Our new friends at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, in association with our old friends at Criminal Records in Little 5 Points, are putting on a great literary/music event next Wednesday night, March 14, and to promote it, they've generously given us a prize pack to give away. First, the goods on the event:
At 7:00 that evening, authors John Sheppard and Evan Mandery will discuss music, celebrity and pop culture, as well as playing some illustrative tunes from their iPods, at Aurora Coffee in L5P. Shepperd is the author of Small Town Punk, the funny, semi-autobiographical story of kids trapped and bored in a landscape of Walmarts and Pizza Huts, but buoyed by their love of old-school punk rock. (More info is here.) Mandery's new book is Dreaming of Gwen Stefani, a comic novel that explores the dark side of celebrity obsession. Then, as soon as the literary portion of the evening concludes, proceedings will move next door to Criminal Records, where soulful Scottish singer-songwriter (dig the alliteration, lit geeks!) Paolo Nutini will give an in-store performance. It should be a great, esoteric evening of book and culture chat, coffee and music. The phrase "free wine" has also been tossed around.
Now the contest: Wordsmiths has given us a set of these books to give away, and you don't need to attend the event or even live in Atlanta to be eligible to win (although you do need to live somewhere in the U.S. -- the TTT treasury can't handle international shipping just yet). In a comment below, just answer one question: What's your favorite book-related or literature-themed song? "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles? "Everyday I Write The Book" by Elvis Costello? C'mon, there must be hundreds of 'em -- let's see some creativity out there. We'll toss all the entries in a hat and draw a winner out at random the morning after the event (so next Thursday the 15th). Be sure to give us your e-mail address with your comment (no one will see it but us) -- if you win, we'll need to contact you and arrange to get you the goods.
Finally, if you want to double your chances of winning, our main man DJ Cayenne at Baby Got Books has a set of books to give away as well.
MP3: Belle & Sebastian - "Wrapped Up In Books"