Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Reading on Steroids

Edith Maxwell here. Well, I'm not not on steroids, but last month an event honored my mystery, Delivering the Truth, in a way that went way above and far beyond your average five-minute author reading. PLUS - I'm giving away a large-print edition of the book to one commenter here before midnight eastern time today! Details at the end of the post.



I might have mentioned it here, but last spring the Whittier Home Association asked if I would "mind" if they featured my book in their annual Celebrating Whittier event, and also suggested they would propose it for an All-Community Read. "MIND?" I replied, astonished. Why, no, I wouldn't mind.

The staged reading took place on September 10 at the historic Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse - where Whittier worshipped.



Local actors Chuck Kennedy and Kate Bernardoni portrayed Whittier and my midwife, Rose Carroll. I narrated, tying the scenes together using a script our town's Poet Laureate Lainie Senechal wrote based on the book.


Lainie Senechal, Chuck Kennedy, Kate Bernardoni, and author yours truly
It was a huge success. A hundred people turned out. The costumes were perfect. All our rehearsals over the summer paid off. 

A hot August rehearsal

The local cable TV station filmed it. And now you can watch it! Truly, not your average reading.
Chuck in front of Whittier's portrait in the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury, MA

Readers: What has been your favorite reading to listen to? Do you like it when authors read, or would you rather they didn't? Writers: Has your work ever been staged?

Remember - one lucky commenter will win a large-print edition of the book! Leave a comment or question for me here before midnight eastern time today. 

8 comments:

Linda Maintanis said...

Great tie-in between the story, the town and the meeting house for your reading. Period costumes complete the scene, nice job.

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Sandra de Helen said...

None of my books have been staged, but most of the plays I've written, and it's a wonderful experience. I'm so happy for you! What an honor to have your book selected for Everybody Read, AND to have the work staged as well! Kudos to you! As for authors reading their own work, yes I want to hear authors read their work, but I always hope they've spent time rehearsing! Some authors are better at it than others, of course. But we're all better when we rehearse. :-)

Dianne Casey said...

I have never been to an author reading or staged reading. "Delivering the Truth" must be a well researched and respected book to have been picked for a reading. I would love to read the book. Thanks for the chance.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

Dianne Casey said...

I have never been to an author reading or staged reading. "Delivering the Truth" must be a well researched and respected book to have been picked for a reading. I would love to read the book. Thanks for the chance.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

sheri levy said...

Congrats on such a great reading! Sounds like an interesting story!
Sheri Levy

Anonymous said...

Who's wonderful seeing your words come to life! Your midwife is one of my favorite characters. Mary Stojak

Edith Maxwell said...

Thanks, everybody! Dianne Casey is our randomly selected winner. I wish I had a dozen copies to give away. Don't forget, you can always request for your library to acquire it.