Message in a Bottle Reading Series

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.

What now?

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.

If you are in Muncie, you should come out. I’ll be sharing the story behind this picture…
Kenyan Runners

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.

The details

Saturday, March 19 · 9:30am – 11:00am

Blue Bottle Coffee Shop
206 S. Walnut
Muncie, IN

More Info
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.

Featured writers

* 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

This is a free event sponsored by the Midwest Writers Workshop. Refreshments available for purchase.

The song that inspired the title…

Kyle says:

Kels, that video was awesome. Sting still rocks!

Betty says:

Kelsey, I loved your book ““Where am I Wearing” which I read and reviewed November 2008 and still think about it. I loved the way you interacted with the people and put them first.
I also thought your video was hilarious, I can just picture it (although we don’t have any of the big box stores here in Smithers). In fact we have very little in the way of bookstores for that matter. I can really relate to your video though. Hope your new group brings you face to face with many new & old readers!

Myruna says:

– Fabulous Pictures. The contrast of piutrces size, color and capturing piutrces by framing them through other items is so very unusual. Your creativity in capturing the wedding events is incredible. I would love to see more of this wedding. Thanks.

Kyle, I still like the Sting even though he’s kinda become a spoof of himself.

Betty, Thanks so much for your support. I hope you haven’t spent too many painful hours trying to promote a book in a bookstore.

WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by
searching for general

Let your voice be heard!