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How to Make a Great Book Party

What makes a great book party? In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we interviewed author Evan Hughes about his new book, Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. While introducing some of the great Brooklyn novelists featured in his literary history, Hughes also shared the secret behind his headline-making book party in Brooklyn. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

I wanted it be as social as possible–not to have people sit still and behave for too long. People want to mingle with the friends they came with. The party was two hours, but I really made an effort to keep the readings and the entertainment to a 30-minute period. I brought other writers into it. Two other writers who also lived in Brooklyn, Touré and Michael Thomas, both read selections from Brooklyn literature.

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Tin House Is Available Digitally Via reKiosk

A digital version of the literary journal Tin House is now available via the indie e-commerce site reKiosk. The site is now selling copies of past issues of Tin House, The Writer’s Notebook II, along with the current issue of the publication.

The current issue is all about Brooklyn and Portland. The issue costs $9.99. Here is more about the new issue: “For thirteen years Tin House has been publishing out of both Brooklyn and Portland, Oregon. In the issue: Ursula K. Le Guin, Hannah Tinti, Charles D’Ambrosio, Ben Lerner, Vanessa Vaselko, Adam Wilson, Evan Hughes, and more.”

Writers and bookstores looking for an avenue to sell works digitally should check out reKiosk. AppNewser has more about reKiosk’s new features: “The site now includes the ability to send gift files for free via email. Anytime a user uploads a file, they can give it away to 20 different people by clicking on the gift icon in the user’s catalog. The gift recipients don’t have to be reKiosk members, but they do have to join to download the item.”

How Not To Read Poetry

Earlier this month, the Fishbowl Improv poetry group released the video embedded above: “How to Read Poetry.”

We are sharing the video to make you laugh and to remind you how not to conduct yourself at your next author reading.

If you want to avoid putting your audience to sleep, we recommend following the advice of Literary Brooklyn author Evan Hughes: “Keep it relatively brief and engaging. Keep in mind that reading aloud is a tough way to engage an audience. It can work, but I think it is best to be concise and have a range of people on stage for a few minutes each.”