Note: Because I couldn’t make it to the Adam Ross reading last week, Seanna Wilhelm volunteered to be the eyes and ears of the EMW. If you don’t know much about Seanna, she was the first EMW intern– essentially setting the foundation and expectations for all other interns to follow. She’s had an amazing amount of academic recognition at WKU, such as earning second place in the 2010 Jim Wayne Miller contest, publication in the Zephyrus, and participation in the 2012 Student Research Conference. You can follow Seanna’s personal blog here.
Every semester, the creative writing department has usually two or three writers come to our campus and give a reading of their work. Wednesday, February 20, Adam Ross visited us from Nashville. If you didn’t attend, as our lovely blogger wasn’t able, shame on you! Unless you had a good reason, then I’ll consider letting it slide.
I brought Mom along to the reading and we sat in the back with Amy Lindsey, Sofi Stone, and Andrew Bergman. If you’ve ever been in the Cherry Hall auditorium, you’ll know that there’s a back row of seats, and a back row of random tables lined up against the wall. We were sitting on tables, which made for an interesting experience.
The reading started at 7 p.m. by Dr. David Bell introducing Adam Ross.
Ross then proceeded to read the first two chapters from his novel, Mr. Peanut. He was a captivating reader who drew his audience into his words and his characters tantalizing minds and lives. If you click the link above, you can purchase Mr. Peanut and/or read a description of the novel.
After about a half hour of reading from his novel, the floor was opened to questions. This lead to him discussing not only the process that ended in the birth of his novel and his adventures as a child actor, which didn’t sound as glamorous as most people might think. Once the questions were wrapped up at about 8 p.m., we had the opportunity to buy his books, Mr. Peanut and Ladies and Gentlemen. I bought both books and he kindly signed them.
It was a wonderful reading, and I can’t wait to have enough free time to find out what happens in Mr. Peanut. Make sure that you attend the next reading on March 21, featuring poet Kathleen Driskell!