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Thursday, March 5, 2015

How Literary! Reading Series at Erv's

Love, loving loving this one.

[Beekman Place's Erv's becoming the new White Horse Tavern? Er, I guess that's just where a famous writer drank himself to death. And, when the Q first moved to NYC he spent a summer in a basement in the West Village that didn't have a bathroom, just a sprinkle shower hooked up to the slop sink. So where did he lighten his load? Upstairs at the White Horse of course! And another little spot called (I think) The Bus Stop coffee shop at Hudson and Bethune. Those were my salad days. Though I rarely ate salad back then.]

Where was I going with this?

Oh yes, starting this Sunday at 7pm come by the diminutive cocktail bar for some high-falutin' book reading. Here's the deets from the runners of said events:

At Erv's on Beekman this Sunday, March 8th, 7 pm

Erv summons you to his new reading series, “Sundays at Erv's,” at 7 pm March 8 (which conveniently falls on a Sunday this month).  Erv has traversed five continents (uh, boroughs) in search of literary talent, and with the aid of the curatorial talents of Madeline Stevens, returned with three trophies: Austen Rosenfeld, Ilka Pinheiro & Sara Nović. The evening wouldn’t be complete without Erv's famous cocktails prepared by maestro RBG. Erv has threatened to read from his collected notebooks which he calls, Eat, Sleep, Sleep, and which he says influenced Bukowski. (Erv says lots of things.)

Austen Leah Rosenfeld's poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Salmagundi Magazine, Indiana Review, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Los Angeles Review and elsewhere. She writes about fashion for and she's at work on a book of poems titled Earthquake Weather.

Ilka Pinheiro is a Brooklyn native, a graduate of Northwestern University, where she learned to be an actor, and Columbia University, where she learned to be a writer. She's written an animated series for Italian television and is currently at work on a novel and a collection of stories.

Sara Nović is the founding editor of Readeafined blog and the fiction editor at Blunderbuss Magazine. She has her MFA from Columbia, with dual concentrations in Fiction and Translation, and teaches writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her first novel, Girl at War, is out from Random House and Little, Brown UK this May. She lives in Queens.

Do you have an interest in reading at future events? We're always looking for new talent. Send submissions of about 15 mins of poetry or 3,000 words of fiction or non-fiction to

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