Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday Salon - Brilliant books

Thanks to everyone who came down to the New Libertines reading at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival yesterday. It was sold out and the stewards were turning people away at the door which was good news for us, I suppose, though disappointing for people who couldn't get in. I'm sorry if you were one of them. Details of more events here.

The event marked the launch of The Zoom Zoom, a new anthology of poetry and prose by writer and artist Penny Goring. Her writing is beautiful, dirty, sexy, sad and wonderful. There are some samples of her writing on her site here and extraordinary images and videos which she has sourced on the internet (and acknowledged) and matched to lines from her poems here. You can buy the book in paperback or for your Kindle in the UK and the US. Interesting Q&A with Penny here. There's a fantastic film of her poem, Temporary Passport, performed by Penny and animated by Ashleigh Nankivell - it was shown at the Liverpool Biennial last year:

Temporary Passport from ashleigh nankivell on Vimeo.

As well as Penny's book, which I bought and started reading last night, I'm reading Dove Season by Johnny Shaw, who I met in New York last week. Dove Season won't be published until September but I'm reading the free teaser chapters on my Kindle. Johnny is a playwright and screenwriter and Dove Season is his first novel. He's an interesting man and it was fun to spend time with him in New York. I love what I have read of his book so far - it's beautifully written, with an engaging first-person narrator and some wry observations about the southern California desert/Mexican border where the book is set. Johnny teaches screenwriting and I know there are quite a few playwrights and screenwriters who read this blog so I'll see if he'll do a Q&A with me about his work some time. If you like the sound of Dove Season you can pre-order the paperback in the UK and the US and/or download the free teaser chapters from the Kindle store in the UK and the US.


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You've had a very exciting week! The books sound tempting...thanks for sharing.


Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Laurel-Rain

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I hope to get to many book events this summer!

At the bidding of my younger son, I attempted this week to write about something other than books on my Sunday Salon. Here's my post. I hope you will stop by.

Johnny Shaw said...

Thanks for the mention. It was an absolute blast hanging out with you in NYC.

And you were right, I searched "I Hate Theater" and you were at the top of the Google list. Kudos!

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Deb - I just read your post and it looks like you have a brilliant summer in store.

Johnny, I hope to see you again soon - and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your book. As for using 'I hate theater' to find my blog, I don't know why I find that so funny considering I'm still hoping to get commissioned to write a couple more plays. But I do find it funny.