Best Reading Series New York 2013 - Franklin Park
To attend a packed reading is a special thing, and it's usually the case at this bar and beer garden. Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Mary Gaitskill, Sam Lipsyte, Rick Moody, and Amy Hempel have all filled out this room. On the second Monday of each month, Franklin Park hosts this series with a mind to highlight Brooklyn's local literary scene. Writer Penina Roth founded the program in 2009, and it's only expanded since then. Fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, and stories of all sorts make the bill, with occasional musical accompaniment. Most readings are free, which means more funds for the $4 pint special. In the warmer months, it's worth the hike over to Crown Heights just to grab a drink from either of the two bars and enjoy it under a canopy of trees in the courtyard after a reading, where a lively salon atmosphere forms.