Trumpet Fiction held its first reading of the 2016-2107 season on Oct. 8, with Mary Cool, Editor-in-Chief of Ducts, making her debut as co-host with series founder Jonathan Kravetz. And all of our readers shone–partly from their own brilliance, and partly from the glowing light on our podium–as can be evidenced in the photographs below from our beloved venue, KGB Lit Bar, on the Lower East Side.

But seriously, we were more than honored to have three amazing fiction readers, including Julian Tepper reading an excerpt from his second novel Ark, which was just released and has garnered a much-coveted New York Times review; Erika Swyler trying out a moving excerpt from her second novel (in progress), which she’s now penning after her successful debut novel, The Book of Speculation; and finally, Stephen Langlois, who closed out our evening with short fiction and a job application for “sentient beings” (Look for more of Stephen as the newest fiction editor at Flapperhouse).

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past rainy Saturday, and if you missed us this time, join us on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7-9 pm for the next installment! It’s free and open to the public.


Jonathan Kravetz and Mary Cool open the reading

Jonathan Kravetz and Mary Cool open the reading

Julian Tepper reading from "Ark"

Julian Tepper reading from “Ark”

Erika Swyler reading from her second novel in progress

Erika Swyler reading from her second, in-progress novel

Stephen Langlois reading from his short fiction

Stephen Langlois reading from his short fiction

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.