Last year, Robert Freeman Wexler and I had the opportunity to read our stories at the KGB Bar in New York. This venue has been hosting literary events since 1993, and every month sees “Fantastic Fiction”, run by Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel.
The night Robert and I read, the room was packed with avid listeners. The bar is red-walled and covered with pictures of old Russians. The bar man is relaxed and eccentric. It was one of those nights I wished I lived in New York, because it was fun and inspiring. This month they have Adam Golaski and Paul Witcover.
You get paid to read at the bar, which means it’s a professional engagement. It’s free entry, which means they have to raise some funds in other ways.
What better way than a raffle? Tickets are a dollar each. Prizes are things like Neil Gaiman’s keyboard, a story critique from Shawna McCarthy, a signed copy of Jeffery Ford’s first novel, and heaps of other fantastic stuff.