"If you’re sad and like beer, I’m your lady": Reading Tomorrow Night! In a Bar!

I’ll be reading from my just published fourth novel along with the infamous Dale Peck and debut author Sam Munson (The November Criminals) as part of the Animal Farm Reading Series on Thursday, May 13th . It’s a bar — there will be drinks and possibly brawls. Feel free to bring friends or any appropriately warm bodies. But if you’re one of my young readers, you’ll want to sit this one out.

For those of you who can’t make it, fear not — I’ll also be reading in Brooklyn on June 25th. (Details to come.)

The quote and the image come from Guy Maddin’s magnificently strange film, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD. The beautiful Isabella Rossellini plays a powerful beer baroness who has, if you can’t tell from the picture, glass legs filled with beer.


ANIMAL FARM will resume on Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. As always, the location is HAPPY ENDING, 302 Broome St. between Forsyth St. and Eldridge St. The FARM has a liberal admission policy.


DANIEL GUZMÁN and PATRICK W. GALLAGHER will read FIELD REPORTS. For the uninitiated: FIELD REPORTS are essays, written by accomplished writers, about OTHER READINGS in New York’s READINGS SCENE that the writers have gone to see at some point.

DALE PECK’s novels include MARTIN AND JOHN (1993), THE LAW OF ENCLOSURES (1996), NOW IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (1999), BODY SURFING (2009), among others, and the young-adult novels DRIFT HOUSE: THE FIRST VOYAGE (2005), THE LOST CITIES: A DRIFT HOUSE VOYAGE (2007), and SPROUT (2009). His notorious criticism is collected in HATCHET JOBS (2004).

GABRIELLE ZEVIN’s four novels have been translated into over twenty languages and received many honors. Her most recent book, THE HOLE WE’RE IN (2010), was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. She also wrote the screenplay for the movie CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN (2005), for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

SAM MUNSON’s writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement, among other venues. He is the former Web Editor of Commentary magazine, and he graduated from the University of Chicago in 2003. Doubleday will publish his first novel, THE NOVEMBER CRIMINALS, in Spring 2010. Munson is the grandson of Norman Podhoretz.

DANIEL GUZMÁN’s stories have appeared in New York Press, L Magazine’s Literary Upstart series, Mama D’s Arts Bordello, Rosebud Magazine, and the Moth Storytelling Series. http://www.danielguzman.org

PATRICK W. GALLAGHER is the Host of Animal Farm (HOAF). His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Glasses Glasses, The Adirondack Review, The Battered Suitcase, PopMatters, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Wheelhouse, and elsewhere. He is a former managing editor of Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood and currently a contributing editor to Open City. Plus, Patrick is writing his PhD thesis in the department of Comparative Literature at NYU.


By Gabrielle Zevin

“Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scraping by with minimum-wage jobs. But no novel has truly captured that struggle until now….The novel’s true subject is how a once-loving family reacts when times get bad. For Roger, that means taking refuge in his religion, even when it asks him to excommunicate his own children. For George, it means slipping into years-long depression. And all five Pomeroys — flawed, devoted, cranky, impetuous, utterly relatable — come blazingly alive on the page.”
– Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

“Zevin’s writing is often surprisingly, if darkly, funny, thanks to her wry and astute cultural observations…Patsy is flawed like the rest of her family, but she also has complex thoughts and tries to live without hypocrisy….Her experiences in Iraq have left her scarred and jittery, but she has too much bravado to wallow in self-pity. Zevin breathes real life into this tough-girl vet, a heroine for our times, recognizable from life but new to fiction.”
– Malena Watrous, The New York Times Book Review

“Provocative… Yet somehow the novel feels generous. We identify with the Pomeroys’ trouble while we gasp at their casual brutality and marvel at Patsy, who journeys from oppressive Bible schools to military service in Iraq and, finally, to becoming a more loving mother than her own could have dreamed of being.”
– Caryn James, O, the Oprah Magazine

“Zevin delivers in her blazing second adult novel a Corrections for our recessionary times…. Zevin mixes sharp humor with moments of grace as she gives readers terrific insights into the problems of adult children removing themselves from the influence of parents, and establishes herself as an astute chronicler of the way we spend now.”
– Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

”Equal parts sharply funny and sobering, Zevin’s portrait of a family in financial free fall captures the zeitgeist.”
– People Magazine