Pen Parentis

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The Pen Parentis Literary Salons are an outreach arm of Pen Parentis, Ltd, a 501c3 literary nonprofit organization. For more info please visit our official website


Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Writing War

FEATURING:
WHITNEY TERRELL - XAVIER TREVINO - JESSICA SHATTUCK

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Jessica Shattuck is the author of #1 indie pick “The Women in the Castle” as well as “The Hazards of Good Breeding (a New York Times Notable Book and a Winship/PEN Award finalist). Her breakout book was about dealing with the discovery that her own grandparents were Nazis.

Emerging writer Xavier Trevino is a veteran who writes about his experiences in the civilian world. A former soldier who turned to drugs before starting a family, his candid writings about PTSD embody the grief and difficulty of returning to "normal" after time in the military.

Whitney Terrell’s novel “The Good Lieutenant” was chosen as best book of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Refinery 29. Terrell, who was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 (and who covered that war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate and NPR) returns to Pen Parentis from his home in Missouri for the second time.

 

We learn war through images but process through words. Meet writers who have experience. 

We learn war through images but process through words. Meet writers who have experience. 

This timely event launches the Fall 2017 season of the renown Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. Held in the glamorous Andaz Wall Street, participants are encouraged to mix and mingle with the authors as well as book-loving neighbors and industry notables.

 

The night begins at 7pm with networking over wine, compliments of the hotel. Readings and signings will be followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and Salons curator Christina Chiu. The winner of the 2017-2018 Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents, Megan Pillow Davis, is flying in from Louisville, Kentucky to receive her prize and read her winning story. All 21+ are welcome.

 

The event takes place on Tuesday, Septmeber 12th at the elegant Hotel Andaz at 75 Wall Street. Admission is free, but RSVP is strongly suggested. Books will be vended for signings. 

 

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SUMMER LOVE: How to Write About Love
Jun
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

SUMMER LOVE: How to Write About Love

An encore Pen Parentis Literary Salon at Andaz Wall Street

featuring

Jennifer Probst - Marcy Dermansky - Gint Aras

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Three very different experts discuss their creative sources in writing about love, and how they achieve life-work balance. International romance bestseller Jennifer Probst, literary sensation Marcy Dermansky, and Chicago-based magisterial novelist Gint Aras will participate in readings, signings, and discussion moderated by M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu. Wine and Refreshments compliments of Andaz Wall Street.

All authors featured by Pen Parentis are parents - expect intimate discussion of real-world truths.

Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, 21+ only.

Biographical info at penparentis.org/calendar

New: Join the PEN PARENTIS BOOK CLUB! Sign up to read THE RED CAR, then meet author Marcy Dermansky in an exclusive private session before our salon. Click here to get more book club information or to sign up.  

 

 

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15th Season Grand Finale!
May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

15th Season Grand Finale!

READINGS - BOOK SIGNINGS - MODERATED Q&A

FEATURING:
John Freeman Gill - Stewart Lewis - Alice Kaltman - Kristopher Jansma

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The final Pen Parentis Literary Salon of the 2017 Spring Season presents bring four incredible writers to a convivial downtown locale to read, mingle, sign books, and discuss art and life--and you are invited to join the conversation! On Tuesday May 9th, 2017 at Andaz Wall Street (75 Wall, enter at Water), the authors will be featured in a panel discussion moderated by Wai Look Award-winner Christina Chiu and Pen Parentis founding director M. M. De Voe. Readings by Kristopher JansmaSteward LewisAlice Kaltman and John Freeman Gill. All authors featured by Pen Parentis are parents - expect intimate discussion of real-world truths.

Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, 21+ only.

Biographical info at penparentis.org/calendar

New: Join the PEN PARENTIS BOOK CLUB! Sign up to read THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS, then meet author John Freeman Gill in an exclusive private session before our salon. Click here to get more book club information or to sign up.  

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14th Season Opener!
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

14th Season Opener!

Meet notable authors SIMON VAN BOOY, THELMA ADAMS and DAPHNE UVILLER!  Giveaways from Brain, Child Magazine. Also presenting our 2016-2017 Pen Parentis Fellow: Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan.  Everyone 21+ is welcome, and admission is free. Come meet some phenomenal authors who balance extraordinary creative careers with a busy home life. Be inspired! 

Click here for more detailed bios.

Pen Parentis Literary Salons are held at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street, 2nd floor on the second Tuesday of each month, September through May. 

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FAME & FORTUNE
Feb
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

FAME & FORTUNE

On February 9th, the Pen Parentis Literary Salon's theme is Fame and Fortune -- readers will include the President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jonathan Galassi, the fashion-insider and bestselling novelist, Tia Williams, and Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, co-authors of the internationally best selling books (and movie) The Nanny Diaries and nine subsequent novels. 

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We are thrilled to additionally announce that AMY SHEARN will guest-host alongside Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe. Amy established the famed Lit at Lark reading series and currently runs a wonderful author-interview series at the Brooklyn Public Library. You can expect an animated, sharp, and witty discussion covering a wide variety of topics! It's sure to be fun and thought-provoking, and we hope that you will join us. Greenlight Bookstore will vend books for signings.

Click here to go to the Pen Parentis website for bios and photos.

The reading takes place on Tuesday, February 9th at the elegant Andaz Wall Street at 75 Wall Street, and the hotel graciously provides wine and light refreshments. The night kicks off at 7:00 pm, and admission is free. RSVP is recommended—the Pen Parentis Literary Salon is open to all adults over the age of 21. You do not have to be a parent or a writer to enjoy our Salons! All book lovers are welcome! 

 

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Winter Poetry Night
Jan
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Winter Poetry Night

Join us at our Annual Winter Poetry Night! 

Pen Parentis warms your New Year with an intimate and lively evening of poetry and conversation, featuring four acclaimed poets: Ravi Shankar, Karen Skolfield, Lydia Cortes and Amy Dryansky. Each poet will read from their work and then talk about their writing and parenting lives in an informal roundtable. With this many poets on the stage, you can expect an animated, sharp, and witty discussion covering a wide variety of topics! It's sure to be fun and thought-provoking, and we hope that you will join us.

The reading takes place on Tuesday, January 12th at the elegant Hotel Andaz at 75 Wall Street, which graciously provides wine and light refreshments. The night kicks off at 7:00 pm, and admission is free. RSVP is recommended—the Pen Parentis Literary Salon is open to all adults over the age of 21. You do not have to be a parent or a writer to enjoy our Salons! All book lovers are welcome! 

 

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NYC - Pen Parentis Literary Salon - Thought-Provoking Fiction
Nov
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

NYC - Pen Parentis Literary Salon - Thought-Provoking Fiction

On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, Pen Parentis Literary Salons NYC present thought-provoking novelists Lucinda Rosenfeld, Will Chancellor, and Elisa Albert at the beautiful Andaz Wall Street at 75 Wall. The event begins at 7pm with industry networking, followed by readings and discussion about writing craft and life-work balance for authors who are also parents. Admission is free but RSVP is recommended. Andaz Wall Street also graciously provides complimentary wine and light refreshments. 

Pen Parentis Literary Salons celebrate the diversity of creative work written by authors who are also parents. Pen Parentis, Ltd, is a 501c3 that provides resources to writers to help them stay on creative track after starting a family. For more information or to join Pen Parentis, see penparentis.org 

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