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!

October Salon: Deception
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
October Salon: Deception

After a knockout season opener, Pen Parentis follows up with a Salon on the theme of Deception featuring authors Stephen O’Connor, Ronna Wineberg and Sari Gail Wilson at Andaz Wall Street. To celebrate the Tenth Anniversary Season, the salon, on Tuesday October 9th  from 7pm to 9:30pm, will be co-hosted by Pen Parentis Founder, M. M. De Voe and special guest host Amy Shearn, founder of the celebrated Lit at Lark reading series and host of the popular Bookish author interview series at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.


Prolific short story author and poet Stephen O’Connor wrote Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, a novel that reimagines the historical relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Novelist Ronna Wineberg wrote the short story collection Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life, which explores relationships among children, parents, and friends.

Sari Gail Wilson is the author of the acclaimed novel Girl Through Glass and co-editor of Flashed: Sudden Stories in Prose and Comics with her husband, cartoonist Josh Neufeld (a former Pen Parentis salon featured reader).

Readings, signings, and discussion about life-work balance moderated by M. M. De Voe and special guest-host Amy Shearn. Wine and Refreshments compliments of Andaz Wall Street.

The only regular literary event in the Financial District, Pen Parentis Literary Salons have been a public art project since 2009, inspiring writers who are also parents to stay on creative track by presenting a selection of the creative diversity of work written by such authors. All readings are followed by lively moderated discussions about work-life balance. Wine and other refreshments are generously provided by Andaz Wall Street where the Tuesday night events are hosted.

These events are open to the general public (21+ only) for a suggested donation of $10 per event. Supporting Title Members of Pen Parentis are admitted free, and a limited number of complimentary student and senior tickets are also available. (All writers who are parents are eligible to become Title Members.) Tickets can be reserved at

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. You do not have to be a parent or a writer to enjoy these neighborhood-friendly book events.

Transportation info: Take the 2/3/4/5/J/M to Wall Street. Salons take place in a private room on the second floor of the glamorous Andaz Hotel, at 75 Wall Street.