I don’t know if it’s a trend I’m just noticing now but there have been quite a few book events I’ve been to lately that feature both readings and live music. It makes sense that this type of event would work. Writers are creative types and many of us also dabble in other creative outlets like music, painting, and dance. I have many writer friends who bond over music backgrounds and band favorites. Why not bring them together?
For example, last week, I read at S.W Lauden’s launch party for his Greg Salem sequel Grizzly Season along with another writer friend. There was also a singer from a punk band. He sang acoustic guitar and it added a fun twist to the typical book launch party.
Even having your writer friends reading at your own book launch party is unusual and something S.W. Lauden has done before. He’s very generous with spreading the love!
There are several anthologies that revolve around bands and musicians, such as Trouble in the Heartland inspired by Bruce Springsteen songs and The Replacements anthology that is coming out soon.
Another writer friend of mine, E.A. Aymar, is putting together a website called eaalkimist with DJ Alkimist where you can hear him reading one of his short stories against the background of some cool music. I think this is a great concept.
One Noir at the Bar that really stuck in my head was when we viewed a film trailer for an upcoming movie. Not only that, but the director of the noir film, Dave Boyle, was present and talked about his movie. I loved the trailer so much that I went out and saw it when it came out. Man From Reno was incredible by the way. Very atmospheric and totally surprising. I loved it.
There was a recent event (a popup bookfest) I wanted to attend (sadly couldn’t make it) that featured readers at the Museum of Neon Art. How cool is that?
How about anyone else? Are there events that you remember that were especially fun and combined different artistic forms?
Sarah M. Chen juggles several jobs including indie bookseller, transcriber, and insurance adjuster. Her crime fiction short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Betty Fedora, Out of the Gutter, and Dead Guns Press, among others. Cleaning Up Finn is her first book available now with All Due Respect Books. www.sarahmchen.com