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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vouched Books colonizes Atlanta

  • Credit: John Carroll and Laura Straub
  • Author Ben Spivey and audience at the Vouched Atlanta launch reading at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique
Vouched Books is officially in the ATL, ya'll!

Founded by Christopher Newgent October 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vouched Books was created to promote small press titles, which they have actually read, but also actually love and endorse.

Flash forward to present day, with Vouched Atlanta, the first colony outside of Indiana, which celebrated their integration into Atlanta's literary scene with a launch reading held this past Sun., July 24, at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique.

The event featured readings by five reputable, mostly-local writers, and had an impressive audience turn-out of approximately 80 attendees throughout the night. Readers included:

Heather Christle - poet, The Trees The Trees

Bruce Covey - poet, lecturer in poetry at Emory's Creative Writing Program, and editor Coconut Magazine

Amy McDaniel - Solar Anus co-founder; HTML Giant contributor; author of chapbook, Selected Adult Lessons

Ben Spivey - author, Flowing in the Gossamer Fold; co-founder Blue Square Press

James Tadd Adcox - editor, Artifice Magazine; his work has appeared in Barrelhouse and Pank, among others

While this is the first official event held by Vouched Atlanta, it is not their first time participating in Atlanta's arts and literature scene. In June, Vouched Atlanta's Laura Straub shared a table with Blake Butler, Jamie Iredell and Amy McDaniel of Atlanta's Solar Anus Reading Series during this year's Artlantis Arts and Music Festival, where Vouched presented four titles for sale.

Setting up a table with books at festivals and events, however, is not the only way Vouched Books promotes the literature they love. They also talk about their favorite books on their website, VouchedBooks.com, where they conduct "awful" interviews with noteworthy authors, and for those with a ridiculously small attention span, a book review series called SSR, or the Single Sentence Review.

Moving forward, Vouched Atlanta plans to set up a table with small press books for sale at several of Atlanta's major festivals and events, including the ATL Soul Project at the Goat Farm Aug. 14, and the Decatur Book Festival alongside (W)ink Atlanta Sep. 2-4.

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