10 July 2006

DeNiro Events

Alan DeNiro is running around giving readings from his marvelous first collection of stories, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead (about a third of which is available as a handy PDF here). It's great fun to hear Alan read (and if you bribe him appropriately, he might even try to read in Dave Schwartz's famous Minnesota accent), so if you're anywhere near these events, don't miss them:
  • Tonight (7/10) at 8pm at Amherst Books in Amherst, MA
  • Tomorrow night (7/11) at 7pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA with the incomparable Theodora Goss and Kelly Link.
  • Tuesday July 18 at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis. This is the official book-launch party. The Small Beer Press site lists the time as 7pm, but the Magers & Quinn site lists it as 1am, so I don't know what to tell you. Show up at both times. Wear a funny hat. Speak in tongues.
And if this isn't enough DeNiro for you, check out his Rain Taxi review of Paraspheres. (By the way, the article he cites in it, "Antebellum Literary Culture and the Evolution of American Magazines" by Heather Haverman is available as a PDF here and is fascinating.)

I'll be at the Porter Square reading. I'll be the guy in the back wearing a velvet dress and clown nose, playing an accordion, and singing a polka version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". Really.

Which reminds me, if you ever hang out with John Scalzi (and you should, because he's awesome), mention Oliver! and the Artful Dodger to him and see what happens...