It’s About Time

27 Jan

No excuses. I’ve taken way too long to get this posted. I’ve basically been hibernating the past 2 weeks, and decompressing after Vouched Presents, because, as you can imagine, and can read about here and here and here, Presents was like coming to the surface from 20,000 leagues under the sea in the span of 2 hours. My heart exploded.

First off, there was this:

We worked it out with the Ball State Writer’s Community, an incredible group of undergrads (I often wish I had the drive and talent these kids have when I was their age), for the visiting writers to eat some dinner with them before the reading, to have some time hanging out, seeing writers they respect as real people and talk to them about writing and reading and being awesome.

And then to the iMOCA gallery to get set up, and start selling books as people arrived. And sell books I did (with much thanks to Aaron Burch for helping me at the table, because damn, people wanted books).

By the end of the night, almost 40 books had passed over the table to eager hands.

Which brings us to the main event: first up, Sean Lovelace, who started out with a corny joke about reading flash fiction before reading about getting guppies stolen in Memphis and excerpts from Charlie Brown’s diary. He has long hair. Look.

Andy Devine was up next, and he A-B-C’d and 1-2-3’d, and my belly bellowed and swam with laughter and beer, and he read alphabetical stories and told writers how to be better, and then read a story without words, wtfuck? Who is this guy anyway?

We took a break to sell more books and drink more beer, and I loosened up and felt good behind the pulpit thing, felt strong and slip-tongued introducing Matt Bell who was looking dapper, who switched up what he was going to read and read The Cartographer’s Girl, which is possibly one of my favorites of his, or okay definitely.

And finally Aaron Burch signed the night off with an amazing story about inflamed buttholes and Preparation H that brought the entire house to tears and I would put money some people laughed a little in their pants. I did.

Some thanks are in order: the BSU Writers Community for composing 1/3 of the crowd, all the readers for being as amazing as I expected, Big Car and iMOCA for providing the space and the drinks, Imbibe for providing some post-reading food and drink and for not kicking us out for being a bunch of boisterous assholes. It only took us about 2 hours to clear out the joint with our loud book talk and laughter and pre-AWP chicanery. Thanks also to Nathan Monk, who video taped the entire night, and once he has all the videos posted on YouTube, I’ll post about them here. And lastly, thanks to everyone (78 people!) who came out and laughed and bought books and believed that words are something bigger and better, something to spend an evening being excited about.

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5 Responses to “It’s About Time”

  1. thenerdynegress January 28, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    Such a fun night for me. The camera ended up being a great way to get over my nervousness and introduce myself to people.

    • ce. January 28, 2011 at 4:23 am #

      Truth! And crap! Totally forgot to thank you for taking the pics! Thank you!

  2. christopher.malo January 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    It looks like the event was a success. I wish I was closer in the world so I could attend.

    I love the idea of Vouched, follow you online, and wish you nothing but much continued success. And maybe when I get back to the States I will make the long trek out to support an event.

    • ce. January 30, 2011 at 12:58 am #

      Much thanks for the kind words, christopher. It would be a small, good thing to see you out to a future reading.

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