Jonathan Dee, Leslie Jamison and Amy Green read gorgeous excerpts from their novels. The Center for Fiction began as the Mercantile Library in 1820. It's a classy organization; the atmosphere is very warm and inclusive, part library, part social club. I spoke to Ron after the reading to thank him for his tweet for Tales from the Velvet Chamber, and also of course to congratulate him for a lovely evening.
We spoke briefly about revisioning myth and fairy-tale for the anthology from the Western canon, but outside it as well; Asian, African, Egyptian, Indian, etc. I'd also like the anthology to possess a pan-sexual spirit; hetero, homo, trans, and whoever else is out there. The spine of the book is to subvert the classics for feminist ends--- and like the Center for Fiction, this mission is inclusionary and global.
Image: Center for Fiction, from the New York Commercial Advertiser November 2, 1820.