2016 has been a year of hard losses, but at the December 11th Sunday Salon, we celebrate the abundance of literary love and welcome four incredibly talented and inspiring writers to the stage. Let’s raise a glass to their beautiful new books and toast to literary fortitude and resilience in the new year! At Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.
Tara Laskowski‘s short-story collection, Bystanders, was hailed by Jennifer Egan as “a bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills.” She is also the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons, tales of dark etiquette. Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. Since 2010, she has been the editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly.
Jen Michalski is the author of the novels The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press) and The Summer She Was Under Water (Queens Ferry Press), of two collections of fiction, Close Encounters (So New) and From Here (Aqueous Books), and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books). She also edited the anthology, City Sages: Baltimore, in 2010. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, hosts the monthly reading series Starts Here! in Baltimore, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.
Okey Ndibe is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc. He first came to the US to act as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by Chinua Achebe. He has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College, Simon’s Rock College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). His award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Hartford Courant, where he served on the editorial board. He earned his MFA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His second novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., was selected by New York Times critic Janet Maslin as one of her 10 favorite books of 2014. Mr. Ndibe lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.
Jade Sharma is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA from The New School.