Big Car Service Center; July 18.
Big Car's new community space sits next to Don's Guns. Maybe that's why this fundraiser of local author readings for youth literacy organization Second Story was shot through with firearm references. Fourteen authors read "shotgun style," in quick succession.
Bryan Furuness wanted to be a bullet in a gun barrel. Micah Ling read Fletcher Christian's 18th-century account of shooting an albatross. Authors literally sweated their readings. The former Firestone car care center's AC was overwhelmed by the heater or perhaps, by such steamy stuff as Barry Graham's take on his Monica Lewinsky fixation, and Roxane Gay's description of two bulimics' bathroom quickie.
Humorous highlights included Jessica Dyer's ode to "My Uterus" and Layne Ransom's "Are You There, God? It's Me, Facebook." Horror arrived via Matt Mullins' depiction of a freakish picnic accident. Sponsoring organizations nearly outnumbered the authors, an encouraging show of cultural force.