This event is sponsored by Gosling's Rum, so there will be complimentary Dark and Stormys (ginger beer + rum) for all guests! Make sure you RSVP.

Thursday, May 27, 7:30–9:30 PM

A PANEL DISCUSSION with GARY SHTEYNGART (author of Absurdistan, and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook)
RIVKA GALCHEN (author of Atmospheric Disturbances)
CORY DOCTOROW (author of For the Win and co-editor of the blog, Boing Boing)
Moderated by Ben Greenman, editor at The New Yorker

powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street (corner of Water & Main St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn


Where is the world going? Are things getting quantitatively worse? As part of New York Book Week, three prominent, young novelists and intellectuals will conceptualize their idiosyncratic visions for the potentially dark coming years. Drinks will be served.

About the participants:

Gary Shteyngart's novels include The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan. His other writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Granta, Travel and Leisure, and The New York Times. His new book, Super Sad True Love Story will be released this summer by Random House, and is set in the near future in a dystopic New York City.

Rivka Galchen's debut book Atmospheric Disturbances was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June 2008. The book was selected as one of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2008, a Top Ten Book of the Year, and a Slate Best Book of the Year. Galchen was a finalist for The New York Public Library's 2009 Young Lions Fiction Award and the 2008 Mercantile Library Center for Fiction's John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, Scientific American, Zoetrope, BOMB, Open City, and The New York Times. She is at work on her next novel, The Nature of Theater in Oklahoma.

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, leftist politics, and post scarcity economics. He is the author of many books, including Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Makers, and most recently, For the Win.

Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, and the forthcoming What He's Poised To Do. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney's, and Opium, and he has been widely anthologized.

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