Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.
I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!
The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, New York City, Writers, writing
Tagged Amazon, Ava Rice, Barnes and Noble, Book, Byron Lord, eBook, GoodReads, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Juliet Feliz, Kindle, Library Thing, Marcel Swann, Napoleon Fey, New York City, novel, Shelfari
According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.
Posted in Arts, Cool Story Bro, New York City, News, Writers, writing
Tagged Detroit '67, Dominique Morisseau, Katori Hall, LARK Play Development Center, Playwright's Workshop, Playwrights of New York, Playwriting, Sunset Baby
Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.
Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.
Oh yeah, and it’s all free.
View the entire schedule below.
Posted in Books, Drink, Event, New York City, Random, Random Cool, Ratchet, Writers, writing
Tagged Amy Sohn, Book Court, Brooklyn, Camp, La Casita Yarn Shop, Lit Crawl, Litquake, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut
Just so you know, the full title of romance author Cathy Yardley’s how-to book is Will Write for Shoes: How to Write A Chick Lit Novel. Does it strike you as odd that I would read such a book? It shouldn’t – especially if you’ve already read my novel GUESTLIST.
In the weeks leading up to GUESTLIST’s release, whenever most people asked what genre it would fall into, I would say, without hesitation, “chick lit.” That response was usually followed by a look of utter perplexity.
But think about it. GUESTLIST is the story of a young woman who moves to New York City and attempts to adjust to life in her new surroundings. She begins looking for love (or, at least, companionship) and struggles to find a foothold in her career. Isn’t that basically what most chick lit books are about?
Posted in Books, New York City, Publishing, Writers, writing
Tagged Aliya S. King, Amy Sohn, Book Off USA, Candace Bushnell, Cathy Yardley, Chick Lit, Erica Kennedy, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Helen Fielding, Lauren Weisberger, Nick Hornby, Omar Tyree, Will Write For Shoes
Last night, I attended the Hip-Hop is For Lovers Mixer at Therapy Wine Bar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The event was hosted by the lovely ladies of HH4L, Uche, Lenee, and Jakema, and boasted a nice, mixed crowd of music lovers, tastemakers, jetsetters, and liquor enthusiasts.
Uche held things down on the music front, playing the role of DJ and spinning everything from classics (Biggie’s “One More Chance/Stay With Me”) to more recent jams (Big Boi’s “Tambourine”).
I had a few adult beverages, including the concoction for which Hip-Hop is For Lovers is infamous: the Slow Motion. It features a sweet mélange of tropical flavors that will sneak up on that ass and then leave you on your ass.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Event, Life, New York City, Nightlife, Random Cool
Tagged Bed Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant, Big Boi, Brooklyn, Hip-Hop is For Lovers, The Notorious B.I.G., Therapy Wine Bar
Recorded last night as I walked home, a bit tipsy, from Night of the Cookers. I’m not really saying anything, but hey, I promised you more videos. Here ya go.
Oh, the song playing in the background is “She” by Tyler, the Creator featuring Frank Ocean. GOLF WANG!
Posted in Cool Story Bro, humor, Life, New York City, Random, Random Cool, Ratchet, Video, WTF
Tagged Brian Grosz, Brooklyn, Frank Ocean, Fucking Bullshit, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Jay Fingers, Night of the Cookers, OFWGKTA, Rant, Tyler the Creator, video
Last night, I was invited by my buddy Topher and the good folks at Google to drink and dine at new Nolita watering hole Randolph Beer. It’s owned and operated by the same folks that run the Randolph cocktail bar just a few doors down.
First off, I loved the decor — it’s all wooden booths, half barrels masquerading as chairs, and antique hardware accents. The staff was pretty chill, as well. Everyone was helpful, knowledgeable, attentive, and (thankfully) swift. My bartenders answered questions about the different selections before allowing me to try the Southern Tier, a delicious IPA with a sweet tinge to it. And the Southern rock soundtrack certainly kept things lively.
Finally — and, dare I say, most importantly — they have a decent selection of craft beers and wine. It’s like Pokemon: gotta try ’em all. Okay, that was somewhat lame, but you get the gist!
All in all, I was pretty pleased with Randolph Beer. It’s certainly a spot I plan on visiting again. Oh, and shout out to the very lovely Angela, who recommended the delicious Cheesy Brat, seen above!
343 Broome St
(between Bowery & Elizabeth St)
Canal Street, NY 10013
Neighborhoods: Little Italy, Nolita
Grand St (B, D)
Spring St (4, 6, 6X)
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Drink, entertainment, food, Life, New York City, Nightlife, Random, Random Cool
Tagged Craft Beer, Google, Google Place, Manhattan, New York City, Nolita, Randolph Beer, Southern Tier