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Debut Drinks: Czapnik, Hurley, Lim, & Roberson

  • Pen & Pencil Club 1522 Latimer St Philadelphia, PA, 19102 (map)

For our second Debut Drinks we welcome four amazing debut authors to Philadelphia to share their work at the historic Pen & Pencil Club, America's oldest press club and Philly's coolest members-only bar. This event, though, is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

DANA CZAPNIK is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction. Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship. She’s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the United States Tennis Association and the Arena Football League. Her debut novel, THE FALCONER, will be published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in January of 2019. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

BLAIR HURLEY received her A.B. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. Her stories are published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, The Georgia Review, West Branch, Mid-American Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, Fugue, and elsewhere. She has received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her debut novel, THE DEVOTED, was published in August 2018 from WW Norton & Company.

THEA LIM is the author of AN OCEAN OF MINUTES, which was a finalist for Canada's Giller Prize, and has been optioned for a TV series and translated into multiple languages. Her work has been published by Granta, the Paris Review, the Guardian, Salon, LitHub, the Southampton Review and others. She grew up in Singapore and she lives in Toronto, where she is a professor of creative writing.

BLYTHE ROBERSON is a writer and comedian whose work has been published by the New Yorker, The Onion, ClickHole, VICE Magazine, and others, and has been mentioned by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and New York Mag. She works as a researcher at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Phoebe Robinson has said that Roberson's debut essay collection, HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN, is "funny, sharp, and feminist fun in a way we’re led to believe isn’t possible."