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Bell vs. Pane in Literary Decision 2012!

13 Nov

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That’s right. Versus.

Vouched knows how sad you all are that the elections are over, meaning no more debates as excuses for drinking games. So, in true Vouched fashion, we are giving you one more debate–a literary debate. (And probably a drinking game.)

It’ll go like this:

Matt Bell and Sal Pane will each give their opening statements (readings), and then Vouched founder Christopher Newgent will moderate a 15 minute debate over today’s most contentious literary controversies: the rise of the eBook as a new world superpower, the dwindling word economy, and what’s the difference between flash fiction and prose poetry anyway?

Afterwards, the crowd will vote, and 5 lucky audience members will win a copy of the victor’s book.

Awful Interview: Christopher Newgent

16 Aug

Photo by Stevi Clark

As is the custom of readers at Vouched Presents, Christopher Newgent took part in an Awful Interview–with himself. He’s reading tonight at Indy Reads Books with Tadd Adcox, Layne Ransom, and Chadwick Redden. 7pm. There’s not much else to say. Here he is.

So, you’re reading at your own reading.

Yeah. Is–
Is there a question about that?

You don’t think it’s weird?

I mean, I suppose so, a little. It’s strange that it’s such a big deal in the literary world. Or maybe I’m just making a bigger deal out of it than is necessary. I don’t know. It’s not like anyone has really said anything outright to me or anything. It just seems weird. I don’t know why. I probably just enjoy any excuse to have a guilty conscience.

I grew up playing music in the underground music scene, and it was pretty standard practice for the band who booked the show to play, which facilitated show swapping with other bands and–

*YAWN*

…anyway. Yeah. I’m reading at my own reading. Tadd asked me to.

Tadd’s a good guy.

He is.

Tell me about Tadd.

Well, he’s a–

I’m just going to stop you there.

Okay?

That’s all. I was just tired of hearing you talk. You talk a lot.

Oh.

You’re pretty hard on yourself, aren’t you?

I can be, I guess.

Did I hear once, you thought you had/have an eating problem?

Yeah. I mean, I guess so. Not like a disorder or anything, but–

Explain that.

I was.

Right. Well, continue.

I don’t know. I don’t have either of the classic disorders or anything. But I tend to binge eat when I’m unhappy and stuff.

Are you unhappy now?

I don’t really want to talk about this.

Is it true that when you were a kid, you used to break into houses just to see if you could do it?

Why are you Larry King’ing me?

You mean, why are you Larry King’ing yourself?

Right.

I don’t know. Guilty conscience? Did you ever steal anything from the houses you broke into?

No. My friends did though. It was just sport for me. I wanted to see if–

BORING.

I’m…sorry?

Are you going to be this boring at the reading tonight?

I hope not. I try to put on a good show. I just want people to li–

Do you have any final words to the hopeful audience?

I love you. Please come.

Jared Yates Sexton, Andrew Scott, Victoria Barrett Reading at the New Indy Reads Bookstore – July 14th

13 Jul

TOMORROW!

For those living under rocks, the new Indy Reads Bookstore just opened in downtown Indy today, and there are all sorts of rad things happening there in the next few weeks.

John Green is reading tonight, and I feel like I keep seeing that dude everywhere. Figuratively. Like, online. I mean, he has a Tumblr devoted to things he says. I mean, what?

And tomorrow, Vouched pals Jared Yates Sexton, Andrew Scott, and Victoria Barrett are reading, and of course my dumb ass already made plans to be out of town visiting some friends from out-of-state.

Seriously, if you’re in Indy, get to Indy Reads tomorrow to see them read. Yates is heading south soon for his new job, so this is the last time to see him in Indy for a good while.

Plus, the Mass Ave. Crit bike race is tomorrow just a few blocks south of the bookstore, so you can drop by and check out people riding bikes faster than you could (unless you’re like, really fast on a bike).

Vouched Presents Indy, Aug. 16: Tadd Adcox, Russ Februaryy, Meghan Lamb

9 Jul

Vouched Presents Indy is dog-daying this summer with a Chicago invasion trio: Tadd Adcox, Russ Februaryy, and Meghan Lamb: and myself? Okay. Here goes nothing.

Tadd has just released his first collection of short stories, The Map of the System of Human Knowledge, so he’s striking out on some readings. Being a native Indianapolisian, he wanted to come back and show Indy what he’s become, with friends Russ and Meghan along for the ride with their yelling and sloshing.

Note: We’re holding this reading at the new Indy Reads Bookstore, which opens this weekend at the very north end of Mass Ave. in downtown Indy. Indy Reads is a rad organization that promotes literacy efforts around the city. Libations should be available, with donations going to support Indy Reads and all the goodness they do.

Get there; let Tadd draw you a map.

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