Readings at The Rubaiyat

Last Friday was the third monthly open mic reading event at the shop and I think it is safe to say that we are hitting our stride in this event. The first one we did was a joint-event with the seven year anniversary of the bookstore, so it was quite a bit bigger than the group is now, but I think the smaller group is almost preferable. It’s not as intimate as our craft nights or book club nights, but it retains that sort of comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

An interesting thing happened this time. Although there is never any set theme to these events, and even though all our readers signed up independently of each other, Amy was the first to notice that all of the readings this month seemed to dovetail into each other. The evening started with a reading from Mere Christianity about the universality of basic human morality, which was followed by a reading from a memoir about the unique right of passage when a child learns that their parents are human and flawed even if they try hard to be good parents. Following that was a reading from Bill Nye’s book about how science depends on people being able to admit they were wrong and amend their beliefs. The final reading (by me: hey!) was selections from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet about allowing our loved ones to be their own people and about how the role of the teacher is to lead people to their own understanding.

Kind of funny how that happens, huh?

It makes me think of how, sometimes, if you read more than one book at a time, this odd thing will happen where it’s like your books are talking to each other. You will read something in one book, then see that same idea explored in a different way in another book at the same time.

Maybe you should give it a try. Book monogamy isn’t enforced by the Bookshop.

As always, if you are interested in giving a reading, just contact the shop and we can get you on the list. There isn’t any theme, as I mentioned, but your selection has to be appropriate for all audiences and can’t take longer than fifteen minutes to read aloud.

You can read anything you like. Poetry, nonfiction, original works, it’s all on the table.

If it means something to you, we would love to hear it too.

The next Open Mic Reading is scheduled for April 13, and you certainly don’t have to be reading to come and listen.

First Monthly Open Mic Night

Last week, we held our first monthly open mic night to great success. The shop was packed with familiar and unfamiliar faces and the readings included everything from Nevil Shute to a poem by Maurice Careme said in French by the resident six year old.

This particular open mic event was special on two accounts. Firstly, because it was the first time we’d done it. And secondly, because it also marked out seventh year anniversary of the shop being opened. It was so good to see all our friends there celebrating with us and reminding us of all the wonderful, bookish relationships we have made so far along the way.

Starting now, Open Mic Readings will take place on the second Friday of each month, starting at 6pm. Anyone is welcome to come and read, either from their own writing or a favorite book or poem, but please call the store first to make sure you get a time slot and consider the content of your reading in regards to the mixed audience (this is an all ages event.)