As I mentioned last week, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, and several others will be reading at a benefit for Burma tomorrow at Cooper Union in NYC. The event begins at 7 pm, and all proceeds go to the International Burmese Monks Organization, a network of Buddhist monks providing relief to victims of Cyclone Nargis and also promoting democracy and free expression in Burma/Myanmar.
Tickets to "Reading Burma" are available at www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.
If you can't make it to the Burma reading, join me in Brooklyn for the Other Means Reading Series, where Joshua Furst and Irina Reyn will read from 8 to 10 pm in support of PEN American Center. Josh has a devastating story in PEN America 9: Checkpoints. He's also the author of Short People, a collection of stories, and The Sabotage Cafe, a novel. Irina is the author of What Happened to Anna K, a novel, and the editor of Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State.
They will read at The Flying Saucer Cafe, at 494 Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, in Brooklyn, at 8pm. Hope to see you there.
Update: Here is the Facebook listing for the Other Means reading.