Monday, July 7, 2008

Literary Events

Monday Night Blues at East Bay Meeting House (coffee shop/bar) with featured writers from 8 pm - 9 pm, then open mike for poets and songwriters. Every Monday at 159 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston.

Tues, July 8th. Bret Lott will be signing copies of his new book on writing, Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer's Life, at the Barnes and Noble in Mt. Pleasant at 8 pm.

About the book from

Lott was a little-known writer of literary fiction until Oprah Winfrey selected his then out-of-print novel Jewel for her TV book club, rocketing him into publishing's major leagues. In this candid memoir and literary handbook, Lott looks back to the hard times before Oprah, when he was forced to juggle raising a young family with a demanding teaching job that left him little time for writing. Recently named editor of the Southern Review, Lott offers via his reminiscences plenty of practical advice on the craft of writing, which for him is intricately bound up with observation and soulfulness. His hero is Raymond Carver, and his literary values echo those of the master; he urges writers to attend to the weight of every word, to the material reality of characters' daily working lives and to the handling of time. Beginning writers will appreciate the heartfelt supportiveness of his counsel as he imparts encouragement and insight. Of wider cultural interest is Lott's critique of the irony hawked by such writers as David Foster Wallace and of the so-called postironic Dave Eggers. Lott advances a case for a new and radically more hopeful genre of fiction. He imparts his own brand of wisdom on writing and the world of publishing with resounding candor and sincerity.
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Outlaw Poets Open Mike Night at Kudu on Thursdays, 8 pm -10 pm at 4 Vanderhorst St. in downtown Charleston.

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1 comment:

Hyacinth Girl said...

For those of you who missed either of these authors at their Barnes and Noble readings, check out the following:

- Bret Lott will be reading from and signing his new novel at Blue Bicycle Books downtown on King Street from 1-3pm on Saturday, July 19th

- Mary Alice Monroe will be reading from and signing her new novel at Indigo Books in Freshfield Village (near Kiawah and Seabrook Islands) on Sunday, July 20th from 3-5pm

Hope to see some of you there and happy writing!