Nicole Haroutunian is a Queens-based author who has been named one of 2015’s “New Authors You Need to Know” by Refinery29. Get to know her and her debut collection, Speed Dreaming, at this launch party, hosted at DUMBO’s Powerhouse Arena. The twelve stories in this book are populated by women navigating relationships, creativity, and uncertainty. New York readers may find familiar landmarks in its pages, rendered new and a bit mystical — in one story, for instance, a couple encounters a coyote in a Queens park. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, author of Brief Encounters With the Enemy, praised Speed Dreaming as an “unforgettable portrait of what it’s like to be a young woman in contemporary America.” Sayrafiezadeh talks to Haroutunian tonight, and as a bonus, attendees can take a swing at a unicorn piñata.

Thu., March 26, 7 p.m., 2015

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