If you haven’t made it to Oakland for Read to the People yet, you are missing the most enthusiastic, exciting show of library support since Andrew Carnegie dedicated Main Library. Here are just a few highlights from this afternoon and evening’s readings:
- The Pirate Parrot’s vivacious pantomime of “Casey at the Bat.”
- The Toonseum’s Joe Wos drawing a magical tale of a fairy flower princess.
- Councilman R. Daniel Lavalle reading Langston Hughes
- Lynn Cullen reading David McCullough
- Kristofer Collins reading from the poetry of Frank O’Hara
- A dramatic reading from Time Stand Still, the play currently in production at City Theatre, by two of the show’s lead actors.
- A birthday celebration (really)!
- Lots and lots of fireworks (really)!
- A whole hour of readings by local fashion designers.
As I type, there’s an hour of poetry afoot. If you can make it down here tonight or tomorrow, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. There are so many interesting readers and readings, as well as so much unintentional hilarity, that I can barely keep up recording it!
With a big thanks to everyone who read today, and with gratitude for those readers yet to come, I remain your faithful onsite blogger. I’m headed back outside to take pictures and serve as the timer in hour twelve, the halfway mark.
who read from The Odyssey, but drank not of the wine-dark sea