Last night I attended a reading series, “Lit at Lark,” where I discovered four debut novelists who read from their works and talked about their writing process. It was an intimate event, held in a side room at the Lark Café, with standing room only by the time we arrived. After the reading, and a brief Q and A, the authors mingled with the crowd.
Henriette Lazaridis Power read from, The Clover House, which tells the story of a Greek American woman who travels to Greece in the early naughts to claim an inheritance and in the process learns about a family secret her mother has kept from her.
Carley Moore read from a work-in-progress, but her young adult book, The Stalker Chronicles, came out in 2012 and tells the story of a high school girl working to overcome a her label as a stalker.
Helen Wan read from The Partner Track, a novel about an Asian American female lawyer, Ingrid, who is on track to be the first minority female partner in a large Wall Street law firm. I found her excerpts to be funny and moving as Ingrid negotiates the culture of her firm.
And Rachel Cantor read from A Highly Unlikely Scenario, which came out last week and has already been reviewed in the Times. It’s a speculative novel, set in the near future, with a main character, Leonard, who works as a “listener” at a pizza company.
It was fun to discover these writers, and this reading series, which brings authors to the Kensington/Ditmas area of Brooklyn. And in honor of MLK Day, I want to give a shout out to the series’ curator, Amy Shearn, for the community she is building with this series. Thank you, Amy.