Once upon a time authors shared their work at independent book stores filled with folks who loved books. The big boxes killed the radio star…I mean the independent book stores. Writers were forced to arrange readings at the big box stores who begrudgingly stuck the writer in the corner and did nothing to promote the event.
Here’s my reenactment of the big box experience vs. a book club visit…
Today, the big boxes are dying too.
The writing community needs to pull together to shine the light on local writers. The Midwest Writers (who have a new website, and are accepting registrations for their awesome summer conference) are hosting a new reading series in Muncie: The Message in a Bottle Reading Series.
Cathy Shouse will be reading from her book on the home of James Dean and Garfield, Fairmount, Indiana. And my favorite local reporter, Ivy Farguheson will also be reading some of her recent work.
Saturday, March 19 · 9:30am – 11:00am
Blue Bottle Coffee Shop
206 S. Walnut
Come at 9:30 a.m. to mingle and get your caffeine fix. Readings start at 10 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m.
* Ivy Farguheson, Star Press reporter, shares her personal writings
* Cathy Shouse, author of Fairmount: Images of America,reflects on the community that spawned James Dean and Jim Davis
* Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing?, tries to keep pace with world-class Kenyan runners
If you plan to come or you have questions, email MWW director Jama Bigger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a free event sponsored by the Midwest Writers Workshop. Refreshments available for purchase.