Books Reading Tonight
posted by June 24 at 10:23 AMon
Let’s get down to it tonight: If you’re planning on going to the David Sedaris reading at Third Place, you are entirely out of luck unless you already have a ticket. It’s sold out, and nobody will be allowed in without a ticket.
The good news is that there’s a reading at Bailey/Coy books. They oughta do more readings over there at Bailey/Coy, I always sez. The bad news is that the reading at Bailey/Coy books is Andrea Askowitz, who wrote My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy. Jen Graves reviewed this a few weeks ago and totally hated the book:
In response to Andrea Askowitz’s 237-page complaint memoir called My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy, I’d like to propose another book called I’ll Give You Something to Be Miserable About.
In that book, the female protagonist would be forced—no!—to work a paying job. She’d spend her pregnancy worrying about saving money to pay the rent during her maternity leave. She’d spend maternity leave rushing around researching day-care centers.
The review goes on from there, and it is beautiful.
At the Richard Hugo House, Floating Bridge Press celebrates the inaugural launch of their new magazine, appropriately titled Floating Bridge Review. There will be readings by many poets.
At the University Book Store, Paul Park, who wrote a series that started with a book called A Princess of Roumania, will be reading. Roumania was promising, but ultimately unfulfilling. I think that sci-fi publishers should force new authors to write a free-standing novel or two before they immediately launch into trilogies and tetralogies and dodecahedrogies. A trilogy is a tough thing, and most new authors have no idea how to sustain their ideas for that long.
Speaking of long pieces of writing, we will move right along: at Elliott Bay Book Company, two authors will discuss their book called Black Velvet Masterpieces, which is a collection of found black velvet paintings. And, finally, Philip P. Pan, whose initials are P.P.P., reads from his book about China, Out of Mao’s Shadow, at Town Hall.
The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, has more information about all these readings.