Books Are Magic is excited to host the Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series, celebrating emerging writers from Brooklyn and sharing their recent work. This month we welcome Sam Graham-Felsen and Charles Leerhsen.
Sam Graham-Felsen’s debut novel, Green (Random House 2018), was a New York Times Editor’s Pick, an Indie Next selection, and an Amazon Best of the Month choice. The Boston Globe called it a “a riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination . . . Green earns . . . a spot on the continuum of vernacular in the American literary tradition, from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Catcher in the Rye and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Before becoming a fiction writer, Graham-Felsen was a political journalist and worked as the chief blogger to Barack Obama on his 2008 presidential campaign.
Charles Leerhsen, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, has written for Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Money, People, TV Guide and Seventeen. He has been an editor at SI, People and Us Weekly, and spent 11 years at Newsweek, where as a senior writer he covered sports, entertainment, family stories and breaking news. At Newsweek he won the National Mental Health Association award for a cover story on alcohol and the family. Leerhsen's previous books include the award-winning Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America, and the highly-acclaimed Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and the Birth of the Indy 500, which has been optioned for a TV series. He has also co-written several best-selling biographies, including Press On! Adventures in the Good Life, with pioneer aviator Chuck Yeager, and The Last Great Ride, with entertainment mogul Brandon Tartikoff. He is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Leerhsen has three daughters: Erica, an actor in Los Angeles; Deborah, a banker in Hong Kong; and Nora, a lawyer in Chicago. He and his wife, the writer Sarah Saffian, live in Brooklyn with a dog who is named after Frankie Valli.
This event is free!