News on Lawrence Block and Beate Sirota Gordon, plus fall title preview!
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Dark City Lights

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

Deadline Extension for Millennial Anthology

We have received numerous submissions, but for those of you experiencing a quarter life crisis in submitting, you now have until May 15!

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.

Deadline is now 11:59 PM EST on May 15.  For full guidelines and to submit, click here


New Book on Beate Sirota Gordon to be launched in NYC

May 19th and May 20th

We are excited to announce our two launches for The Last Boat To Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon.  Please join us Tuesday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Cornelia Street Cafe for the inaugural NYC launch.  

If you can't make Tuesday, please join us the following night, Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 p.m. at the Rubin Museum for a special launch that will feature a Q&A with authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman, with a book signing to follow as well as some special guests. Tickets cost $15.00 and includes a free book, you can purchase your tickets here.

Upcoming Fall Titles

High school geeks Lula and Rory share everything—a love for sci-fi, resentment toward parents that abandoned them, and binge-watching of old X-Files. But when Lula discovers Rory has been secretly sleeping with his creepy middle-aged boss, she disappears to find her long-lost actress mother and nothing is the same again. “Groundbreaking YA fiction.” —School Library Journal
Pub Date: October 13, 2015
STILL NIGHT IN L.A. by Aram Saroyan
One day, ex-cop turned detective Michael Shepard is hired by a former Hollywood movie star. The next day she is brutally murdered, and Shepard becomes ensnared in twisted investigation that winds through a vivid panorama of Los Angeles’ modern-day beautiful and damned. A compelling novel by the author of true crime saga Rancho Mirage. Includes cell phone photographs by the author.
Pub Date: October 13, 2015
ON EARTH AND IN HELL: EARLY POEMS by Thomas Bernhard; translated by Peter Waugh
The first English translation of the earliest poetry of brilliant and disruptive Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, widely considered one of the most innovative and original authors of the twentieth century and often associated with fellow mavericks Beckett, Kafka and Dostoevsky. "Bernhard was . . . Austria’s most important postwar writer." —The New York Times
Pub Date: November 10, 2015
Judith Malina, cofounder of the radical political performance troupe The Living Theatre, offers an intimate look at her life as one of the most extraordinary female countercultural figures of the 20th century with personal notes written on every full moon for 50 years from 1964 to 2014.
Pub Date: November 10, 2015

In the News . . .

Congratulations to our Goodreads Giveaway winners for Dark City Lights: New York Stories and Last Boat to Yokohama!


You still have a chance to win an Advance Reader copy of Weird Girl and What's His Name

Author Profile

Talking Writing, Identity, and Music with Meagan Brothers

The author of WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME discusses weirdos and the writing process with Three Rooms Press editor Constance Renfrow.

A good friend of mine from college said the nicest thing about my last book, Supergirl Mixtapes; she told me that it made her feel seen. It made me think about how, even with all the zillion channels and Internet video and everything, there are so many people who don’t see themselves in mainstream media, and they don’t feel like the mainstream is seeing them. 

Read more here

Judith Malina

In Memoriam

Three Rooms Press expresses our deepest sympathy to all friends and family of the profound theater artist Judith Malina, who passed away April 10. Judith was founder, along with Julian Beck, of the provocative and highly-influential radical political theater troupe, The Living Theatre, which catapulted to prominence in New York City in the 50s and 60s with breakthrough productions of The Connection, The Brig, and Paradise Now. The troupe’s work was renowned worldwide, and it staged successful tours throughout Europe and South America. 
Judith was a source of strength for thousands, and they have pledged to keep her spirit alive. Her burning will to create is manifested in her forthcoming Three Rooms Press book FULL MOON STAGES: PERSONAL NOTES FROM 50 YEARS OF THE LIVING THEATRE. The book offers an intimate look at her life as one of the most provocative female countercultural figures of the last century, with comments and details written on every full moon from 1964 through 2014. It will be released in November 2016.

