Astoria Events Calendar

Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

LIC Reading Series: Heather Abel, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Ariel Schrag

Cozy up in front of the fireplace at the LIC Reading Series this November and enjoy readings and a panel discussion with authors Heather Abel (THE OPTIMISTIC DECADE), Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (POWDER NECKLACE), and Ariel Schrag, for a multimedia reading on the publication date of her latest, PART OF IT!

Readings and a panel discussion
7/E/M/G to Court Square
Raffle prizes for the audience!
The Astoria Bookshop will be onsite selling our readers’ books.

About our readers:

HEATHER ABEL’s debut novel, The Optimistic Decade published last year, was an Indie Next pick and received praise from the New York Times, People Magazine, New York Magazine, and the Seattle Times, among many other places. Her essays have appeared widely, including in the New York Times and the online Paris Review. She received an MFA at the New School and has taught writing at the New School, Lang College, UMass Amherst, and Smith College.

NANA EKUA BREW-HAMMOND is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called “a winning debut.” Named among 39 of the most promising African writers under 39, her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara. Her work has also appeared in Everyday People: The Color of Life—a Short Story Anthology, African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunday Salon, and the short story collection Woman’s Work. Forthcoming from Brew-Hammond in 2019 are a children’s picture book and a short piece in the fiction anthology Accra Noir. Brew-Hammond was a 2018 Ake Art and Book Festival Guest Author, a 2018 Hobart Festival of Women Writers Guest Author, a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, a 2015 Rhode Island Writers Colony Writer-in-Residence, and in both 2015 and 2014 she was shortlisted for a Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. In April 2015, she was the opening speaker at TEDxAccra. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship at Manhattan’s Center for Faith and Work. Also noted for her personal style, Brew-Hammond’s fashion sense has been captured by New York Magazine, Essence Magazine, Paper Magazine, and the New York Times, among many other outlets. Recently, she co-founded the made-in-Ghana coat line Exit 14 which was featured on Vogue. Currently, Brew-Hammond is at work on a new novel.

ARIEL SCHRAG is the author of the novel Adam and the graphic memoirs Awkward, Definition, Potential, and Likewise, and the forthcoming graphic memoir Part of It. Potential was nominated for an Eisner Award and Likewise was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Schrag has written for TV series on HBO and Showtime. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


November 13, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


LIC Reading Series


45-58 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City
+ Google Map