Reading at Brazos Bookstore, June 12, 2008   3 comments

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Reading at Brazos Bookstore

If you are an author, the place to read and discuss your publication(s) in Houston is the Brazos Bookstore. The New York Times has called the Brazos “Houston’s premier literary marketplace – a Mecca for touring authors since 1974.” Therefore, for local writers Dave Parsons and Cliff Hudder to be “recognized in your own home” made for a very special evening, we will long remember. As fellow members of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, I didn’t hesitate to mark my calendar when getting word on their June 12th readings at the Brazos.

After introducing Dave and Cliff, Dave began the reading session by reading from his books of poetry, “Editing Sky” and “Color of Mourning.” Having read both books, it’s always a pleasure to hear Dave read his own poems. I find Dave’s poems to be very existential, having also lived much of my life “ . . . based on false premises.”

Next on the evening’s agenda was Cliff reading from his recently published novella, “Splinterville.” Since I had not yet had an opportunity to read Cliff’s award-winning novella, listening to his entertaining read was the perfect promo to do so. Cliff’s writing illustrates what talent can do to make a snapshot in our history very interesting, especially since I’m not one to always read the footnotes.

To share the special evening with friends and peers, Dave scheduled time for food, drinks, and conversation at the nearby Stag’s Head Pub. If only there were a way to “bottle” it, I would do so, sharing such moments with others needing to quench a literary thirst. To drink from such a bottle is to become drunk on life — recalling William Yates line,

The problem with some people is that when they aren’t drunk, they’re sober.”

— kenne

Posted June 19, 2008 by kenneturner in Friends, Information, MCLAC, Poetry

3 responses to “Reading at Brazos Bookstore, June 12, 2008

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  1. Kenne,

    I’m not sure you meant it was pressure to hear Dave read…
    then, maybe you did! Kidding!


  2. Thanks Bob for your careful read and feedback.



  3. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    Friends quenching a literary thirst. — kenne


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