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Brooklyn Rail Reading at Mercer Street Books on March 31 Featuring Mary Ann Caws


Translators Mary Ann Caws, Nancy Kline and Donald Nicholson-Smith read along with fellow writers/translators Robert Lopez and Debora Kuan. “How Does this Translate?” is part of The Brooklyn Rail reading series and  takes place on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.  Mercer Street Books is located at 206 Mercer Street.  212-505-8615.

Brooklyn Rail Reading at Mercer Street Books on February 25



Please join recent Brooklyn Rail contributors Amanda K Davidson, Rob Stephenson, John Reed and Leah Umansky on February 25 for the first in a series of readings at Mercer Street Books & Records.

AMANDA K. DAVIDSON is a writer who creates fiction, performances and essays. Her published work includes Arcanagrams: A Reckoning, Chapbook, Little Red Leaves (2014); The Space: Fragments for a Family, A Belladonna* chaplet (2014); and Apprenticeship, Prose chapbook, New Herring Press (2013).

ROB STEPHENSON lives in Queens, NY. He has been creating texts, drawings, paintings, music, performance, video, films, and installations for over thirty-five years. He is the author of the novel Passes Through (FC2/University of Alabama Press).

JOHN REED is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice (Delacorte Press / Delta), The Whole (Simon & Schuster / Pocket / MTV Books), the SPD bestseller, Snowball’s Chance (Roof Books / Melville House), All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin Books / Plume), and Tales of Woe (MTV Press); Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming from C&R Press (2016).

LEAH UMANSKY Is the author of the forthcoming dystopian-themed Straight Away the Emptied World, out by Kattywompus Press in 2016, the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream , voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York. (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013).

The reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be hosted by Brooklyn Rail Fiction Editor Donald Breckenridge.

Mercer Street Books & Records is located at 206 Mercer Street. (212-505-5615)

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On Reading: Franz Kafka


“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book  we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.”

Franz Kafka to Oscar Pollack

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