So many people help make a book launch. The writer, of course. But she relies on so many friends, students, colleagues and, needless to say, family members. First up: the incandescent Sarah McSweeney, singer extraordinaire!
She even put one of my poems to music and had the entire audience mesmerized, with tears in their eyes. Rendering a female slave’s poignant wishes as a musical piece, piercing the night with her clear, lucid voice, Sarah invited us into a space of magic and somber eloquence. Once the recorded event is available, I will share her song with you.
Then there’s my dear friend, Laura Sajbel, who agreed to introduce me.
I knew she was the ideal choice–warm, friendly, and utterly savvy about the Austin book scene. Laura certainly delivered–even having us all chuckling (of course, any mention of Chaucer’s Fecopoetics usually knocks them dead!). And she is a fellow “Wyrd-Wife” in my neighborhood. Maybe we need to make a Wyrd-Wife club. I even got her a weird plant in thanks. This does look weird, doesn’t it?
We cannot forget the bookstore, Malvern Books. It’s an amazing place, with curated books from around the world. If you want to find world literature translated into English in aesthetically tactile editions, this is the place for you. Also, they feature local authors, poetry, and a super noir collection. Please support them!
I really enjoyed the reading. Part prose, part poetry, part participation with the public (see all the alliteration?), I had a blast. Fortunately, the audience seemed to also!
Of course, I want to thank my husband, Jim, and son, John, who carried books and “had” to drink some ale (or, in John’s case, Scylding Soda and Scop Coke) in a local meadhall after the event. They are always long-suffering.
And to all the friends, students (!!!), and colleagues who came: Thank you all!