What’s your dream book reading like?
Mine is pretty darn close to Kristy Athens’ Get Your Pitchfork On! event at Powell’s Hawthorne last Thursday. First of all, it was Powell’s, Portland’s legendary independent bookstore. The Hawthorne location specializes in home and garden topics–perfect for the subject matter.
There was an impressive overflow crowd, and Kristy greeted many people by name from the podium. It happened to be her 15th wedding anniversary, too, so she acknowledged her husband at the beginning of the event.
Before reading several selections from her new book, Kristy identified what she calls country porn–beautiful pictures of the rural lifestyle, such as closeups of luscious strawberries or a couple sitting under an oak tree.
That’s not how living on a farm really is, Kristy explained. There’s never any time to sit under the oak tree, for instance. Get Your Pitchfork On! demystifies the country living experience, and its many challenges, for those who have that particular dream.
“I’m not trying to talk you out of it,” she said. “I just want you to do it smart.”
Congratulations, Kristy, on the publication of Get Your Pitchfork On! and a great Powell’s reading. For details on Pitchfork readings in Oregon, Washington, the Midwest and other to-be-announced locations, check out Kristy’s events calendar.
Please tell me about your dream book reading in the comments! Where would you like to read? Who would you invite? Or if you’ve had a big reading already, did it live up to your expectations?