PERSONAL MONSTERS with Cara Hoffman, Nic Esposito and Chris Tarry
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Nic Esposito, Chris Tarry, and Cara Hoffman: three fantastic authors who are also parents read from their newest creative works at PERSONAL MONSTERS, the March Pen Parentis Literary Salon. The night begins at 7pm with networking over wine, compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Readings and signings will be followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and its new Salons curator, novelist Christina Chiu. Come join the fun!  Pen Parentis Literary Salons were founded to celebrate the creative work of writers that are also parents, and are a great place to meet industry notables.

The event takes place on Tuesday, March 10th at the elegant Hotel Andaz at 75 Wall Street. The night kicks off at 7:00 pm, and admission is free. RSVP is recommended, but not required—the Pen Parentis Literary Salon is open to adults over the age of 21. Books will be vended and proceeds go to Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.



CARA HOFFMAN’s critically acclaimed novel Be Safe I Love You was named one of the Five Best Modern War Novels by the London Telegraph, and one of the Ten Best Books of Summer by the USA Today. The New York Times heralded it as “a reminder that art and love are all that can keep us from despair.” Hoffman’s first book So Much Pretty was named the New York Times Book Review’s Best Suspense Novel of 2011. This is her third appearance at Pen Parentis. She has been a visiting writer at St. John’s, Columbia and Oxford Universities. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Marie Claire, and on NPR.  Originally from upstate New York, she lives in Manhattan with her partner, the artist Marc Lepson. Her son records music under the name Nervous.  (PHOTO CREDIT: Constance Faulk)

CHRIS TARRY is a Canadian writer and musician living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, On Spec, Grain, The G.W. Review, PANK, Monkeybicycle, and many other cool places. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, is a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most sought-after bass players. His debut story collection How To Carry Bigfoot Home is out March 17, 2015 from Red Hen Press. He is also the father of two great kids, Chloe three, and one-year old Lucas. You can find him at

After developing urban farm projects throughout Philadelphia, NIC ESPOSITO and his wife Elisa now operate Emerald Street Urban Farm as well as their own homestead populated by their son, Luca, a dog, a cat, and a whole bunch of chickens. He writes about social change, urban farming and sustainability for blogs and magazine and spoke on urban farming at the 2010 TED X conference in Philadelphia. He is the author of novel Seeds of Discent and the essay collection Kensington Homestead. Nic is the founder of The Head & The Hand Press and The Head & The Hand Workshop.


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