Join us for the Trumpet Fiction reading series, 
sponsored by Ducts magazine!




Cosima Smiled: A Night of Women Scientists in Fiction

Featuring new books from Karen Heuler, Andrea Rothman & Erika Swyler

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7-9 p.m.


85 East 4th Street (between The Bowery & 2nd Ave)

Bar opens 6:30 pm–seats fill up fast!


While Orphan Black fans can’t get enough of science genius Cosima, there’s still a relative deficit of women scientists in modern lore—not so in this night of stories. Meet an astronaut, a DNA researcher, and a bridge engineer—all women and all characters you can find in three brand new books from Erika Swyler, Andrea Rothman, and Karen Heuler. Here is more about your readers:


Karen HeulerKAREN HEULER’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award, the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction (twice), and others. She has published four novels and a novella, and her fourth story collection (The Clockworm and Other Strange Stories) has just been published by Tartarus Press.


Andrea RothmanANDREA ROTHMAN is the author of the novel The DNA of You and Me to be published by William Morrow, HarperCollins, on March 12, 2019. Prior to becoming a fiction writer, Andrea was a research scientist specialized in the field of molecular biology, and worked in four different countries, including Venezuela. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was a reader and fiction editor for the journal Hunger Mountain. Her short stories have appeared in print and online journals such as Lablit, Cleaver Magazine, and Litro Magazine. She lives with her husband and two children in Long Island, New York, and is at work on a second novel.


Erika Swyler

ERIKA SWYLER is the author of The Book of Speculation, a national bestseller, Indie Next pick, and a Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year. Her forthcoming novel, Light from Other Stars (Bloomsbury, May 2019), is about a young girl and an invention that alters the fabric of time. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Catapult, VIDA, The New York Times, and elsewhere. 


About the Author

Trumpet Fiction is a free, monthly literary reading series in Manhattan that runs from October through June. You can find us on the second Saturday of every month at KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street). The series was founded in 1999 by Jonathan Kravetz, who is also founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Ducts. No RSVPs necessary to attend—the series is free and open to the public.

Twice a year, we feature readers from Ducts magazine, while the remaining readings feature various authors and genres. Stay tuned to the Events page for information on upcoming readings and to see pictures from our past installments.