We’re thrilled to announce our first scheduled bookstore reading! The writers and artists of The Better Bombshell will be at Elliott Bay Bookstore at 7:30PM on Saturday, February 16. Come join us! Details of the event are available here. Many of our writers and artists will be in attendance to sign books, and we’ll have some wonderful light refreshments thanks to our friends at Anjou Bakery and the Mt. Townsend Creamery.
There will be three featured readers at Elliott Bay. The first is novelist Carolyn Turgeon, well-coiffed author of Mermaid, Rain Village, Godmother, The Next Full Moon, and Fairest of Them All (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.) She also runs the blog I Am A Mermaid, a “…delicate, ladylike blog for mermaids and the humans who love them.” She will be reading from the piece she wrote for The Better Bombshell, and lucky readers might just get to see the accompanying artwork: a dark and mysterious mermaid painting by Siolo Thompson.
The second reader is Allison Williams, a senior editor at Seattle Met who moonlights as a fiction writer. At the reading on February 16, she’ll be reading her piece for The Better Bombshell: a (fictional) exit interview with a superhero. Allison’s work is hilarious and insightful — while deftly weaving in some poignant truths.
Nicholas Dighiera is an Alaskan writer, international facial hair champion, and the author of a short story called “Naked Pictures of People You Know,” which will be the third reading at Elliott Bay. In their collaboration for The Better Bombshell, Nick worked with artist Levi Hastings, who recently became a People’s Choice Finalist for the Art Walk Awards! We’re saving Levi’s final piece for the book, but he agreed to let us share his concept sketch (below).
Here’s what Nick says about his story: I wanted to talk about beauty. I didn’t want to talk about media beauty. I didn’t want to talk about the beauty we have been shown. I wanted something different. I decided to approach beauty from the side, and through an unusual source — porn — to show beauty in a different way. That’s how I think beauty works. It’s a time and a place, it’s the way something sits; it’s one small piece or a construction of pieces. With this story, I wanted the beauty to be raw. I wanted it to be real. And I wanted that place to be a memory. Beauty is wrapped up in perception, and perceptions change. That reflection, and the years behind it, can make the difference between superficiality or depth.
[...] Appreciating that [...] is important. It’s paramount. I wish beauty was portrayed that way today. Not what Cosmo says is beautiful. Not what TV tells little girls to look like or be like. Instead, it’s what one person recognizes in another as beautiful. Regardless of women or men, it is what anybody sees as beauty. Hopefully, that recognition can be without regret or shame. It can be seen for what it is: The art of being human.
Share the celebration with us at Elliott Bay Bookstore at 7:30PM on Saturday, February 16. (Elliott Bay Books is located at 1521 Tenth Avenue in Seattle.) Stay tuned for more events coming soon!