Just got back from the wonderful Thin Air Literary Festival in Winnipeg and the Kingston Writersfest, in (of course) Kingston Ontario. I had a fantastic time in both spots. One of the highlights was the last night in Kingston, at the Speakeasy, with the fantastic jazz trio “Without Words”. Thought some of you might get a kick out of it. My Best Beloved taped it on his handheld, and the quality’s actually pretty good. You can watch Shelagh’s blush-inducing intro on Youtube here, and then watch me do my Tom Waits’ thing by clicking here. It starts out with a lot of laughing, which I should explain . . . .that morning Merilyn Simonds, Jacqueline Kirk, Shelagh Rogers and I went out to do a little retail therapy, during which they convinced me to buy the dress I’m wearing. There are working zippers along both sides and when I first took the stage I explained this little shopping trip and said if the reading didn’t pan out I’d just unzip the dress in the hopes of distracting the audience. A guy in the second row yelled, “It’s not panning out!” Snort. Ba-boom. These are the jokes people. I’m here all week.
Hope you like it. I had a blast, and was not required to strip, thank heaven!