This author reading has something for everyone! We have a novelist, a short story writer, a YA author, and a memoirist, all reading from their fabulous new books. Come hear them read, enjoy LARK Cafe's happy hour special, buy books from WORD, and have the most literariest Sunday evening ever!
Lit at Lark will be going on hiatus after this event, so if you've been meaning to come check us out...do it now!
Chris Tarry is a Canadian writer and musician living in Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, On Spec, Grain, The G.W. Review, PANK, Bull Men’s Fiction, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in the anthology, How To Expect What You’re Not Expecting (Touchwood Editions, fall 2013) and Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine. In 2011 he was a finalist in Freefall Magazine’s annual prose and poetry competition, and most recently, his story “Here Be Dragons,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Chris holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and his debut story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in March 2015. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most sought-after bass players.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has published fiction and nonfiction in The New York Times Magazine, Time.com, The Believer, and McSweeney's, among others. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a graduate of Brown (BA) and Columbia (MFA). She lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York. Promise Land is her first book.
Charles Blackstone is the author of Vintage Attraction, a novel published in 2013 and 2014 by Pegasus Books/W.W. Norton & Company. He is also co-editor of the literary anthology The Art of Friction (University of Texas Press, 2008) and the author of The Week You Weren’t Here (Dzanc Books and Low Fidelity Press, 2005), a novel. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire‘s Napkin Fiction Project, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Fiction anthology, In Like Company: The Salt River Review and Porch Anthology, Lewis University’s Jet Fuel Review, and the University of Maine’s Stolen Island. Blackstone has written essays for Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Fiction Writers Review, Book Reporter, and The Millions. He is the managing editor of Bookslut, an internationally acclaimed book review publication and blog. He currently teaches fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and lives in New York City.
Crissa-Jean Chappell was born in Miami, Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut novel, TOTAL CONSTANT ORDER (HarperTeen) is a NYPL Book For The Teen Age, a Florida Book Award medalist, and a VOYA Perfect Ten. MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH (Flux) is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls, "compelling and emotionally nuanced." Chappell holds an MFA in screenwriting and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies. She has taught creative writing and film classes for over ten years. When she misses her home in South Florida, she talks to the wild parrots in Prospect Park.