Saturday, February 5, 2011
Joseph McElroy Book Tour Review
Elliot Bay Book Store 2-2-11
The short Version: Over before it began.
Tonight I show up to hear Author Joe McElroy read from his new collection of Short Stories. "Night Soul and Other Stories"
He seems like a nice man, has a great web page and the crowd is decent for a mild winter evening and there are a large amount of children with parents. This could be good.
I overhear Mr. McElroy speaking to the Elliot Bay Book staff. He is pleasant and direct even greeting some of the crowd as they file in.
Over heard conversation with Elliot Bay’s book host Casey.
Mr. McElroy: “How long to I have on stage tonight? I am very conscientious of time limits when I am reading.”
Claudio thinking: (This is fantastic! An author aware of time.)
Casey: “As long as you like. The store is open until ten.”
Mr. McElroy: “Oh good. I think I will read this first story… then go on to this one…which is a bit longer. I should be reading about (inaudible comment)”
Casey: “Fifteen minutes?”
Mr. McElroy: “No I said ‘Fifty minutes’”
Claudio thinking: (Fifty? As in 5 and 0?)
I slap my note book and leave. If an author can’t entice me into buying a book in less than twenty minutes of reading, or intertwine discussion with more reading, I’m out. Author Readings are for the entertainment of the fans. They are an opportunity to promote the author, connect with public and most of all sell books.
Fifty minutes is longer than a good State of the Union Speech fast forwarded through the applause. It does no good to entice an audience to buy a book, when they have too much of it read to them.
Posted by IClaudio at 12:18 PM