amongst books

amongst books

Friday, September 30, 2005

Out/Words at the Avant Garde

It was noisy, chaotic-readers from the publication all jumbled up with open mic readers, the guy who ran the restaurant was sweet but absent minded, a tourist group came in at one point, one woman was smoking a cigarette, a drunken old guy got up and commandeered the open mic to preach about Jesus...and yeah, it was fun. Some of the readers hit me with very strong stuff. Lots of irreverant humour too. A memorable evening. Worth repeating. They're doing it again the end of Oct.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tree Reading-William Hawkins

tonight in the sweltering moldy basement of the Royal Oak 2. After a long open mic set with some very touching readings and some kinda squinchy ones as usual, Bill Hawkins read in his understated way about things that are larger than life: love, King Kong. It was a wonderful reading. I would have stayed and bought his book and milled around, but I was afraid I would swoon in the heat. Sadly James announced that he and Jennifer are going to climb down the tree at xmas. Where will we get other angels for our xmas tree? They'd done such a fantastic job with Tree. The reading series always features excellent writers from afar and sometimes from here, like Hawkins. I gather the series was a disorganized incestuous mess before that. Interesting to see the room fill up with all kinds of folks. It's been a while since I've attended readings, so it was good to see everyone...albeit from a distance. But next time...if it's still this hot...somebody bring a fan...please, bring a fan.