Friday, June 16, 2006

Next month, the backlash

Our humble literary efforts have reaped a whirlwind of publicity. The Washington Post visited our reading on Monday, and produced this article. The photograph must be viewed at full size to be truly appreciated.

Many thanks to SexCop (aka Josh McIlvain), Mike Lowery, Matt Summers-Sparks and Andrew Beaujon for joining us on June 12.

We will reconvene Sept. 18, at which time you will see the great Jonathan Coulton, the man who turned "Baby Got Back" into a love song.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Third Inaugural

Thank you for your kind attention.

Mr. F.W. Thomas is hosting one more thrilling evening of readings, artistic display and song before he leaves for his summer vacations in parts unknown. The pleasure of your company is kindly requested. This is the last edition of the F.W. Thomas Performances until Sept. 18, so please come and soak in elevating proceedings as if it were your last night on earth, because in many ways, it will be.

This event will again occur at the Warehouse Theater on Monday June 12 at 7:30PM. Admission is $3. The Warehouse Theater is located at 1017-1021 7th Street NW. It is a short and not altogether unpleasant walk from the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro. Phone is 202 783 3933.

The June 12 event will feature:

  • Andrew Beaujon, managing editor of the Washington City Paper and a former senior contributing writer for Spin will read from his new book, "Body Piercing Saved My Life."

  • Josh McIlvain, a singer, author and songwriter living in New York City, where he performs his own compositions under the mysterious and alluring name of Sex Cop, will be singing songs. He maintains a MySpace presence here.

  • T.M. Lowery, cartoonist, artist and creator of the Skeleton Kids will present more hilarious items from his illustrated personal journal and offer advice to the lost and lovelorn. See his work here.

  • Matthew Summers-Sparks, humorist and short story writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, Mississippi Review, McSweeney’s, reading stories.

The F.W. Thomas Performances will be hosted and introduced by yours truly, Adam Mazmanian, a writer living in D.C., a contributor to the Washington City Paper, and who was voted by his high-school graduating class as "Most Likely To Serve As Spectral Conduit for the Ghost of a Minor Nineteenth-Century Writer."

The series is named for F.W. Thomas (1811-1866), the attorney, novelist, satirist, polemicist, poet, journalist, government employee and a dear personal friend of Edgar Allan Poe.

Thanks as always to Miss Katie Lederer, official acting amanuensis and subaltern to the estate of F.W. Thomas. And thanks also to Olsson's Books & Records, who will be acting as our Bookseller of Record in our never-ending quest to move units.