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This Week’s Mine Meld at SF Signal:
Favorite Library and Bookstore Memories

August 6th, 2014

Somewhere A VoiceFrom this week’s installment of The Mine Meld at SF Signal:

I grew up in Levittown in the 1960s. Ten square miles of uniformity, hundreds of houses just like mine, thousands of people just like me. To escape the normalcy, my friends and I imagined strange worlds with alien landscapes, adventures in places where weird became the new normal, where anything could happen.

A few times a month, when we’d saved enough pocket change to make the trip worthwhile, we mounted our bikes and rode into a dimension of color and imagination that waited in the corner store of an ordinary-looking strip mall . . . .

[Read the rest of this bookstore memory, along with those of 13 other writers, at this week's installment of The Mind Meld at SF Signal.]

Fantasy, SF, and Horror @ Rickert & Beagle

August 2nd, 2014

rickert+beagle-exterior-237x300Join Michael ArnzenStephanie Wytovich and Lawrence Connolly for a reading and booksigning at Rickert & Beagle Books — Pittsburgh’s awesome new bookstore for fantasy, science-fiction and horror fiction — at 2pm on August 2nd, 2014.

If you haven’t been to the store yet, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Peter S. Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn) and . . . [Read more at].

Theatre Stories @ Riley’s (Part 1):
Michael McBurney

June 30th, 2014

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

So says one of the characters in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and this month, at Riley’s Pour House, an impressive roster of storytellers got the chance to prove the wisdom of those words.

The event was Storytelling Night at Riley’s, he theme was Theatre Stories, and once again, the house was packed. In all, the night prove . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Storytelling Night @ Riley’s Presents: Writers on Writing

May 29th, 2014

Lawrence C. Connolly performs at Riley's Pour HouseOutside, rains rolled in to hammer the pub’s street-side windows, but the inside remained warm and friendly as a packed house gathered for Storytelling Night at Riley’s Pour House. The night’s theme: The Writing Life. Special quests for the evening were members of Write or Die, Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Program, and. . . .

[Read the rest of the story and and listen to an audio excerpt at The 21st-Century Scop.]