International Bon Vivant and Raconteur (nick_kaufmann) wrote,
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur

Poe at the Montauk Club

Last night, Ellen Datlow hosted a reading with three authors from her anthology Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe--Gregory Frost, Delia Sherman and John Langan--at the Montauk Club in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The readings were all excellent, and it was as wonderful as ever to see my friend John again, but the true star of the show was the Montauk Club itself.

A few of us took a tour of the mansion-like building after the reading. Built in the 19th century, the club is such a mix of architectural styles, from Venetian Gothic to Native American to Viking, that it put me in mind of the Chaotic Naturalist building featured in Sarah Langan's forthcoming novel Audrey's Door, which I'm currently reading in ARC form.

The good news is that the Montauk Club wants to become a literary hub and plan more book-related events like last night's for the future. They've already secured an event with McSweeney's, I hear, and possibly a few others for the near future*, but they're looking for more. It's a lovely and elegant (and gothic!) setting for such an event, and if you or anyone you know is looking to put a reading together, I highly recommend the Montauk Club for the venue.

The last reading I put together was back in 2002, I think, at the now long gone Boudoir Bar in Brooklyn, but being at the Montauk Club last night gave me the itch to plan another one.

*This just in: It looks like there will also be a reading in honor of Ellen Datlow's anthology Lovecraft Unbound at the club in January.
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