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!

ASPECTS OF LOVE with Jennifer Probst, Marcy Dermansky and John Reed
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bringing together a bestselling romance novelist, an award-winning literary novelist, and an experimental novelist who blurs lines among all genres from poetry to porn, the next Pen Parentis Literary Salon on Tuesday March 14th, 2017 at Andaz Wall Street (75 Wall, enter at Water) will delve into the various ways that writers address the topic of love. Three authors who write about love will be featured in a panel discussion moderated by Wai Look Award-winner Christina Chiu and Pen Parentis founding director M. M. De Voe. Readings by Jennifer Probst, Marcy Dermansky, and John Reed. Pen Parentis’ featured authors are parents – expect intimate discussion of real-world truths. Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables. Books will be vended for signings, or bring your own!


NEW: Allison Scollar is heading up a PEN PARENTIS BOOK CLUB! Sign up to read THE RED CAR, then meet author Marcy Dermansky in an exclusive private session before our salon. Click here to get more book club information or to sign up.  

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 14th,  7:00 pm

WHERE: Hotel Andaz at 75 Wall Street.

RSVP LINK: Click here
John Reed is one of the most distinctive and experimental voices of contemporary fiction. His first novel, A Still Small Voice tells the story of a girl growing up in Civil War Kentucky.  His second novel, the SPD Bestseller, Snowball’s Chance took on the Orwell estate, and got him called a “Bin Laudenist” by Christopher Hitchens.  Since then, he’s published another novel,  The Whole, as well as All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare, which takes apart the known works of Shakespeare and puts them back together as a new play, and a short story collection, Tales of Woe, which tells true stories that just get worse. Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems has just come out with C&R Press—it blurs the line between poetry and nonfiction. Reed is a fellow of the MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University; he’s been published in Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Believer, the Gawker, Slate, the Paris Review, Playboy, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, ElectricLit, Vice, The New York Times, Harpers, and many other venues; last year he was anthologized in Best American Essays. Current faculty at The New School University. And he’s a dad. We are thrilled to see him return to the Pen Parentis stage. (photo credit: the year 2007)
Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of many sexy and erotic contemporary romance novels. Her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and she was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She wrote her first book at twelve years old, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. This is her first appearance at Pen Parentis. (photo credit: Matt Simpkins)

Marcy Dermansky is the author of Bad Marie, Twins, and, most recently, The Red Car (the March 2017 Pen Parentis Book Club pick). Marcy’s short fiction has been widely published and anthologized, appearing in McSweeney’s, Guernica, The Indiana Review, and elsewhere. Her essay “Maybe I Loved You” appeared in the best-selling anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. Marcy has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Edward Albee Foundation.  She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her daughter Nina, and has often been featured at Pen Parentis. (photo credit Whitney Larson)