Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Readings: Can You Hear Me, Clipping Along and The Crew Comes

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Well, that was quite a satisfying reading at AnotherStory last night. A good chunk of the crew came out. At first, we were all dripping with sweat. But Alex turned on a sweet fan over the reading area and we were good to go. I took the bottles of wine on the table by the front door and set them down amongst the crowd to sip while I read. I did three sections and, boy, did they clip along.

One woman wandered into the store during the reading and, drawn in, sat down. She was on her way somewhere else. She stayed for the first section and then, getting up to leave in between, apologized profusely offering me and the listeners how much she'd been drawn in, was on her way somewhere but was taken in and so on. Very generous. She was a little surprised and sheepish, it seemed, at herself.

It was over before we knew it. But that's the way I like them; short, sweet and with a little punch.

A few inquiries about an audiobook version of The Drifts — with the caveat that I had to read (flattering). A lot of the reading audiences, and last night was no different, have commented on my reading style; which is different than a performance, per se, but a little more lively than a straight up stand-at-the-podium and dull it out; and the Arkansas accent that I don't speak in generally but can't help but slip into when I'm reading these people in the book. I told 'em, "Ask Alana." This is my first book so I'm not sure if audio-book and e-book just comes along at some point or what. I'll have to inquire, eh?

We had a blast. We went out to gnosh after and gabbed, gabbed, gabbed. The waitress got a pic of all of us but as I restored my iPhone software this a.m. I lost the photo. I know there's another one out there.

It did tho' remind me that not everybody can read. Not so much developmentally, but a whole heckuva lot of people are physically incapable (or find it very challenging) to read the way many of us just take for granted. Huh, huh, huh. That's got me thinking about podcasts, about audiobooks; and how that must just be a godsend for a lot of folks.

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Thom Vernon

Thom Vernon has worked in film, television and theatre since 1989. He has been the Actors’ Gang Youth Education Program director and has worked as an arts educator at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. The Drifts (Coach House Books) is his first novel.

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