NYC Diaries, 28.. Mai 2014: Tom Robbins @ Barnes & Noble Union Square

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NYC Diaries, 28.. Mai 2014: Tom Robbins @ Barnes & Noble Union Square

As anybody who has ever visited New York knows, NYC is expensive. This usually includes entertainment or things to do. Yet, there are a couple of exceptions. Things that are fun and free. TimeOut even has its own section: Free Things to Do Today. Among these free things are tons of readings (93 % of New Yorkers have either published, finished or started writing a book, remember?), most notably those at Barnes & Noble. You’ll find recent events here.

As I needed some reading material anyway, I found my way to Barnes & Noble Union Square last night to attend the reading/Q&A/Book Signing of a long-time favorite writer of mine, Tom Robbins, who’s books include “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” and “Jitterbug Perfume”. Tom Robbins is 81, but he looks like he is in his mid- to late-fifties. Tall, bearded, he entered the stage and presented his newest book Tibetian Peach Pie, an autobiography.

I was always reluctant to tell this story, because people might think I am crazy. But then I realize I am 81. I don’t care any more.

He opens the night with a story about his experiences with LSD. You can read up the story in his book, which I highly recommend, so I won’t spoil the punchline. Yet, if you know Tom Robbins, you can guess it is wild and poetic. He continues with discribing his experiences being suspected by the FBI to be the Una Bomber. And, of course – know your audience – he closes with a story about New York. Patiently, he answers Q&A questions; some of them even surprising for him. After that, he signs … and signs … and signs …

Thanks for such a great evening, Mr. Robbins.

Now, as a writer who does readings on a regular basis, I want to point out how perfectly organized the whole reading was (and I wish some German event planners would take a lesson from that): Barnes and Noble has its own event space with its own PA, a well-lit stage, ample seating (though they do priority seating for people who have bought the book of the night), a friendly announcer and their own way of handling signing the books. So, if you own a book shop or host readings, please take a look at Barnes & Noble to learn how it’s done.

UPDATE: The Barnes & Noble at Union Square sadly is no more. But there are tons of good book stores in NYC.

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Helmut Barz
ist kein höheres Wesen, würde jedoch – nach seinem Ableben vor die Wahl gestellt – eine Existenz als Gespenst in Erwägung ziehen, vorzugsweise als Hausgeist der Deutschen Bibliothek. Eine Wiedergeburt als Panda wäre aber auch in Ordnung. Geboren in Braunschweig, wuchs er in St. Peter-Ording an der Nordseeküste auf. Nach dem Abitur und zwei Jahren Arbeit an verschiedenen Berliner Theatern studierte er Theaterwissenschaften in Gießen sowie Theaterregie in Frankfurt am Main. Hauptberuflich arbeitet er derzeit als freiberuflicher Kreativdirektor, Texter, PR-Consultant, Übersetzer und Regisseur: Er inszenierte unter anderem in Celle, Stuttgart, Frankfurt und Kapstadt. Seine schriftstellerische Leidenschaft gehört dem fiktionalen Schreiben: Er hat bis jetzt fünf Romane veröffentlicht, darunter die Krimiserie um die Frankfurter Kriminalpolizistin Katharina Klein. Seine (oft musikalisch untermalten) Lesungen haben im Rhein-Main-Gebiet eine treue Fangemeinde. Zurzeit lebt er in Offenbach am Main, hat jedoch auch viel Zeit in Kapstadt und New York verbracht.