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GuerrillaReads at the 2011 West Hollywood Book Fair

GuerrillaReads spent the day at the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair yesterday, shooting videos of writers as they read in their native habitat. 14 new videos coming soon! In the meantime, here’s a quick video summary of what we saw.

Also, check out these cool pics from WeHo!

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GuerrillaReads No. 24

Sure, there’s plenty of not-so-good poetry out there, but only Pamela August Russell has proudly staked a claim as The Very Bad Poet.

Here she reads from her book, B is for Bad Poetry, which includes such masterworks as

  • Nietzche And The Ice-Cream Truck
  • Despair, Party of One
  • Capitalism Can Fall Not Like I Fell For You

What’s more, Russell finally gives answer to G.K. Chesterton’s rather pointed observation that “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

GuerrillaReads No. 22

Melanie Lutz is a magnificent woman.

In this guerrilla reading, Lutz reads from the title poem in her book, I Am a Magnificent Woman.

I open up to new possibilities
I am an active and purposeful participant
I own my gifts
And use them.

It’s inspiration for the magnificent woman in all of us.

GuerrillaReads No. 20

In this guerrilla reading, Vanessa Libertad Garcia reads from her book, The Voting Booth After Dark: Despicable, Embarrassing, Repulsive.

The book is a work of fiction inspired by events surrounding the 2008 election. Here’s how Garcia explains it:

My inspiration for writing the book was the social environment I was living in and surrounded by over the course of the 2008 presidential elections. Many of my friends and I were going through similar spiritual, emotional, and psychological bewilderments, which outwardly manifested into reckless mayhem. This happened during a time when the US depended on our votes, our generational voice more than ever to change the political direction of the country. I was inspired by the fact that whether we liked it or not, whether we were even aware of it or not, regardless of our feelings of insignificance, we affected and were affected by the politics happening around us.

You can buy the book online at all the usual places.

GuerrillaReads. No. 18

Enlightenment comes in many forms, in many unexpected places. Especially here in Southern California. Leave it to Chrystine Julian to share her experience of enlightenment by… wasabi?

Julian’s guerrilla reading is an excerpt from her book Saddling Dragons. Learn more about the author and her book on her website.

And remember, guerrilla readings are always more enjoyable after you vote. Happy Election Day 2010!

GuerrillaReads No. 12

Ever wondered, how do the nudists get ready to pack? Poet Kim Dower knows the answer. In this video she reads from her new book, Air Kissing On Mars.

This guerrilla reading took place at the West Hollywood Book Fair.

Click here if you don’t see the video embedded above.

Click here for more about Kim.

GuerrillaReads at the 2010 West Hollywood Book Fair

Will you be there? GuerrillaReads will.

This year I’ll be at the West Hollywood Book Fair with my camera in hand to video writers reading their own work, live and in person.

Here’s how it works. You come to the book fair with a piece of your own original fiction or poetry no more than five minutes long (plus a brief intro of yourself and your work). Polish and practice it, and be ready to read it before a camera live at the fair. I’ll video the reading, edit it and post it to YouTube. The best readings will be selected for publication on GuerrillaReads.com.

The West Hollywood Book Fair will be on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

If you’re ready to sign up for a timeslot for your reading, click here.

In the meantime, read some books already!