On Friday, April 18 we read from our favorite authors.
Our May guest speaker, Alison Bailey, attended to get a feel for the group.
It was a lively gathering with people showing up early for social hour and to partake of the Matrix food. We all exchanged a bit of personal history – it seemed appropriate since I quizzed Alison on hers.
Amy talked a little bit about the anthology that we are putting together. Please get your submissions in! A post from Amy with more details would be welcome here (hint hint).
On to the reading. I didn’t take notes, but we did have a ‘sign up’ list and I’ll go from that. Everyone talked a bit about what they read, or babbled in my case.
Doyle started us off by reading an unnamed chapter three. He invited us to guess. It started out describing a broken road (I think) and I flashed to Steinbeck, but as he read on about a turtle (tortoise) I lost that thought. It did turn out to be Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, and Doyle talked a little about why he liked the passage. Too bad I wasn’t taking notes.
Gayle followed with a poem from William Wordsworth: “The World is Too Much With Us.”
Amy read the prologue from “The Bucolic Plague” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Humorous account of how two Manhattanites became gentlemen farmers.
Marci-a chose “The Skating Pond” by Deborah Corey. (A depressing beginning).
Alison next read from “The Baron in the Trees” by Haio Calvino. It tells the adventures of a boy who climbs up a tree to spend the rest of his life inhabiting an arboreal kingdom.
Next, Holly read a couple of pieces from Doris Lessing, chosen narrowly over Herman Hesse, but I didn’t note the origins of the pieces.
I, Pat, followed Holly by reading from my new favorite author, Patrick Rothfuss. I chose to read the prologue and the epilogue from “The Name of the Wind.”
Larry read a short story from “The Golden Apples of the Sun” by Ray Bradbury, titled “The Fog Horn.” Well read and quite the eerie story.
And to finish up, Dawn read a half chapter from her own work. I’m sorry I don’t remember the title, but it stars Dorrie (sp?).
Conversation and discussion ensued. And a good time was had by all.
We are discussing with Alison details of her talk for next month, you should all receive and e-mail with ideas soon.