Events

RIOTS in Minneapolis
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

RIOTS in Minneapolis

In conversation with Steph Opitz (Wordplay, The Loft Literary Center)

I’m returning to my hometown to read at the bookstore I gave all my money as a teenager. (As they say: time is a flat circle.) Here’s hoping all my high school friends like buying multiple copies of hardcovers.

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RIOTS in Seattle
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

RIOTS in Seattle

I used to live in Seattle, where I saw hundreds of rock shows. I’ll try and bring some of that energy to this event. Expect flashpots, cover songs, and frequent exhortations of “How’s everybody feeling tonight? You ready to rock out?!”

Also, it should be mentioned this reading’s at ELLIOTT BAY BOOKS. I’ve spent countless hours and plenty of paychecks there. At some point a single tear will roll down my cheek.

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RIOTS in Manhattan
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

RIOTS in Manhattan

Nothing says Monday like discussing dark satire in the basement of a bookstore. Join me at McNally Jackson for the Manhattan launch. I’ll try my best to look like a Soho Cool Guy.

I’ll be joined by Jason Diamond (Searching for John Hughes), the only man who can recommend a good blazer, a good Fugazi b-side, and a good local cocktail joint.

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RIOTS in Brooklyn
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

RIOTS in Brooklyn

An offsite event with Books Are Magic.

After you get married and turn thirty there aren’t many opportunities to gather friends for a big ol’ party. So I’m taking the opportunity to do so with the NYC launch for Riots I Have Known. Bring your dancing shoes and your A-game.

With Isaac Fitzgerald (Buzzfeed’s AM2DM, Pen & Ink, Knives & Ink)!

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RIOTS in Kingston
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

RIOTS in Kingston

Celebrate the publication day in the best bookstore of the Hudson Valley. There will be wine, there will be revelry, there may be a brief reading.

This is my local independent, run by the generous and incredibly hardworking Anthony and Amanda. I can’t imagine a better place to ring in publication.

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Wordplay
May
12
11:15 AM11:15

Wordplay

  • 1011 S Washington Ave Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States (map)
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Join me for the inaugural edition of Minnesota’s largest literary festival, produced by The Loft Literary Center (and directed by the great Steph Opitz).

My panel is “Laugh So You Don’t Cry: Social Satire as a Survival Mechanism,” at the Western Bank Stage. I’ll be joined by the brilliant Mark Doten.

The official description:

We live in a time that sometimes seems fraught with political strife, environmental crises, and terrorism on all fronts. What can ordinary people do to survive? Stay stricken in disbelief or... imagine the worst possible outcome and laugh about it! Ryan Chapman (Riots I Have Known) balances a laugh-out-loud prison riot with the seriousness of mass incarceration in his debut novel. Mark Doten (Trump Sky Alpha) imagines a modern-day reality of a nuclear war, a destroyed planet, and a cult leader addicted to social media. These two writers will discuss how social satire puts levity into their subjects.

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Nerd Jeopardy! at LitCrawl Minneapolis
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Nerd Jeopardy! at LitCrawl Minneapolis

Produced as part of Wordplay.

Everyone’s favorite literary trivia game returns to Minneapolis! Nerd Jeopardy is just like the game show, except all the questions concern books (and book culture), the players are tipsy, and nobody wins any money. The winners do receive free drinks and books, which is still something.

Anyone can play. Multiple teams will compete over categories like Debbie Downers of Literature, The French, Children’s Books, and Famous Jerks. With special guests Mark Doten, Julie Schumacher, and Jennifer DuBois!

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Hosting Lincoln Michel in Kingston
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Hosting Lincoln Michel in Kingston

I’ll be in conversation with Lincoln Michel as part of Rough Draft's monthly Writer's Retreat series. I’ve had the pleasure to know Lincoln for years, and I can’t wait to nerd out with him in front of a crowd.

His bio:

Lincoln Michel‘s fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesThe Believer, Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He is the former editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and a founding editor of Gigantic. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and Tiny Crimes, an anthology of flash noir. His debut story collection, Upright Beasts, was published by Coffee House Press in 2015. He teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets at @thelincoln.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Electric Lit and the Rumpus at AWP
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Celebrating 10 Years of Electric Lit and the Rumpus at AWP

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Sponsored by Aevitas Creative Management

Two of your favorite online literary sites are turning 10 this year, which is basically 100 in Internet years. Help Electric Literature and The Rumpus move into double digits and celebrate a ten years of championing new voices and creating a home for literature online. Six of our cherished contributors will read on the theme, “It’s my party, I’ll cry if I want to.” Then we’ll hang out, have drinks, eat cake, and reminisce about the last decade. You would cry too, if happened to you!

Free drinks and birthday cake (while supplies last).

Readings from Kaveh Akbar, Marie-Helene Bertino, yours truly, Bonnie Chau, R.O. Kwon, and Talin Tahajian! Readings will begin promptly at 7pm and conclude by 8pm.

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Nerd Jeopardy! in Kingston
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Nerd Jeopardy! in Kingston

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Everyone's favorite literary trivia night returns! It's just like the game show, except all the questions concern books, the contestants are tipsy, and um, nobody wins any actual money. Multiple teams will compete in categories like Debbie Downers of Literature, From Page to Screen, and Famous Jerks.

Want to play? Create a team with two to five friends and practice answering in the form of a question. Prizes include books, free drinks, and the respect of your peers.

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Nerd Jeopardy! in Kingston
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Nerd Jeopardy! in Kingston

Just like the game show! Except all the categories concern books and everyone's tipsy.

Categories may include the classics, science fiction, movie adaptations, children's books, you name it. Ever wanted to yell "Who is Proust?" in a bookstore with an IPA in hand? Come on by.

Anyone can play. Multiple teams of three will compete for free drinks, prizes, and everlasting glory. 

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

New York City is increasingly a difficult place to love—and to leave. We're inviting writers from both in-state, out of state, upstate, and downstate to tell five minute stories about the dealbreakers that have led to their departures, or their commitment to never leave (yet...!).

With Jen DollPilot ViruetRyan ChapmanTalia LavinWill HermesCory Nakasue, & Britney Wilson! Hosted by Sari Botton and Jason Diamond.

An Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.

Sponsored by Kingston Writers Studio, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Longreads.

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The Brooklyn Book Festival with Martin Amis & Dubravka Ugresic
Sep
16
5:00 PM17:00

The Brooklyn Book Festival with Martin Amis & Dubravka Ugresic

I’m moderating the BKBF panel “Passage of Time” with Martin Amis and Dubravka Ugresic. I will be doing my best to stay out of the way of these two brilliant minds as they discuss literature, immigration, Trump, and Nabokov.

From the Festival’s site: Join distinguished international authors Martin Amis and Dubravka Ugresic as they discuss the indelible lessons of the passage of time on their lives and work. While Amis’s The Rub of Time considers many of his formative cultural and literary encounters of the past 30 years, Croatian-born Ugresic’s American Fictionary revisits the destruction of the Balkan wars of the early 90s through the disorienting perspective of her American exile at the time. 

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