OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Rachel Lyon is the author of the novel Self Portrait with Boy, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's 2018 First Novel Prize and is in feature film development at Topic Studios. Her short work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Longreads, Joyland, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is Editor-in-Chief of Epiphany and cofounder of the reading series Ditmas Lit, in her native Brooklyn NY. View this event on the Bennington website.
Sunday Salon is a larger than life reading series in NYC featuring a refreshing blend of local and international literary voices. Join us on May 19th for Sunday Salon’s spring season finale. We’re celebrating new books and incredible literary talent before we break for the summer. Don't miss this event! At Von Bar, 3 Bleecker St. 7pm.
The Dead Rabbits Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Devin Kelly (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’15), Katie Longofono (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’14), and Katie Rainey (Sarah Lawrence MFA ’14) as a way of providing a place for the burgeoning and young New York City literary scene to exist and thrive in Upper Manhattan. It could also simply be the result of three lazy Harlemites not wanting to travel to Brooklyn to go hear people read. Either way, the Dead Rabbits Reading Series is here, and you want it.
On the long list for the Center for Fiction First Novel prize, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY is a portrait of an artist torn between morality and ambition. When a struggling artist captures a boy falling to his death in the background of her self-portrait, she must choose between launching her career or protecting the boy’s mother whom she has come to care for. Celebrate the paperback release of this “sparkling debut” at An Unlikely Story where author Rachel Lyon will discuss her novel, answer questions, and sign copies. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event.
The Glen Cove Public Library is on the north shore of Long Island, and has hosted a number of best-selling authors including Charles Belfoure, Julia Dahl, Sara Novic, Kimberly McCreight, Natalie Harnett, Christopher Bollen, Nadia Hashimi. Imbolo Mbue, Martha Hall Kelly, Fiona Davis Yoojin Grace Wertz, Lauren Belfer, Min Jin Lee and Anna Pitoniak. Rachel will read there on March 19.
Franklin Park Reading Series Tenth Anniversary Show, with Rachel Lyon, Sam Lipsyte, Mychal Denzel Smith, Richard Chiem, & Precious Okoyomon
Come join the celebration! We're marking a decade of provocative lit at Crown Heights' premiere hangout with a slate of trailblazing authors: Sam Lipsyte (Hark, The Ask, Venus Drive), Mychal Denzel Smith (Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching), Rachel Lyon (Self-Portrait with Boy), Richard Chiem (King of Joy, You Private Person), and poet Precious Okoyomon (Ajebota)! Enjoy readings of fiction, memoir, and poetry, $5 craft brews, scrumptious cake, and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors' amazing books! FREE ADMISSION, as always!
Please join us on January 20th at 3 pm at Studio 10 to listen and look as four exceptional writers read original work while communing with the evocative sculptural busts of Elise Siegel’s exhibition; “rough edges”. In this exhibition, a large gathering of Siegel’s idiosyncratic and psychologically expressive portrait busts inhabit the gallery. Although each bust is a distinct individual, they are not portraits of specific persons. Rather, they are embodiments of familiar emotional states — fleeting moments of inner conflict, disquiet, ambivalence and unease. Readers include Sarah Bridgins, Susan Bruce, Sara Lippmann, and Rachel Lyon, who all know rough edges, and are masters at communicating fleeting moments of inner conflict, disquiet, ambivalence and unease through their words.
Please join three debut authors—and Princeton alumnae—for an evening of reading and conversation. About the other two:
Blair Hurley received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. She has received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her debut novel, THE DEVOTED, is due in 2018 from WW Norton & Company.
Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, forthcoming from Henry Holt in June 2018. Her work has been published in Guernica, Granta, Glimmer Train, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.
HIP Lit is a Brooklyn-based event series and creative community that spotlights authors on the cutting-edge of the writing scene. Founded by publishing professionals and MFA graduates Erin Harris, Britt Canty, and Kim Perel, HIP Lit brings stories to life and people together. We believe authors deserve audiences and literature deserves a party. Celebrate with us!
What is more fun than reading and drawing? At the Sketchy Book Club you can combine the two! We'll have a few special appearances planned: Author Rachel Lyon will read from her book: SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY. Musician Elizabeth Hunter will perform a song adaptation of a work of poetry. Writer and Artist Vivien Lee will read a story about her grandfather's life in North Korea, published in "Far-Near" magazine. At the end of event we will have an optional "show and tell", and leave with sketches, book recommendations, and lots of inspiration! This is not an instructed drawing class. All levels of drawing are welcome! The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room.
The Pigeon Pages NYC reading series showcases a dynamic and diverse group of writers for a literary afternoon each month, and is proud to be a platform for emerging writers while also celebrating the successes of our local authors. Our readings are always free and open to the public, with books available for purchase and signing on site. Fly by and say hi!
PSA: This reading takes place on my 35th birthday! Come hang out. xo Rachel
The Behind the Book Reading Series has a long and storied history of highlighting up-and-coming and established authors here in New York City. Launched in October 2005 with A.M. Homes and Adam Rapp, our readings are frequently featured in TimeOut New York and New York Magazine, among other publications. These free events are held from 7 – 9 pm on the second Thursday of each month, from September through June, at the renowned downtown literary establishment, KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, NYC. The April 12 reading will feature Rachel Lyon and Hermione Hoby.
The Ground Floor Comedy Newsletter Writers are back with their monthly reading series. DESKS is a free evening celebrating words that are funny and serious and long and short. Featuring readings from Amy Zimmer, Bijan Stephen, Carly Dashiell, Matt Barats, Anthony Oberbeck, & Rachel Lyon. The evening will conclude with an open mic for written work.
Bank Square Books and Lyman Allyn Art Museum present an author talk and book signing with Rachel Lyon, the author of Self-Portrait with Boy. At the event, we will discuss ethics in art and her book, which addresses these concepts. This event is free and open to the public.
Curated and hosted by Jillian Capewell and Brian Gresko, over the course of 15 years, Pete's Reading Series has earned a reputation as Brooklyn's premier reading series, where today's literary icons and tomorrow's stars take the stage regularly.
Please join us for a happy hour reading featuring IU MFA alumni with recent books. Readers will include poets Marcus Wicker (Maybe the Saddest Thing, 2012; Silencer, 2017), Ife-Chudeni Oputa (Rummage, 2017), Leslie Marie Aguilar (Mesquite Manual, 2015), and Simeon Berry (Ampersand Revisited, 2013; Monograph, 2014), and prose writers Ming Holden (Refuge, 2018), Rachel Lyon (Self-Portrait with Boy, 2018), Bradley Bazzle (Trash Mountain, 2018), and Lana Spendl (We Cradled Each Other in the Air, 2017).