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WORD: Dennis Cooper kicks of Word for Word reading series in NYC
Edited Press Release

At New York City's Bryant Park Reading Room, acclaimed writer Dennis Cooper makes a rare appearance to talk with Tony O’Neill (formerly with the Brian Jones Massacre) about his new short story collection "Ugly Man" (Harper Perennial) that plumbs veins of dark humor amid the sex and gore his fans have come to expect. Other authors holding discussions and readings through June include Christopher Buckley, Simon Van Booy and Monica Ali.

Cooper, who has been called "the last literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction," kicks off a series of free outdoor readings taking place during May and June at New York City's Bryant Park Reading Room. All of the events are free to the public.

Dennis Cooper is the author of the George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period. His post-George Miles Cycle novels include My Loose Thread, The Sluts, which won France's Prix Sade and the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Best Men's Fiction, and his most recent work, the highly acclaimed God, Jr. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris.

Location: The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park - under the trees - between the back of the NYPL & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.  Bryant Park phone number: 212-768-4242

Up Next:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Christopher Buckley

Author of Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

In conversation with John Tierney from The New York Times

Award-winning satirist Christopher Buckley offers consolation, wit, and warmth to those coping with the death of a loved-one, while telling a personal story of life with legends.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Journeys Through Fiction with authors:

Simon Van Booy, Love Begins in Winter

Binnie Kirshenbaum, The Scenic Route

Hosted by AnneLise Sorensen, Travel Writing Expert, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides and Rough Guides

Discover the many roads traveled - from real-life to fiction - by critically-acclaimed writers whose latest books take readers on journeys near and far.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Monica Ali

Author of In the Kitchen and Brick Lane

In conversation with Megan O’Grady, Book Critic at Vogue

Booker Prize-shortlisted author Monica Ali stops by the park to discuss the highly anticipated follow-up to her best-selling novel Brick Lane.  Her latest brings readers into the vivid world of a London restaurant kitchen.

More information about the reading series as well as the full schedule are at the Bryant Park website


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