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MIDDLE EAST TO MIDTOWN

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Shelly Oria’s debut short-story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, is one of the fall publishing season’s most buzzed-about offerings. California-born and Israel-raised, Oria’s binational background informs her fiction, which is innovative, meticulously crafted, and often tinged with fantasy. In one story, characters discover they can stop time; in another, a still-living man donates his own body parts. Oria has already left her mark on the NYC literary scene, having launched the popular series Sweet!: Actors Reading Writers, which cleverly melds theater and writing. Tonight, as part of FSG’s Originals Series, she teams up with Brooklyn band Slothrust for an evening of literature and music; Buzzfeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald hosts. Come experience in person what author Karen Russell (Swamplandia!) called Oria’s “obsidian wit.”

Tue., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., 2014