Tonight Franklin Park teams up with Electric Literature to host four authors whose work has lately appeared in the lit mag’s innovative Recommended Reading series, which publishes fiction from established and up-and-coming writers. Among the performers is Sharma Shields, whose debut novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, blends literary and genre fiction for a dark fairy tale about a man who believes that when he was a boy, his mother absconded with Bigfoot. Also reading is the prolific Jim Shepard, whose latest novel, The Book of Aron, is narrated by a child swept up in the chaos of the Holocaust. Diane Cook and Anu Jindal, short-story authors whose work has appeared in magazines like Harper’s, Granta, and Joyland, round out this stellar lineup. Admission is free, and there will be a raffle to win the authors’ books and Electric Literature goodies.
Mon., May 18, 8 p.m., 2015