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January 17, 2013 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, SoHo

WRITERS VS COMMERCE (+ mini Kickstarter)

With authors Simon Van Booy, Porochista Khakpour, and Matthew Aaron Goodman. Music from Travis Laplante.

From left: Matthew Aaron Goodman, Porochista Khakpour, Simon Van Booy. Photo credits below

Commerce and capitalism rarely smile upon the dedicated writer. Too many of our favorite contemporary authors struggle simply to pay rent. Novelists Porochista Khakpour, Simon Van Booy, and Matthew Aaron Goodman will each address this topic. With music provided by Travis Laplante.


Porochista Khakpourvia an autobiographical essay she wrote for Canteen, will confront the harsh realities of realizing her dreams of literary acclaim. Porochista was born in Tehran and raised in LA. Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and 2007 California Book Award winner.

Simon Van Booy will address this topic via a short story, “The Menace of Mile End.” Simon is the author of The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books: Why We FightWhy We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter. His new book, The Illusion of Separateness, will be published by Harper this summer.

Matthew Aaron Goodman will unveil an epic poem he wrote for his young son—a series of lamentations and bits of advice regarding the relationships and choices between art and money. This poem is, in our eyes, something quite close to this generation’s Howl. (Seriously.) He is the author of the novel Hold Love Strong, which was chosen by Barnes and Noble as a “Discover Great New Writers Book” and by USA Today as a “New Voices Pick.”

Travis Laplante will dazzle with his wildly unique saxophone playing.

When: January 17, 2013

Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY

Cost: Free.

RSVP: No RSVP required—first come, first serve.

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Please support our writers via a mini Kickstarter project! Given our topic, it would be a sad irony if we couldn’t pay our writers a small fee to appear.

Travis Laplante

Photo credits:
Travis Laplante by Monika and Wiktor Naturscy.
Matthew Aaron Goodman by Hal Horowitz.
Simon Van Booy by Kate Glicksberg.
Porochista Khakpour by George Stilabower.


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