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New Reading Series Coming to Richmond Hill Library

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | November 15, 2013 8:54am
 Deborah Emin said she hopes the new reading series will become as popular as the one held at Odradeks Coffee House.
Deborah Emin said she hopes the new reading series will become as popular as the one held at Odradeks Coffee House.
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QUEENS — The literature scene is percolating in Richmond Hill.

A new reading series scheduled to begin at Richmond Hill Library next week — started by the founder of a popular similar group at a Kew Gardens coffee shop —  seeks to give local literature lovers more opportunities to feast on great works.

The first reading is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18, and will feature Forest Hills-based biographer Justin Martin and poet Liza Charlesworth.

“We don’t have a library in Kew Gardens so this is where we go — to Richmond Hill,” said Deborah Emin, a Kew Gardens resident who recently became the vice president of the Friends of Richmond Hill Library.

Earlier this year, Emin, founder of Sullivan Street Press, also started the REZ reading series held at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens.

She said she is planning to continue the Odradeks series, which are very popular, and hold the new series at the library, which will provide more space.

Emin said in an email that she hopes the reading series, along with other programs she is planning for the Richmond Hill location, “will bring more people into the library's orbit and help to make the library a more vital part of the community.”

The second reading in the new series is planned for Jan. 13. Masha Hamilton, a journalist and founder of the Afghan Women's Writing Project, a non-profit which teaches Afghan women to write poetry and novels, is scheduled to read.

Hamilton, who currently works at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, will be reading excerpts from her new book. The works of the writers from Afghanistan will also be read by some members of the audience and representatives of the organization, Emin said.

Emin also said that there are plans to organize film nights for young people at the library.

The first reading at Richmond Hill Library will take place on Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 118-14 Hillside Ave.