“…the key is that you have got to be connected to your readers, whether it's one little old lady who has come in for the free cookies you've provided or 100 enthusiastic fans. That's the covenant of a reading, the promise of some sort of connection beyond the page.” – Bestselling novelist Caroline Leavitt
The 12th edition of Litquake, San Francisco’s premier literary festival runs this year October 7th-15th. It features more than 850 authors, from stars like Andrew Sean Greer and Daniel Handler reading at the top of Buena Vista Park, to future literary lights introducing their work at author readings and kids’ workshops all over the city. To celebrate, Red Room is asking its authors and members to blog about public readings. Please tag your post readings blog.
Red Room's homepage is full of Litquake events where our authors will be appearing. I hope you'll use it as a jumping-off point to plan your own Litquake itinerary (the full schedule is here.) Even if you can't make it to San Francisco, please blog about the most memorable reading you attended. Were you on stage or in the audience? Share all the gory details!
A few bloggers will win books by Red Room authors participating at Litquake:
- Fear of retribution for an accidental murder doesn't stop a teenager bent on revenge in Seth Harwood's urban crime thriller, Young Junius.
- In Inside This Place But Not of It (Voice of Witness), Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi collect incarcerated American women's stories.
So post a blog entry today on the subject of public readings! For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PDT (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term readings blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out last week's blog entries about vampires. From an appreciation of a blood-sucking bunny rabbit to serious writing about real-life emotional vampires, Red Room shared the wider culture’s fascination with the creatures of the night.
Thanks as always for blogging, and see you at Litquake!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room