The original French literary salons of the 17th and 18th centuries aimed “either to please or to educate.” This, after all, was the whole point of poetry, according to the Roman poet Horace. Women of Letters, an Australian literary salon, will no doubt be both pleasing and educational when it hits New York for the first time tonight at the Housing Works Bookstore in Soho. Writers Marieke Hardy (a former Triple J announcer) and Michaela McGuire have been running their literary salons for three years in Australia, and have now decided to bring their event to the U.S. in the name of reviving the long lost art of correspondence.
The Women of Letters tour has already played to packed audiences in Los Angeles and Austin as part of SXSW. The New York event will feature seven talented women, each of whom will be reading a letter they have penned ‘To the person I misjudged’. They include Edith Zimmerman, editor of The Hairpin, Cindy Gallop, the founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, author Maria Dahvana Headley, literary agent and author of Young Widow’s Book Of Home Improvement Virginia Lloyd, music journalist Vivien Goldman, young adult novelist Libba Bray, and founder of The Citizens Band and star of Lena Dunham’s ‘Tiny Furniture’, Sarah Sophie Flicker.
The free event will be a celebration of women, wine, literature and correspondence. Check it out tonight from 7 – 9pm at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street.