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Spring Street Reading Series: Laura Sims & Julie Chibbaro
May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the first of a monthly reading series to take place in the Gallery at Atlas, curated by Ruth Danon.
Our first event features renowned authors Laura Sims & Julie Chibbaro, bios to follow:
Laura Sims will be reading from her novel “Looker”
Laura Sims is the author of “Looker”, a debut novel, and four books of poetry, including “Staying Alive”, “My god is this a man “, “Stranger “, and “Practice, Restraint”. She has published individual poems in Black Clock, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Fence, jubilat, New Republic, and numerous other journals. Sims edited and introduced Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson (powerHouse, 2014), a collection of letters spanning her seven-year correspondence and friendship with the celebrated experimental novelist. She has written book reviews and essays for a number of journals, including Boston Review, New England Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Poetry Foundation, Jacket, and Rain Taxi, and has been a Featured Writer for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sims attended the College of William and Mary as an undergraduate; she later received her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at University of Washington in Seattle. Sims was awarded a 2006 US-Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship, and since 2003 she has taught creative writing and English at Baruch College, NYU-SPS, Poets House, and other institutions. Sims is Editor-at-Large for The Scofield and a co-editor of Instance Press. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Queens College.
Review of “Looker” by Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
“With an agile precision reminiscent of Lydia Davis, Laura Sims captures the obsessiveness of a woman who unravels after the collapse of her marriage. A taut, gripping portrait, all the more sinister for its elegance.”
Julie Chibbaro will be reading from her book “Deadly”.
Julie Chibbaro is the award-winning author of three books: Into the “Dangerous World”, a novel about a girl artist on the NY streets in 1984, “Deadly”, a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary in 1906, and “Redemption” a historical novel about a girl’s unintended trip to the New World in 1524.
“Deadly” won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award, and was Top 10 on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project list. It was named a Bank Street Best Book, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and is now part of many schools’ curriculum. Redemption was nominated for the Illinois HS Book Award, and won the 2005 American Book Award.
Review of “Deadly” by NYT Sunday Book Review
“Paced like a medical thriller, “Deadly” is the rare Y.A. novel in which a girl’s intellectual interests trump adolescent romance. A 16-year-old Jewish tenement dweller in 1906 New York pines away days at a finishing school on scholarship and nights helping midwife young mothers. When she quits school to assist the Department of Health and Sanitation in its pursuit of “Typhoid Mary,” she is awakened to nascent opportunities for women in science.”