Here's the disclaimer.
I've never actually been to one of these readings.
I don't know Joe and have never been to his barbershop.
I won't be there on December 5th because I'll be, well, on the other side of the country.
I don't even know Michael McAllister (2) except through his Dogpoet blog which I happen to like quite a bit.
But this is another one of those times where I have to tip my hat to someone who came up with a great idea and made it happen...and happen well enough that the Examiner wrote about it.
How's this for good press: "For only $5 at the door, this event, which included endless amounts of wine, cupcakes, and beer, was a bargain so outrageous that when it ended we milled about and congratulated ourselves for having been witness to it."
And, to get down to the brass tacks of the business, here's the other thing that I love about what Michael has done.
When it gets right down to it, when I think about getting my writing out into the world I'm not the writer that dreams about holding a hardcover book in my hand (3). I always imagine the readings. That's when I think it all really comes together. Getting to actually see that connection being made with other people. People who maybe recognize themselves of their uncle or a world bigger than the world they know.
That's why I love writing.
Unfortunately, the reading circuit for unpublished fiction writers is...well...largely nonexistent.
Poets, yes. Storytellers, sure.
Even the performance artists have a room of their own.
But fiction writers, not so much.
So big ups for this idea and this event.
'Cause how cool would it be to sit in one of the barber chairs (3)?
1. Yep, that's right. I just used the word "hankerin'."
2. To the point that I'm desperately trying to be sure I've not spelled his name wrong here on my blog.
3. Though I do think a lot about the cover design.
4. In case you were wondering, Jim Provenzano is going to be one of the readers...hence this post's book cover selection. He also wrote the novels Cyclizen and Monkey Suits...but I really dig this cover.