So, lots of strange happenings this coming month.
In some sad news, in Sept. we did our last Toronto Strip Spelling Bee at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Yes, after 6+ years at Buddies, we've had to say goodbye. I will always be grateful to them for giving us a chance to hold this body-positive, wordy and dirty extravaganza there. And to my co-host Sofi, who kept me on an even-keel as I lurched into drunken lushness, I will always be grateful to your smarts, your loveliness, your sharpness. I will always be basecamp to your Mount Cleverest. The truth is, I needed to bring out double the audience I was averaging in order to justify Buddies giving us a Friday night, and I just wasn't able to do that. Maybe I should have advertised more. Recruited. Hustled more. But I have never been someone who wanted to pester people with an event. I see other promoters posting their events in groups every single day, and I just think that's too much. All I have to say is that if you love an event, go out to it every chance you can. Drag your friends to them. Even if an event looks successful, sometimes they are under unofficial "probation" and can die without notice. Especially the events that are odd. The Beyonce Tribute Nights you don't have to worry about. Strip Spelling Bee might return in Toronto, but I don't know when. And it will definitely be at another venue.
In other news, I am inaugurating a NEW event this month, called THIS BOOK IS MY BEST FRIEND! And it's a book recommendation night in Montreal. And we are still looking for recommenders. If you are a reader, and have a favourite book in the world, and think you can speak about it for 3 minutes in front of a group of fellow book-lovers, please email me at email@example.com with MTLBOOK in your subject heading. Tell me what book you love, and if your book doesn't overlap with someone else's, I will add you to the group of recommenders!
Finally, I am launching a new book myself this fall, and I have a special section later on in this newsletter with all the details, and some special events in Atlantic Canada. Montreal and Toronto launches are coming soon!
Once again, thank you for subscribing to this email group, and for coming to these events. You help me see the strange I want to see in the world. You make this place less lonely for the late-onset awesome.