Devil's Party Press and Suburban Farmhouse, both of Milton, will present a unique two-night reading event dubbed Date Night, at 5 p.m., Friday, June 15 and 22. Authors from the latest DPP literature anthology “Equinox” will perform live readings of their work at Suburban Farmhouse. Each performance will feature a different roster.
The June 15 performance will feature authors Dianne Pearce, Mark Polo, Judith Speizer Crandell, and David Dutton. In addition to reading from “Equinox,” Dutton will also read the preface to his forthcoming novel, “One of the Madding Crowd.” Keyboardist Anne Brown will provide live music prior to the show and during intermission. Following the scheduled performers, other authors will have an opportunity to read their own work during an open-mic session.
The June 22 performance will feature authors DD Beals, William Crandell, Carrie Sz Keane, TJ Lewes and Bayne Northern. Music will be provided by singer-songwriter David Ara. An open-mic session will also be included.
The Suburban Farmhouse kitchen and coffee bar will be open throughout the readings, and DPP will host a brief book signing following each evening's performance.
"We're excited to offer this group of local authors these opportunities to showcase their work," said Kristen Heathcote-Latham of Suburban Farmhouse.
DPP publisher Dianne Pearce said she presented the idea of conducting the readings over two separate evenings to Heathcote-Latham earlier in the year. "While we enjoy doing live events, there's really only so much an audience can absorb in a single evening," said Pearce. "By scheduling the readings across two nights, we're able to provide our authors with a relaxed reading schedule and keep the audience engaged. We're also delighted to be opening up the floor to other local authors as well via the open-mic sessions. It should all make for a pair of unique date night experiences."
Space for the open-mic sessions is limited and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those wishing to perform are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. to sign up. The Suburban Farmhouse is at 108 Federal St., Milton.
For more information, go to devilspartypress.com.