Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Last-minute Announcement: Mary Miller Reading

Author Mary Miller (whose book of stories, Big World, was published this year) will be giving a reading tonight in Seattle. Click here for details and then show up at 7:00 PM. Miller's stories are sad and Southern, full of yearning. I'm going to have her sign my copy of Big World. I don't know the other two writers who'll be there.

Mary is one of the 20 writers that Davin Malasarn has pulled into the collaborative effort that is Two Hundred Fingers Tapping.


  1. Have fun! And next time give more notice. :P

  2. Erin: It was a good time (sorry for the short notice). Mary Miller read the story "Pearl" which came up a treat. She had intended to read some other things from Big World but the type is small in the book and it was dark in the room so she couldn't actually see the words on the page to read more. ("Pearl" she read from a version printed in Hobart literary journal, in a larger font size.) Mary was charming and reads well. She signed my copy of Big World. "I never know what to say," she said.

    Aaron Burch, editor of Hobart and writer as well, read "The Suspenders," a nice short story about memory and the love/hate relationship we have with it. He also read excerpts from the latest issue of Hobart. He seems like a Real Nice Guy and let it slip that even though Hobart loses money, he can't stop himself from publishing it.

    Jonathan Evison, a Pacific Northwest writer, read a chapter from his novel All About Lulu, and announced that his next novel will be out in 2010. Mighty Reader bought ...Lulu and Jonathan wrote a nice inscription. He also bought about six pitchers of beer for the room because he couldn't read to a bunch of people whose glasses were empty. After he sat back down, he and I had a nice chat about agents, print runs, and the difference between independant presses and the majors. He's a real nice guy and I hope his forthcoming novel does very well.

  3. Glad you enjoyed the event. I don't think I've ever attended a reading.

  4. Justus: You should go to readings. They're fun, and it's nice to chat up authors. They like it when you ask about their writing and their publishing experiences. It also helps combat that feeling of writerly isolation. Plus: autographs!