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Granta 111 Launch Party Dispatch

Granta 111.jpegLike everyone else, GalleyCat likes a good party. McNally Jackson Bookstore hosted the launch party for the literary magazine, Granta in celebration of the issue, Granta 111: Going Back. The theme of this issue is “memory.” Highlights of the night included a full house, cups of wine, and a wonderful reading session enjoyed by all.

In attendance were the editor, John Freeman and three contributors to the issue, Nicholas Christopher, Joseph O’Neill, and Claire Watkins. Each contributor offered a different medium of art that they read to the eager audience. Nicholas Christopher read his narrative poem, On Jupiter Place. Joseph O’Neill read the caption accompanying his photograph, Losed. Claire Watkins offered the longest piece of night, a short story she wrote entitled, The Last Thing We Need.

When asked how she invented the story for the character, Watkins answered: “To be honest, I stole this story from an old boyfriend I had. He actually went out to the desert and found the debris featured. A lot of the things found are included in the story. I had the list of debris pieces. The first letter is from him. Everything else was completely mine.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.