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JUNE 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
HERE COMES THE SUN Paperback Launch!
Stay Tuned for Details
To Pre-order Paperback, click here.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Maplewood South Orange Book Festival
Maplewood, NJ
For more information, click here.

June 16-18, 2017
Nantucket Book Festival
Nantucket, MA
For more information, click here.

MAY 2017

May 18-21, 2017
Anguilla Lit Fest
Anguilla
More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

APRIL 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Montclair Literary Festival
Guild Room at the First Congregational Church
Montclair, NJ
An interview/reading about Here Comes the Sun For more information, click here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Bayou City Book Festival
Lone Star College, Kingwood Campus, TX
Black Box Theatre (PAC). For more information, click here.

April 12-14, 2017
Reading, Lecture, and Book Signing sponsored by Bermuda National Library and OUTBermuda
Bermuda
More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

April 28-30, 2017
BOCAS Literary Festival
Trinidad & Tobago
More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

MARCH 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:30pm
The Chinua Achebe Lecture Series Presents Nicole Dennis-Benn
The City College of New York
This lecture series is sponsored by The City College of New York Black Studies Program and the MFA Program. For more information, click here.

FEBRUARY 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
African Diaspora: New Dialogues with Nicole Dennis-Benn
The South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX
New Dialogues, featuring Nicole Dennis-Benn sponsored by WordSpace and the South Dallas Cultural Center. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:00pm
Living in Two Worlds: Reading and Author Talk with Nicole Dennis-Benn & Garrard Conley
Community College of Philadelphia, The Great Hall, S2-19, Philadelphia, PA
Spring 2017 Poets & Writers Festival. For more information, click here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:00pm
What Women Want: Writing Female Desire
AWP Conference, Liberty Salon M, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Washington, DC
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Chinelo Okparanta, Rebecca Schiff and others will discuss the challenges of writing about female desire and reflect on its changing representation in contemporary fiction. For more information, click here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30pm
Write Together, Fight Together
AWP Conference Off-Site Event, U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, and others will be reading from their works related to the theme "Write Together, Fight Together." For more information, click here.

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:00am
A Novelist's Job: The Realities, Joys, and Challenges
AWP Conference, Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Room 203AB, Washington, DC
Award-winning panelists, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Celeste Ng, Julia Fierro, and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore offer hard-earned advice on building a sustainable career. For more information, click here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12:30pm
Yale University
Yale Women Leadership Initiative
Nicole Dennis-Benn Claudia Rankine, Vinca LaFleur, Ruth Franklin, and Rachel Zucker in conversation. For more information, click here.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:00 am
Rutgers University
Reading and Author Talk with Nicole Dennis-Benn
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be a guest in Inside the Writers House, Hosted by Alex Dawson. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm
Duke University
Black Feminist Literature and Poetics - Author Talk with Nicole Dennis-Benn hosted by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan



JANUARY 2017

January 4 - 8, 2017
Sierra Nevada College Low Residency MFA Program International Semester: Craft Workshop, Reading & Talk (Closed to Public)
Portland, Jamaica

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Welcome Home Nicole!
Bookophilia, 92 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica
We're excited to announce that Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the Sun, will be the featured guest for our first book party of 2017! You are invited to join us to welcome home Nicole after an amazing 2016. Look forward to liming with Nicole, readings and best of all wine! It will also be the perfect opportunity to secure your copy of the book and have it signed. To RSVP for this event, email IPUBLISHJA@gmail.com .

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
Onward: Writing Against Patriarchy in 2017 and Beyond
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, NY, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Cathy Park Hong, Alex Mar and Idra Novey gather to discuss writing against patriarchal expectations as filmmakers, poets, essayists, translators, and novelists and what questions feel most pressing to address now. For more information click here.

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:00 am
House of Speakeasy: Turn the Page
Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Mira Jacob, Jason Reynolds, and Brendan Keily participate in a Matinee Performance of Storytelling & Creative Workshops for New York City Students. For more information click here.

