Thanks to all our friends and fans for coming out to the January 2010 installment of Freerange Nonfiction! It was one of our best shows ever. Not only did the audience reach maximum capacity at the cafe, and not only did our readers kick badonkadonk, but WE GOT SCHOOLED! That’s right, we were given an invaluable lesson in literature, complete with easel pad, permanent marker and charts, by the guru of memoir himself, Mr. Ben Yagoda! For my notes Ben’s thoughts on the issue of how “true” a memoir should to be, as well as a useful rating chart, please click HERE.

Also! Mark your calendars for our next reading: Wednesday, February 3rd @ NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe 6:00 p.m., where we’ll be featuring authors Janice Erlbaum, Kyle Minor, and Meera Nair, as well as some talented up-and-coming writers.

Janice Erlbaum is the author of HAVE YOU FOUND HER: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ‘08), and GIRLBOMB: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ‘06).

Meera Nair grew up in India and came to the United States in 1997. She is the author of VIDEO: Stories, and a forthcoming novel from Pantheon, tentatively titled HARVEST. She recently had a story in the highly acclaimed anthology “Delhi Noir”  from Akashic Books. Her collection VIDEO won the Asian-American Literary Award and was chosen a Best Fiction Book of the Year by The Washington Post and Book magazine and was the Editor’s Choice at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories, articles and essays have also appeared in the New York Times magazine, the National Post , The Threepenny Review, Calyx, Discover as well as in various anthologies like “Money Changes Everything” and “Charli Chan is Dead-2.” Her story was also selected for  National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. Meera has won fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2004 & 2008) and the MacDowell Artists’ Colony. She lives in Queens, New York and teaches Creative Writing at New York University and in the MFA program at Brooklyn College.

Kyle Minor is the author of In the Devil’s Territory, a collection of short fiction, and co-editor of The Other Chekhov. His recent work appears in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Plots with Guns, and in anthologies such as Best American Mystery Stories 2008 , guest edited by George Pelecanos (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), Surreal South (Press 53, 2007), edited by Pinckney Benedict and Laura Benedict, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers (Random House, 2006). As a graduate student at the Ohio State University, he was a three-time honoree (in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) in The Atlantic Monthly’s annual writing contest. Random House named Kyle one of the “Best New Voices of 2006,” and The Columbus Dispatch named him one of their ”20 Under 30 Artists to Watch” in 2007.

Be sure to arrive on time to guarantee yourself a seat!