We had about a dozen writers, about 20 listeners and a table full of poets laureate from far-off states in attendance for the very first reading of action-packed, two fisted tales from Live Free or Die, Die, Die! Seemed like everyone had fun on either side of the mic and the book looks great in the limelights.
Most readings we staged last time around were in bookstores and those were good too, but the success of the “pub” readings like this one at the Barley House (and the one on the same occasion last year) makes me think we may be missing our best shot at spreading the gospel of NH pulp fiction. One of my writers, Rob Azevedo, pointed out that the Shaskeen in Manchester and lots of other pubs have stages and spaces set aside where we might draw a small crowd to listen on some night when there isn’t a bar band playing. We’ll approach the Shaskeen first to test the concept, but this could be a good twist in the plot. And with October in the air, maybe we can set up one reading where we feature stories from both LFODDD and the original NH Pulp Fiction anthology, Live Free or Undead.
If you have thoughts or suggestions for such venues (or for regular bookstores who you think would have us), drop me a line.