Literary Reading: Paul Beckman, Doug Mathewson Wed., Mar. 5, at 7:30 PM

Writers Paul Beckman and Doug Mathewson will read from their works in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 5. The event starts at 7:30 PM.

Paul Beckman, left, and Doug Mathewson, right

Paul Beckman, left, and Doug Mathewson, right

Paul Beckman’s outrageously humorous family stories have entertained readers of Playboy Magazine and audiences at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. He is the author of two story collections, including “Come, Meet My Family and Other Stories.” Widely published here, his work has also appeared in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Prepare to be entertained.

Doug Mathewson works as a writer and editor. His work has been performed at the 92nd St. YMCA in New York City, “Snow-oetry” in Ohio, and by the East Haddam Players. He is a regular contributor to riverbabble, Graffiti Kolkata, Durable Goods, Right Hand Pointing, and The Boston Literary Magazine. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Award, and  The Best of The Web Short Fiction Award. He is a senior member of Full Of Crow Press and Distribution, and works with  Pandemonium Press of Berkley California as a section editor of Door Knobs & Body-paint.  He is the editor of Blink-Ink, and contributing editor of the street zine MUST.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Wednesday, Mar. 5. SHORT STORY READING: PAUL BECKMAN, DOUG MATHEWSON

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Wednesday, Mar. 12. CONTRA DANCE MUSIC: WRY BRED

• Thursday, Mar. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Authors JoeAnn Hart and Matt Debenham to read Sun., Mar. 24, at 2 PM

Hart_Debenham_image_WebAuthors JoeAnn Hart (Float) and Matt Debenham (The Book of Right and Wrong) will read from their work in the Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Mar. 24, at 2 PM.

JoeAnn Hart lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, where fishing regulations, the health of the ocean, and the natural beauty of the world are the daily topics of wonder and concern. She is the author of the novel Addled, a social satire that intertwines animal rights with the politics of food. Her essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and national publications, and she is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe Magazine. She will read from her novel, Float, recently released by Ashland Creek, a press that specializes in environmental literature. Float swirls around bankruptcy, jellyfish, conceptual art, and plastics in the ocean.

Matt Debenham is the author of The Book of Right and Wrong, winner of the 2009 Ohio State University Press Prize for Fiction. His work has appeared in such publications as Roanoke Review, Battered Suitcase, The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, and many others. He has received a Fiction Fellowship from the state of Connecticut, was a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar, and is the host of the books podcast What Are You Reading? He blogs about writing at mattdebenham.com.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL/BRAZILIAN: HAVEN STRING QUARTET with SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE

Readings: Chandra Prasad and Jake Halpern on Wed., Nov. 28

Authors Chandra Prasad and Jake Halpern will read from their published works in the Best Video Performance Space this Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 PM.

Chandra Prasad is the author of numerous books and short works, including three critically acclaimed novels. Prasad most recently penned Breathe the Sky: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Amelia Earhart. Booklist praises this “insightful novel” for getting “inside Amelia Earhart’s psyche to give life to the woman behind the myth.” Wally Lamb proclaims, “from lift-off to landing, Breathe the Sky is a novel that soars.” Breathe the Sky was a ForeWord Magazine finalist for “Book of the Year” in the category of Historical Fiction.

Prasad also wrote On Borrowed Wings, a novel that follows a quarryman’s daughter as she attends 1930s Yale University in the guise of a boy. National Public Radio hails the novel “great, believable storytelling” about “race, class, gender, and family.” The author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen, notes that Prasad’s novel “combines drama and a strong sense of place that provides both a lesson in history and a fine read.” On Borrowed Wings was a Connecticut Book Award finalist.

Prasad is the originator and editor of, and a contributor to, Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience, which was published to international raves by W.W. Norton. A combination of Indian, Italian, Swedish, and English, Prasad drew inspiration from her own multiracial identity in assembling the book, which includes original material by Danzy Senna, Rebecca Walker, Ruth Ozeki, and Mat Johnson, among others. Booklist calls the anthology “absorbing and thought-provoking,” while The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “wonderful, deftly crafted, and satisfying.” Mixed has been adopted in university-level English courses across the country.

Prasad will read from her novel On Borrowed Wings and from a young adult novel currently in progress.

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of the Year.”  His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR’s All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both the New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly.

Halpern’s first work of fiction, a fantasy novel entitled Dormia (2009), has been hailed by the American Library Association’s Booklist as the next Harry Potter. As a journalist, Jake has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, New York Magazine, and other publications.

In the realm of radio, Jake is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life.  Jake’s hour-long radio story, “Switched at Birth,” is on This American Life’s “short list” as one of its top eight shows of all time.  Currently two of Jake’s stories are being developed into fictional dramatic series on HBO—one is being produced by Scott Rudin and the other by Brad Pitt’s production company.  Last, but not least, Jake is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University, where he teaches a class on journalism.  He recently returned from India where he was visiting as a Fulbright Scholar.