As mentioned yesterday, the live music portion of tonight's party will be a man playing a harp. His name is Will Bielawski and I have never met him, but Slog's dinosaur-news correspondent Mary Traverse has vouched for him.
Bielawski said yesterday over email: "Just so you're emotionally prepared, my repertoire is focused in traditional Celtic folk music, as opposed to classical. In the interest of the reading party, I will put together an hour's worth of slow, haunting airs and err away from rowdy drinkin' songs." Sounds awesome.
The special guest tonight will be artist Joey Veltkamp, although two past special guests will also be in the proverbial house: entrepreneur/restauranteur Linda Derschang and Genius Award-winning author Lesley Hazleton. (When Hazleton was a special guest a few months ago, a dog had just eaten her hand, or at least it appeared that way from the bandages, and Hazleton endured the first hour of the reading party in a haze of pain meds, and then had to go home. It's so nice to have her back.)
Everything you need to know about the silent-reading party is right here. Special guests just sit there and read to themselves like everyone else. If you really want to talk to someone, feel free to pass a note. The party starts at 6 pm with recorded music, then there's live music at 7 pm (the aforementioned harp), and then the last hour is usually people chattering quietly amongst themselves. Nothing else happens. It's very Zen. And it's free. And all-ages. And Manhattans are on special for $5.