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Smoke on the Waterfront

Smoke on the Waterfront

What: Novelist Anna Schachner, Poet Katherine D. Perry and Pianist J. Wayne Gilreath, Cocktails
When: Saturday, 8pm
Where: Atlanta, at The Murray House
How Much: $15 for all you can drink; $25 for all you can drink plus one book


Our own Gregg Murray has started hosting cool events at his house in Atlanta. Every once in a while he gets writers to team up with other performers. It’s a party atmosphere, and I along with other cocktail enthusiasts put together a drink menu that goes along with the literary theme.

This Saturday Gregg came up with the theme “Smoke on the Waterfront” (Facebook event page), for which Jennifer Goltz (aka everyone’s favorite Atlantan) and I put together a round of smoky cocktails like one that mixes corn whiskey, Luxardo Maraschino, rosemary, and smoked apple wood—served up and perfectly clear.

There will be a pianist named J. Wayne Gilreath, and he’ll accompany two writers, both of whom with new books:

Anna Schachner’s new novel, You and I and Someone Else, just came out from Mercer University Press. According to the reviews, she writes in the tradition of Alice Munro, but I’ve heard it’s more southern than Canadian. Her novel sounds really complex, and certainly she’ll unravel it on Saturday. Besides “intricate,” reviews call it “incandescent” and “unflinching.”

(Schachner has published short fiction in many journals and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, and The Guardian. Originally from North Carolina, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and she is the editor of The Chattahoochee Review.)

Poet Katherine Perry will be celebrating the launch of her first book of poems, Long Alabama Summer, which will have been released only the day before the event. In a blurb, Marge Piercey says that Perry writes “strong and sensual poems that are rich in the specifics of her Southern environment but relatable for many readers, especially women. She is not afraid to deal in fine poems with the contradictions and constrictions of racism.”

{Katherine Perry is originally from Mobile, Alabama, but now lives in Atlanta. She has a PhD in American women’s poetry and is one of the founding coordinators of the Georgia State University Prison Education Project.)

Find out more about the event at Facebook or Eventbrite, where you can buy tickets. $15 gets you in and loads you up on cool cocktails, piano music, and literary thought. For an extra $10 you can also walk out with one of Anna or Katherine’s books, if you’re not too drunk to remember.


If you have a literary event to submit, no matter where it is, contact us. I think it’d be fun to create a casual archive of stuff like this. Why not?

Adam Robinson

Adam Robinson lives in Atlanta and runs Publishing Genius Press. He is the author of two poetry collections, Adam Robison and Other Poems and Say Poem.

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Adam Robinson lives in Atlanta and runs Publishing Genius Press. He is the author of two poetry collections, Adam Robison and Other Poems and Say Poem.

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