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Give it up for books!
By The Editors
Once the holidays pass, weekends in the winter tend to be a little tamer. It's cold and plenty of people would rather hibernate than venture out into the ice, wind, and snow. That's true even in New York City, which quiets down in February, though it never falls to an absolute silence. Still, if an event promises to be epic enough, New Yorkers can be convinced to leave their apartments for more than a beer. Luckily for the Boog City 12.5 Arts Festival, that was the case this past weekend. Our founding editor Christine Sloan Stoddard was invited to read with CLASH Books, who will be publishing her poetry and photography collection, Heaven Is a Photograph, later this year. (They also published Tragedy Queens, Cenote City, and Trash Panda, which we recently featured in reviews and author interviews.)
Running between Unnameable Books in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights neighborhood and the Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village, Boog City featured poetry, music, theater, and film both Saturday and Sunday. The CLASH Books reading took place Saturday afternoon at Unnameable Books and enjoyed a full house. Readers included Lisa Marie Basile, Chris Companion, Leza Cantoral, Ariel Francisco, Christoph Paul, Joanna C. Valente, Stephanie Valente, and our very own Christine. Christoph Paul also played music.
As always, CLASH Books documented the event across their social media channels and the readers did, too. Here are a few of our favorite Instagram posts from the event hype:
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