Last Wednesday, the 2013 Stranger Genius Award shortlist for literature wowed an audience full of people at the Frye Art Museum. One of the biggest surprises was the presentation by the APRIL Festival, the fun-loving organization that has put on two successful literary festivals. If you missed APRIL's presentation, or if you really enjoyed their presentation and want a second chance to enjoy their event-planning expertise, I encourage you to attend APRIL's Summer Blockbuster, at Northwest Film Forum on August 29th at 7 pm.
It's an event intended to prove that small-press literature can be just as thrill-packed as your standard Grisham-y paperback bestseller, and it features fancy beer from Naked City Brewery, a reading from poet Zachary Schomburg, a raffle, a video from Dakota Gearhart, and a screening of Jaws. Seattle is one of the most literary cities in the United States, and it's also one of the movie-watchingest cities in the United States, and I'm frankly a little surprised that more people aren't combining readings with movies all over town.
Here's APRIL's suggestion of why Schomburg was the right choice for this event: "Schomburg's writing features just as much intrigue and gore as a lot of pop-lit mysteries. His poems have people brushing horses to death, and squished squirrels clutching hard-won acorns. A lot of dead animals, actually" There's a video promoting the event right here. Tickets are only $8. $12 gets you two beers and a ticket to the show. $24 gets you a refillable gold cup for your beers and VIP seats. You can buy your tickets here. This looks like it'll be a lot of fun.