*Warning. Shameless Self-Promotion*
, of which I am Editor-in-Chief, in partnership with the City, The Studio @ 620
, and Zombie Nation Publishing
, is introducing a new reading series. We hope this kinda-monthly event will provide a showcase for our considerable collection of established local authors, a platform for newbies to show off their stuff, and a better venue for out-of-town writers traveling through on a book tour. We hope to make St. Pete a cool place for tomorrows Greats to stop by and hang out. Weve got the beaches, the bikinis, and, most importantly, a literate population sitting in the sun with books in their laps. We hope to light up in neon great writers flying under the radar. We hope there will be fistfights.
Now all we need is you. The maiden voyage of ST. PETE READS
launches next Saturday, May 22nd, at 7:30 P.M at the Studio @ 620. Aaron Alper, Editor-in-Chief of Zombie Nation Publishing and mastermind of The Piers ZOMBIE ST. PETE
extravaganza, will serve as your master of ceremonies.
Local noir novelist and St. Pete Times editor Ian Vasquez will headline, reading from his critically acclaimed second novel, LONESOME POINT
Also from Ampersand Books, poet Benjamin Lowenkron is traveling down from Baton Rouge to humbly present to you his first poetry chapbook, PREACHERS BLUES
Weve chosen an eclectic selection of genre and style to reflect the dynamic, diverse literary community of St. Petersburg. There will be somber notes of sensitive genius, bursts of hilarity, and, as it should be, there will be beer. There will also be a suggested donation of $5 to support the Studio.