Lopez Cordero and Monarch Season

Mario López-Cordero Reads from His Debut Novel Monarch Season, with guests Martin Wilson and John Stewart Wynne, author of the new novel The Red Shoes

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Mario López-Cordero Reads from His Debut Novel Monarch Season, with guests Martin Wilson and John Stewart Wynne, author of the new novel The Red Shoes
July 17, 2013 7:00 PM
July 17, 2013 9:00 PM
July 1, 2013
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Lopez Cordero and Monarch Season

Mario López-Cordero is a journalist who has spent more than a decade writing about design, travel, fashion, and culture. He is currently the senior editor of Veranda and his writing has also appeared in New York, Travel + Leisure, and Martha Stewart Living; he previously held staff positions at Elle Decor, Harper’s Bazaar, and House Beautiful. He lives in New York City.

Monarch Season 

Devin Santos knows success is in the details: in the furrows of cobblestone abs, the thread count of Egyptian cotton sheets, the patina of iron window casements left purposely to rust. Add it all up, however, and something’s missing. The cracks are beginning to show in his relationship with domineering i‐banker Charlie Doherty, and no amount of chalky Venetian plaster can obscure them. When a neighborhood admirer appears alongside his best friend Jude at the Pines ferry terminal, Devin is at first unimpressed. But Frank Duma is confident, clever, and shameless in his pursuit of Devin. The cat‐and‐mouse, hot‐and‐cold relationship that develops will change both their lives forever.


Photo by Kevin McGrath

Photo by Kevin McGrath

Martin Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MFA from the University of Florida, where one of his short stories received a Henfield/Transatlantic Review Award. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press, 2008), won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book. The novel was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indie Next Selection, an ALA-ALSC Rainbow List Selection, and a CCBC Choices Book. He lives in New York City. Visit him at


John Stewart Wynne

John Stewart Wynne (aka John Wynne) is an American author of fiction.  He is also a Grammy-nominated producer of spoken word recordings.

He is the author of the short story collection The Other World (City Lights), which the James White Review called “one of the best books of the decade”, the novel Crime Wave (John Calder/Riverrun Press), and the chapbook The Sighting.  His new novel The Red Shoes will be published by Magnus Books in Summer 2013.

“His writing has been praised for its audacious originality, its beautiful imagery, the astute asides and wry observations of his characters, and his highly charged but often darkly comic mise-en-scènes. He has been hailed as the heir apparent to the tradition of  ‘outsider art’ exemplified by Tennessee Williams, Carson McCullers and Truman Capote.” (Wikipedia)

Wynne’s controversial narrative poem “Two Struggling Actresses”, about an actor consumed by the personality of Jayne Mansfield, appeared in The Paris Review.  His short fiction has been published in High Risk 2 and Christopher Street among numerous publications.

Wynne is also the producer of over one hundred audio books. They range from John Waters reading his Shock Value to F. Murray Abraham reading The Phantom of the Opera to John Kennedy, Jr. reading his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage.

He wrote the first popular guide to spoken word recordings, The Listener’s Guide to Audio Books (Simon & Schuster).

He is at work on a new novel.