And now, another short break from our regular programming to talk about author readings.
First a little background:
A few years back, I attended a book signing and author panel at UCLA. I was there to see Harlan Coben, mystery writer, but there were many others present. It was all very interesting, and I was struck by how good Mr. Coben was at presenting his public persona. However, that was not a reading per se.
The only author I’ve heard read from her work was Maya Angelou, and not in person, unfortunately, but on NPR. The author’s gift with the written word is apparent to anyone who read Ms. Angelou, but her gift with the spoken word was just as amazing. I could’ve listened for a very long time.
This Saturday, I am doing my first author reading from Stranger or Friend at a local bookstore. My husband will be strumming the guitar in the background.
Thanks to Toastmasters, which I’ve written about here many times, public speaking is something I don’t necessarily struggle with, but still, this is more than your regular speaking event. It’s supposed to be artful, melodious yet clear, interesting. Attractive in a literary sense.
Have you ever attended an author reading?