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 in lower Manhattan’s coolest spots.  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 location, who is reading next, and to RSVP!

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PREVIEW OF UPCOMING READERS (mark your calendars!)


January 14: Sarah Kain Gutowski, Tim Donnelly, Diane Mehta, Len LawsonRSVP now open!


February 11: “Flash Fiction” with Richard Peabody, Denise Long, and Jose De Pierola

March 10: “The Body” with David Ebenbach and Kathy Curto

April 14: Helen Schulman and Deborah Paredez

May 12: Season Closer with Gish Jen and Granville Wyche Burgess

LMHQ is an event space run by Downtown Alliance. It is located at 150 Broadway in Lower Manhattan on the 20th floor. Pen Parentis events are partially funded by a ConEd Bright ideas grant.

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SEASON Eleven archives:

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September 10: “Freedom” with Renee Simms, Virginia Hartman & Jess DeCourcy Hinds   —  


October 8: “Alternative Lives” with Amy Edwards, Janice Eidus, and Randon Billings Noble

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November 12: “Small Towns, USA” with Marie Lee, Jimin Han, and Keetje Kuipers

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December 10: Annual Author Mingle & Season Closer – “All in the Family,” with Terese Svoboda, Susan Van Sciver, and Huda Al-Marashi

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