NYRSF Readings for 1/4

Rick Moody and Gary Shteyngart are featured at the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings on January 11, 2011. Ron Hogan, author and reviewer for Shelf Awareness, will serve as curator.

Rick Moody’s novel Garden State won the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award. He has also won the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award, the Addison Metcalf Award, the Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

His latest novel is The Four Fingers of Death, in which a likable but ill-starred and unevenly gifted author named Montese Crandall writes the novelization of a 2025 remake of a B-movie horror flick. 

Gary Shteyngart’s debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review.

His new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, was described in the NY Times review as “a wonderful […] novel that gives us a cutting comic portrait of a futuristic America, nearly ungovernable and perched on the abyss of fiscal collapse, and at the same time it is a novel that chronicles a sweetly real love affair as it blossoms from its awkward, improbable beginnings.” 

The full press release follows the jump.

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The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
presents

Rick Moody
Gary Shteyngart
Ron Hogan, Guest Curator

     Tuesday, January 4th — Doors open 6:30 PM
     $7 suggested donation
     The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
     (address and links below)We are more than a little pleased to add Ron Hogan to our coterie of curators. He is starting our new year off with an eyebrow-raising pair of distinguished writers, whose most recent novels we are happy to embrace as speculative fiction.

 


Rick Moody is the author of the novels Garden State, which won the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award, The Ice Storm, Purple America, and The Diviners; two collections of stories, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven and Demonology; and a memoir, The Black Veil, winner of the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award. He has also received the Addison Metcalf Award, the Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

His latest novel is The Four Fingers of Death, in which a likable but ill-starred and unevenly gifted author named Montese Crandall writes the novelization of a 2025 remake of a B-movie horror flick.  Rick Moody lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as a best book of the year by Time, The Washington Post Book World, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. He has been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, and Travel + Leisure and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

His new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, was described in the NY Times review as “a wonderful […] novel that gives us a cutting comic portrait of a futuristic America, nearly ungovernable and perched on the abyss of fiscal collapse, and at the same time it is a novel that chronicles a sweetly real love affair as it blossoms from its awkward, improbable beginnings.”  He lives in New York City.

Ron Hogan helped create the literary Internet by launching Beatrice.com in 1995. His most recent book is Getting Right with Tao, a print edition of his popular online “translation” of the Tao Te Ching into modern vernacular. He is also the author of The Stewardess Is Flying the Plane, a visual tribute to ’70s Hollywood, and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and the critical anthology Secrets of the Lost Symbol. He reviews science fiction and fantasy novels for Shelf Awareness.


The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and place, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list and the Web.

While our free admission policy has not changed, with the new year we will begin to suggest a donation of $7 to take our readers and curators our to dinner, and to deflect costs of running the series. 

The readers’ latest novels will be sold by The Corner Bookstore, and there will be free cider and munchies on hand.

After the event, please join us as we treat our readers for dinner and drinks nearby.


Jim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings. He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967. His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 AM.  (New time slot.)  Programs are available by stream for 2 weeks after broadcast.  (Check http://hourwolf.com or follow @JimFreund for details.)

The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art  (www.sohodigart.com)  is dedicated to re-establishing SoHo as an international center for the development of new artistic forms, concepts and ideas.  A screens-instead-of-canvases approach allows a wide selection of art from around the world which would otherwise never make it to the City.  The SGDA is available for private gatherings and events of all kinds.  For bookings call (800) 420-5590 or visit http ://sohogallerynyc.com.


WHEN:
Tuesday, 1/4/11
Doors open at 6:30 — event begins at 7

WHERE:
The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street  (between Houston & Prince St.)
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=138+Sullivan+St.+New+York+NY+10012 

HOW:
By Subway
6, C, E to Spring St.; A, B D or F to West 4th; 1 train to Houston St; or R, W to Prince St.

There are many convenient bus lines that come within a couple of blocks of the gallery.  Use the link above for an interactive transit map.

LINKS:
http://hourwolf.com/nyrsf
http://nyrsf.com