Prose Pros: Mischa Merz and Francis Levy

Prose Pros: Mischa Merz and Francis Levy

September 8, 2011 6:30pm

Hey New York!

Mischa Merz, author of The Sweetest Thing, will be speaking alongside Francis Levy, author of Seven Days in Rio, at Sidewalk Cafe on the Lower East Side Thursday, September 8 from 6:30 to 7:45.

They’ll be reading selections of their work at Sidewalk Cafe, located at 94 Avenue A at 6th Street.

Mischa Merz is the author of The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer’s Memoir, “a beautiful journal-like book [that] documents the in and outs of
female boxing behind the scenes,” according to Lucia Rijker, two-time super lightweight world boxing champion. Mischa, a journalist and author of fiction and creative nonfiction, began training as an amateur boxer in 1995 and is the 2001 Australian Amateur Boxing League women’s welterweight champion. She lives with her husband in Melbourne, Australia. More of her work can be found at or her blog, She delivers the sweaty world of championship boxing with poetic panache.

Francis Levy is the author of the novels Seven Days in Rio (just out from Two Dollar Radio) and Erotomania: A Romance. His stories, humor, criticism, essays and poetry have appeared in the New York Times, New Republic, Washington Post, Village Voice, East Hampton Star, Evergreen Review, Contemorary Psychoanalysis and American Imago, among other publications. Levy blogs at He is a third-degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate—and funny as hell.

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