The Reading in the Closet

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What’s happening here? This is Jeff VanderMeer perched and balanced above his audience during his reading in Manuel’s Tavern’s storage closet in Atlanta on Friday. Why have a reading in a bar? In the closet? Because at least it’s quiet.


Thanks to all who came out to the reading in Manuel’s on Friday. Thanks for following us into an unlikely venue and being great sports about it. One day we shall tell the others that you were there that day, for the readings on the closet ladder, atop the televisions, in the back room of an ATL bar. The others won’t understand, but that night wasn’t meant to be understood. It was meant for stories. So: Cheers.

Update: Here’s are nine more images from the night, on Flickr.

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  1. Susan says

    I truly loved the story of you doing a reading in the closet. What fun the group of you must of had!
    Write on!

  2. jeff vandermeer says

    Heh. There’s video, too.

    I shall title my extended tour account “From World Fantasy guest of honor to reading in a storage closet in just six weeks.”

  3. jeff vandermeer says

    I am now thinking all readings should be in storage closets until the shock of the new wears off…

  4. says

    Just a note to add I just returned home from a Neil Gaiman signing in nearby Decatur, GA, where the bookstore arranged a college auditorium with overflow auditoriums.

    There was no moustache contest, nor was he forced to climb into a closet.