DECEMBER 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016
University of Pennsylvania: Novel Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
Philadelphia, PA

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30pm
Center for Fiction First Novel Fête
Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn along with other 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlisted authors will read from their highly acclaimed debut novels. More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30pm
Center for Fiction Annual Awards Gala
Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, New York, NY
Join Honorary Co-Chairs ZZ Packer and Edward P. Jones, along with the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen, as they honor Eric Simanoff and announce the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner. To learn more and purchase your ticket, click here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
Nicole Dennis-Benn & Alexander Chee Host Housing Works' Gin Mingle (By Invitation Only)
Housing Works Bookstore, New York, NY

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Behind the Book Reading Series
KGB Bar, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY
Behind the Book’s mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs. Our programs take place in underserved public schools, are part of the class curricula and meet the Common Core Learning Standards. To learn more, click here.

NOVEMBER 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Words Without Borders Gala
Three Sixty° Tribeca, 10 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY
A terrific group of authors and translators will join us as we celebrate the power of international literature and honor Barbara Epler with the 2016 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature, presented to her by Hilton Als. Nicole Dennis-Benn along with Imbolo Mbue, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Katie Kitamura, and Carlos Labbé will co-host the Words Without Borders Gala Globe Trot. To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here.

November 5-6, 2016
Texas Book Festival
Austin, TX

Thursday, November 10, 2016
University of Pennsylvania: Novel Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:00pm
The Hustle Reading Series
WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
The Hustle is a free every-other-month series that invites writers to discuss the hours they keep, the habits that support their work, how they pay the bills, how they read & write, the importance of community and much more. Nicole Dennis-Benn, will be featured in the November series along with Bridgett M. Davis and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh. For more information, click here.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 11:00am
Miami Book Fair Panel: A Reading From Three Novels
Miami, FL
In Nicole Dennis-Benn‘s debut, Here Comes the Sun, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican community. Ali Eteraz‘s debut novel, Native Believer, depicts a second-generation immigrant whose life spins out of control in the pulsating underbelly of Philadelphia. A family hired by a research institute to teach sign language to an abandoned chimp must come to terms with the institute’s questionable studies, in Kaitlyn Greenidge‘s We Love You, Charlie Freeman. For more information, click here.

OCTOBER 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Well Read Black Girl in Collaboration with DESIGN*SPONGE
New York, NY
More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

Monday, October 3, 2016
Catapult: Fiction Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
New York, NY

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:30pm
Manhattan College English Department Literary Series
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, a former faculty member of Manhattan College, will be giving a Book Reading and Talk for the Manhattan College English Department's Literary Series.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Catapult: Fiction Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
New York, NY

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00pm
Water Street Bookstore Reading and Signing
125 Water St, Exeter, NH

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:00pm
Philip Exeter Academy Book Talk and Reading
Exeter, NH

Monday, October 17, 2016
Catapult: Fiction Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
New York, NY

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:00pm
University of Pennsylvania Creative Writing Program Reading
The Arts Cafe, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
To learn more, click here.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
University of Pennsylvania: Novel Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
Philadelphia, PA

Monday, October 24, 2016
Catapult: Fiction Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
New York, NY

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
Electric Literature Genre Ball
Ace Hotel, New York, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, along with Helen Phillips and others, will be the author host for the the second annual Electric Literature Genre Ball. To learn more and to register, click here.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:45pm
NYC BINDERCON Panel: Writing About Mothers & Daughters
Cooper Union, New York, NY
Motherhood is a sacred institution in most cultures and therefore is generally not discussed in a negative or even honest light. On this panel, Nicole Dennis-Benn, along with Sandra Rodriguez Barron, Elizabeth Crane, and other prominent writers will take part in a discussion of the topic of mothers and daughters that goes beyond the platitudes and simplistic, idealized portrayals of what is a primal and deeply formative relationship; one that is often rife with conflict and ambivalence. To learn more and to register for BINDERCON, click here.

SEPTEMBER 2016

September 2-4, 2016
AJC Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA
Nicole Dennis-Benn, will be featured along with a great literary line-up at the annual AJC Decatur Book Festival. To learn more, click here.

Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Book Reading & Signing at Main Point Bookstore
116 N. Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Nicole Dennis-Benn, will be reading from her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun. To learn more, click here.

