Video & Photos from Nov. 16th reading at Dot2Dot Cafe
Thanks to everyone who attended last Sunday's reading at Dot2Dot Cafe. We filled the place! Special thanks to Louis for his guitar accompaniment and Nathalie for the great photos. And to Dot2Dot Cafe and On the Dot Books for co-hosting.
I heard Eimear McBride read at Porter Square Books last month. Her award-winning book A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Incredible. Singular. I highly recommend.) received early rejections from publishers and sat in a drawer 9 years. At the reading, she was asked what it was like to promote a book she'd written so long ago. McBride said that when she writes, it's like being in love. "I'm not in love with Girl anymore," she said. "I'm in love with [the book I'm currently writing] … but I want to honor who I was when I wrote Girl."
When I published Wonder/Wander in 2009, I envisioned a performative reading of this sort. But I was newly returned to Boston and didn't have the confidence or community. Now, five years later, reading in Dorchester, the neighborhood I call home, among friends from so many parts of my life, and strangers who shared a piece of their Sunday, felt so good. It felt like honoring who I was when I lived and wrote Wonder/Wander.
So again, thank you.
If you missed the reading, please enjoy these photos and video excerpt. You can still order Wonder/Wander online here. Consider giving it as a gift this holiday season, and/or sharing your support for Wonder/Wander on social networks (if you own a copy, post a photo of W/W on your bookshelf. Tag me in the photo and then tag a few friends who you think would enjoy reading it). Finally, if you know other venues for live readings, please put me in touch--I'd love to do this again.
All good wishes,
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