A Revolution in Real Time. Isn’t the internet bringing us all together anyway? Can’t an author just list their book on-line and reach a global audience? Is there any point in meeting face-to-face with an author? No, Maybe, and Yes! To put things in the blunt and inadequate speak of our digital age: We need face time. In other words, we may have millions of titles at our fingertips thanks to online, discount booksellers, but what about the books you would bump into in an actual store on your way to picking up the book you knew about and had to have going in? Nothing can replace the sensorial experience of drifting through a brick and mortar bookstore, its hand-written staff picks and jacket blurbs calling to you from the shelves, the smell of the new arrivals table, the chance to meet there as part of a book club in the open space in back – where the overstuffed chairs are and that brown and ocher rug, near the road atlases and literary travel.
Or – and this piece is immeasurably important – to go there, to your local bookstore, literary cafe or other venue, and hear what is on the page come alive in the voice of the author. To listen to the process that got it to the page in the first place and the inspirations behind this age-old craft of story. No matter if it is fiction, nonfiction, poetry – all are story. And when we do this in a community of people who also want to know how its done, who are hoping to find themselves and worlds they recognize amongst the images spoken, who also struggle with the fragility of the human condition, we are renewed; we have achieved community.
History of Literary Cadences: After relocating to western Massachusetts in 2011 from a long-time residency in Monterey County, California, poet and writer Kathryn Petruccelli discovered a community that shared certain sensibilities with the home she had left and that was resplendent with talented writers. She fell in love with Christian McEwen’s WORLD ENOUGH & TIME: ON CREATIVITY AND SLOWING DOWN and purchased it for a Monterey friend. The more she thought about it, the more she was convinced that plenty of people back in California would surely take to what the book had to say, but that it was highly unlikely that many – if any – people there would see it. She decided to try to use her network of contacts in the Central Coast’s literary community to draw attention to McEwen and other quality writers. The idea for Literary Cadences was born and McEwen became the first author represented by the new enterprise.