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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Cooperage to welcome writers

  • HONESDALE - On Saturday, May 11 The Cooperage will host “Readings at the Coop: Writers in Conversation,” a series curated by Moody Road Studios.
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  • HONESDALE - On Saturday, May 11 The Cooperage will host "Readings at the Coop: Writers in Conversation," a series curated by Moody Road Studios.
    The event will feature Mason Currey, Owen King and Domenica Ruta.
    There will be a wine and cheese welcome in the garden at Maude Alley, 1023 Main Street, between the Milkweed stores, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. The authors will be doing a book signing in the garden as well. Their books will be available for purchase at Moody Road Studios ahead of time, as well as during the event.
    The authors will also be signing books at The Cooperage. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. in The Cooperage for the readings. There is a $5 suggested donation.
    Mason Currey is a Honesdale native. He is the author of "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work." He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His writing has appeared in Slate, Print and Metropolis, where he was an editor for six years. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Owen King is the son of Stephen King and the author of "Double Feature," his first novel. His other books include "We're All in this Together: A Novella and Stories" and his fiction anthology "Who Can Save Us Now?" which was co-edited with John McNally. His fiction appeared in One Story and Prairie Schooner, among other publications.
    Owen has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and recognized in the Pen/O. Henry Price Stories series. He is married to the novelist Kelly Braffet.
    Domenica Ruta is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir "With or Without You." She was born and raised in Danvers, Mass. and is a graduate of Oberlin College. Domenica holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.
    She was a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, Jentel and Hedgebrook.
    "We want to do something like this once a month from May to September," said Kelly McMasters, co-owner of Moody Road Studios. "They'll always be on Saturday nights."
    The next one will be June 29.
    McMasters and husband Mark Milroy are originally from New York.
    "I did a KGB reading series in East Village," McMasters said. "When we moved to Pennsylvania full time I thought about what I missed. I thought this would be a good way to support and help expand the literary scene."
    She worked with Mason at a magazine and went to both undergrad and grad school with Owen.
    "Bringing them all together makes a great combination," McMasters stated. "People are also getting to know the Moody Road Studio name. This also allows us to have a partnership with different businesses and to foster relationships."
    Page 2 of 2 - "I'm a painter who loves to print," said Milroy. "Moody Road Studios is more about works on paper."
    He added that Moody Road Studios makes the book buying experience "more personal."
    "We offer an experience," he said. "We have a combination of classics and new books. We like being able to help you find your next favorite book. A lot of people want to hold a book when they are shopping. You can't do that with places like Amazon."
    McMasters said they are working on doing other events as well.
    "We're going to have some classes in the summer," she said. "One will be about memoirs and another will be a teen write meet up."
    For every book purchase at Moody Road Studios, the shop gives a book to a child in need in a partnership with First Book Wayne/Pike. With every print purchase the shop gives 10 percent to the Arts Fund at Bethany Children's House Montessori pre-school.
    The spring hours are Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. They will be adding more hours during the summer.
    About Moody Road Studios
    Mark Milroy is a painter who loves to print. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Brooklyn, Chicago, LA, Sag Harbor and Canada.
    His work has been featured in Columbia: A Journal of Art & Literature and New York Metropolis, and in the Absolut Vodka advertising campaign. Milroy's work has been written about in City ArtsMagazine, Domino Magazine, The East Hampton Star, New York Arts Magazine, The New York Sun, The New York Times, Tokion Magazine, The Washington Post, and Dan's Papers, among others.
    He was the drawing instructor of The National Arts Club (2000-2012) on Gramercy Park in NYC and has a studio in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife the writer Kelly McMasters and their two sons, Emerson and Angus. www.markmilroy.com
    Kelly McMasters is the author ofWelcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. The book was listed as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and is the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection.
    Her essays, reviews and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction, Tin House, Newsday and Time Out New York, among others.
    She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia's School of the Arts and is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and an Orion Book Award nomination. Kelly teaches at mediabistro.com and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University. www.kellymcmasters.com
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