New Town with Rob Spillman, Garrard Conley, and Erin Lovett

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Don’t miss the next New Town! Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House and author of the amazing memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties, about a young man discovering his place in the world and in the arts, is reading with Garrard Conley.  Conley, who grew up in a fundamentalist Southern community, wrote a devastating memoir called Boy Erased, about his time in a gay conversion therapy program.
Erin Lovett of Four Eyes is providing our music. Stoked!
Check out these interviews with Rob in Electric Lit and Garrard in the Rumpus by New Town’s Deirdre Sugiuchi.
It all happens at Avid Bookshop, September 1, @ 6:30.  See you there!

New Town Revue, Friday, June 12th @ 6:30 p.m.

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We’re thrilled to announce our next New Town Revue, which will be held Friday, June 12 @ 6:30 at Avid Bookshop. We’ve got a great lineup- Joni Tevis and Kristen Gleason will read and Athens all-star Don Chambers will provide the music.

Formerly a park ranger, factory worker, and seller of cemetery plots, Joni Tevis is the author of the acclaimed book of essays, The Wet Collection. Her nonfiction has been published in Oxford American, the Bellingham Review, Shenandoah, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and Orion. She teaches literature and creative writing at Furman University, and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Kristen Gleason (fiction) has lived in California, Montana, and northern Norway. Her fiction and poetry have appeared online and in print, most recently in Fence and the Gettysburg Review. She lives in Athens, Georgia with Lola and Neil.

Don Chambers is a musician from Athens, GA.  He was previously in the band Vaudeville. His music is “unique mix of banjo-driven rock, folk, punk, bluegrass, gospel, gut-bucket blues and field hollers”. He has released albums featuring his backing band, GOAT, as well as under his own name.

Revue Recap: August 16- Jessica Comola, Tim Earley, Sabrina Orah Mark, Thayer Sarrano

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Jessica Comola and Tim Earley visited from Oxford, MS. Sabrina Orah Mark and Thayer Sarrano represented Athens. They all rocked!

Thanks to Bart Lemahieu for audio, Beth Hall Thrasher for the design, & to Janet, Rachel, and all of Avid for hosting.

New Town Revue Double Fiction Extravaganza recap

Every New Town Revue astounds us, and February 8th’s was no exception. We had quite a crowd this time for our double fiction extravaganza.

imagejpeg_2Scott Daughtridge, curator of the Atlanta reading series Lost in the Letters, started the evening off with a variety of innovative shorts…

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Then Melanie Morgan of Between Naybors played us some songs…

 

 

Gabrielle Fuentes of UGA’s creative writing PhD finished the evening with a delightful story.imagejpeg_4

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Afterwards, people hung out and talked about books!

Super thanks to our graphic designer, Beth Hall Thrasher, our social media savant, Erin Cheatham, our audio engineer, Bart Lemahieu…

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Janet, Frankie, Rachel, and everyone else at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA….

…and to you.  We adore you!

Listen to the whole thing below…

New Town Revue Holiday Edition Video

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Avid Bookshop and New Town Revue had the best holiday party ever- and Kyla Ross made a short film about it. Al Dixon, Janet Geddis, Deirdre Sugiuchi, and Will Walton are featured. Elf Power/ Neutral Milk Hotel’s Laura Carter, Drive By Truckers’ Jay Gonzalez, and Taxicab Verses’ Jim Wilson are shown reading.

Avid Bookshop and the New Town Revue Present the Best Holiday Party Ever!

Friday, December 6 from 5:30- 7:30 join us at Avid Bookshop!

  • Hear Laura Carter, Jim Wilson, Kathryn Refi, Jay Gonzalez, Rachel Watkins, Al Dixon, and Frankie Brown read short passages from their favorite books (which you might want to purchase for Xmas presents);
  • Hear Jay Gonzalez rock;
  • Snacks- Drinks- Secret Santa- Prizes!
  • Celebrate the season with those you love most!

Readings begin at 5:30 sharp. Rock at 6:45.  See you there!