The best authors are transparent, their phrasing and word use as deft as an artist's brush. Their art paints the lives of their characters, while we, the readers, follow the flow of their work in silence.
But I do wonder sometimes just how the author might phrase their work aloud, what they'd emphasize, how they'd punctuate. Public readings used to be commonplace. Now, they're much less so.
But that's about to change next Saturday night at Gallerie 13 in Mechanicsburg where six authors will be reading their works aloud. Two of them are SuquehannaWriters -- Lori Myers and Mike Silvestri.
The event is called "WordArt" and it was was dreamt up by Ally Bishop. Ally is a MFA student who wanted to bring the wordsmith's art into the same venue as the visual arts. She gathered us together; poets, essayists, humorists, fiction, and non-fiction writers alike, to lend our voices to our prose. It promises to be a thoughtful, humorous, and enjoyable evening. Best of all, it's free. There's even refreshments.
So, come on out and listen to how the wordsmith's paint at Gallerie 13 on 13 East Main Street in Mechanicsburg, PA beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 31st.
See you there.