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Meet and Greet

Three Rooms Press

When Three Rooms Press throws a party, you’ll want be there. Come Thursday, April 30 to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special night of networking, giveaways and special readings from Three Rooms Press authors including mystery master Lawrence Block (editor, Dark City Lights), playwright/film director/poet Israel Horovitz (Heaven and Other Poems; My Old Lady), performance poet/musician Jane LeCroy (Signature Play), novelist/playwright Richard Vetere (The Writers Afterlife; Champagne and Cocaine), and novelist/poet Meagan Brothers (Weird Girl and What's His Name). Plus meet 3RP co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, editor Constance Renfrow and other authors from recent and forthcoming releases. Cocktails, giveaways, and fun! Find out more by dropping us an email at

Quarter Life Crisis?

We Want Your Writing!

Hate your job? Unsure about your finances? Wonder where you’re going in life? Are you 26 or under? Sounds like you’re in the throes of your very own quarter-life crisis—which, coincidentally, is the name of our Short Story Competition for Writers 26 and Under! Send us your energy and your ambition, your emotion and your edgiest prose. We want characters who are indebted, who are Internet addicts, who work three jobs to support their art, or who still live with their moms—or who are moms. We want characters of all genders, nationalities, sexualities, ideologies, creeds, experiences, histories. We want the strong and the weak, the self-aware and those who reject reality. We’re celebrating the millennial—it’s time to proclaim who we are with our own damn voices. For full guidelines and to submit, click here

Dark City Lights

Available April 28, 2015; Official NYC Launch May 7 at Mysterious Bookshop

Lawrence Block on Dark City Lights
"Some of the writers have names you’ll recognize, and a shelf of books and awards to show for their efforts. Others are new to the game, with those awards very much in their future. I should emphasize that this is not a collection of crime stories, although many of them do fit comfortably beneath the genre’s broad canopy."

Join us for a festive celebration of the release of Dark City Lights on Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 pm at Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street in Tribeca, NYC. On hand will be 16 contributors to the anthology including editor Lawrence Block. For more information about the launch, email

Read more about this extraordinary collection here

In the News . . .

Q&A with Stephen Spotte
by Robin Hartill

Q: You’ve written 18 books, including one previous memoir. Do you find it easier to write about yourself or wildlife?
A: I find it more difficult to write about myself. When you spend your whole life as a scientist, what you write is very restricted. Everything has to be completely accurate. The last entry (of “My Watery Self”) is about how reliable memory really is. It’s certainly accurate to the best of my recollection, but it’s very difficult even to remember last week and how you were feeling at a certain moment.  Read more

Brooklyn Rail 
review of This is Belgian Chocolate
in the April Issue

Congratulations to our Goodreads Giveaway winners for Dark City Lights: New York Stories!


You still have a chance to win a free Advanced Reader Copy of Last Boat to Yokohama, a signed Advance Reader copy of Weird Girl and signed copies of Dark City Lights.

Author Profile

Getting Literary with Richard Katrovas

The Author of Raising Girls in Bohemia talks new projects and Prague with Three Rooms Press editor Constance Renfrow. 

I composed those essays over more than a decade. As I composed them, I worked on other projects, in verse and prose.  I knew early on that I wasn't simply shooting off essays to literary journals, that I was shaping a book that chronicled my raising very unique cultural beings.
Read the full interview here.

Save the Date

Upcoming Three Rooms Press events

APRIL 8-11: AWP Conference. Three Rooms Press will be at BOOTH 204, with special offers on upcoming titles and our terrific backlist. Stop by the booth, mention this newsletter and win a free, super-cool gift! Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN.

APRIL 11: Inaugural DARK CITY LIGHTS Reading featuring DCL contributors Elaine and Eve Kagan. 2-4 pm. The Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar, 723 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 540-889-8041.

APRIL 30: Meet and Greet with Three Rooms Press at Le Poisson Rouge, 7pm. 158 Bleecker Street, NYC.

MAY 1: DARK CITY LIGHTS Reading featuring DCL contributor Warren Moore. 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm. Books on Main, 1209 Main St, Newberry, South Carolina.

MAY 7: Dark City Lights: New York Stories Official NYC Launch featuring 16 contributors reading and signing including editor Lawrence Block, at Mysterious Bookshop, located at 58 Warren Street, NYC.

MAY 19: Last Boat To Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon Inaugural Launch featuring a reading by Japan-based authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman, $8 cover charge includes a drink. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC. 

MAY 20: Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon Reading and Q&A. Featuring a special presentation by Japan-based authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman, plus very special guests. $15 cover charge includes a copy of the book. Advance tickets and additional information available here. Rubin Museum, 150 W 17th Street, NYC.

June 5: Maintenant 9, A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Official East Coast Launch Party. Featuring DADA performances and readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended. Admission $8 includes a free drink. 6 pm. Cornelia Street Cafe. 29 Cornelia Street, NYC. 

June 13: Maintenant 9, A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Official West Coast Launch Party. Featuring DADA performances and readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended. Admission $10 ($5 for students and members). 7 pm. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, Ph: 310-822-3006

“New York is certainly the city of bright lights. No wonder it’s the city that never sleeps. How could it, without earplugs and a sleep mask? And yet it’s also the capital of Noir. Thus Dark City Lights.”
—Lawrence Block, from the Intro

All of us have a lot to learn from Beate Gordon--a woman with the courage to match her convictions..”
— Yoko Ono

Tech-No Prisoners. In full color. Includes work from Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Plymell, Joel Hubaut, Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Alice Bag, Exene Cervenka, Giovanni Fontana, Fausto Grossi and more.
“Spotte is a master storyteller, bringing to life the coal miners, gang members, and Inuits he meets on his travels . . . As an ode to watery places, this book is sometimes reminiscent of work by writers such as David James Duncan . . ." —Library Journal, Feb 2015
Cover reveal!  

"In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, high school geeks Lula and Roryshare everything--sci-fi and fantasy fandom, an obsession with old X-Files episodes, and the feeling that they'll never quite fit in..."  Read more in October, 2015

What's Up?


Events, Tidbits, and Highlights from 3RP Family and Friends

Richard Vetere is being inducted into his grammar school's Hall of Fame on April 25th. He attended Saint Stanislaus in Maspeth, Queens. It will also be the Fiftieth Anniversary of his class of 1965.

Eamon Loingsigh’s article “St Patrick's Day Parade or Charade? Irish Americans Divided on Gay Rights” appeared in the March 17 edition of the Guardian. 

Aram Saroyan, author of the upcoming Still Night in L.A. (Fall 2015) writes, “Minimalist poems of mine are on view January through March at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India (see attached photo).  New poems appeared in the March issue of Poetry and an essay called “Going Electric” is currently online (beginning Wed.) at  A collection called Poemes electriques will be published in Paris on May 15,  and my book Last Rites: The Death of William Saroyan is being translated into Spanish in Argentina.  On a more domestic note, my wife and I recently bought an “absolutely red” Prius c and are liking it a lot.”

Jane LeCroy has several upcoming events—and she hopes you’ll join her! First as part of DIVINE: Theater & Fortunetelling Hideout. Friday, April 10th 9 p.m.–12 a.m. at The Red Room at KGB Bar NYC (85 E. 4th St. 3rd Floor).
The following day she’ll be performing as part of: Nu Voices a Capella, Hip-hop, Beatboxing, Orchestra conducted by Kid Lucky. Saturday, April 11 at 12:30 a.m. at The Blue Note (131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012)
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