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 2:45pm
Slice Literary Writers' Conference: Getting From Here To There Panel
Saint Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Emma Straub, and other renowned authors will discuss how they craft rich and elaborate storylines, while expanding on their personal pitfalls and most treasured techniques. To learn more about this Craft Panel and other Slice Literary Writers' Conference events, click here.

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
Sackett Street Writers Literary Series
BookCourt, 163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sackett Street Writers Literary Series returns with a sure to be inspiring conversation with 5 Sackett Street writers (instructors and alums) with recently published books. Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured at this reading alongside Kim Brooks, Anna Solomon, Taylor Larsen and others. The Literary Series will be moderated by Julia Fierro.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Reading at Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured along with Rumaan Alam as they read from their debut novels. More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

September 16-17, 2016
First Annual Provincetown Book Festival
Provincetown Public Library, Provincetown, MA
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured alongside a stunning literary line-up at Provincetown's first book festival. More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Brooklyn Book Festival
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured along with an amazing literary line-up of more than 300 authors at the prestigious Brooklyn Book Festival, which is completely free and open to the public. To learn more, click here.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Catapult: Fiction Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
New York, NY

Monday, September 26, 2016
2016 PEN/Faulkner Celebration
Washington DC
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured alongside other prominent writers reading original compositions about an important theme at the Elizabethan Theatre of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Catapult: Fiction Writing Workshop (Closed to Public)
New York, NY

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
Sarah Lawrence College MFA Program Book Reading and Talk
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, a graduate of the MFA in Fiction Program at Sarah Lawrence College, will be returning to her Alma mater to give a reading and talk with current students and faculty.

AUGUST 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Queens Book Festival "Beyond the Limbo: Caribbean Identity in the USA" Panel
Queens, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn along with other prominent Caribbean female authors, including Edwidge Danticat and Tiphanie Yanique, will discuss their incorporation of various elements of Caribbean culture into their work and how they use their work to play with and break through preconceived notions of the Caribbean. More details to follow, but mark your calendars for now!

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Shameless: Fifth Annual Queer Pride Reading
Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Melissa Febos curates her annual all-female Pride reading to share shameless stories of sex, love, rebellion, redemption, and pride. Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured, along with a stellar literary line-up including: Hossannah Asuncion, Amy Gall, Shira Erlichman, Jenny Johnson, Chinelo Okparanta, & Trace Peterson. To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:30pm
Catapult Writing Program Presents #YeahYouWrite
Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room, 6 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured along with a stunning list of authors, including Daniel Jose Older, Rebecca Schiff, & Tony Tulathimutte for a night of readings and literary cocktails to celebrate the launch of Catapult's fall writing workshops, intensives, and master classes. To learn more and to RSVP for #YeahYouWrite, click here.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 10:15am
Writers Digest Annual Conference - Panel: Breaking in: First Time Novelists Share How They Got Their Book Published
New York, NY
Each year, thousands of writers try to break through the wall of agents, editors, and other gatekeepers to get their novels published. Only a small percentage succeed. In this panel, you’ll hear from a variety of authors, including Nicole Dennis-Benn, who just broke through with publishing houses both small and large. You’ll learn what it took for each of them to finally secure a deal, what the reality of that experience was, the disappointments and the victories, and the lessons learned along the way. It’s a crash course on the real-world issues of getting an agent, getting published, and making a life as a writer. To learn more and to register for the conference, click here.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2:00pm
NYWC Fort Greene Summer Lit Fest
BRIC Media, 647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured along with Kaitlyn Greenidge and Yaa Gyasi as they read from their debut novels in support of the young writers participating in the NYWC workshops. To learn more, click here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:30pm
Book Reading & Signing at Mount Vernon Public Library
28 South First Ave, Mount Vernon, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn, will be reading from her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun. To learn more, click here.

JULY 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00pm
Launch of Here Comes the Sun in Brooklyn, NY
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St (at S. Portland), Brooklyn, NY 11217
Nicole Dennis-Benn in conversation with Ashley Ford, writer and editor for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Lenny Letter, and Slate. DJ Emma B will be spinning the Here Comes the Sun soundtrack with a wine reception to follow. Get ready for a book launch like none other! To learn more, click here.

