Anti-Heroin Chic is a haven for poetry, short fiction and visual art by unheard voices, and we are proud to host the launch for their inaugural print anthology, What Keeps Us Here: Songs From The Other Side of Trauma. In addition, Brian Jabas Smith will be reading from Tucson Salvage: Tales And Recollections From La Frontera, a collection of literary essays from the Tucson Weekly whose tales of marginal lives and addiction are deeply humane, inspiring, and simpatico with the AHC mission. There will also be a very special film screening of Maggie Smith’s Tucson Salvage: The Documentary.
Memoir Monday: Featuring Readings by Paul Lisicky, Nina St. Pierre, and Alcy Leyva — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
Memoir Monday is a collaboration between Narratively, Catapult, Tin House, The Rumpus, Granta, Guernica, and Longreads to bring the very best first-person writing together in a weekly newsletter and a monthly reading series! This month’s readers include: Paul Lisicky, Nina St. Pierre, and Alcy Leyv — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
Book Launch: Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot, in conversation with Ankur Thakkar and mini-readings by psychic Catherine River-Rain
2017 was a year of trauma, a fact that sometimes feels like the only thing left uniting us,” writes Victoria Loustalot in FUTURE PERFECT: A Skeptic’s Journey into the Fact, Fiction, and Fraud of Mystics (Little A; January 1, 2019). As Victoria struggled to find purpose and meaning in a year that offered mass shootings, terrorist attacks, #MeToo, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, devastating fires, racial unrest, and seemingly endless political chaos, she began to question everything, and search for answers in the most unexpected of places. FUTURE PERFECT asks questions that we all ponder, and finds answers that are anything but straightforward.
Victoria will be in conversation with Ankur Thakkar, a creative editor of Quartz and former editor of @Vine, followed by mini-readings by psychic Catherine River-Rain.
Reading: Unpublishable featuring Mary Boo Anderson, Hratch Arbach, James Cañón, Mina Hamedi & Naomi Falk, Jason Koo, Kate Olsson
UNPUBLISHABLE is writing that excites you, that scares you, things that you delete from your browser history. The piece you can’t submit but can’t stop thinking about either, burning a hole in the bottom of your desk drawer. Writing from any genre that is uncharacteristic, outré, or offending of sensibilities, that is impossible to place or be published in some fashion.
Joint Book Launch: 41 Reasons I’m Staying In by Hallie Heald and 99 Stories I Could Tell by Nathan Pyle
Join us for the New York City launch of these two new special illustrated gift books from William Morrow publishers. 41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN is a series of paintings celebrating the hidden world of introverts – dark, humorous, outlandish, and deeply understanding of that universal need to stay in. 99 STORIES I COULD TELL is a guided journal by the New York Times bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette that teaches the reader to draw, reflect on their pasts, and tell their story in 2019.