First Fridays are for Waiting

Being that tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, literary-types all around town are surely gearing up for the latest installment of the Gist Street Reading Series. For Gist Street newbies, the premise is this – every month, sculptor James Simon gives up his house to the public so that they can enjoy a reading in an atmosphere that feels like, well, home. Wine and munchies brought by attendees are spread into a lovely buffet and many handmade goodies and books are given out during the monthly raffle. All in all, it’s a really enjoyable evening – if you make it in the door. As one of my fellow bloggers already stated, the waiting line at Gist can be a bit daunting. Tomorrow night Michael Byers and David Young will be reading. Since Michael Byers used to teach here at Pitt, I imagine this one will be quite crowded.

I can’t make it tomorrow night but for those brave souls who can I have this advice – go early. REALLY EARLY. I might even suggest setting up camp tonight. Or, if you’re a true Pittsburgher, pack up the cooler, fire up the grill and start yourself a tailgate!

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