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The Unchained Tour of Georgia
‘Unchained Tour’ to Barnstorm Georgia for Indie Bookstores
Savannah, Ga. (Sept., 2010) Five Moth raconteurs, a couple of musicians and a juggler are preparing to board an old Blue Bird school bus for a barnstorming “Unchained Tour” of 13 Georgia towns in support of independent bookstores. The tour is set to begin Oct. 11 in St. Simons Island, Ga.
The Unchained Tour is the brainchild of novelist George Dawes Green. In 1997, Mr. Green founded the Moth, a series of storytelling nights in New York City. The Moth has featured such celebrated raconteurs as Salman Rushdie, Garrison Keillor, Malcolm Gladwell and Sam Shepherd. There are now regular Moths in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston, with plans to expand to four new cities this year, including Berlin, Germany, and Savannah. The new “Moth on the Radio” program on NPR reaches more than 200 radio stations, and is one of the most successful new programs in thirty years.
“We’re embarking on our tour,” Green commented, “to spread the message that indie bookstores should be the vital center of communities. Nights of storytelling and music, of book groups and talent shows, are at the heart of any living town. It’s time to break the chains of the Internet, and of addictive shallow surfing, and get back to books and deep reading and sharing evenings with living breathing people.”
The 1975 Blue Bird school bus is now in Savannah, being painted and refurbished by more than 30 artists, carpenters and mechanics. Following the opening tour date in St. Simons Island, the tour travels to the Georgia communities of Statesboro, Thomasville, Newnan, Macon, Zebulon, Gainesville, Athens, Washington, Savannah, Augusta, Canton and ending the tour with two nights of shows, October 28th and 29th, in Atlanta. The tour schedule is available online at
For more information about the not‐for‐profit Unchained Tour or to purchase tickets or merchandise or make a donation, visit http://theunchainedtour.org/ or e‐mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Dawes Green, Founder
Founder of the Moth and acclaimed author of The Caveman’s Valentine, The Juror, and Ravens. He is currently working on his fourth novel.
Lisa Parker Fort, Co‐Founder and Creative Director, an Organizational Consultant who has worked as the Volunteer Coordinator and Event Director for The Savannah Book Festival, Location Consultant for Kingsgate Films, Program Development for the Family Enrichment Program and Speaker Coordinator and Program Chairman for the Episcopal Church Women of Saint John’s Church.
Francis Allen, Executive Director and Daddy Rabbit, Former President and CEO of Syntheny, Ltd. Currently active in community gardening, serving on Board of Directors of Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and Co‐Founder/Garden Manager of Starfish Community Garden. If you can read and don’t, do not for a minute consider yourself
superior to someone who wants to read and can’t. – Francis Allen
Chad Faries, Vice‐President: Chad Faries was raised mostly in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but lived in 24 houses by the time he was 10 years old. These experiences are chronicled in his forthcoming memoir, And Then We Moved (Emergency Press February, 2011) . His poetry collection, The Border Will Be Soon, was the winner of the Emergency Press open book competition in 2005. The Book of Knowledge, a poetry collection whose design and contents were inspired by a 1911 children’s encyclopedia, was just published by Vulgar Marsala Press. He has published poems, essays, photographs, interviews, and creative non‐fiction in Exquisite Corpse, Southeast Review, New American Writing, Barrow Street, The Hawaii Review, Afterimage, Post Road, and others. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee and was a Fulbright Fellow in Budapest. He has lived extensively and taught in Central Europe. Currently he is an Asst. Professor at Savannah State University where he also hosts a theme based storytelling and music program on WHCJ 90.3 . He now owns a house in Thunderbolt, GA but lives abroad and
gets lost on his motorcycle whenever he can. More info can be found at www.chadfaries.com.
Ariel Janzen, Secretary: Ariel holds a masters degree from the Savannah College of Art & Design and has over 12 years
of web, print and identity design experience, having worked as an art director in Toronto before relocating to Savannah in 2001. In 2004 she founded the graphic design firm brightwhitespace, which has re‐branded dozens of organizations including the City of Savannah, designed and helped publish dozens of books, and launched countless websites. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in literature, loves typography and kerns letters in her spare time. www.brightwhitespace.com
Samita Wolfe, Producer: Samita Wolfe is currently a senior in the environmental science program with Savannah State
University. She spent five years in the military where she learned how to “take care of business.” She drives a pick‐up truck, raises chickens and co‐owns an online vintage store. She spends her spare time studying organic chemistry and listening to NPR, now that’s taking care of business!
Tina McElroy Ansa, Storyteller
Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist. But above all, she is a storyteller. She calls herself, “part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer.” She grew up in Middle Georgia in the 1950s hearing her grandfather’s stories on the porch of her family home and strangers’ stories downtown in her father’s juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the
mythical world of her five novels, “Baby of the Family” (Mariner, 1991), “Ugly Ways” (Mariner, 1995), “The Hand I Fan With” (Anchor, 1997), “You Know Better” (Harper, 2003), and “Taking After Mudear” (DownSouth Press, 2008).
Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent, Musicians
Cary Ann Hearst has a snappy turn of phrase, a simple sense of melody and primeval sense of guitar rhythm that is a direct result of her Nashville upbringing and she shouldn’t be missed. Her song, Hells Bells, ended Episode 6 of this season’s True Blood series on HBO. Michael Trent has a knack for amazing melodies. Check out his new album The Winner. The duo has recorded an album, Shovel & Rope, that is getting much praise. They play a unique blend of country and back‐woodsy blues. The duo’s artistic chemistry is startling and the soulful duo shouldn’t be missed.
Dan Kennedy, Storyteller
Dan Kennedy is a writer and comedy/story telling performer living in New York City and the author of the national best seller “Rock On” (Algonquin, 2008), which the London Times named a Book of The Year, and the widely‐acclaimed debut “Loser Goes First” (Crown, 2004). He’s a longstanding contributor at McSweeney’s dot net, and a regular host of The Moth’s StorySLAM events in New York as well as The Moth podcast.
Edgar Oliver, Storyteller
Edgar Oliver is an American stage and film actor, poet, performance artist and playwright. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he has lived and worked in New York City since 1977. He is considered “a legend” of the downtown New York theatre scene. He started performing in New York at the Pyramid in the mid‐1980′s alongside artists including Hapi Phace, Kembra Pfahler, Samoa and playwright Kestutis Nakas. His published works include A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There and summer and The Man Who Loved Plants.
Juliet Hope Wayne, Storyteller
Juliet Hope Wayne was named “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and was the first female to win the Grandslam at The Moth in New York City. She received her BA in Animation with a minor in Textile Design and has since worked for The Fabric Workshop Museum and The Cartoon Network. She’s currently working on a “Little Golden Book”‐type project for grown‐ups which will feature her stories illustrated and accompanied by a DVD of animated and live versions.
Katy Rose Cox, Fiddler
Originally from Austin, Texas, Katy Rose Cox has been referred to as virtuosic. She is accomplished in classical, pop, and bluegrass styles, and has performed in venues all over the US, from punk clubs like CBGB’S to classical performance spaces like Carnegie Hall.
Wanda Bullard, Storyteller
Wanda Bullard grew up in Boonville Mississippi, but has been living on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia for the past 15 years. A teacher for 40 years, she currently works with emotionally disturbed and behaviorally disordered 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Brunswick, Georgia. The initial inspiration for The Moth came from nights of storytelling on Wanda’s porch.
Tour Destinations – Venue – Date – Time of Event
Brunswick/St. Simons Island – Palm Coast Coffee – 10/11/2010 – 7:30pm
Statesboro – The Emma Kelly Theatre – Averitt Center for the Arts – 10/12/2010 – 7:30pm
Thomasville – The Bookshelf & Gallery – 10/13/2010 – 7:30pm
Newnan – Newnan Carnegie Library – 10/14/2010 – 7:30pm
Macon – Cox Capital Theatre – 10/15/2010 – 8:00pm
Zebulon – A Novel Experience – 10/16/2010 – 8:00pm
Gainesville – Outdoor Amphitheatre, NE Georgia History Center – 10/19/2010 – 7:30pm
Athens – Seney-Stovall Chapel – 10/20/2010 – 7:30pm
Washington – Retro Cinema & Books – 10/21/2010 – 7:30pm
Savannah – Venue TBA – 10/22/2010 – 8:00pm
Savannah – SCAD River House – 10/23/2010 – 8:00pm
Augusta – Le Chat Noir – 10/26/2010 – 7:30pm
Canton – Historic Canton Theatre – 10/27/2010 – 7:30pm
Atlanta – Manuel’s Tavern – 10/28/2010 – 8:00pm
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Atlanta – Manuel’s Tavern – 10/29/2010 – 8:00pm
In the Media:
The Tale of a Yarn Spinner
By Melik Kaylan, The Wall Street Journal
George Dawes Green talks about The Moth, where storytellers take flight
By Ben Machell
The Moth Mainstage … That’s the truth, really
By Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Unchained Tour of Georgia (ft. storytellers) coming
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By Janet Geddis, Beyond the Trestle
The George Dawes Green Interview: A Storyteller’s Storyteller…
By James Calemine, Swampland.com
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For Additional Media Kit Information:
2020 Vision USA would like to thank all of our wonderful bookstore patrons for making SIBA a very successful show. The business from our independent bookstores has allowed the partnership between 2020 Vision USA and ABFFE to become a huge success. Thousands of bookstore customers are currently not only reading with less eye strain but supporting free speech! We thank you for your continued support. Looking forward to another successful year to come. Denise Foster 2020 Vision USA 214-769-2227 fax: 941-866-3542 www.2020visionusa.com Denise Foster Phil Meyer
National Reading Group Month Announces the 2010 Great Group Reads
NEW YORK — September 13, 2010 — The National Reading Group Month Selection Committee has chosen 13 books, 12 novels and one memoir, as this year’s Great Group Reads. The books are:
Blame by Michelle Huneven (Picador)
The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle (Harper Perennial)
Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck (Voice)
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger (Gallery Books)
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (Algonquin Books)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster Paperbacks)
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (St. Martin’s Press)
Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden (Picador)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (Doubleday)
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin (Harper Perennial)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye (Unbridled Books)
Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson (Harper Paperbacks)
These titles were selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups for whom they are bound to open up lively conversations about a host of timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and world issues. The Committee also made a conscious decision to focus its attention on under-represented gems from small presses and lesser-known mid-list releases from larger houses. All are books with strong narratives peopled by fully realized characters; books which perhaps have flown under the radar of reviewers and reading groups overwhelmed by the sheer number of new releases each year.
