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Friday, August 8, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on August 8 at 10:04 AM


An open mic and two readings tonight.

At Elliott Bay Book Company, there’s a tribute to Leadbelly, with music, to celebrate the release of a new book called Leadbelly: A Life in Pictures. I think this sounds like a good time, but maybe it’s just me; I really like Leadbelly, but I’m pretty much in favor of any blues music at all, as long as there are no goddamned electric guitars involved.

And up at Third Place Books, Kate Veitch reads from Without a Backwards Glance, which is apparently already a bestseller in Germany. It’s about a mother’s secrets threatening to destroy a family and all that stuff. Booklist says that Veitch is “‘Similar to Anne Tyler in her wry affection for her characters and to Anita Shreve in her aptitude for crafting compulsively readable plotlines,” which ought to tell you the market the publishers are going for here. I’m willing to bet if you like either of those two authors, you’ll like this reading.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.

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Electric slide guitars, in the hands of a master, are always good.

Don't be hatin' the player, be hatin' the imitator.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 8, 2008 11:08 AM

Y'know, Simon & Schuster makes the same author comparisons about my novel about family secrets -- Standing Still. Must be a trend. Still, I bet Kate's book is great. I'll check it out!

Posted by Kelly Simmons | August 8, 2008 12:48 PM

Wow, Will, I didn't realize you were such a connoisseur of the real down-home way of speakin'.

Electric guitar blues is always, always, always an embarrassment, perpetrated exclusively for the amusement of clueless middleaged white frat types, usually wearing Hawaiian shirts and ponytails. The last good blues record was made before World War Two, and didn't have any guitars on it at all.

Posted by Fnarf | August 8, 2008 1:25 PM

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