Boris Fishman Reading with John King

When: Sat., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 2015

Gary Shteyngart, look out! There’s a new USSR emigré in Brooklyn churning out literary fiction with a knife’s-edge wit. Well, actually, there are probably a lot of them, but we’re talking about Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life, the novel that’s currently stumping reviewers in every English-speaking country – how to phrase one’s glowing notice without repeating the same superlatives all the other critics are shouting? Saturday at downtown’s Gallery at Avalon Island, Fishman reads from his too-brief tale of a young writer who forges Holocaust restitution claims for elderly Russian Jews in his neighborhood. Sunday afternoon he reads again at Maitland’s Holocaust Center, but at the Saturday-evening shindig, Orlando’s own “Drunken Odyssey” podcaster, John King, warms up the crowd first. Then again, the Maitland event offers a bagel bar, so – you’ve got a decision to make. We know you’ll choose wisely. -- Jessica Bryce Young

Price: free