Save the Date

Upcoming Three Rooms Press events.

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

MAY 7: DARK CITY LIGHTS: NEW YORK STORIES, Official NYC Launch featuring 18 contributors reading and signing including editor Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Tom Callahan, Jim Fusilli, Parnell Hall, Annette Meyers S.J. Roman and others. More information: click here. Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, NYC, 6:30-7:30 pm.

MAY 17: DARK CITY LIGHTS: NEW YORK STORIES, Shade Noir Reading Series. Select authors in the new anthology DARK CITY LIGHTS will read excerpts from their thrilling stories, including Brian Koppelman, Jill Block, Tom Callahan, Jane Dentinger, Peter Hochstein, Annette Meyers, Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes and curator of the Shade Noir series and DCL contributor Thomas Pluck. Shade Bar, 241 Sullivan Street at West 3rd Street, 6-8 pm.

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, plus Nicole Gordon (prominent attorney, teacher and Beate's daughter), and Geoffrey Paul Gordon (playwright, actor and Beate's son). $8 cover charge includes a drink. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, 6-8 pm. 

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 special guests Richard Lanier (founding trustee and president of the Asian Cultural Council and Rubin Museum trustee), performance artist Eiko Otake (of Eiko & Koma), Nicole Gordon (prominent attorney, teacher and Beate's daughter), and Geoffrey Paul Gordon (playwright, actor and Beate's son). $15 cover charge includes a copy of the book. Advance tickets and additional information available here. Rubin Museum, 150 W 17th Street, NYC, 6:30-7:15 pm.

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. Cornelia Street Cafe. 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, 6-8 pm. 

June 10: MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART, Madcap Dada Salon. Featuring more DADA performances and readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended, come as you aren't! Free admission. Le Poisson Rouge. 158 Bleecker Street (at Thompson), NYC. 7-9:30 pm.

June 13: MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART, Official West Coast Launch Party. Featuring the top LA DADA artists and performers, plus readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended. Admission $10 ($5 for students and members).  Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, Ph: 310-822-3006, 8-10 pm.

For additional information on any of the above events, please visit our website at or drop us a line at

““Mystery and thriller aficionados will find familiar names here, but undoubtedly will become newly acquainted with others. One cannot ask for better. . . Pick up DARK CITY LIGHTS—and its predecessors—and see what the excitement is all about.” —BookReporter

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..."  Coming: October, 2015

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

On May 11, Janet Hamill will be doing a spoken word performance with her band Lost Ceilings as part of Mike Pinsky's Harmony Music Poetry Series at the Wok n Roll Cafe in Woodstock. Then, on May 30, she’ll be reading at the launch of Alexandria Quarterly’s first print edition. Work from Knock—her poetry MS in the works—was published in their first online issue.  
Hala AIyan writes, “I have a book Four Cities coming out in September by Black Lawrence Press. I was also selected as a winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series for my collection Hijra, which will be published by Southern Illinois University Press next year.

Richard Vetere says, “I have been cast as an actor in Robert Tamburino's new play Saint Anthony's Bread to be read on Monday, May 4th at Arts Nova at 520 8th Avenue at 2 p.m. And my new poems “Taking Off Her Jeans” and “Self-Portrait at Sixty-two” are being published in Penumbra Literary Journal in their May issue. Also my play Lady MacBeth And Her Lover was just accepted into the 2015 Fringe Festival here in NYC. Sasha Bratt will direct.”
Jane LeCroy's band, The Icebergs will perform with Hungry March Band and Tipsy Oxcart Wed. May 20th at Bar Matchless. She hopes you can make it! 

Constance Renfrow’s article “Five Things I’ve Learned about Writing Competitions Now I’m Judging One” was published on DIY MFA. Her articles “Discover: Fineline Tattoo Parlor” and “Discover: KGB Bar” appeared on
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