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Douglas A. Martin and Lee Stringer at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

Douglas A. Martin and Lee Stringer at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

July 9, 2009 11:59pm

July 9, 7:30pm, WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

Douglas A. Martin, the author of Branwell, Outline of my Lover, and the newly-published Once You Go Back from Seven Stories, writes in his new book about the children of a transplanted working-class family dealing with violence, their own budding sexuality, and the strain of a home breaking apart.

Lee Stringer, author of Grand Central Winter and Like Shaking Hands with God (with Kurt Vonnegut), writes in his memoir Sleepaway School about the longing for family, his own experiences growing up in the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls home for at-risk kids, and the challenges of growing up within an extremely non-traditional institutional home.

Together for the first time at WORD in Brooklyn, Martin and Stringer will read from their respective work and discuss its common source—childhoods that run off the rails, exposing kids to forces that can equally destroy and nourish a young, creative life—as well as the process, the struggle, and the redemptive power of autobiographically-charged writing.

Moderated by Phong Bui from the Brooklyn Rail. For more details visit the WORD website.

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