Wednesday, February 6, 2008


The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Ellis Avery, Aoibheann Sweeney, and Jessanne Collins to Bar on A this month. Join us at 7:30 for a special evening.

ELLIS AVERY - Named by New York Press as 2007’s Best Writer You've Never Heard of But Should Go Read Right Now, Ellis Avery is the author of THE TEAHOUSE FIRE, a first novel set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan. Recently out in paperback from Riverhead Books, THE TEAHOUSE FIRE won three awards last year and is being translated into seven languages. Ellis lives in New York and teaches creative writing at Columbia.

AOIBHEANN SWEENEY has written book reviews for the New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World and The Village Voice Literary Supplement. She earned her B.A. at Harvard University and her MFA at University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Her first novel, Among Other Things I’ve Taken Up Smoking, was an Editor’s Choice at the New York Times Book Review, and is a nominee for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and a finalist for the Border’s Original Voices Award. She is currently Director of the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

JESSANNE COLLINS is an editor at Playgirl magazine, where she writes features and odes to the phallic form. Her essays have recently appeared in the New York Press and on She has an MFA from the New School, and is the abandoner of three novels-in-progress, one of which is only one paragraph long.