It was such a thrill to "perform" at Litquake last night! I had been daunted by the performance aspect for weeks. I kept wondering why it wasn't just called a "reading." Did they actually expect me to bust out a soft shoe dance between paragraphs to liven things up?
Now that I have experienced it, however, I understand why they bill it that way. When the lights are dim, the tables are sticky and the patrons are two and 1/2 sheets to the wind, you just need to take it up a notch. A book store or library reading would be overshadowed for sure.
It was a thrill and an honor to be invited to participate. It was particularly fun for me because I was able to share the experience with my Red Room friend, Katie Burke. In the month leading up to the event, we helped one another prepare, soothed each other's nerves, and shared the excitement.
I was very grateful to feel the support of the Red Room staff who came out in nearly full force to cheer us on. Ivory, Abraham, Huntington and Jennifer were just as warm and delightful in person as they are here at the site. If Charles was there, I missed seeing him and hope for the chance to do so at another time.
Another highlight of the weekend were the panel discussions in the Main Library. My friends from my writers' group and I didn't want to miss the chance to see the Red Room's Jessica Barksdale Inclan. As you might imagine, she was engaging, funny and insightful. It was fun to see her profile picture come to life in this venue.
The moment that still has me giggling, though, is the juxtaposition of the two panels that followed Jessica's. Only at Liquake can you go from a panel of four prestigious professors from Stanford who were so entirely cerebral that they seemed like a set-up to a Saturday Night Live skit to a screen play panel with a bunch of guys who seemed to have created careers by accident. Their graphic language, manner of dress and even posture couldn't have been more opposite of the professors' if they'd tried. I love that Litquake celebrates both of these ends of the spectrum and everything in between.
If you'd like to see some pictures from the evening, please head over to check out my photo gallery from the "Barely Published Authors" event.
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