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!

ART AND THEFT: a Pen Parentis Literary Salon
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Who doesn’t love a great art heist? From the Pink Panther to the Thomas Crowne Affair, writers have been thrilling us with the combination of art and theft. But why do people steal art and why are we so fascinated by this topic? How does an author devise a plot to allow a painting or an architectural dig to live as a character in a book? The next themed Pen Parentis Literary Salon presents an art crime specialist and TEDtalk speaker alongside two novelists who write themes of art and theft.
TAGS:  Pen Parentis Literary Salons, Erin Thompson, Wendy Lee, Susan Daitch, M. M. De Voe, Christina Chiu, NYC Literary Salons, NYC Free Events


Susan Daitch is the author of five novels, a collection of short stories. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Black Clock, Conjunctions, Slice, LitHub, Bomb, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and two Vogelstein awards. Her first novel, L.C., was a recipient of a National Endowment of Arts Heritage Award. Her novella, Fall Out, published by Madras Press, and all proceeds are given to Women For Afghan Women. She’s a cool mom.

Wendy Lee is the author of the novels The Art of Confidence, Across a Green Ocean, and Happy Family, which was named one of the top ten debuts of 2008 by Booklist and received an honorable mention from the Association of Asian American Studies. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, she has worked as a book editor and an English teacher in China. She and her family live in Queens, New York.

As America’s only full-time professor of art crime, Erin Thompson studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. She has discussed art crime topics in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, TEDx and the Freakonomics podcast, and has lectured at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Columbia. Her book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors, is now out from Yale University Press.