Lit at Lark – Building a Literary Community

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.







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  1. Dock Oscar

    A great event. Nicely curated, the authors were all very fine people, happy to converse about their work and writing in general. And, the cafe next door has good beer and wine!

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