Friday, December 18, 2009

Looking Ahead

As the event and public relations coordinator for Anthology, I have the pleasure of working closely with authors and local musicians in providing readings, book signings and entertainment at the bookstore. We have brought three interesting evenings to our clientele since October, including a wonderful mix of prose and East Indian music with Bhanu Kapil's reading from Humanimal and Aakash Mittal's blend of jazz fusion.

In November, Young Adult author Laura Resau braved a cold and snowy night to travel from Fort Collins to Loveland for a very intimate evening of discussion and stories. Her books, What the Moon Saw, Red Glass, and the Indigo Notebook are insightful accounts of youth and their search for understanding, friendship and love. Over a cup of tea, Ms. Resau shared what inspired her books, travels to Mexico and Latin America countries, and revealed the depth of her characters in a way that reaches not only youth, but adult readers as well.

December we kicked back with what I would list as one of the most talented singer-songwriters I have heard in recent years. Baily Stauffer packed the house while delivering soulful, penetrating guitar, keyboard and vocals. I would compare her to Tori Amos; offering her own special blend of heartfelt emotion in her raw and transparent lyrics. Especially touching was her lovely rendition of O, Holy Night, in a nod to the Christmas season.

I have a special gift for you in January. After the holidays, you may be thinking of taking a road trip, a short journey, a won't want to miss Trent Newcomer as he reads from his award-winning book, The Call of the World. Part travelogue/part memoir, Trent shares his insightful and candid accounts of his solo backpacking trip around the globe. Did I mention awards? Winner (Travel Essay)-2009 National Best Books Award (USA Book News); Medalist (Travel Essay)-2009 Independent Publishers Book Award; Finalist (Travel/Travel Essay)- 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Please join us as we host Trent Newcomer at the bookstore January 8, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The event is free. Please mark your calendars for a wonderful evening with this young man. The Call of the World will be available in our bookstore next week.

February brings an evening of music the 12th of February (artist to be determined) and author Sally Bonkrude on February 25, 2010 from 6-7:30 pm. Ms. Bonkrude is a performance coach and author, who's book Conscious Performing helps offer positive inner change and excellence. I will have more information on this after the first of the year.

I hope you will post these dates and events on your 2010 calendars! It would be a pleasure to see many of our customers come out and support both local musicians and authors. Peace and blessings to you in the New Year.

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