Drunken! Careening! Writers!
Jacob Appel
MB Caschetta
Laurie Stone
“Welcome to the Thunderdome”
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
85 E. 4th St.

Jacob M. Appel is the author of two novels, six short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery and a forthcoming thriller. His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award. Other recent collections include Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana and The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street. Jacob’s short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals. Jacob’s stage plays have been performed in New York and regionally. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an attending physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. At Mount Sinai, he designed and teaches the ethics curriculum for the first and second year medical students, lectures in the psychiatric clerkship, and runs the ethics courses for the psychiatry residents. He also established and supervises a creative writing elective for the medical students. He also publishes in the field of bioethics. His essays on the nexus of law and medicine have appeared in numerous newspapers.

MB Caschetta is a recipient of the W.K. Rose Fellowship and the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award. Her novel MIRACLE GIRLS won The 2015 USA Best Book Award for Literary Fiction, a Gold Medal Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY) for Spiritual Fiction, and an Honorable Mention IndieFAB 2015 Book of the Year for LGBT Fiction. MIRACLE GIRLS was also a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and a People Magazine Pick-of-the-Week. MB’s non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Body & Soul Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as print anthologies. Since 2007, she has been the anonymous blogger behind the lit-busting lit blog, Literary Rejections On Display. Stories from her new linked collection, PRETEND I’M YOUR FRIEND (Engine Books, 2016), have appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Mississippi Review, Del Sol Review, and Red Rock Review, Bloom, Thieves Jargon, Ecclectica, and Blithe House Quarterly. MB lives in Massachusetts with her spouse (also a writer) and their standard poodle, Violette LeDuc, and is currently working on a book about being disinherited.

Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories (Triquarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, October 2016). She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, The Collagist,Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. Their text/music piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on the fiction collection The Love of Strangers. To learn more about her work visit:

Name: Laurie Stone reading from My Life as an Animal.

Time: Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm

Venue: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

602.274.0067 [Google Map]




Name: Beyond Baroque reading Laurie Stone My Life as an Animal

When: Sunday November 20 @ 8PM

Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 Ph: 310-822-3006 Fax: 310-821-0256



Name: Fiction Stranger Than Fiction, featuring Robert Lopez, Edward Mullany Dawn Raffel, John Reed, Laurie Stone, Terese Svoboda, and John Dermot Woods. Hosted by John Madera

Date: September 7, 2016

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Venue: Pacific Standard

Address: 82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (718) 858-1951



Name: Mixer Reading and Music Series, readings by

Joanna Fuhrman, Jean-Paul Pecquer, Christine Reilly, Laurie Stone

Music by Subcontinents with your hosts, Michelle Campagna, Melissa Febos, and Rebecca Keith

Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m., FREE

Venue: Cake Shop

Address: 152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington

F, V to 2nd Ave., F, J, M to Delancey/Essex



Name: Vica Miller Salon reading with Lara Vapnyar, Zeeva Bukai, Mira Jacob, Laurie Stone.

Time: Wednesday October 5, 7-9, FREE

Venue: Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, 46 West 90th Street.



Name: “The Laurie and Margo Show/A Tale of Two Books.” Friends and authors Margo Jefferson and Laurie Stone offer an evening of spliced stories from their two recent books, Jefferson’s memoir Negroland and Stone’s linked tales, My Life as an Animal. When texts talk to each other, they produce a third story–and maybe a boogie or two.

Time: Wednesday, October 19 at 6pm, $10 includes drink.

Venue: Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, 212-898-9319.



Name: Radio interview with Seth Rogovoy

Time: 10am live

Website: October 19,


Name: Reception and launch for My Life as an Animal.

Time: October 22, @ 5, short reading, wine and light hors d’oeuvres served, FREE.

Venue: Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson NY 12534, (518) 822-1438



Name: St Urban Music and Literature Salon Series, Laurie Stone reading from My Life as an Animal, Stories, in “Fairy Tales Revisited,” including Schumann Märchenerzählungen, op. 132, Stone “Four Fairy Tales” and Kurtag Homage à Schumann, op. 15d.

Time: Friday October 28, @ 7.30pm

Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A WEST 13TH STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10011 TELEPHONE 212.645.2800, tickets $23 at door and ordered ahead from



Name: Book Culture Reading series, with Laurie Stone reading from My Life as an Animal.

Time: Wednesday November 2 @ 7 pm, FREE

Venue: Book Culture bookstore, 536 WEST 112TH ST. (212) 865-1588



Name: The Bookstore in Lenox reading with Laurie Stone/My Life as an Animal.

Time: Saturday November 5 at 3 pm, reception FREE

Venue: The Bookstore in Lenox Mass, 11 housatanic St Lenox Mass, 413-637-3390.



Name: St Urban Music and Literature Salon Series, featuring performance of “You, the Weather, a Wolf,” composed by Gordon Beeferman, texts by Laurie Stone and Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65,

performed by Sharon Harms (soprano),
Laura Mercado-Wright (mezzo),
Peter Tantsits (tenor),
Dominic Inferrera (baritone),
Gordon Beeferman, piano
Lenore Davis, piano.

Description: In their new collaboration, Gordon Beeferman and Laurie Stone play with the notion of romance that fueled Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes. Brahms composed within the framework of high romantic idealism. But Beeferman and Stone are creatures of their moment’s mongrel intensities and comic ambiguities. Beeferman riffs on Stone’s story fragments and themes of sudden reversal, wonder, lust, friendship, and the mysteries of unlikely desire. Together they create a work that is abstract and lyrical, arousing and tender.

Time: Wednesday December 21 @8.30-10:30pm.

Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A WEST 13TH STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10011 TELEPHONE 212.645.2800, tickets $23 at door and ordered ahead from



November 15, reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Az.

November 20, Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291.Ph: 310-822-3006

December 7, @ 7pm, with Sara Majka, author of Cities I’ve Never Lived In, Shakespeare & Co, 939 Lexington Ave. NYC, 939 Lexington Avenue,

February 9 @ 7pm Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, NUP reading on line-up.