NEW YORK FIVE WAYS: Five writers with very different connections to New York offer a handful of wild cards. Some of their work takes on the city, some looks further afield, and all of it goes great with a couple of drinks from the bar. Books will be available for sale, as well.
John Domini, born in the Village, comes back to the city often and likes the stage at KGB. His 2019 novel, The Color Inside a Melon (Dzanc Books) was praised in The Washington Post as “exceptionally well-turned.” He has three earlier novels and three books of stories, the latest MOVIEOLA! (Dzanc Books, 2016). He writes criticism for The Believer, Chicago Tribune, and many other places.
David Winner, also a New York native, teaches in Jersey City. His most recent novel is Tyler’s Last (Outpost 19); his first, The Cannibal of Guadalajara won the Gival Press Novel Contest. He’s published in Iowa Review, Village Voice, and elsewhere, and a film based on one of his stories screened at Cannes in 2007.
Emma Smith-Stevens recently moved back to New York, her home town, after sojourns everywhere from Boca Raton to Los Angeles. She’s the author of the novel The Australian (Dzanc Books, 2017), and work in BOMB, Literary Hub, Conjunctions, and Roxanne Gay’s Dispatches from Rape Culture, and she’s at work on a memoir.
Joseph Salvatore wasn’t born in town, but he’s now a professor of Creative Writing at the New School and Books editor for the Brooklyn Rail— as well as an esteemed fiction writer himself. His story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions) recently appeared in a Spanish translation, and other work has appeared in The Collagist and elsewhere. He appears frequently in the New York Times Book Review.
Lettie Prell never laid eyes on New York till she was past 40— but since then, her science fiction has earned her a visit to the Flatiron Building, the offices of Tor.com. Two of her Tor stories have been selected for anthologies, as was a 2017 piece originally in Clarkesworld. Other work has appeared in Analog and elsewhere, and she’s completed a novel.
New York Four Ways
John Domini has often appeared at KGB. He’ll be reading from his latest novel, The Color Inside a Melon, praised in The Washington Post as “spry” and “exceptionally well-turned.”