The Common and Guernica Magazine

Contributors to The Common and Guernica Magazine come together to read fiction that they feel a personal connection to. Speakers include Benjamin Anastas, Dina Nayeri, Kiese Laymon, and moderators Jennifer Acker and Meakin Armstrong. READ MORE

NOON Reading and Party

Reading and party for the literary annual NOON. READ MORE

In Conversation: Jaime Clarke and Charles Bock

The two authors will read from and discuss Clarke's new book, VERNON DOWNS. READ MORE

Bernard Malamud Tribute

A celebration of Bernard Malamud, in honor of what would be his 100th birthday. Speakers include Alan Cheuse, Philip Davis, Clark Blaise, Liesl Schillinger, Kevin Baker, Téa Obreht, Bharati Mukherjee, and moderator Boris Fishman. READ MORE


Writer to Writer: Alena Graedon and Teddy Wayne

Alena Graedon joined us for a spectacular launch of her debut novel The Word Exchange, a dystopian novel for the digital age. She was interviewed by Teddy Wayne, columnist for the New York Times and frequent contributor to The New Yorker and McSweeney's.


About The Word Exchange

"With secret societies, conspiracies, and mega-corp Synchronic's menacing technologies, Graedon deploys all the hallmarks of a futuristic thriller, but avoids derivative doomsday sci-fi shtick. Instead, her novel is rife with literary allusions and philosophical wormholes that aren't only decorative but integral to characters' abilities and limitations in communicating, and it succeeds precisely because it's as full of humanity as it is of mystery and intellectual prowess."

Publishers Weekly, starred review


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