Last night’s reading at Aurora Coffee in Little 5 was attended by a small but enthusiastic group. There was wine on hand, and the lovely Lucy baked a mountain of cookies. They were quite good. The beauty of a small reading, for the audience anyway, is the ability to talk with the author afterwards without monopolizing their time.
John Sheppard reads from Small Town Punk
Up first was John Sheppard reading from his novel Small Town Punk. I talked briefly with the author after the reading about punk rock movies and cartoons. He thinks that Repo Man did a much better job of capturing the 80′s Reagan-era punk gestalt than SLC Punk, which he hated. I agreed that Repo Man was clearly the superior movie, but I also really enjoyed SLC Punk. The difference in opinions appears to be variable tolerance levels for Matt Lillard. I didn’t realize it until I got the book home, but there is an enthusiastic blurb by Sam Lipsyte, author of Homeland, on the back cover of the book. Cool.
Evan Mandery reads in front of a backdrop of concert posters
Evan Mandery followed with a reading from his novel Dreaming of Gwen Stefani. About two sentences in, singer Paulo Nuttini cranked things up next door at Criminal Records. While still recovering from that sudden intrusion, there was a loud effeminate yell from outside about a cowgirl singing – or something. These were momentary setbacks. After reading two witty sections of the book, Mandery took questions from the floor. I think we each got at least one question in.
Afterwards, Mandery hipped me to a book that slipped under my radar, personalized my book with a pithy quote from the Woody Allen movie Bananas, and volunteered his e-mail address to talk writing. Capital guy. Capital. His dad was also in attendance, which I think kept us all on our best behavior. Way to plan to ahead, Evan.
And that was it. Each of the authors was gracious and approachable. They genuinely didn’t seem to mind that there was a smaller crowd than they might have hoped. Many thanks to Russ and the gang at Wordsmiths for hosting the event. I hope that they continue to bring us interesting events. I can’t wait for the store to open already.
My family’s original plan for the event was to divide and conquer. I was going to check out the readings, and Mrs. and L’il Cayenne were going to rock out with Paulo Nuttini. Mrs. Cayenne enjoys his song New Shoes, because it’s about – uh – new shoes. However, they decided to bail at the eleventh hour, so I don’t have a report on the Scottish guy playing next door. Based upon the 14-year old girls packing the joint, Paulo must be dreamy.