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Erewhon Literary Salon featuring Jess Zimmerman and Veronica Schanoes, 6/13/19
Please join us for a literary salon in the glorious offices of independent speculative fiction publisher Erewhon Books. Our salons feature author readings, but they are also a space for our community to gather, a chance to talk and relax and play with speculative fiction fans and beyond.

* To attend, please RSVP in the form at the bottom of this page.* To hear about future events, please see or follow us on one of the social media platforms linked from the bottom of that page.

JESS ZIMMERMAN is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and a freelance writer of essays, fiction, and prose poetry. She was the founding editor of Archipelago and a contributing editor for The Establishment. Jess is the coauthor of Basic Witches (Quirk, 2017) and her next book, an essay collection about female monsters, is forthcoming from Beacon. She has also been an opinion columnist (at the Guardian) a journalist (at, and a news writer (at Grist). She is interested in puzzles, monsters, feelings, gender, nonlinear stories, cocktails, witches, magical realism, bears, dogs, unexamined assumptions, immersive theater, smashing patriarchy, some but not all robots, Shakespeare's histories, and funny science fiction from the '70s and '80s. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog and a human and nine remote-controlled lamps, and spends most of her time aging, feeling bad about aging, or frequently both.

(photo by Helen Rosner)

VERONICA SCHANOES is a writer and scholar living in New York City. Her novella “Burning Girls,” a story inspired by “Rumpelstiltskin” and set during the great Jewish immigration waves of the early twentieth century, won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards. Her stories have appeared on and in various anthologies, including Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, and The Permanent Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Queens College – CUNY, where she studies fairy tales and children’s literature. Her book, Fairy Tales, Myth, and Psychoanalysis: Feminism and Retelling the Tale, appeared from Ashgate in 2014, and is about the relationship between contemporary feminist revisions of fairy tales and contemporary feminist psychoanalytic theory.

(photo by Ellen Datlow)

Here is some information about Lit Salons at Erewhon:

* Timeline: We will open the space at 7. Readings will start at 7:30. After that, we'll stick around until at least 11 for hangouts, games, &c.

* The office is in the Flatiron/NoMad district in Manhattan. The space is big and we can host a whole lot of people, but we reserve the right to cap the event if there is concern about crowding.

* To RSVP, fill out the form below. We will contact everyone who fills out the form by a few days before the event with location and access information and will send out access emails periodically after that, up until 5 p.m. on the day of the event. If you decide to come at the last minute, we can probably still let you in, but please do RSVP to make planning easier.

* Food and drink: We'll provide hot and iced coffee and tea and a few snacks. If you would like to bring some snacks or booze to share with others or for your own enjoyment, that would be most welcome. We will probably also order some dinner (everyone pays for what they order) after the readings if you want to get in on that.

* Amenities and access: The office should be accessible--there is a street-level entrance with no stairs and two elevators up to the office. The office has lots of space, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen. Please note that we only have seats for about 26 people, so some people may have to sit on the floor or stand for part of the event.

* Photos: As with many readings, there are usually some people who post photos on social media during and after the event, and we will share some of those photos via a link on our event page. We can't control what other people post, but if you don't want photos of you included in our roundup, just let us know.

* Games: We've got two big tables and a small collection of board games in house--see the "Info on the event space" link below for titles. You're welcome to bring your own and see if you can get a game going.

* Community policy: The Erewhon Books office seeks to be a safer space for all community members, but in particular has a zero-tolerance policy for oppressive actions or physical or verbal harassment. If anyone does or says anything that makes you uncomfortable, please talk to Liz. We reserve the right to disinvite anyone from this or future events at our discretion.

Please note that we are welcoming you into our private offices. Thanks in advance for respecting our policies and wishes. ♥

Info on the event space:

Facebook invite page: TK

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