- The crowd. Can you spot John Wray?
For those unfamiliar with the monthly reading series Fireside Follies—which, you shouldn’t be, after our sister publication Brooklyn Magazine
’s inclusion of founders Mike Lala and Eric Nelson in their Indie Lit Impresario round-up
—it goes a little something like this: a few out-of-town and local Brooklyn writers walk into a bar, Bushwick's Brooklyn Fire Proof East to be exact, and read—one right after the other, sans any highfalutin introductions that some other shall-not-be-named reading series dwell in, with a little time built in to sneak to the bar and mingle with the literati, of course. This past Saturday featured the dreamy line-up of Rebecca Wolff (The Beginners
), Scott McClanahan (Stories V!
and the forthcoming Crapalachia
), Kathleen Alcott (The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets
and one of our Five Breakout Brooklyn Book People of 2012
) and newcomer Jacob Kaplan, who more than held his own with an excerpt from his short story “Sayonara, Sad Sack”—he was a highlight of an already exceptional evening.