*Photos and videos of the readers after the jump*
I spent my Monday night in an art gallery surrounded by booklovers. I really think more nights should be spent this way.
The launch went down at Whitby’s Station Gallery, which is a GORGEOUS space. I remember taking art classes here as a kid (when I still dreamed I might manifest artistic ability), and I DO NOT remember it being so snazzy (though I don’t think I even graduated from the finger-painting room)!
We also picked up and/or purchased print copies of the Short Fiction Renaissance Anthology (yay for seeing my words in print!). The cover art, courtesy of the talented Ingrid Ruthig, is beautiful.
After hearing seven talented writers read tantalizing snippets of their stories, I had to go home and devour the entire book.
Ha! And! I got to sign copies! Definitely felt bestseller cool. Definitely a feeling I want to repeat. Though I do need to work on my signature. I feel fantasy authors in particular should have badass signatures.
One sentiment I want to reiterate: writing communities are a blessing. Volunteers ran the contest, arranged the anthology’s print run, organized the launch. As a young writer, I can’t express my appreciation of the community support.