Who: N. West Moss, THE SUBWAY STOPS AT BRYANT PARK & Sarah Sweeney, TELL ME IF YOU'RE LYING
When: Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm
Where: La Rana Rossa - 154 Green Street
Tickets: free, open to the public
THE SUBWAY STOPS AT BRYANT PARK contains stories of characters inextricably linked to Bryant Park, a safe haven against the secrets, disillusionment, fears, and loses engulfing their lives. Bryant Park becomes a microcosm of humanity and an elegy for a lost New York. From the doorman of 40 years to the woman obsessed with receipts; the man who sweeps the park, the tourists, the homeless; life with its pathos and raucous beauty shines in these characters, who all delight in the park’s tiny world of laughter and music.
“Moss’s lyrical collection of stories is beautifully held together by deft observations of city life combined with great sensitivity to the humanity beating beneath it all.”—Brad Gooch, Flannery
Funny, exuberant, and often heartbreaking, TELL ME IF YOU'RE LYING examines the lies we’re told as children and the downright unbelievable—but true—stories that comprise Sweeney’s colorful coming-of-age. Growing up in an eccentric North Carolina home, with aging-hippie parents whose marriage was forever crumbling around her, author Sarah Sweeney was primed for trouble. For drugs and boys. For learning about sexuality from Madonna videos and prank calling teachers and meeting celebrities—including a young Adrian Grenier. For a father’s supposed alien abduction. For escaping the South and even her own family.
"Sarah Sweeney's new essay collection is sharp, sensitive, and engaging. Even while describing some of the weirdest, darkest and most personal moments of her complicated coming-of-age, Sweeney's voice is vividly relatable -- it's hard not to root for her, and identify with her." —Laura Barcella, author of Fight Like a Girl and editor of Madonna & Me
N. West Moss earned her BA, MA in education and MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Saturday Evening Post and elsewhere. Writing awards include the 2015 Great American Fiction Contest from The Saturday Evening Post, two Faulkner-Wisdom gold medals, and the Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction from Lunch Ticket out of Antioch. She teaches creative writing at William Paterson University in N.J.
Sarah Sweeney is a Boston-based journalist. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a BA in English and received my MFA from Emerson College. For nearly eight years she was a staff writer for the Harvard Gazette. She also ran a brief, but unforgettable storytelling salon at Oberon based on the seasons of our lives. Her current projects include a collection of poems about growing up in the American South; a second collection of essays about men and misogyny; and a memoir about how she has modeled my life after Dirty Dancing.