I just received word from Rosalind Reisner, the woman who will be moderating the Oct 17 event at the Strand bookstore in New York City, and it looks like my understanding of the whole she-bang was slightly off base. This will not, it turns out, be a reading. (The crowd roars in appreciation.) Rather, the four of us writers will be given a few minutes to introduce their books, then Rosalind will ask questions in an attempt to spur a lively and spirited discussion about -- oh I don't know, writing and books and the state of the publishing industry and whatever.
Mixed in with all of that will be the chance to take questions from the audience, and of course some time at the end to shmooze and sign books.
This all sounds pretty fun, and potentially a lot livelier than just a serial reading, in 20-minute chunks, from a bunch of worthy authors. The event runs from 7:00-9:00pm in the Strand's Rare Book Room, upstairs on the third floor. Here's some more information about the event, and about the Strand in general.
See you there? I hope so.