Re-Boot of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) monthly Lively Literati was a total success on a new day Wed. at 6:30am and a brand new location. The main street business was hopping with a great mix of retail , restaurants, cafes and service type business and I did not see a empty store front. 2 hour parking on the street and the tight allies between stores. Overflow crowd at the door and we had over 10 at the mic.
Author Debra Zannelli who launched her first two books, 1 Dark Night of the Soul, 2 A Dark De sending which I read and then interviewed the author on the Authors Hour radio program After these two, Debra then wrote her first children's book. Tonight she launched her third thriller , Sister World 1, of a trilogy ,The Arrival
Host ARIA member, Guy J. Natelli read some of his classic work and did a outstanding job finding this great location and booking the next 6 months authors and poets. Co-host Damont Combs 2018 Poet of the Year, made a appearance and also did a recital. Rock Star, and former ARIA board member, Joanne Mead walked down to the event and read from new release to a thunderous ovation. New author , Donna Rose did a reading, a New York comedian brought the house down. Debra's 17 old niece recited her first work.
I brought some of my short stories in case of a small turn-out and read, Poor Man's Shrimp and the audience gained confidence and said , what the hell and stood up, many for the very first time and read their work to see a live audience response. 7 more new artists got their first taste of public reading.
Beautiful New England main street alive with patrons on a beautiful summers night and I would like to thank the owner, Johana Joseph and tonight's bartender, the amazing Claire for keeping our flasks full of spirits and excellent wines. Last Wed. of the month at 6:30pm North and South locations to be posted here and on the ARIA web-site and also on the ARIA Facebook page too !
Every one of these events is so different from the last and my own opinion this one was the best one yet !
The amazing bartender, Claire
Author Debra Zanelli, my flash did not set.
New York comedian
|Tonight's host and author Guy J. Natelli and featured speaker, author Debra Zanelli|
|ARIA President Steven Porter had a cold one and was pleased with the great audience and great material from all, and we gained two new members to boot !|
Rock Star, Joanne Mead
Newbie with a great future
Debra's 17 old niece