6:00 PM18:00

Halfway There: A Reading Series in Montclair, NJ

The Halfway There inaugural reading will feature acclaimed local writers Matthew Thomas and Abby Sher, along with series co-founder, NJ-native Nicole Haroutunian. 

Books will be available courtesy of Watchung Booksellers and coffee and treats from Red Eye Cafe. 

Doors will open at 6pm, readings will start at 7pm. We can't wait to see you there! 


Nicole Haroutunian, named a "New Author You Need to Know" by Refinery29, is a New Jersey native currently living in Woodside, Queens. Her first short story collection, Speed Dreaming, was published earlier this year. Matthew Caprioli wrote in The Paris Review, "Haroutunian is smart about contemporary relationships, and her collection will certainly resonant with the Modern Love crowd. Her protagonists, all women, admit to melodrama, but they go one step further than the characters in Girls in that they question what’s behind their woe-is-me antics. Through their honesty, we get characters we actually like, who illuminate what it means to be a woman outside of Lena Dunham’s 'Brooklyn.'"

Abby Sher is a writer, performer, and mother of three cool beans. She wrote and performed for The Second City, ImprovOlympic, HBO and NPR. Her memoir, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl who Couldn’t Stop Praying got lots of awards and a nod from Oprah. Abby writes regularly for The New York Times and has an advice column called Dear Gefilte. She means well, but is usually five minutes late.

Matthew Thomas was born and raised in New York City; he lives in Montclair, NJ. He has a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for both the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Prize, longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, nominated for the Folio Prize, and named a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. It was named a Notable Book of the year by the New York Times, one of the fifty best fiction books of the year by the Washington Post, one of the ten best fiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, one of the five most important books of the year by Esquire, one of the best fiction books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Apple, and one of Janet Maslin’s ten favorite books of the year in the New York Times.

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11:30 AM11:30

Slice Literary Conference

Nicole Haroutunian will be on the panel:

The Power of Short Stories

In our age of constant distraction, there is still always time to read a story. In fact, a story is often the best form of distraction. So it isn’t surprising that outlets for short stories are thriving, and they are publishing some of the most powerful and pioneering fiction today. A group of writers discuss the art of short fiction, their creative processes, and the evolving literary landscape (both in print and online).

Panelists: Nicole Haroutunian, Author, Speed Dreaming; Lincoln Michel, Author, Upright Beasts; Justin Taylor, Author, Flings; Daniel Torday, Author, The Last Flight of Poxl West

Moderator: Mark Krotov, Editor, Melville House

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7:00 PM19:00

Lit Fix 10: Emerging Writers

Lit Fix, the reading & music series that marries dive bars with dishy artists, is kicking off summer 2015 with a lineup of emerging voices. Join us to hear them roar!

$5 at the door. All proceeds go to The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle).

SONYA LEA’s essays and interviews have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Cold Mountain Review, Tricycle, The Prentice Hall Reader, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and excerpts from her forthcoming memoir, Wondering Who You Are, received an Artist Trust Award. Sonya teaches writing at Hugo House, she’s leading a pilot project to teach writing to women veterans, and she recently directed her first short film, Every Beautiful Thing. She lives in Seattle.

NICOLE HAROUTUNIAN’s first story collection, Speed Dreaming, came out in March. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Two Serious Ladies, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere, and her story “Youse” won the Center for Fiction’s Short Story Award in 2013. Nicole is co-editor of the digital arts journal Underwater New York and writes the blog Our Books Are Better Than We Are. She works as a museum educator, holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, and lives with her husband in Queens, New York.

DAN GEMEINHART is the author of The Honest Truth, a debut middle-grade novel that was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, an Indie Next List selection, and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. A teacher-librarian and the father of three daughters, he lives with his family in Washington state.

DAVID K. WHEELER’s debut poetry collection, Contingency Plans, was published by T. S. Poetry Press. His writing has appeared in The Morning News, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Glitterwolf, The James Franco Review, Codex Journal, and others. He earned his BA in creative writing from Western Washington University and is now associate editor at Shelf Awareness in Seattle.

MAN WITH GUN is an indie-folk outfit from Seattle comprising songwriter Jeff Brennan, Jarret Middleton, and David Stone. The band makes use of the country traditions of murder ballads, traveling songs, and down-on-their-luck antiheroes making the best of terrible options in life.

Bring friends, lovers, bons mots, and your appetite—the Rendezvous has a tasty bar menu and cocktails for days.

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7:00 PM19:00

Lucy Corin and Nicole Haroutunian at Green Apple Books on the Park

I'm thrilled to be reading with the wonderful writer Lucy Corin in San Francisco--please come join us at the awesome Green Apple Books on the Park for stories, conversation and merriment! The event is free and open to the public, so spread the word and invite your friends! 
Check out the bookstore website for more info:

About Lucy Corin: 
Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collection The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). The collection One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses was released in September 2013 from McSweeney’s Books.Stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, and many other places. She spent 2012-13 living at the American Academy in Rome as the 2012 John Guare Fellow in Literature. She is at work on a novel, The Swank Hotel. Lucy Corin has a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Brown. She’s an Associate Professor at University of California, Davis where she teaches in the English Department and Creative Writing Program.

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7:00 PM19:00

On Folly: Nicole Haroutunian, Lucy Ives, Shelly Oria and Lynne Tillman

In the name of love and glory, mistakes have been made. Hubristic heros, ambitious ingenues, and other individuals blinded by ideals or desire are the subject of a series of readings and a discussion with writers Nicole Haroutunian, Lucy Ives, Shelly Oria, and Lynne Tillman. Writer and critic Christine Smallwood of Harper’s Magazine will moderate this evening of tales of inanity, infatuation, minor crime, and major miscalculation. This event additionally marks the re-release of Lucy Ives’s novella nineties, which returns to print as a paperback from Little A. Presented by Housing Works with Triple Canopy; drinks generously provided by Little A.

About the readers:

Nicole Haroutunian is the author of the short story collection Speed Dreaming (Little A, 2015). Her fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Literarian, Day One, Two Serious Ladies and online at Tin House, among other publications. Her story “Youse” won the Center for Fiction’s 2013 Short Story Contest. She is co-editor of Underwater New York, holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Woodside, Queens.

Lucy Ives is the author of four books of poetry and prose, including the novel nineties, re-issued by Little A in June 2015. She is the editor of Triple Canopy and teaches writing at Pratt.

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG, 2014), nominated for both the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review among other places, and has won a number of honors, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. A MacDowell Fellow in 2012 and 2014, Shelly holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has a private practice as a life and creativity coach.

Lynne Tillman is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, one collection of essays, and two books of nonfiction. Her second essay collection, What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, was published by Red Lemonade Press in winter 2014.

Christine Smallwood has published reviews and essays in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Bookforum, T, and Harper's, where she is a "New Books" columnist. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review and n+1. She is the co-author of ScarJo, forthcoming from Peradam Press.

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