February WordFest

Literary Swapmeet?

 A new idea for a new year: During the holidays I was going through my bookshelves and drawers and found books on writing and old copies of writing magazines that I hadn’t looked at in years, and I thought–“Why not share them with others who could enjoy them, too?”

And then I thought: WordFest could be a place where people bring books and periodicals to share with others–like a literary swapmeet! Except you don’t need to bring anything in order to take something that interests you. You can bring the book or magazine back when you’re done with it for someone else to use.

 Well, every good idea deserves a chance. Let’s start at the February WordFest, Tuesday, February 5th.

 And here is the line-up of presenters for that night:

 Longtime editor Ruth Thompson will read what she calls “a most unusual love story” (although I tend to think that any love story is unusual) entitled, “Souvenirs d’Anjou” by Glen Ethier, whose work Ruth has edited in the past.

Tedine Roos, a retired librarian originally from Maine, will read a piece she wrote while living there, about gardening when a woodchuck moves in, called, “Woodchuck Away!”

LCC Instructor Deborah Brink, returning after a year of travel and study in Latin America, is moving beyond her regular genre of poetry to read a short story she wrote while away, entitled “When No One is Watching.”

And local poet Peggy Williams will read a selection of her poems.

 There will be an Open Mic time at the end of the evening for those who want to try out a reading that takes ten minutes or less.