An open mic storyelling event in the style of The MOTH Radio Hour

St. George Cafe adds literary night, Tuesday, Oct. 30

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 1:30pm

    WARREN—Ever since partners Ann Gonzalez and Fanny Faye Davis opened the St. George River Café in 2016, they’ve always wanted to add a literary component to their weekly music offerings and artist showcase. Starting Tuesday, October 30, they plan on hosting a monthly Tuesday Story Hour, a nod to the Moth Radio Hour on NPR, in which local storytellers can share a story, whether it’s funny, serious, sad, real, or invented.

    “Doing something on the literary side has been an interest of mine for a long time,” said Ann Gonzalez, who holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. “Last year, I went to a storytelling event at the Camden Public Library, which was great fun and we heard some amazing stories. Mainers in particular have some great stories.”

    Asked about the format, she said, “It’s open mic, but we’re not going to make it too formal. The way it worked at the library event, someone would just get up and tell a story. We’ll try to keep the time limit to around five minutes.”

    A community member recently built some bookshelves for the café in the back and Gonzalez said she’s interested in selling local authors’ books.

    “We’d like to get some local authors in here to read from time to time,” she said.  Gonzalez said they also plan on hosting their space for NaNoWriMo, an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month.

    STORY HOUR has no cover and is open to all. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes to 7 p.m.

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