It was a gorgeous night in Venice, CA last Saturday night and a real treat to read with Ray DiZazzo at the super cool Beyond Baroque literary arts center. Beyond Baroque is a great independent arts center that hosts all kinds of cultural events; it’s been such an important part of the community for many years. The building houses a terrific, funky book store where I sifted through dozens of old literary journals including copies of The Paris Review dating back to the 1950s, as well as lots of books from small, independent presses that larger bookstores normally don’t carry.
Ray and I read in the performance space across from the bookstore, a really lovely auditorium. Richard Modiano the director of Beyond Baroque was gracious and welcoming. Before Ray and I read he interviewed each of us about our books and our writing processes. It’s a rare treat (and only slightly nerve-wracking) to have someone interview me at a reading, and it showed how committed Richard and the Beyond Baroque team are to getting to know the writers/artists they host for their events.
The crowd may have been small, but the vibe was friendly and relaxed and I was really pleased to talk to Ray and his wife after the reading. Thanks also to my friend Liz and her husband Jeff for coming out to support me. If you’re in the Venice area, check out Beyond Baroque’s schedule–you’re sure to be in for a treat.