Thom the World Poet is up to his usual mischief on Saturday, June 13, 2:30pm at Quackenbush's, for the launch party of The Death of Frank Sinatra, a collection of "poems of praise to Ole Blue Eyes." Thom's "organized associates" will be there...
Known for his poetry but now a novelist as well, Houston's Naeem Murr reads from his debut novel The Boy at Book People on Friday, June 5, 7pm. Murr is a former Stegner and Sowcroft Fellow at Stanford...
Anyone who has ever written a poem can enter it in The Bards of Burbank poetry contest. Send one poem on any subject, using any style, 21 or fewer lines, to: Free Poetry Contest, 2219 West Olive Ave., Ste. 250, Burbank, CA 91506. Deadline is June 30 and grand prize is $1,000.
Bargaining for Books
Think of it as a big garage sale, but just for readers... On Saturday, June 13, 10am-1pm, the Austin Book Workers, an organization of book-making professionals and enthusiasts, are sponsoring their annual Swap Meet at BookLab, Austin's largest book production facility. Leather, cloth, paper, book-making supplies, and, basically, many items various and sundry will be sold. The public is invited to buy, sell, donate, and bid on items that will be sold in a silent auction whose proceeds will benefit Austin Book Workers. Items not part of the silent auction are priced and sold by the seller. Call 419-0681 for more information or directions to BookLab, which is located at 1606 Headway Circle, off Rutherford Lane.
Frozen, With Salt
In Odessa native Raymond Benson's new James Bond novel, The Facts of Death, James Bond improbably finds himself at Chuy's with his longtime friend and former CIA agent Felix Leiter. This is at least the second brave leap into fiction for Chuy's; check out former Austin resident Christian McLaughlin's Glamourpuss for the first. At Chuy's Bond "makes contact" with the enemy, Dr. Ashley Anderson, who is the head of an Austin-based sperm bank that is the front for an evil organization. The official publication date for the book is June 15 but Austinites can meet Benson this Sunday, June 7, 11am-1pm in an event sponsored by Chuy's and Book People at the restaurant. Benson's first entry in the James Bond series was 1997's Zero Minus Ten; he also wrote the novelization of Tomorrow Never Dies.
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