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 and to RSVP!

September Salon: Graphic Novels
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
September Salon: Graphic Novels


On September 11, 2018, at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street (75 Wall) Pen Parentis presents Graphic Novels by four spectacular writers: American Book Award winner, Victor LaValle, viral cartoonist Mira Jacob, nonfiction illustrator Josh Neufeld, and National Book Critics Circle winner Darin Strauss. Come join the fun as these four noteworthy New Yorkers gather on the second floor of 75 Wall Street (at Water) for an illustrious evening of literature.


September 11th’s Salon features:

Victor LaValle has won multiple awards in both literary fiction and genre including a recent American Book Award. His novels are The Changeling, The Devil in Silver, Big Machine, The Ecstatic, and Slapboxing with Jesus. Destroyer, his first comic book, brings the classic Frankenstein mythos into a thoroughly modern context. This is his third appearance at Pen Parentis.

Mira Jacob is author of acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Based on an illustration that went viral, she has now written and drawn the much-anticipated graphic novel and memoir Good Talk: Conversations I’m Still Confused About. She has read at Pen Parentis and has also appeared on a Pen Parentis panel in LA called “Privacy Matters: Sell your book, not your soul.”

Cartoonist and comic journalist Josh Neufeld has created and collaborated on a wide selection of graphic novels, comics, and zines, in multiple nonfiction realms including the New York Times bestselling nonfiction “comic journalism” hardcover about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina called A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. This is his first appearance at Pen Parentis.

Guggenheim fellow Darin Strauss has co-created the new series Olivia Twist, a futuristic teen adventure comic series. He is well known internationally for his novels Chang and Eng, More Than it Hurts You, and The Real McCoy. His memoir Half a Life won the National Book Critics Circle Award among numerous other accolades. We are excited to welcome him back to Pen Parentis.

Pen Parentis Literary Salons break the stereotype of parent-author by presenting the vast diversity of creative writing by authors who happen to also be parents. Audiences are diverse and the evening is inclusive of all book-lovers (21+) — you don’t have to be a parent or writer to enjoy these intimate and popular upscale events.

Held at the glamorous Andaz Wall Street (who also provide refreshments including wine) these inspiring monthly events also include intimate roundtable discussions about writing as a craft and career.  Salons are curated by Christina Chiu of Pen Parentis who won a prestigious Wei Look Award for the diversity of the artists she assembles. She co-hosts with Pen Parentis Founder, M. M. De Voe. Both hosts are also writers.

The long-running reading series has recently won a Creative Engagement Grant from New York City and New York State, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Events are sponsored by the prestigious downtown hotel, Andaz Wall Street, and an early RSVP is recommended. Suggested donation is $10 per person. A limited number of free seats are available for Title Members of Pen Parentis, as well as seniors and students.