Largehearted Boy and Girls Write Now Take Over WORD

Last night at WORD, David Gutowski celebrated his the 10th anniversary of his site, Largehearted Boy, with a fundraiser for Girls Write Now, a local organization that pairs at-risk girls from New York City’s underfunded public high schools with professional women writers. Through a network of volunteers, these girls receive individual and group writing instruction. While half of New York City’s youth fail to graduate from high school, 100% of Girls Write Now participants go onto college, often with awards and scholarships.

Lots of people came out to show their support and entered the raffle to win armloads of books donated by various publishers as well as a gift certificate to McNally Jackson.

David of Largehearted Boy and local author Emily St. John Mandel hang out upstairs before waiting for the appropriate time to attack the wine

Kiesha, The Brooklyn Baker, once again contributed amazing cupcakes.

Jason Diamond and Tobias Carroll from Vol1Brooklyn and Mike Fusco of M+E, a.k.a Emma Straub’s equally awesome half, chat before the reading — probably about books.

Angie Venezia, Alex Houstoun, and Courtney Allison came out to represent the Vintage / Anchor Publicity crew

Here’s Mike, Emma, and FSG’s Online Marketing Manager Ryan Chapman
enjoying cupcakes

WORD event coordinator, Jenn Northington, introduces Girls Write Now

Local author Jen Gilmore, in celebration of Largehearted Boy’s 10th, explained her hatred for birthdays and then delighted the crowd with a reading from her novel Something Red.

Local musician and author Alina Simone and her good buddy Maria Sonevytsky from The Debutante Hour, showed some Slav-pride by singing the Russian version of Happy Birthday, which might just be better than the English version. Maria then sang and played ‘Miracle Birth‘, which, I think, made everyone in the room an instant fan.

Here’s Tobias, frequent event-goer Molly Templeton, and their friend hanging out in between readers.

Yea, lots of people

The lovely, and also local, Emma Straub read from her short story collection, Other People We Married.

Stephen Elliott, Editor-in-Chief of The Rumpus, looks on as David reads off the winners.

Electric Lit contributor Ryan Chang goes home with an arm-load of books.

Ryan Chapman waves to the camera.

Jen Gilmore and Jason Diamond are getting ready to end the night — or maybe head
out to a local bar.

Girls Write Now Program Director Meghan McNamara and mentor Therese Cox
enjoying their party.

Disclaimer: David Gutowski co-runs this site. He is not writing this, Gabrielle is — and she would do it even if they weren’t buddies. It was an excellent event for an excellent cause.