Monday, July 25, 2016
Launch of Here Comes the Sun in Washington DC
Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC
Nicole Dennis-Benn in conversation with Marita Golden, award-winning author and President Emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:00pm
Nicole Dennis-Benn in Conversation with Tiphanie Yanique
Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
A conversation between the two esteemed authors moderated by Glory Edim, Founder of Well-Read Black Girl.

JUNE 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
CALABASH 2016
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured along with a stunning list of authors, including Marlon James, Chigozie Obioma and Nikki Giovanni, at the prestigious and internationally renowned Calabash Festival in her home country of Jamaica. To learn more, click here.

Friday, June 15, 2016 at 6:30pm
"The Boys on the Hill" Post-reading Panel Discussion
Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, Long Island University, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Nicole Dennis-Benn will participate on a discussion panel following a reading of Karl O'Brian Williams' play entitled "The Boys on the Hill" as part of Long Island University's Gay Pride & Caribbean Heritage Month Celebrations. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

MAY 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Writers' Roadshow 2016
The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Nicole Dennis-Benn along with Jennifer Cody Epstein and others will be reading from their much anticipated works. To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:45pm
Library Journal Day of Dialog Big Authors Panel II
UIC Forum, Chicago
Nicole Dennis-Benn along with Colson Whitehead and others will be discussing their highly anticipated novels. To learn more, click here.

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:15pm
BOOKEXPO AMERICA Content and Digital Conference Hot Fall Fiction 2016 Panel
Downtown Stage, McCormick Place, Chicago
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured alongside Christine Sneed, Robert Olen Butler, and Marie Benedict in a panel presentation of the biggest novels for the Fall 2016. To learn more, click here.

APRIL 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:00am
The 2016 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, California
Room 404 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Nicole Dennis-Benn, along with William Lung, Lydia Conklin, and Erin Judge, will be featured on a panel, entitled "Writing Characters Who Buck Gender Norms." On this panel, moderated by Lucy Jane Bledsoe, the panelists will discuss how they write rounded characters that resist the stereotypes and categories often used to restrict the representation of men and women on the page. To learn more, click here.

MARCH 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:00pm
The City College of New York Black Studies Program Presents: Women Writing the Caribbean
Shepard Hall Room 250, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Nicole Dennis-Benn, along with other women writers from the Caribbean, including Tiphanie Yanique, will be featured in a phenomenal panel discussion moderated by Simone A. James Alexander, PhD. To learn more, click here.

FEBRUARY 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00pm
Well-Read Black Girl Presents: Reimagining the Literary Canon
Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Join Well-Read Black Girl’s debut reading featuring Nicole Dennis-Benn and other fiction writers, poets, and essayists as they celebrate Black History Month and the brilliant narratives of Black women. To learn more, click here.

JANUARY 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016 at 6:00pm
American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be signing ARCs of her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, at Norton/Liveright's booth #1954. To learn more, click here.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00pm
KIMBILIO In Brooklyn @ MoCADA
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Kimbilio makes its New York debut as an official 2015 Brooklyn Book Fest bookend event. Kimbilio promises a memorable night of literary fun. Featured presenters include Kimbilio fellows Nicole Dennis-Benn, Dianca London Potts, and others. To learn more, visit Kimbilio's website.

MAY 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 6:00pm
The Manhattanville Review Presents
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NY, NY 10012
Nicole Dennis-Benn will be featured at the Manhattanville Review Annual Celebration. Look forward to a night of readings from celebrated writers and Manhattanville alumni contest winners. To learn more, visit the Bowery's website.

JANUARY 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 6:00pm
Kweli Annual Reading and Conversation Series
Sex and Dialect in Black Fiction
The New York Times Building, 620 8th Avenue, NY, NY 10018
Nicole Dennis-Benn reads an excerpt of her work along with featured authors Tiphanie Yanique, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, & LaShonda Katrice Barnett.

NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Girls Write Now Place Memoir Workshop
247 W 37th St, NY, NY
Nicole Dennis-Benn leads a Craft Talk on place and memoir, drawing from her vividly authentic depiction of Jamaica in her own writing.