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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jennifer Egan Headlines Summer Writers Lab at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

Marlon James, Gabriel Cohen, Rick Moody, Wesley Stace and Jessica Hagedorn join Egan
in all-star literary line-up for public events June 16-18, 2011


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Making the most of its location in a borough teeming with writers, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will offer an eclectic and exciting slate of wordsmiths at its Summer Writers Lab this month. The inaugural event features prestigious author Jennifer Egan, whose recent novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, garnered a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Also on hand will be Jamaican-born novelist Marlon James, whose second novel, The Book of Night Women, was described in the New York Times as “beautifully written and devastating.” For amateur gumshoes and retired cops, Gabriel Cohen, the author of the popular Jack Leightner crime novel series and the curator of the “Sundays at Sunny’s” Red Hook reading series, will also be appearing. Renaissance scribes Rick Moody and Wesley Stace will showcase their musical alter egos.

The readings and panels in this mini-festival of events accompanying three days of master classes will be open to the general public. The Summer Writers Lab is hosted by the M.F.A in Creative Writing Program, at the Brooklyn Campus. All events will take place on the Brooklyn Campus, located at 1 University Plaza at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in Fort Greene. For more information, call (718) 488-1050, email or visit

Summer Writers Lab Public Events:

Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reading: Gabriel Cohen, Jennifer Egan, Marlon James, Jessica Hagedorn.

Health Sciences Building-Room 107, Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University
Tickets: Free for Summer Writers Lab participants; $5 for the general public

Along with numerous critical accolades, Time magazine named Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, “a new classic of American fiction,” and gave it a spot on their list of the top ten books of 2010. Marlon James’s first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Gabriel Cohen’s debut novel Red Hook was nominated for the Edgar award. Publisher’s Weekly called Summer Writers Lab director Jessica Hagedorn’s new novel, Toxicology, a “razor-sharp, refreshingly unsentimental portrayal of New York artists.” Don’t miss all four of them reading in one night, followed by book signings and a reception.

Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading and Performance: Rick Moody and Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding)

The Spike Lee Screening Room, Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University
Tickets: Free for SWL participants; $5 for the general public

Local favorite Rick Moody (The Four Fingers of Death, The Ice Storm) and erudite novelist Wesley Stace (Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer) will give a hybrid performance and reading. Moody, who is at work on a forthcoming book of essays about music, and Stace, who has released 15 albums under the name John Wesley Harding, will join forces for a unique and intimate evening that will showcase their musical and literary talents. Hosted by Andy Hunter, Publisher and editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn-based journal, Electric Literature. A Q&A and a book signing follows their performance.

Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m.
Panel Discussion: The Literary Marketplace in the 21st Century

Health Sciences Building - Room 107, Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University
Tickets: Free for SWL participants; $5 for the general public

A lunchtime panel with Rakesh Satyal, editor at HarperCollins and author of the acclaimed novel, Blue Boy; Johnny Temple, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Akashic Books and Chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival; and veteran literary agent, Faith Childs, who represents some of today’s leading writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation and presenter of the National Book Awards, will moderate the panel.

Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Closing Night Celebration at Greenlight Bookstore, co-hosted by Electric Literature

Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

Readings by guest writers and participants, and a special screening of single sentence animations from the innovative Brooklyn literary magazine, Electric Literature.

About the Summer Writers Lab Writers

Gabriel Cohen is the author of a popular series of crime novels, which are set in Brooklyn and feature detective Jack Leightner. His debut novel Red Hook was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He also is the author of The Ninth Step, The Graving Dock, Boombox, Neptune Avenue and the nonfiction book Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky. He has written for The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York and other publications. He teaches in Pratt Institute’s writing program and lectures extensively. His website is

Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011. Her other work includes The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories; Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2001; and the bestselling The Keep. Also a journalist, she writes frequently for The New York Times Magazine.

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His most recent novel, The Book Of Night Women was internationally lauded and voted Best Book Of 2009 by the Library Journal. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Prize, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Currently a professor of literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he is at work on a new novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. He divides his time between Jamaica, New York City and the Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Rick Moody has published novels, short fiction and nonfiction, including The Four Fingers of Death, Garden State and The Ice Storm, which was adapted into a feature film directed by Ang Lee. He has also written The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, The Diviners and Right Livelihoods: Three Novellas. His work in music has been extensive. It includes the album “Rick Moody and One Ring Zero” and two albums with The Wingdale Community Singers. His next book, Discreet Music: Essays on Listening, is forthcoming.

Wesley Stace is the author of the international bestseller Misfortune, as well as the novel by George. His most recent novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, was published by Picador in February 2011. He has released 15 albums under the name John Wesley Harding. Learn more at

Jessica Hagedorn is director of The Summer Writers Lab and is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing in the M.F.A. Program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Her novels include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. Her extensive work in theatre includes the stage adaptation of Dogeaters. Learn more at

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Posted 06/01/2011

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