Chester County Fiction was launched a month ago today with a party at the iconic Baldwin’s Book Barn. Since then, local authors have greeted readers at the Kennett Square Friday Art Stroll and at a book signing at Chester County Book and Music Company. I’ve been on the radio with WCHE’s Arts and Entertainment host Steven Brodsky twice, and he’s said very nice things about the anthology, calling it “an important and entertaining book,” and calling out Robb Cadigan’s short story Baptism as “world class fiction.” Cadigan has been invited on WCHE to chat about his story in December!
Our next event to promote Chester County Fiction is in the southern section of the county. We have a book signing on Sunday, November 6th from 4-6pm at BookPlace in Oxford. This is an eclectic used bookstore and art gallery with a clubhouse feel. The store is owned by Dr. Richard Beards, who teaches English at Temple University. His wife Virginia contributed three fox hunting stories to the anthology. You are invited to drop by and mingle with the authors, pick up a book at the discounted price and have it personalized by the attending authors.
We’ve created a video trailer for the collection, introducing several of the writers to Chester County residents. Check it out here.
Also – on Tuesday, November 8th, several authors from the anthology will be competing in the West Chester Story Slam. In our Grand Slam, our winners of the monthly story slam will compete for best storyteller of West Chester. This is the highlight of the Slam season, the Super Bowl of suburban storytelling. In it’s second year, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how the event has grown over the past few months. The second floor of Ryan’s Pub has been standing room only the last few months and is expected to be once again. I’m thrilled that local comedian Mikey Gleason will be hosting the Grand Slam. We’ll have a few copies of Chester County Fiction available for sale at the Slam too.
If you have not heard any stories from West Chester Story Slam, I highly recommend subscribing to the West Chester Story Slam podcast on iTunes. Our most recent podcast, Celebrity Sightings, has three of the best stories I’ve heard in the two years we’ve been slamming. West Chester folks have some amazing stories!