The Pen Parentis Literary Salon is a unique Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. On the second Tuesday of each month September through May, join us at 75 Wall Street (Andaz Wall Street). Each night begins with networking over wine, compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Readings are followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and Salons curator Christina Chiu. Each event ends with mingling and book signings. Come join the fun!  Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables. You don’t have to be a parent or even a writer to enjoy these events – join us! See below for details of who is reading next!

DISTURBINGLY RACY: a Pen Parentis Literary Salon Valentine’s Day special event
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Three experts on writing about race relations and cultural identity are presented in a moderated panel discussion with refreshments compliments of Andaz Wall Street.


Helen Wan is an author and speaker on cultural influences in the workplace. Her debut novel THE PARTNER TRACK (St. Martin’s Press), about a young Chinese-American woman competing for partnership at a powerful law firm, became the subject of a Washington Post Magazine cover story on “The Bamboo Ceiling” and is frequently taught in colleges and law schools. Ms. Wan is now at work on a new novel, which explores our complicated relationship with ambition and gender and race in the workplace. She also teaches fiction and her essays and op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post,, The Daily Beast, and other publications. Before becoming an author, she practiced law for fifteen years in New York City. Ms. Wan is a graduate of Amherst College and The University of Virginia School of Law. She lives with her husband and young son in the NYC suburbs. Her author website is
Karl Jacoby has devoted his career to understanding the ways in which the making of the United States intertwined with the unmaking of a variety of other societies—from Native American nations to the communities of northern Mexico—and the ecologies upon which they rested. He received his A.B. in 1987 from Brown University and his Ph.D. in American history in 1997 from Yale University. After a year as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, he returned to Brown as an assistant professor of history in 1999. He was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 2003 and to full professor in 2009. In the fall of 2012, he moved to Columbia University, where he currently serves as a professor in the Department of History and in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He is the author of three books, Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (University of California Press, 2003), Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History (Penguin Press, 2008), and the forthcoming The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave who Became a Mexican Millionaire (Norton, 2016).
Shani Gilchrist is an essayist, and freelance journalist. She is a columnist for Charleston City Paper and Muses & Visionaries magazine. An alumni of the VQR Conference, Shani has written for the Daily BeastThe ToastLiterary Hub, and more. She was also a contributor to State of the Heart, Vol. 2: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love (Oct 2015, USC Press), and recently completed a collection of essays, Tales of a Southern Identity Crisis, aimed for publication in 2017. Shani lives in Charleston, South Carolina. with her husband and their two sons, ages 5 and 10.