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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SUMMER LOVE, a Salon at Andaz Wall Street
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
An encore presentation of a sold-out salon, bringing together a bestselling romance novelist, an award-winning literary novelist, and a Chicago-based experimental novelist in an extra-special Pen Parentis Literary Salon on Tuesday June 13th, 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 Gint Aras.  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! Many thanks to Andaz Wall Street for allowing us to extend our season to bring you this special encore event.


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BOOK CLUB: 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. (This book club meeting is rescheduled from the one canceled due to Snowstorm Stella) Click here to get more book club information or to sign up.  

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)

Gint Aras has been trapped on planet Earth since 1973. His writing has appeared in various obscure journals, but his novel, The Fugue, was named a finalist for the 2016 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his children, both of whom asked “Why is there something instead of nothing?” long before they said, “Dad, can I have some money?” He holds an MFA from Columbia University. This is his first Pen Parentis appearance. (photo credit: C Bennoth)