Selection Committee coordinator Rosalind Reisner puts it this way: “Building on the success of the first year of Great Group Reads, our 2010 list is filled with titles that are lively, thought-provoking, and diverse—a great resource for book discussion groups. GGR will help passionate readers find those great gems of mid-list fiction and nonfiction that may be overlooked in the clamor over the bestsellers. Our committee of readers has been a vital part of this process, sharing their thoughts and insights and helping to make our final selections. They come from around the country; their love of reading and their experiences in the book world as writers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, publicists, and committed readers has made our conversations about these books thoughtful, intelligent and wide-ranging.” Ms. Reisner also was one of 14 selectors, all of whom praise the process and the choices made. According to her colleague, Fran Cohen, “As a professional book discussion facilitator, I’m always looking for new suggestions and I was delighted to explore this broad range of writers to find new gems. The community, camaraderie and thoughtful, varied opinions offered in our interactive blog added to the joy of the experience.” Another Committee member, Sally Brewster of Park Road Books adds, “The ‘Great Group Reads’ is a wonderful resource for any bookseller, librarian, book club member or anyone who loves to read. Wonderful books that make great discussion are brought to light by this valuable program.” (A full list of Selection Committee members can be found at the National Reading Group Month Web site. (www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/ggr_committee.html)
The National Reading Group Month chair Jill A. Tardiff thanks the Committee for its hard work and all the publishers who submitted titles and made reading copies available. Ms. Tardiff says, “We hope that these wonderful titles become reading group staples and that booksellers and libraries across America feature them during month of October, which is, of course, National Reading Group Month.” She continues, “To that end, we are providing an array of professionally designed display materials such as shelf-talkers and table-top posters on the National Reading Group Month Web site for anyone to download and use in promoting these titles. We encourage visiting the site for these and other features, as well as links to further resources.”
See National Reading Group Month Marketing Toolkit at Get Involved www. nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/involved.html.
National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book.
National Reading Group Month 2010 Official Sponsors:
Official 2010 National Reading Group Month Sponsors include HarperCollins Publishers and its imprints Avon A, Harper Paperbacks, and Harper Perennial, Hyperion/Voice, Simon & Schuster, and Unbridled Books.
NRGM has special partnerships with Book Group Buzz—A Booklist Blog, Reading Group Choices, and Reading Group Guides, as well as with the American Booksellers Association IndieBound program (“White Box” mailing).
National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads logo designed by Susan Vianna, Fishergate Inc., Chester, MD.
Further information is available at:
Women’s National Book Association, P.O. Box 237, FDR Station, New York, NY
10150-0231; (212) 208-4629
Press release prepared on September 13, 2010,
by Jill A. Tardiff, National Reading Group Month Chair
Phone: (201) 656-7220
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How did email become such a burden? I remember the first time I was able to email hundreds of people at one time with information that I had before had to print, proof, fold, insert, address, post, and mail. And the first time I was able to send an attachment to several folks for review. When before we had done these round-robin mailings where folks would make their comments, and mail it on to the next recepient. And likely, it never made its way around and would have to wait until folks got together in person. Email is a beautiful thing.
And yet, I struggle with David Allen’s GTD strategy of emptying my email box daily. When I move items to folders before they are done, I forget about them. And it does not seem productive to have a folder called Stuff To Do. Sometimes I print them out and make a stack in my physical inbox so that I can move them out of my email inbox but that seems counter-intuitive, like handling a piece of paper one too many times. And then there is my volleyball strategy. It is where I basically throw the email back over the net to the person that sent it without really dealing with the issue at hand, by continuing to ask questions, or further delineate, or sometimes to even ask them to call me. (I want to apologize to you personally right now if you see yourself in any of my email responses, and, if you do, feel free to email me about it.)
I have 79 emails in my email inbox right now. I plowed through a ton of them today which led me to thinking about this blog post. And still I have 79. The oldest one is dated Jan. 31, 2010. It is a welcome email to compete.com that I have not visited since I signed up. I have flight info for trips I have yet to take. There are many emails about BEA events and the SIBA Book Awards, SIBA Trade Show Info, and Google reminders. And all of these things are important to me. Proof of their importance is that they are still in my inbox. But at the same time, they are still in my inbox. Tomorrow, it is my goal to empty my email inbox. Wish me well.