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Films and Readings

Literary Tuesday
curated by Pam Laskin
at The Perch Cafe
September 29, 2009

with open mic to follow

Mary Walton’s
watershed moment occurred in the summer of 2001, in a used bookstore in Atlanta, when she received a 10% discount at the register for using her “whisper voice.” Four inaudible years would follow before she would work up the nerve to relocate to the loudest place on earth. Currently and quietly, she is chipping away at her MFA degree at The City College. Mary appreciates any and all opportunities to practice speaking up in front of others.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)

• • • • •

Orson Welles’s

on October 1, 7:30 pm, at
Queens Theatre in the Park
as part of

"Moving Image Masterpieces"

(October 1-November 19, 2009).

Image courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image.

Moving Image Masterpieces Series Schedule
Museum of the Moving Image at Queens Theatre in the Park
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
For directions and information:

Citizen Kane
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 pm
1941, 119 mins. Directed by Orson Welles. With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead. Wunderkind director Orson Welles used Hollywood as his playground to make his astonishing debut film, Citizen Kane, an endlessly inventive portrait of an ambitious and lonely newspaper tycoon. Using multiple perspectives, the film questions the nature of identity; it also reinvents the way that stories can be told cinematically. The film regularly and rightfully winds up as the top-ranked film of all time on critics polls; every decade since 1962, it has been the top film in Sight and Sound magazine’s prestigious poll, and it is the number one film on the American Film Institute’s top-100 list.

Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm
With live music performed by Ben Model
1927, 124 mins. Directed by Fritz Lang. With Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm.

Rules of the Game
Thursday, October 29, 7:30 pm
1939, 105 mins. Directed by Jean Renoir. With Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor.

Tokyo Story
Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm
1953, 136 mins. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. With Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara.

8 ½
Thursday, November 12, 7:30 pm
1963, 138 mins. Directed by Federico Fellini. With Marcello Mastroianni.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm
1968, 141 mins. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. With Keir Dullea.

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Brooklyn Reading Works

Young, Gifted & Black (Men)
October 1, at 8 pm

with James Hannaham,
Victor Lavalle, and Clifford Thompson
Curated by Martha Southgate

The Old Stone House
Fifth Avenue and 3rd Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn

James Hannaham's stories have appeared in The Literary Review, Open City and Nerve, and one is about to show up in One Story. He has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Blue Mountain Center, Chateau de Lavigny, and Fundacion Valparaiso. He teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and lives near there. His first novel, God Says No, came out through McSweeney's Books in late May of 2009.

Victor LaValle is the author of slapboxing with jesus, a collection of stories, and two novels, The Ecstatic and Big Machine. He has received numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artist's Ford Fellowship, and the key to Southeast Queens. His website is

Clifford Thompson grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Oberlin College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing. His essays on literature, film, jazz, and other subjects have appeared in publications including The Threepenny Review, Commonweal, Cineaste, Film Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Black Issues Book Review, and The Best American Movie Writing. He is the editor of the H.W. Wilson publication Current Biography. Thompson lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Signifying Nothing is his first novel.

Martha Southgate is the author of three novels, most recently Third Girl from the Left which was published in paperback by Houghton Mifflin in September 2006. It won the Best Novel of the year award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She received a 2002 New York Foundation for the Arts grant and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her July 2007 essay from the New York Times Book Review, "Writers Like Me" appears in the recent anthology Best African-American Essays 2008. Previous non-fiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Premiere, and Essence. She also has essays in the recent anthologies Behind the Bedroom Door and Heavy Rotation: Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives. She is working on her next novel, to be published by Algonquin Books. You can visit her website at

And here's the schedule for the 5th anniversary season of Brooklyn Reading Works:

October 1: YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK (MEN) curated by novelist Martha Southgate
October 15: POETRY PUNCH curated by Michele Madigan Somerville
November 19 at 7 p.m. YOUNG WRITERS curated by Jill Eisenstadt (note: earlier start time)
December 10: FEAST: WRITERS ON FOOD curated by Michele Madigan Somerville. A benefit for a local soup kitchen.
January: 21: TIN HOUSE READING curated by Rob Sillman
February 11: MEMOIRATHON curated by Branka Ruzak
March 18: BLARNEYPALOOZA curated by Michele Madigan Somerville
April 15: TRUTH AND MONEY curated by John Guidry
May 13: 4TH ANNUAL EDGY MOTHER'S DAY curated by Sophia Romero and Michele Madigan Somerville
June 13: FICTION IN A BLENDER Curated by Martha Southgate

October 1, 2009 at 8 pm
The Old Stone House
Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets in Park Slope
Suggested contribution:
$5 to benefit The Old Stone House.
Wine and refreshments included.

Journalists: If you'd like more information or an interview with any of the readers please call Louise Crawford at 718-288-4290.

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