Were you a fan of story time in grade school, that pause in the day's work to sit down with criss-crossed legs, your eyes closed as the teacher took the class on an imaginary adventure?
We try to re-create that magic each month, only instead of your first grade teacher, we bring in professional, published writers. And the stories tend to reach for a higher literary plane than did Jack and his beanstalk.
This isn't any old coffeehouse reading either, where the audience strains to hear a mumbling reader over the din of people placing orders and small children running about. We have a walled-off stage and seating in the back of the UConn B&N with cozy couches, good acoustics – and yes, there's coffee available at the café.
Maybe you have your own story to share. If you're a writer and would like to read, please send us a short bio and a sample of what you plan to read from.
You can also become involved in our One-Sentence Story Contest, where anyone can submit an original one-sentence story using a word that was handpicked during our previous reading. Those at the following reading will choose the winner.
“This well-crafted historical novel also succeeds in balancing big ideas about social justice, particularly regarding class, with tight plotting. Bartlett is holding his life together with a proverbial needle and thread, and since his fate is tied to the fate of the common people, and their fate is tied to the fate of the whole town, the tension in Spindle City grows exponentially. It is a nuanced portrait of both the ruling and working classes in a highly interesting time and place in American history.” — Donald G. Evans, Newcity Weekly