302 Broome St
New York City, New York

The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, chosen by New York Magazine and NY Press as the best reading series in NYC, and singled out by the New York Times Magazine for helping to “Keep downtown alive,” features the most interesting storytellers, writers, musicians, raconteurs and personalities, and requires the readers to take one public risk, while the the musicians, who perform two short sets with their original, lyric-driven music, are required to play one cover song and try to get the audience to sing along.

Please come visit us the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.

Wednesday November 8th, 2006

At 8pm sharp.

The doors open at 7:00.



Peter Behrens held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University, and was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His collection of short stories, Night Driving was published in 1987. Stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Brick, Best Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Essays and many other magazines and anthologies. When his first story published in The Atlantic Monthly and was optioned by a Hollywood producer, Behrens began to work as a professional screenwriter. He lives in Brooklin, Maine with his wife, the designer Basha Burwell, and their son Henry. The Law of Dreams is Peter Behrens' first novel.

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2001, and most recently The Keep. Her short stories have appeared in Harpers, The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and other magazines. Also a journalist, she writes frequently in the New York Times Magazine.

David Rakoff is the author of the books Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable. A regular contributor to PRI's "This American Life," his writing has also appeared in GQ, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Salon, and The New York Observer, among others. He can be seen (fleetingly) in the films "Capote," and (fleetingly; mutely) and in "Strangers With Candy."


Hannah Marcus is a songwriter-singer and composer who lives in Brooklyn. Her forthcoming CD was recorded in Montreal with members of the groups Godspeed You Black Emperor and A Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orkestra. It sounds at times somewhat like "a Salvation Army band playing over Graham Parson's funeral pyre." Her last record was made in Montreal as well. It came out on Bar/None last year. Hannah collaborates often with author Rick Moody, with whom she plays and sings in a band called The Wingdale Community Singers. She recently composed the music for a documentary entitled "Refrigerator Mothers," about the plight of mothers of autistic children who grew up in the late 1950's. Hannah counts American Music Club and Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) as early influences. Mark Kozelek produced her first demos, and she recorded two albums with the San Francisco producer and legendary drummer Tim Mooney, who still plays with AMC. Marcus is also a big fan of Stan Rogers, Almeda Riddle and John Darnelle.


Amanda Stern is the author of the novel, The Long Haul (Soft Skull Press). She founded Happy Ending in 2003 and has been hosting and curating it ever since. She has been endlessly at work on her second novel. She can be scoured at amandastern.com


Provided by the amazing Mobile Libris

There will be NO SHOW November 22nd. The next show will be November 29th


Happy Ending Bar
302 Broome Street
Between Forsyth and Eldridge

STERN Notes: Amanda will be hosting the National Book Awards, “5 Under 35” on November 13th.

Look for a hot pink awning with the words Health Club on it

J,M,Z,F to Delancey
B,D to Grand Street


Amanda Stern
Author, The Long Haul
Curator, The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series
http://www.myspace.com/ministerno (my publisher made me do it).

A sparse, smattering and incomplete list of just a few of the Artists who have appeared or will appear at The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series: James Salter, Jim Shepard, Mary Gaitskill, A.M. Homes, David Means, Rick Moody, Tom Perrotta, Kate Braverman, Stephen Elliott, Lydia Davis, Eileen Myles, Amy Hempel, Sigrid Nunez, David Rakoff, Peter Rock and Paul Muldoon.

Official Website: http://www.amandastern.com/happyending.html

Added by moxiebomb on November 6, 2006

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