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McSweeney's 53 Quarterly Release Party


Come celebrate the launch of McSweeney's Quarterly 53, which includes stories printed on party balloons that one must blow up to read. We're lighting up the Invisible Dog Art Center with readings, copies for sale, booze, and, of course, a room full of balloons. Come blow off that Brooklyn Book Festival steam with a particolored celebration.

Featured readers include:

Carmen Maria Machado, whose debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, VQR, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation and elsewhere.

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Sarah Fran Wisby writes poetry, short fiction, memoir and essays, preferring always to deepen and subvert genre by way of the hybrid form. Her book Viva Loss was published in 2008 by Small Desk Press. Recent work can be found in Eleven Eleven Journal and Rumpus Women Volume 1, and heard on Invisible Cities Audio Tour #2: The Armada of Golden Dreams. She’s also been published in Instant City, Sparkle and Blink, Digital Artifact, and The Encyclopedia Project Volume 2, F—K. She performs her work all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and was a Literary Death Match champion in December 2010.

Maria Reva is a writer based in Austin, Texas. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Tin House Flash Fridays, The Journey Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories 2017. Reva was born in Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Texas (Michener Center for Writers). She completed the Southbank Writers’ Program at Simon Fraser University under the mentorship of Renée Sarojini Saklikar. She is at work on a linked story collection set in Soviet Ukraine.


Date + Time
Sunday, September 16


The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.