A group of Seattle-area independent booksellers are proud to invite to you to a special virtual event tonight, April 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm Pacific on Facebook.
Beloved local authors Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain and more) and Jonathan Evison (The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving and more) are joining forces to bring fans everywhere a truly unique delight: a live broadcast of them reading the phone book together.
Grace Rajendran of the University Book Store, Seattle, WA, will host the evening. Stein will read letters A-D from the White Pages to kick off the evening, followed by Evison’s reading and image descriptions of the Yellow Pages, letters P and Q .
Readers and booksellers from all around the world are expected to stream the free event.
“I’m really excited for when Garth reads all the Clarks. I’m curious whether I’ll be able to hear what I always thought was a silent ‘e’ when he gets to the list of Clarkes,” Queen Anne Book Company (Seattle) bookseller and fan Tegan Tigani enthused.
James Crossley of Madison Books, also in Seattle, has a different most-anticipated portion of the program: “With the P-Q range of Yellow Pages, Johnny’s probably going to have quite a few plumber ads! I can’t wait to hear how he paints a word picture of plunger after plunger. I heard his reading of the F’s in 2016 at Third Place Books, so I’m especially glad that tonight’s event will be archived.”
Father of six and Green Bean Books (Portland, OR) customer Griffin Morrison loves that the event will introduce his twenty-year-old eldest child, Mackenzie, to an artifact previously unexperienced. “Mackenzie’s never seen a phone book or even heard how they work, so I think the difference between the formats will really hold her attention! She’ll finish up her online clubs from her virtual sophomore year of college at 6:15, so this is perfect. We’ll microwave some mac & cheese and have father/daughter time together listening to this.”
Join the fun! Lucky attendees will be chosen at random to received signed pages from the phone book read– a vintage 1998 edition from Redmond, WA, generously provided by Brick & Mortar Books of Redmond, WA.