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STARTS HERE! The Ivy Bookshop Reading Series Tonight at Artifact Coffee


Starts Here! At Artifact Coffee


Monday, August 25, 2014 – 7:00pm

Jen Michalski hosts the August installment of our Starts Here! series. The evening will feature readings by Michael Kimball, Sarah Pinsker,Matthew Zingg.


By The Author

Michael Kimball is the author of seven books, including GalagaBig Ray, and Dear Everybody. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and featured on NPRs All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as in The Guardian and Bomb.

Sarah Pinsker‘s novelette In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind, won the 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and was a finalist for the Nebula Award. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Baltimore City Paper, and more, and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce Family, and The Future Embodied. She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show.

Matthew Zingg’s work can be found in Blackbird, Muzzle, Sink Review, The Madison Review, The Awl, HTML Giant, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, The Paris-American, and Everyday Genius among others. Originally from Tennessee, Zingg now lives in Baltimore, where he hosts the Federal Dust Reading Series.


12-Bell Blues: An Interview with Novelist Madison Smartt Bell


madisonsmarttbellphotoA rolling stone gathers no moss, and neither does the writer Madison Smartt Bell. The author of 20 novels, including All Souls’ Rising (which was a finalist in 1995 for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfeld-Wolf award for best book of the year addressing race), Bell is as prolific as he is unpredictable, and 2013-14 is no exception. In the spring, Bell’s novel Behind the Moon will be released by upstart publisher Dymaxicon, and this month, Concord Free Press will release  Zig-Zag Wanderer,  two decades of stories set in the United States, Haiti, and beyond, under an innovative publishing paradigm. This limited-edition collection will be given away for free (yes, you read that correctly). Jen Michalski, host of Starts Here! (the new Ivy Bookshop reading series held at Artifact Coffee), interviewed Madison Smartt Bell about the crazy rhythms that run through his work. Bell reads at the Ivy, Wednesday, December 11th at 7 p.m.–visit the store’s website for more information.