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Chase the winter blues away and reconnect with your inner author Tuesday, February 9th for a night of readings and conversation with three extraordinary writers: Rachel Sherman, Mark Shulman, and a special guest all the way in from New Mexico -- Meg Mullins. Have a glass of wine in the exclusive Libertine Library bar, be part of a literary movement, and support contemporary writers who are also parents.

Rachel Sherman was born in 1975. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Open City, and Story Quarterly, among other publications, and in the book Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve Anthology. Her book of short stories, The First Hurt (Open City Books) was short listed for The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember from 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her debut novel Living Room is a deep exploration of the ripple effects of mental illness on a family, and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly.

Mark Shulman has published over 100 children's books of every kind, for most of the leading publishers. His picture books have titles like Mom and Dad are Palindromes, Anagram Gables, and AA is for Aardvark. Mark has also written nonfiction, preschool, trivia, readers, and humor books for adults. His most recent project is his young adult novel, Scrawl, which debuts in Fall 2010 with Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook (Macmillan).

Meg Mullins celebrated author of The Rug Merchant, joins the Pen Parentis Author Salon while on book tour for highly anticipated novel, Dear Strangers. Her short fiction is widely published. The story that formed the basis of The Rug Merchant appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2002. She lives in New Mexico with her husband and their two children.

DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
TIME: 6-8 pm, come after work!
LOCATION: The Libertine Library at the Gild Hall Hotel @ 15 Gold Street, NYC.
DIRECTIONS: Walking directions from A/C (@ Broadway/Nassau) or 2/3/4/5/J/M/Z (@ Fulton) trains: Walk east on Fulton Street to Gold Street, turn right and right again at Platt.

Walking directions from 4/5 train or E train or PATH: From Broadway take Maiden Lane east to Gold Street (third intersection). Turn left on Gold and left again at Platt.

Enter through the lobby of the Gild Hall Hotel and join us upstairs for a night to remember.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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