So you want to run a reading series, do you? That’s fantastic news! The more places authors have to showcase their work, the better. But while running a reading series may seem like a cakewalk to the casual outside observer, there are many things you must consider to make sure your series is successful.
I’ve been co-hosting the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow for over eight years (the series itself has been running since the late 90s), and in that time I’ve learned many things about how to run a successful reading series, some of which I’ll share with you here.
I’ll be reading tonight, November 16th, at the KGB Bar with John Langan for the Fantastic Fiction reading series. I’ve been co-hosting with Ellen Datlow for eight years so I’m excited to finally have a chance to read there myself. Mercurio D. Rivera will be taking my place as co-host. I’ve also been a fan of John Langan’s fiction for a really long time, back since I started attending the series over a decade ago. Since then John continues to astound me with the work he produces, so I’m really looking forward to tonight, and I hope you can make it too.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7pm at KGB Bar,
85 East 4th Street, New York.
(just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
Over at Fran Wilde’s Cooking the Books, Ellen Datlow and I share inside secrets about the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, the esoteric art of anthology editing, and the black divination of novel writing. Fran has a Patreon to support the podcast, and if you donate she’ll send you some of our outtakes! Why would you want to hear those outtakes? Well, because Ellen doesn’t want you to!
— Ellen Datlow (@EllenDatlow) March 28, 2016
Also, this week I’ll be writing a series of essays for the Jewish Book Council. In “The Shortening of the Way” I speak about about Dune, the Baal Shem Tov, the Kwisatz Haderach, and genre shibboleths.
Give a listen! Give a read! And leave a comment, so I know there are people out there who are interested in this stuff.