Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination

Book Launch: Alex DiFrancesco on ALL CITY in conversation with Mary Atkins

June19 at McNally Jacskson Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY

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In a near-future New York City in which both global warming and a tremendous economic divide are making the city unlivable for many, a huge superstorm hits leaving behind only those those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out. Here Makayla, a 24-year-old woman who works at the convenience store chain that's overtaken the city, and Jesse, a 18-year-old genderqueer anarchist punk who lives in an abandoned IRT station in the Bronx, and an unnamed, mysterious street artist who paints the suffering of those left behind into the world's consciousness, all struggle to rebuild their lives in a city that has left them for dead. When they carve out a small space of reprieve from an abandoned luxury condo, it is only a matter of time before those who own the building come back to claim what is theirs. All City is more than a novel, it's a foreshadowing of a world to come.

Alex DiFrancesco has published fiction in The Carolina QuarterlyThe New Ohio Review, and Monkeybicycle. They are a winner of Sundress Academy for the Arts' 2017 OutSpoken contest for LGBTQ+ writing. DiFrancesco's non-fiction has appeared in The Washington PostTin HouseLongreadsBrevity, and was a finalist in Cosmonauts Avenue's inaugural non-fiction prize. Their storytelling has been featured at The Fringe Festival, Life of the Law, The Queens Book Festival, and The Heart podcast. DiFrancesco's essay collection Psychopomps (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press) was released in February 2019. Their forthcoming novel All City (Seven Stories Press) will be released in June 2019.

Mary Adkins is the author of the novel When You Read This (HarperCollins 2019). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Atlantic. A native of the American South and a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School, she teaches storytelling for The Moth and is co-host of I'M STILL HERE!, a podcast about making art after kids.

June19, 7.00pm

McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 North 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY United States