First of all, it must be said: I think I need a new camera. I’ve had trouble with mine at the last couple events and wound up taking pictures with my phone. V. sad. That is 90% of the explanation needed for the photos to follow, which are all lame, a high percentage of which are blurry.
I’m sorry, everybody. I will try to get this camera situation straightened out.
Meanwhile, it was a FANTASTIC event hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book last night in Decatur: GACB Executive Director William Starr and Assistant Director Joe Davich put together a truly inspired pairing in Mercury Retrograde’s own Zachary Steele and fellow Georgia debut author Joshua Corin: both write stories designed to unsettle readers in a humorous way. Zach’s ANOINTED calls into question assumptions about organized religion through an alternate history/contemporary fantasy story, while Josh Corin writes what he calls “humorous thrillers”. The two of them fed off one another thematically and during the Q&A that followed the readings; the whole thing worked in the way a dish with a surprising combination of ingredients does.
As I said, a fantastic evening. Zach was terrific as always; Josh’s reading blew me away. The crowd came up with really good questions which prompted the two of them to some really insightful commentary on writing in general and their own works. Afterward they signed copies of their books for fans–and indulged my lame cell-phone-camera photo shoot. Even camera-shy Bill allowed himself to be persuaded to pose:
Joe Davich, gracious as ever, agreed to be a part of my little Camera Fail Tour as well:
And everyone kept smiling when my young apprentice suggested I get in front of the camera with them. Even when I got impatient while she framed the shot and started talking, thus ruining an otherwise lovely image. But the one in which I am keeping my mouth shut is blurred beyond redemption, so it is only fitting that I should be exposed looking like an idiot for the camera, as so often happens:
Though I have been a fan of their Decatur Book Festival for a while, this was the first time I’d had the pleasure of attending one of the Georgia Center for the Book’s evening events. It won’t be my last. If you are within range of Decatur, you should consider attending some of these events; Messrs. Starr and Davich clearly have a keen editorial eye.