Akashic Books and Brooklyn Rail present a multi-author reading with Donald Breckenridge (This Young Girl Passing), Nathan Larson (The Nervous System, The Dewey Decimal System), Joe Meno (Office Girl, The Great Perhaps), and Leigh Stein (Dispatch from the Future, The Fallback Plan).Facebook RSVP appreciated, but not required.Donald Breckenridge is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006) and co-editor of the Intranslation web site. In addition, he is the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998), and the novels 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), You Are Here (Starcherone 09) and This Young Girl Passing (Autonomedia 11).
Nathan Larson is best known as an award-winning film music composer, having created the scores for over thirty movies, such as Boys Don't Cry, Dirty Pretty Things, and Margin Call. He was deeply involved in the hardcore punk scene in Washington D.C., and in the 1990s, he was the lead guitarist for the influential prog-punk outfit Shudder to Think. The Nervous System is the second novel in his new dystopian-noir series, the first of which is the staff-favorite The Dewey Decimal System.
Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright that lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award and the Society of Midland Author's Fiction Prize, he is the author of the novels Office Girl, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, Tender as Hellfire, and How the Hula Girl Sings.
Born in Chicago, and briefly in Albuquerque, Leigh Stein currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works in children's book publishing and teaches musical theatre. Her first novel, The Fallback Plan, and full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future, are published by Melville House.
A Barnes and Noble Mystery Book Club "Summer Reading" Pick
"Meno's tender, hip, funny, and imaginative portrayal of two Chicago misfits...dramatizes that anguished and awkward passage between legal age and actual adulthood."
--Booklist, "Core Collection: New Adult Fiction"
Named "Best New Novel by a Chicagoan" and "Best Book for the Disillusioned Artist in All of Us" by the Chicago Reader
Fiction. THIS YOUNG GIRL PASSING explores the dynamics of an illicit relationship between a troubled schoolgirl and her young French teacher in upstate New York in the 1970s. Capturing the feel of post-Vietnam life in America, this novel is a non-linear love story that spans three decades.
"I love these poems." --Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine
Funny, surprising and lyrical, these poems range from the deserts of the Southwest to the abysses of Facebook. From online dating to beauty pageants, Greek mythology to road trips, Leigh Stein gives us resilient young women in longing and in love.