us for a lively conversation about influence, identity, and the writing life.

You can RSVP on Facebook for this event; RSVPs are appreciated (to help us get an idea of attendance), but NOT required, and seating is first come, first served.

And if you can’t make the event but still want a signed copy…

We want to make sure every reader has a chance to enter the fascinating and ongoing conversation between generations of writers by reading the fabulous essays in Mentors, Muses & Monsters, whether or not they attend Monday’s event. If you can’t make it and you’d like a signed copy of the anthology (or any of the other titles by these authors), just send an email to indicating the books you’d like, any particular inscription, and the best way to reach you. We’ll have the books signed and hold or ship them to you as you prefer.

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