Mars Bar Book Launch


a new novel by Jason Flores-Williams
with Jason Flores-Williams, Mark Read, Nicolle Elizabeth and Reverend Jen

Time/Date: 6:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

Place: Mars Bar, 600 25 East 1st Street.

Price: Free to the People

NYC, NY—The legendary Mars Bar hosts its first ever literary event for Jason Flores-Williams new novel, Character and Fitness. (Because Mars Bar is closing, it will also be its last ever literary event!) The evening will be MC’d by Mark Wildman Read, and will feature readings from Flores-Williams, Nicolle Elizabeth and Reverend Jen. Get there early because space is obviously extremely limited! (And the place always fills up around noon…)

Character and Fitness, Flores-Williams fourth novel, is about an unemployed social justice lawyer and his nurse girlfriend living in a shitty apartment complex behind a strip mall in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The book is currently being serialized by Brooklyn Rail fiction with the first two chapters out now (January) and a new chapter to be published every month for the rest of the year.

“Flores-Williams is a train wreck of genius…A literary force of nature.” The San Francisco Chronicle.

About the Cast of Characters:

Mark Read is an international arms dealer and hostage negotiator. He enjoys Cuban cigars, banana smoothies, nubile young bodies, revolutionary eschatology, and creative non-fiction. Alternatively, Mark Wildman Read is a writer, filmmaker, activist, professor, radio talk-show host and aging raconteur. He is very proud of his middle name.

Nicolle Elizabeth has worked as a bike mechanic, waitress, in a hulahoop factory, as a baker, as a literacy teacher in the Bronx at the same school her mom attended for one semester, is a member of the National Book Critics’ Circle, is forthcoming in Best American Women’s Travel Writing 2011, is 29 years old, is 5’1″ tall, has a second book of short fiction forthcoming in the indie presses this summer, is a weekly columnist at, is single and only interested in hanging out with good guys.

Reverend Jen is a performer, painter, playwright, underground movie star, open mike host, ASS Magazine founder and elf who lives in the Lower East Side Troll Museum with her Chihuahua, Reverend Jen Junior. She is a columnist for, a writer for Penthouse and a former sex columnist for Her books include Live Nude Elf: the Sexperiments of Reverend Jen, Reverend Jen’s Really Cool Neighborhood (Printed Matter) and the upcoming Elf Girl (to be released by Simon and Schuster in November 2011.)

Jason Flores-Williams is a novelist and radical attorney who has been featured on CNN, NPR, Air America and in the New York Times.  He has been arrested for protest against the US government and written hard against the sexless and soulless corporatization of American culture.  His third novel, The Last Stand of Mr. America, has recently sold feature film rights to Melting Pictures. Flores-Williams has written at total of four novels that are published in seven countries and is a frequent contributor to the Brooklyn Rail and WBAI.


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