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!

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February – March 2018

SECRETS – with blockbuster authors Min Jin Lee, Jamie Brenner, Patty Dann
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


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Patty Dann has written three novels, Mermaids, Starfish and Sweet & Crazy. Along with The Butterfly Hours, she has published two memoirs, The Baby Boat and The Goldfish Went on Vacation. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German and Portuguese. Mermaids was made into a movie with Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci. The Butterfly Hours was chosen one of the Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers.She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Oregon. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the West Side YMCA, and is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild and New York Writers Workshop. She is married to journalist, Michael Hill and has one son and two stepsons.

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko is a Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, BBC, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. Pachinko was on over four dozen best books of the year lists, including NPR, PBS, CNN, History, Vox, Esquire, Financial Times, Amazon, The Boston Globe, New Statesman, BuzzFeed, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and The Irish Times. Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires (2007) was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Wall Street Journal Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. Min’s only child Sam is now a college sophomore, attending college in the West Coast. He seems fine; however, Min has not yet separated and is freaking inconsolable.

Jamie Brenner is the author of the national bestseller The Forever Summer (Little, Brown), a novel People magazine calls, “A captivating tale of family secrets and strong women.” Her new novel, The Husband Hour, publishes April 24 (Little, Brown). Her previous novels include The Wedding Sisters, a Target Emerging Author pick and one of PopSugar’s Best Books for Women 2016, and The Gin Lovers, named by Fresh Fiction as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

BELONGING: Authors writing about immigration
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our March 13th Pen Parentis Literary Salons, presents BELONGING which will open a literary conversation about writing about immigration. What are our responsibilites as great communicators? How does one address a politically touchy subject and maintain readers? Talented authors Susan Muaddi Darraj, Marguerite Bouvard, and Katie Kitamura will join forces with poet Sarah Gambito (rescheduled from our January Poetry Salons) to read from current work and discuss writing about immigrants and immigration.

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 moderated by Columbia MFA alumnae Christina Chiu (Pen Parentis curator) and M. M. De Voe (Pen Parentis founder).